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Ratling Road, Aylesham, Canterbury, CT3

Guide price £1,895,000

5 Beds 3 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: CAN190038

A FINE EXAMPLE OF A GRADE I LISTED PERIOD FARMHOUSE WITH 5 BEDROOMS, TWO OAST HOUSES, ALONG WITH VARIOUS OUTBUILDINGS SET IN GARDENS & GROUNDS OF ABOUT 4.7 ACRES

THE PROPERTY

Ratling Court is a fine example of a Grade I Listed period farmhouse with a Listing dating circa 1320 with later additions in the 15th, 16th and 18th Centuries. Construction is of timber frame close studded with plaster infill, painted brickwork under a tiled roof. There are many beautiful original features, such as King post roof over the central hall (one of the very few surviving roofs in Kent) crown posts, dragon beams, beautiful exposed timbers, moulded wooden fire surrounds along with inglenook and feature fireplaces, latched doors and stripped flooring and sash windows some with window shutters. In the grounds are two Oast houses with garaging, stable block, detached thatched barn and a fascinating thatched Donkey Wheel House, with all the original workings, which links up to the rear entrance of the house and lends itself perfectly for alfresco dining and entertaining. There are various outbuildings which would provide incredible residential/ancillary accommodation if converted, providing all the relevant planning permission and constraints have been granted. HISTORY Ratling Court has an incredible and fascinating long line of history, with Sir William Cowper (Bart, 1642) living at Ratling and is said to have planned the additions and the ceiling in the hall. Sir William Cowper's son became the first Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain in the 18th Century. Sir William rebuilt the south wing in the 17th Century and added the great fireplace and upper floor in the old hall. The house was originally built for the de Ratling family and long remained a possession of the Earls Cowper. It is also alleged that the man-made lake was constructed for Edward, the Black Prince, to cross. FEATURES - Entrance Hall, entry door with original lock and key. - Sitting Room, inglenook fireplace with wood burner, beam ceiling, attractive exposed beams and brickwork to walls, stairs to first floor. - Drawing Room, cast iron feature fireplace, French doors, ribbed beam ceilings and exposed brick and timber walls, sash windows with shutters. - Rear Hall, with door leading to concealed secondary staircase. - Dining Room, sash windows, wood panelling to one wall with concealed drinks cupboard and pantry. - Snug, cast iron feature fireplace with wood burner, recess either side with display shelving and storage below, wood panelling to half walls, sash window. - Study, double aspect with under stair storage. - Cellar - Kitchen/Breakfast Room, beams to ceiling, water pump, - fireplace recess housing five oven aga, range of base units with butler sink, dishwasher, wooden worktops, red brick flooring, off the kitchen is the former working gin distillery with copper bin and stonewash basin. - Walk-in pantry, light and shelving. - WC, low level hand basin - First Floor Landing, wide gauge floorboards, storage cupboard. - Master Bedroom, exposed beams, en suite shower room. sash windows. - Bedroom 2, currently arranged as a dressing room, with range of built-in wardrobes, cast iron fireplace, door leading to concealed secondary staircase. - Bedrooms 3, currently arranged as a study, with range of book shelves, cast iron feature fireplace. - Bedroom 4, beams, built-in wardrobes, en suite shower room. - Bedroom 5, sash windows, range of built-in wardrobes. - Family Bathroom, central Victorian roll top bath on claw feet, separate shower cubicle, twin hand basin on legs, high cistern WC, chrome towel radiator, feature fireplace, wood panelling to half walls, sash window. SITUATION Ratling Court is situated on the edge of the small village of Adisham which sits between the larger villages of Wingham and Barham, both offering everyday amenities. There is also a local farm shop which supplies local produce. The Cathedral City of Canterbury lies approximately 9.6 miles away and offers many cultural interests, excellent shopping centre and a good selection of schools in the private and state sectors, universities and colleges. Recreational facilities in and around the area include, Howletts & Wingham Wildlife Parks, swimming pools and sports centres, Polo Farm, good choice of golf courses, to include The Royal St. Georges in Sandwich. Fishing and water sports can be found along the coast. Connections are good with Adisham Railway Station approximately 0.4 miles away with connecting services into Canterbury and London. The high speed link from Canterbury East to London St. Pancras takes just over an hour. There is easy access onto the A2/M20 and M2 linking into other motorway networks. The Port of Dover and Channel Tunnel Terminal at Cheriton offer services to the continent and are both within easy reach. OUTSIDE The property is approached off Ratling Road via a five bar automatic gate onto a long gravel driveway providing ample parking and leading to the main house. The garden and grounds extend to around five acres and are mainly laid to lawn to include two orchards, variety of fruit trees, wealth of mature trees, shrubs and flower borders, heated swimming pool, sun terrace and pond. Also within the grounds is a Twin Oast house with garaging for up to eight cars, a detached thatched barn and stable block with 5 stables and tack room, some of which would provide fabulous secondary accommodation if the relevant planning consents were obtained. DIRECTIONS Leaving Canterbury towards the A2, follow signs for Dover. Proceed on the A2 for approximately 4 miles, leaving the A2 signposted for Adisham/Wingham on the B2046. At the roundabout take the first left exit and continue along this road for approximately 4 miles. Just after Adisham Station turn right and proceed down the country lane. Ratling Court will be found on the left just before the bend via white five bar gates. PROPERTY INFORMATION - Services: Mains water, electricity, gas. Private drainage. Oil to supply the Aga. - Local Authority: Dover District Council - Council Tax band: "G" (2021/22) - Fixtures and fittings: are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.