Guide price £900,000
This charming home, built in 1950, has been enjoyed and extended by the current owners for the last 45 years. This former farmhouse is set in the most glorious countryside with stunning orchard views to the front and far-reaching farmland views at the rear. The property is approached off Mill Lane via an ''in and out' driveway with two five bar gates leading to a parking area and detached open fronted two bay oak framed car barn. Internally the property provides an inviting and flexible space comprising on the ground floor of entrance hall, cloakroom, generous size sitting room having been extended around 40 years ago and leading via French doors out onto the attractive courtyard area. There is a good size dining room and kitchen with adjoining breakfast/sun room. There are lovely features to include quarry tiles, wooden and parquet flooring and woodburning stoves. On the first floor are four good size bedrooms all enjoying uninterrupted views and family bathroom. OUTSIDE Ashwood Farmhouse sits in around 1.4 acres of beautiful well established and maintained gardens with orchard/wild flower meadow with useful separate vehicular access. The grounds have been lovingly created and designed by our clients to include raised vegetable, flower and shrub planters, specimen hardwood and fruit trees such as American Black Walnut, Canoe Birch, Gingko, Purple Beech, heritage fruit trees including Apple, Cherries, Cider Apple, Ellison's Orange, Medlar, Quince, Damson, Plum and Kentish Cobnut to name just a few. Attractive pathways wend their way through this special wild meadow orchard with designated seating areas in which to appreciate the surroundings. There is also a detached garden studio built around 2 years ago with separate WIFI and ideal for home working or the creative. Various outbuildings including two greenhouses with power and mains water, delightful summerhouse, log stores, shed and attractive oak double bay car barn with catslide roof and workshop with power and light. The property also benefits from direct access to country walks via its own garden gate and private stile. FEATURES - Entrance Hall - Extended Sitting Room, woodburning stove, recently installed French doors leading out onto beautiful courtyard area. - Dining Room, with woodburning stove and stunning views out over orchards. - Kitchen, attractive wall and base mounted units, granite worktop, four oven oil Aga. Adjoining Breakfast/Sun Room built around 26 years ago. - Cloakroom - Landing area with picture window to enjoy orchard views. - Four Bedrooms, two having built in cupboards one along the Mansard roof, stunning views across either orchards or rear garden/paddocks beyond. - Family Bathroom, with curved bath, shower, wall mounted sink, ladder radiator, window. - Loft, with ladder, partly boarded, fully insulated. - New heating system installed in 2021 (Worcester Bosch Boiler) with new radiators throughout. - Garden Studio, separate Broadband, fully insulated, solid base, electricity/power connected. Ideal for home working or a creative space, electricity and separate WIFI. - Outbuildings, to include two greenhouses, summer house, log stores. - 2 Bay Oak framed car barn, adjoining workshop, power and light. - Gardens and Grounds of approximately 1.4 acres. - Idyllic location with amenities not far away. SITUATION The property is situated in a beautiful rural setting equidistance between nearby Elmstone and Preston, with both having a medieval Parish church along with local shops and amenities to be found in Preston village and a primary school rated "good" by Ofsted. The larger village of Wingham with its choice of shops and facilities is about 2 miles with Sandwich about 6 miles, the home of Royal St. George's Golf Club. The Cathedral City of Canterbury is about 8.5 miles to the west with its excellent shopping centre, highly regarded educational facilities including King's school, St. Edmund's, Kent College, grammar schools and universities. The City has many fascinating cultural interests and the high speed javelin train service to London St. Pancras runs from Canterbury West (approximately 56 minutes). Additionally, in 2023 the Thanet Parkway Station at Cliffs End, currently under construction and around 10-minutes drive away, is planned to open offering fast connections to London. The A257 connects eastwards to Sandwich and westwards to Canterbury with the A2 trunk road linking to the motorway networks. Sporting and recreational facilities in the Canterbury locality include golf clubs, hockey, tennis and cricket at Polo Farm and the St. Lawrence County Cricket Ground. As well as Royal St. George's there are other Championship courses at Princes and Royal Cinque Ports in Sandwich and Deal respectively and the Kent coast line provides a variety of water sports. DIRECTIONS From Canterbury take the A257 towards Sandwich and proceed through Littlebourne and Wingham. On leaving Wingham bear left towards Preston onto Preston Hill and continue along this road for around 1.6 miles, turning right into Longmete Road. Stay on this lane turning right at the next junction onto Mill Lane where you will see Ashwood Farmhouse on your right. PROPERTY INFORMATION - Services: Mains water, electricity and drainage. Private oil tank. - Local Authority: Dover District Council - Council Tax band: "E" (2022/23) - Broadband via V-Fast. Radiators renewed in 2022 (except Kitchen). - Fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale but may be available by separate negotiation.
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