Could this be Eng­land’s best beach house?

Country Life Every Week - - Property Market -

Although ac­cept­ing that the claim of ‘pos­si­bly Eng­land’s best beach house’ in re­la­tion to Kent­lands in Princes Drive, Sand­wich Bay, Kent, may be ‘a lit­tle over the top’, selling agent An­drew Rus­sell of Strutt & Parker (020–7629 7282) lists the many virtues of this re­mark­able Arts-and-crafts house, which sits right along­side the beach, over­look­ing Sand­wich Bay and ad­join­ing the fa­mous links of the Royal St ge­orge’s golf Club. For sale at a guide price of £3.3m, the house was built in 1920 by the ar­chi­tect Charles Bid­dulph Pin­chard for Fred­er­ick lev­er­ton Har­ris (an influential Tory MP who was Par­lia­men­tary Sec­re­tary to the Min­istry of Block­ade dur­ing the First World War), us­ing ma­te­ri­als re­claimed from two 17th­cen­tury Dutch weavers’ cot­tages and tim­bers taken from lo­cal Tu­dor barns—hence its grade II list­ing. It was later owned by the Heinz fam­ily and sub­se­quently by its cur­rent own­ers, who have com­pletely ren­o­vated the prop­erty.

Kent­lands sits within the pri­vate Sand­wich Bay Es­tate, just south of the me­dieval Cinque Port of Sand­wich, and boasts more than 6,000sq ft of liv­ing space, in­clud­ing a re­cep­tion hall, four re­cep­tion rooms, a kitchen/ break­fast room, eight bed­rooms and four bath­rooms. It comes with a two-bed­room lodge house, a walled gar­den, a swim­ming pool and un­hin­dered ac­cess to the beach. Can it get any bet­ter than that?

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