Could this be England’s best beach house?
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?