Nurture your own life in a garden glory
Spend a sunny spring day in the five acres of Little Tickenhurst Cottage and you may find your own little piece of paradise. Homes and Living found out more.
Hop growing in the Kent countryside was just getting into full swing when this farmhouse was built.
It is said that the county’s hop industry flourished because farmers in the fertile Garden of England were the only people prosperous enough to afford to set up a hop garden, complete with poles and other elaborate tools.
They were also rich enough to take on the large amount of farm hands needed to cultivate and process this labour-intensive crop.
In the middle of it all, grew Little Tickenhurst Cottage, where the floorplans still echo the original architecture with an impressive central brick fireplace and chimney stack.
With the cottage now on the market, house hunters will love the idyllic rural setting and the old exposed timbers.
They will also love the five acres of landscaped gardens and paddocks, which come with goodsized outbuildings with potential for a variety of uses.
The kitchen/dining room is a light and spacious triple aspect room with a large brick fireplace with bressumer beam and wood burner.
The sitting room also has an attractive, open brick fireplace with bressumer beam and smoke hood. There is a conservatory and a downstairs cloakroom with shower.
Address: Little Tickenhurst Cottage, Tickenhurst Road, Eastry, Sandwich Guide price: £795,000 Agent: Humberts
On the first floor, all rooms enjoy fine views from the windows across the immediate garden, paddocks and surrounding countryside.
There are two large double bedrooms, with vaulted ceilings, and a bathroom with panelled bath.
Beautifully maintained, the property is reached off the lane by two driveways, one of which is to the front and gravelled leading to a parking and turning circle.
The driveway at the back also leads to a parking and turning area, two single garages and an open garage.
A footpath leads through the gardens and paddocks, which total five acres.
The property is 1.5 miles west of the village of Eastry, which provides local shops, a school and pub.
Wider facilities are available in historic Sandwich, together with the popular seafront town of Deal. Canterbury is 11 miles away.
For information ring the agent on 01227 452780 Little Tickenhurst Cottage really is set in the most glorious and enviable location.
The gardens are a stunning feature and are well laid out, immaculate and a joy to walk round.
The owners enjoy keeping chickens, ducks and horses.
Being set within just over five acres it provides excellent pony paddocks.
Little Tickenhurst Cottage is about two miles from the Eastry bypass, the A256. This links with the A2 dual carriageway, which in turn gives straightforward road journeys to the port of Dover and the city of Canterbury.
Canterbury West offers the high speed rail service to London, arriving at St Pancras in 56 minutes.
High speed rail services are also available from Sandwich and Dover.