Just look at our river­side ruin now!

Graf­fiti, weeds and holes in the roof greeted Andy and Ju­lia Gavriel when they first set eyes on a ru­ined Ge­or­gian house. Eight years later, the re­cep­tion has im­proved enor­mously.

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - HOMESNEWS -

An am­bi­tious re­de­vel­op­ment was in its early stages at a dis­used Can­ter­bury river­side mill site when house hun­ters Andy and Ju­lia Gavriel popped by for a look in 2007.

The di­lap­i­dated Ge­or­gian house they picked out and fell in love with was in a truly sorry state, but luck­ily the site de­vel­oper Weston Homes soon set to work.

Ju­lia re­calls: “The house was a com­plete ruin and from the hall­way you could see the sky through the roof. There was no plas­ter left on the walls which were cov­ered in graf­fiti, win­dows were smashed and weeds grew out of the walls.

“Some ar­eas had to be propped with scaf­fold­ing to pre­vent col­lapse.

“It was cer­tainly not a project that we could have taken on our­selves but we were ex­cited by the po­ten­tial and put down a de­posit, spend­ing the next year work­ing with the de­vel­oper.

“We fi­nally got the keys in the au­tumn of 2008, liv­ing on what was es­sen­tially a build­ing site for the next year, as the other houses in the ter­race were still to be fin­ished and the flats op­po­site had yet to be built.

“As we pur­chased ‘off plan’, be­fore work be­gan, we were able to have an in­put into the de­sign, up­grad­ing the kitchen ap­pli­ances, adding a range cooker, wood floor­ing down­stairs and ad­di­tional elec­tri­cal points, saving any dis­rup­tion later.”

Now on the mar­ket again, the house forms part of a ter­race of Ge­or­gian fam­ily homes at the re­stored Bar­ton Mill site on the Ad­dress: Bar­ton Mill Road, Can­ter­bury Guide price: £685,000 Agent: Hum­berts River Stour. The four-bed­room Grade II listed town­house is on three floors with a cel­lar.

A pan­elled en­trance door, with pi­lasters opens to the im­pres­sive re­cep­tion hall. Off the hall, pan­elled doors lead to the prin­ci­pal re­cep­tion ar­eas, kitchen/break­fast room, cloak­room and a trap door to the cel­lar with a small sash win­dow.

The kitchen/break­fast room faces the front of the house with a large pic­ture win­dow and space for a range cooker.

At the back there is a draw­ing room, with the fire­place and large sash win­dow giv­ing a lovely as­pect across the back gar­den. The din­ing room has a high ceil­ing and full height dou­ble sash win­dows.

Com­plet­ing the ground floor, there is a well fit­ted cloak­room.

The south fac­ing back gar­den has a paved ter­race with seat­ing ar­eas, lead­ing to a fence and wall en­closed gar­den which is grav­elled with box hedg­ing and a num­ber of planters and ma­ture trees. Pedes­trian ac­cess leads from the back of the gar­den to the nearby twin park­ing space.

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