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.
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.