Pick up a houseful of history
Original flagstone and oak floors and mullion windows with leaded light panes are all yours at a four-bedroom home now for sale in the county’s smallest town. A houseful of history completes the picture beautifully
Beautifully landscaped gardens and light and spacious rooms will ensure that buyers fall in love with Manor House at Fordwich, near Canterbury.
The house is Grade II-listed, with its build date estimated as 17th century.
However, recent carbon dating of timbers indicates a date of mid 16th century, around the time of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries.
A blue plaque records that more recently the Manor House was home to Alfred Palmer, a talented artist who lived here from 1910 to 1951.
Palmer’s daughter Francesca is featured in the Kent beach scenes he painted during this period.
On arrival, wide electronic hardwood gates lead to a charming gravelled courtyard, fully walled garden and a double open bay garage.
A reception hall with original flagstone flooring leads to a double-aspect sitting room with impressive dragon beam and inglenook fireplace.
The dining room has an inglenook fireplace and the kitchen/breakfast room in a Victorian wing of the property has polished brick floor and dark blue Rayburn.
The impressive drawing room is double aspect and has a vaulted ceiling and a brick hearth with a wood-burning stove.
There is a garden room and a downstairs cloakroom.
Three of the bedrooms are on the first floor, the master having an en suite. A family bathroom is also on this level.
The fourth bedroom is tucked into the roof and has good storage.
A great feature is the garden, which has been landscaped to a high standard.
It features a sunken garden with pea shingle terrace and a good expanse of lawn with trellising, flower beds and borders, shrubs, bushes, evergreens and mature trees. There is also a fruit and vegetable area.
For information, ring the agent on 01227 452780