7 bed Detached House
Stunning Mansion House Plus Annexe Over Looking Rochester Castle
Fine and Country are delighted to present a very rare and unique opportunity to acquire the magnificent, Grade II Listed residence, Boley Hill House. Thought to date back to the early 19th century this substantial, highly desirable family mansion commands a privileged and enviable position in between Rochester Castle and the Cathedral.
A sense of history is experienced from the moment of passing through the wrought iron entrance gates. A carriage driveway sweeps through mature gardens and arrives at the foot of a grand set of stone stairs. At the top of the stairs, and adorned with Georgian entrance pillars, the property sits proudly in an elevated position, overlooking its own grounds, Rochester Castle and beyond.
Currently configured as a seven bedroom residence this superb home retains enormous character. Upon entry a grand entrance hall welcomes you. As you make your way through the property you will note sash windows with shutters and a number of open fire places. But perhaps two of the more charming features come in the form of the original and working servants bell board in the kitchen, and an exquisite, fitted seating area with an ornately carved domed ceiling, and mirrored wall in the drawing room. The dining room is served by a well appointed kitchen. An ample sized library in turn is served by a sun room which overlooks the internal courtyard. Also on the ground floor, a snug/tv room, conservatory, ground floor cloakroom and finally a substantial sixty seven foot long hall, originally designed for amateur dramatics and roller skating. It provides a versatile space, ideal for all manner of functions.
With increasingly impressive views from the first floor, there is a master-suite with dressing and a shower room. A second bedroom with an en-suite W.C. and five further bedrooms complimented by a family bathroom complete the first floor.
The lower ground floor with its original stone floor affords a great deal of flexibility. Currently there is a sizeable office, utility room, two wine stores, two storage rooms, boiler room and a larder. An underground passageway leading from the lower ground floor provides access to the street at the rear of the property, where additional parking and a large triple garage is located.
Situated within Historic Rochester and within a stone's throw of its characterful high street to take in its cafe culture, bars and highly popular restaurants, entertainment is always just a short distance away. Artisan boutiques and unique independent shops make it popular to those looking for something different. Rochester Cathedral, the second oldest in England having been founded in 604AD, has been a place of worship for over 1400 years. The 12th century Norman castle is one of the best preserved in England and France and sits proudly over the river Medway and its marina, great for Sunday walks. The castle grounds regularly becomes a place of entertainment offering concerts and open air cinema, something that comes highly recommended. One of the highlights is a proms style concert finished off with fireworks. Rochester is well known to have been the residence of Charles Dickens and the setting and influence to many of his characters and stories. For those looking for shopping, cinema, restaurants and bars all under one roof, Bluewater shopping centre is just 20 minutes distant.
Well regarded and popular independent schools are within easy reach including Kings School, Gads Hill and Cobham Hall.
Ideally located for the commuter, Rochester has a mainline train station that has recently been updated offering a fast service to London in as little as 20 minutes to Stratford international and direct trains to Victoria, Charing Cross, St Pancras and London Bridge. For those travelling by car easy access to the motorway network via the M2/A2 and M20 with direct links onto the M25. The whole Kent and Sussex coast is yours to explore within easy travelling distance. For those looking for more international travel, Ebbsfleet and Ashford international train stations are within 30 minutes travel and easy airport choices include Stanstead, Gatwick and London City.
ANNEXE Boley Hill Lodge offers additional accommodation in the form of a self contained one bedroom annexe, positioned to the east side of the principle residence. It provides a light and spacious living arrangement which has served as ancillary accommodation and as a rental property in past years. A large open plan living/dining room, served by a well equipped kitchen with French doors leading onto the garden, a good sized double bedroom and bathroom. Boley Hill Lodge further enhances the desirability of this wonderful home.