5 bed Detached House
Dover Road, , Westcliffe, Dover, Kent
It is difficult to put into words the beauty and uniqueness of this wonderful Jacobean house with a history dating back to the time of William the Conqueror and its historic value has been accoladed with an ‘Historic Building of Kent’ diamond plaque. It was originally restored in 1627 and the first evidence of that is the date inscribed on the stunning oak porch that you can see the moment you arrive. The house is surrounded by 1.963 acres of grounds that includes two self contained cottages and the ‘Staddle Hut,’ the well maintained hard tennis court and some amazing old specimen trees. Walking up the path to the impressive front door provides you with a wonderful impression of the Jacobean influence that dominates the frontage with its white exterior, black pallisters and multipane sash windows. Once inside the entrance hall you can really begin to appreciate the historic features from the exposed brick wall that rises two storeys to the wood flooring and wall and ceiling beams as well as the original Jacobean staircase. The hall leads on one side to the vast sitting and dining area with equally impressive features including period shutters one the windows and where you can royally entertain your guests, particularly in the winter time when the amazing wood burner in the huge inglenook fireplace warms the whole room while a second fireplace is currently set out as a bar. However the lounge/diner is just as special as is a warm and friendly place with a raft of special features including two impressive carved floor to ceiling beams that also include the date of 1627. This leads through to the breakfast room with its tiled floor, fireplace and exposed brick wall and steps down to the magnificent garden & sun room areas that has a vaulted and beamed ceiling, a veritable wall of windows and french doors, providing plenty of natural light and views across the garden and large brick terrace. The kitchen provides flexible options and could be incorporated into the breakfast room but it is currently laid out as a semi-professional kitchen and includes a range cooker so that if new owners want to develop a bed and breakfast business they have the facilities to do so. What the Owner says:
It has been a privilege to be the latest custodians of such an incredible and historical property. When we came here 43 years ago it was virtually derelict with holes in the roof, cardboard in the windows and water running down the walls and it took us years of loving care and hard work to create the truly unique place you see today. Over time we were delighted to develop the hotel, spa and restaurant since one of us was a Michelin star chef who had worked for the Roux brothers in London for many years. However a couple of years ago we decided to close the hotel as we were getting on in years and our son had opened a 17 bedroom hotel and restaurant in the centre of St Margaret at Cliffe. We returned the house to a private residence and have enjoyed our semi retirement ever since but we now feel that at our age it is time to pass his amazing home on to another custodian. We have a very friendly neighbourhood and the village of St Margaret’s at Cliffe provides everything we need on a daily basis. There is a post office, village shop, a number of restaurants, our son’s hotel and four pubs including the well known Coastguard at St Margaret's Bay. There are a wide range of societies and clubs including bowls, tennis, cricket and football as well as a history and horticultural society, among many others. Not to mention the St. Margaret’s players for those with a more theatrical bent". Room sizes:Entrance Hall: 23'9 x 7'5 (7.24m x 2.26m)Sitting Area: 18'2 x 8'6 (5.54m x 2.59m)Formal Dining Area: 23'9 x 15'0 (7.24m x 4.58m)Lounge/Diner: 30'9 (9.38m) narrowing to 20'6 (6.25m) x 18'6 (5.64m)Breakfast Room: 20'2 (6.15m) x 19'5 (5.92m) narrowing to 15'9 (4.80m)Kitchen: 20'0 x 13'9 (6.10m x 4.19m)Utility Area: 9'5 (2.87m) narrowing to 9'0 (2.75m) x 7'1 (2.16m)CloakroomGarden Room: 17'5 x 17'2 (5.31m x 5.24m)Sun Room: 15'3 x 11'2 (4.65m x 3.41m)LOWER GROUND FLOORGames Room: 20'5 x 16'2 (6.23m x 4.93m)Store Room: 13'6 x 11'4 (4.12m x 3.46m)Wine Cellar: 31'3 x 7'8 (9.53m x 2.34m)Industrial Fridge: 6'8 x 6'1 (2.03m x 1.86m)SPLIT LEVEL FIRST FLOORLandingBedroom 3: 17'4 x 12'6 (5.29m x 3.81m)En-Suite BathroomBedroom 5: 16'6 x 15'3 (5.03m x 4.65m)En-Suite Shower RoomBedroom 4: 17'0 (5.19m) x 14'3 (4.35m) narrowing to 11'3 (3.43m)En-Suite BathroomKitchen/Washroom: 9'9 x 7'1 (2.97m x 2.16m)WC'sBedroom 1: 20'6 (6.25m) x 15'9 (4.80m) narrowing to 11'9 (3.58m)SECOND LANDINGBedroom 2: 17'9 (5.41m) x 10'5 (3.18m) narrowing to 9'5 (2.87m)Bathroom: 10'6 into fitted cupboard x 10'5 (3.20m x 3.18m)Attic Room 1: 13'9 (4.19m) narrowing to 11'1 (3.38m) x 8'7 (2.62m)Attic Room 2: 8'7 x 6'6 (2.62m x 1.98m)GardensDrivewayStaddle HutLounge/Diner: 15'8 x 13'5 (4.78m x 4.09m)KitchenetteBedroom: 18'2 x 13'5 (5.54m x 4.09m)En-Suite Shower RoomLounge/Dining Area: 33'4 x 11'1 (10.17m x 3.38m)Kitchen: 13'3 maximum x 11'1 (4.04m x 3.38m)Bedroom 1: 16'7 x 11'1 (5.06m x 3.38m)En-Suite BathroomBedroom 2: 13'3 x 11'1 (4.04m x 3.38m)En-Suite Shower Room
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