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1 Kingsdown Road, St Margarets At Cliffe, CT15

4 bedroom house in St Margarets At Cliffe

£690,000

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An attractive Grade II listed former public house commanding an imposing corner plot in the desirable village of St Margarets at Cliffe, marrying the historical character of the building with a new stylish and contemporary interior.

The former Red Lion public house has now been sympathetically converted to provide a fantastic modern property with high ceilings and large spaces occupying what was once a thriving hostelry.

Ian Fleming was a regular visitor having bought his house in the village from Noel Coward. A reference to the pub appears in the 1959 novel, Goldfinger. Fleming also took inspiration from the area by reportedly choosing the famous Bond number 007 from a Dover to London bus he used to see while living there.

The first nod to its origins is the imposing frontage, this Grade II listed property was built in 1825, and the exterior is finished in a picturesque flint with red brick tile hung dressings.

Enter into the large gated area and you will appreciate the sheer size of the plot, with parking for three cars on a granite pebble drive looking out onto the newly landscaped garden.

On entering the property from the rear you join a spacious breakfast and sitting area fronting the beautifully presented kitchen with high ceilings and stylish lighting. The floor is tiled in natural stone stretching all the way through to include the large utility room at the far end.

The kitchen’s oak work surfaces and breakfast bar benefits from integrated AEG appliances with modern ceiling extractor fan and induction hob looking out onto the garden.

The kitchen leads into an expansive living and dining room, formerly occupying the main bar but now transformed by the original pine flooring that has been refitted, inglenook fireplace at one end and wood burning stove at the other. Plenty of large sash windows bring in light and the extra finishes such as the brushed chrome switches add style and character.

A door leads to the old basement area, with the original barrel delivery chute still in evidence, providing extra space for a games area or play den.

At the inglenook end there is access to a fourth bedroom/reception area that comfortably accommodates a double sized bed for guests or for someone requiring downstairs living with it’s own en-suite shower room and private access onto the patio and garden area.

The stylish interior continues upstairs with a further three bedrooms. The main bedroom has a luxury wet room en suite with rainfall shower. The large main bathroom is dual function comprising a wet room with open rainfall shower on one side and a bath along the opposite wall, beautifully tiled in ceramic and porcelain from floor to ceiling.

Outside is where you really appreciate the scale of the plot. It is an unusually large garden for the village, built on three levels. A side access reached from the utility room is the perfect store for bins and located opposite the original outside wc that is still there. This leads round to a large patio in front of the french doors and opens out onto a semi circular graduated seating area with steps to a good sized lawn flanked by newly planted trees.

In 2012 the garden area, now laid to lawn, was the subject of a planning application for another dwelling but refused on the ground that at the time there was no access from the boundary wall. This objection has now been overcome with the new access and may provide an opportunity for development in the future if desired and subject to a new planning approval being accepted.

The village of St Margarets at Cliffe offers local shopping, post office, doctor's surgery with pharmacy, newsagent/general store, health club with swimming pool, primary school and churches, whilst The Bay itself is sheltered for bathing, fishing, sailing etc. The cliff top to either side of The Bay is mainly in the care of the National Trust and offers some delightful walks. There are golf courses at nearby Kingsdown and Deal with St George's at Sandwich (the venue of the British Open).

The Cathedral City of Canterbury offers an excellent shopping centre together with leisure interest, theatres and county cricket. Excellent links to the continent via the Port of Dover, the Channel Tunnel and Eurostar from Ashford and the high speed train to London (St Pancras), 75 minutes from Martin Mill station (approx. 2 miles).

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An attractive Grade II listed former public house commanding an imposing corner plot in the desirable village of St Margarets at Cliffe, marrying the historical character of the building with a new stylish and contemporary interior.

The former Red Lion public house has now been sympathetically converted to provide a fantastic modern property with high ceilings and large spaces occupying what was once a thriving hostelry.

Ian Fleming was a regular visitor having bought his house in the village from Noel Coward. A reference to the pub appears in the 1959 novel, Goldfinger. Fleming also took inspiration from the area by reportedly choosing the famous Bond number 007 from a Dover to London bus he used to see while living there.

The first nod to its origins is the imposing frontage, this Grade II listed property was built in 1825, and the exterior is finished in a picturesque flint with red brick tile hung dressings.

Enter into the large gated area and you will appreciate the sheer size of the plot, with parking for three cars on a granite pebble drive looking out onto the newly landscaped garden.

On entering the property from the rear you join a spacious breakfast and sitting area fronting the beautifully presented kitchen with high ceilings and stylish lighting. The floor is tiled in natural stone stretching all the way through to include the large utility room at the far end.

The kitchen’s oak work surfaces and breakfast bar benefits from integrated AEG appliances with modern ceiling extractor fan and induction hob looking out onto the garden.

The kitchen leads into an expansive living and dining room, formerly occupying the main bar but now transformed by the original pine flooring that has been refitted, inglenook fireplace at one end and wood burning stove at the other. Plenty of large sash windows bring in light and the extra finishes such as the brushed chrome switches add style and character.

A door leads to the old basement area, with the original barrel delivery chute still in evidence, providing extra space for a games area or play den.

At the inglenook end there is access to a fourth bedroom/reception area that comfortably accommodates a double sized bed for guests or for someone requiring downstairs living with it’s own en-suite shower room and private access onto the patio and garden area.

The stylish interior continues upstairs with a further three bedrooms. The main bedroom has a luxury wet room en suite with rainfall shower. The large main bathroom is dual function comprising a wet room with open rainfall shower on one side and a bath along the opposite wall, beautifully tiled in ceramic and porcelain from floor to ceiling.

Outside is where you really appreciate the scale of the plot. It is an unusually large garden for the village, built on three levels. A side access reached from the utility room is the perfect store for bins and located opposite the original outside wc that is still there. This leads round to a large patio in front of the french doors and opens out onto a semi circular graduated seating area with steps to a good sized lawn flanked by newly planted trees.

In 2012 the garden area, now laid to lawn, was the subject of a planning application for another dwelling but refused on the ground that at the time there was no access from the boundary wall. This objection has now been overcome with the new access and may provide an opportunity for development in the future if desired and subject to a new planning approval being accepted.

The village of St Margarets at Cliffe offers local shopping, post office, doctor's surgery with pharmacy, newsagent/general store, health club with swimming pool, primary school and churches, whilst The Bay itself is sheltered for bathing, fishing, sailing etc. The cliff top to either side of The Bay is mainly in the care of the National Trust and offers some delightful walks. There are golf courses at nearby Kingsdown and Deal with St George's at Sandwich (the venue of the British Open).

The Cathedral City of Canterbury offers an excellent shopping centre together with leisure interest, theatres and county cricket. Excellent links to the continent via the Port of Dover, the Channel Tunnel and Eurostar from Ashford and the high speed train to London (St Pancras), 75 minutes from Martin Mill station (approx. 2 miles).

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