Wenderton Lane, Wingham, Canterbury, CT3
A delightful and elegant Grade II listed property with high ceilings and period features that has been beautifully decorated with six bedrooms and bathrooms so plenty of space to offer flexible accommodation. On the edge of the popular village of Chilham at Bagham Cross.
Denmark House was built in 1856 and the current owner purchased it about nine years ago. Having been through many incarnations including a farmhouse, music school and nursing home, it has now been refurbished and renovated in a beautiful and sympathetic style as a grand family home, by enhancing its original beauty and age. It is something of a local landmark as it stands by the lane which takes people into the village.
The property has an abundance of original features, such as large sash windows, fireplaces and Victorian cupboards throughout; others have been restored to reflect the era of the property, such as the parquet flooring and Victorian tiling. The three metre high ceilings and large windows create a luminous and abundant sense of space. Being over several floors, there is plenty of room for a large family or flexible living.
Enter through the front door into a spacious hallway with a feature archway. From here, you can enter the library/formal dining room with parquet flooring, floor to ceiling windows and fireplace. There are floor to ceiling bookshelves too. Another door leads to the vast family room with dual aspect floor to ceiling windows and the original fireplace with marble surround and log burner. Finally on this floor, is the drawing room overlooking the garden and fields beyond with a door leading to the garden area down steps with a wrought iron handrail. This too has a feature arch and grand Victorian fireplace. Cornicing, ceiling roses and high skirting boards are found throughout.
A few steps down to the lower ground floor and the kitchen and another dining area containing French doors to a secluded and sunny courtyard. The large kitchen was refurbished with marble worksurfaces, Travertine flooring, a large ceramic sink and a vegetable preparation sink set in an island. A separate scullery for laundry and a downstairs WC are also here. On this floor there is also an art studio/boot room space with a sink, currently used as the art area because of North facing light.
Down a few more stairs, there is a sunny, good sized studio flat, with kitchenette, bedroom and bathroom, currently occupied by a lodger for £155 a week. There is also a pantry cupboard.
Upstairs there are four double bedrooms: the main bedroom with fireplace and Victorian cupboard has a vast en suite with Jacuzzi bath and walk in shower. This room has dual aspect windows looking out over fields. The other three bedrooms are all large doubles, two of which are en suite. They are luminous and tranquil and house original fireplaces and cupboards, rare in a building of this age. One of these bathrooms also houses a large roll top bath and walk in shower. There is also a family bathroom on this floor. A large Victorian linen press is situated on the landing. On the next level is the further vast bedroom 6 and a bathroom. A study is also situated here.
Outside there are three sections of garden: a small lawn area, and two courtyard gardens, low maintenance and with a sunny aspect. Fruit trees have been espaliered on the garden wall and a small herb garden is here. Beyond the garden gates, there are fields to the side of the property giving south facing rural views, especially from the garden and bedrooms. Chilham Castle can be spied from one of the windows.
The property is on the edge of the sought after village of Chilham, a picturesque and charming village where the BBC filmed Jane Eyre and has an array of Tudor properties and a Norman Castle. The village has a strong community feel and contains Chilham park, a 5 minute walk away, where there is a sports hall with tennis court and classes. Chilham itself has a couple of good pubs, Church and tea shop, plus a village post office and shop, a doctors surgery, an excellent primary school and well stocked farm shop..
At nearby Chilham Castle popular events such as the Chilham Chase, take place each year. Walks through orchards, woodland or along the Stour are all accessible by foot from the house, as is the old water mill and a fishing lake. Also within walking a five minute distance, is the mainline railway station which goes through to Canterbury or Ashford. The International station at Ashford then takes only 39 minutes to reach London St Pancras on the high speed rail link.
Road links are excellent too. Canterbury is only six miles away and the A2/M2 to Faversham and London as well. Ashford and onwards to the Channel Tunnel or London via the M20 are also very accessible.