Sunny Bank, Iffin Lane, Canterbury, CT4
A traditional-styled, yet contemporary property set in private grounds of approximately five acres with stabling, barn, paddocks, manège, solar-heated swimming pool and sustainable ground source heating. This stylish home includes four or five bedrooms and large open-plan living spaces.
This sizeable home belies its relatively recent build and contemporary interior, but ensures that it blends naturally with the well-established and leafy grounds which surround it.
Situated in a quiet, semi-rural hamlet a few minutes drive from Stone Street (B2068) and just 10 miles south of Canterbury, Lymbridge Green Cottage was built as a replacement dwelling on the site of a much older but dilapidated property.
Lying behind a five-bar gate and driveway, the property is set within five acres, predominantly made up of fenced paddocks, with attractive and well-tended gardens surrounding the house.
A carefully crafted layout is perfectly predisposed to modern family lifestyle.
The spacious living accommodation is mostly open-plan with an expansive kitchen and dining area leading into a large living room, separated solely by a central fireplace. Both spaces open onto an adjoining terrace and the garden.
Uniquely designed elm wood kitchen cabinets with marble work surfaces give a semi-industrial feel to the kitchen, where the focus is practicality. With plenty of preparation area, single piece formed stainless steel sink unit, professional range oven and built-in twin 'drop-load' dishwashers, this is both a beautiful and extremely functional kitchen, with plenty of room for a family-sized dining table.
Warmed by a high-capacity fireplace, the living room is large yet cosy.
A separate ground floor room is an ideal study, playroom or fifth bedroom, whilst there is also space for a smaller study area adjacent to the living room. Off the kitchen is a utility room and wet-room.
Staircases at either end of the property lead up to the first floor which features a full-length landing with a range of fitted cupboards. There are four bedrooms with full-height ceilings, the master being double-aspect with views across the gardens from an oriel window and benefitting from an adjoining dressing room.
An indulgent and stylish bathroom has a walk-in shower and roll-top bath.
Enviably shielded behind tree-lined boundaries, the beautifully-planted gardens surround the property.
Several splendid beech trees and a picket fence separate the main garden from the pool area, which is both private and southerly aspect, looking out onto to the property's own grounds. The heated swimming pool (approx 40ft x 15ft) is a warmed by a dedicated solar thermal system, which during the summer months maintains a very comfortable water temperature.
Beyond the gardens there are four fenced paddocks one featuring a step jump and a water jump, for those interested in eventing or cross-country. There is also an all-weather, floodlit manège measuring 40m x 20m, however there is currently no surface.
The stable yard comprises five stables, a tack room and a large hay and storage barn.
The gated driveway provides plenty of off-street parking and there is also a flint garage to the side of the entrance.
Amongst the most compelling features of this home are its sustainable credentials, which put into context, amount to net energy costs of less than £500 per annum.
With electricity and heating supplied by a combination of photovoltaic cells, evacuated solar tubes and ground source heat pump, the energy requirements for this large family home and swimming pool are almost entirely supplemented from renewable sources. Obviously much depends upon your usage and is limited by the amount of available sunlight, but the investment has already been made for subsequent owners to benefit from.
Conveniently located, Lymbridge Green boasts easy access to Canterbury and the M20 between the coastal ports, Ashford and London. High speed rail services operate from stations in Canterbury, Folkestone and Ashford, providing connections to London in as little as 37 minutes.
The nearby village of Stelling Minnis has a local convenience store, whilst there are several highly regarded primary schools and plenty of popular pubs within close proximity.