Sunny Bank, Iffin Lane, Canterbury, CT4
An exquisite country house commanding distant views across surrounding countryside and its extensive grounds.
Discreetly screened from passing view by established tree-lined borders, Pilgrims Nook is wonderfully sited amongst the rolling hills of the North Downs, offering a rare degree of privacy and seclusion whilst remaining within convenient proximity of nearby travel links.
There's no denying the fact that this is a large and imposing home, but it celebrates these qualities without appearing ostentatious whilst at the same time embracing the perks of modern life. Low carbon (near fully funded heating), proximity to HS1 high speed rail connections to the capital and high speed broadband all combine to make Pilgrims Nook very easy to enjoy.
Indeed, this is a particularly welcoming home where, arriving in the comfortable, open-plan kitchen and dining area, you are immediately at ease. In fact, the layout may claim credit for this sentiment, with interlinking rooms creating a sociable living space, in which, regardless of scale of this home, you are never isolated.
That's not to say that there's nowhere to escape
With almost 4,500 sq ft of accommodation, there's no shortage of space, which includes an open-plan kitchen and dining area with adjoining utility/boot room, living room, drawing/music room, conservatory, dining room and study.
On the first floor there are five double bedrooms, most of which enjoy far reaching views. The master bedroom has an adjoining dressing room and en-suite bathroom, the guest room also has an en-suite shower room and a further bathroom serves the remaining bedrooms.
Pilgrims Nook dates back to the 1800's with later additions . Today it displays a great deal of character, with large windows, high ceilings and fireplaces.
Beautifully maintained and finished throughout, no expense has been spared. Similar investment and consideration has been applied to the property's sustainability and environmental credentials, with a biomass heating system having been installed, generating income as well as receiving government support via RHI the current owners enjoy a close to zero cost heating bill.
An indulgent indoor swimming pool complex provides year-round entertainment for children to enjoy, and no excuse for you not to exercise. As well as the opportunity to relax in the built-in hot tub. There are adjoining shower and changing facilities.
Landscaped gardens enclose the property in lawns and creatively planted borders.
Substantial enough to be well matched to the house without being unmanageable, the gardens are private and provide plenty of space for children to explore.
Pop through the gate in the surrounding hedge and you arrive in a well tended paddock (circa 2.5 acres) with up to 10 acres available (total current land included in sale circa 5.5 acres). There is separate vehicle access provided for this land and water is available. Ideal grazing or for starting the good life the land is well drained and in a stunning setting.
A gated driveway leads to the front of the property with parking for a number of vehicles, as well as an open-fronted car port. There is also a separate double garage and adjoining office building, ideal for those working from home or as a studio.
Highspeed broadband is available via Vfast wireless supplier and the house is also well connected by both road and rail. West Studdal is conveniently located within easy access of the A256 which links Sandwich and the A2 to Canterbury, London and Dover. Canterbury is just a short drive (around 20 mins) from the property and enjoys a wide range of shopping facilities, restaurants and entertainment, including the popular Marlowe Theatre and street side cafes.
The Channel Tunnel is also a short drive (around 20 mins)
Canterbury is well served by other amenities including a wealth of high-achieving schools, two mainline stations to London, high speed rail links and excellent access to the coastal ports of Dover and Folkestone.