A fabulously sited family house with possibly some of the finest long distant views in East Kent.
About 7.25 acres
Constructed approximately 50 years ago and enlarged in the 1980s, Berkeley House occupies the site of a grand 19th century country house that was demolished post-World War II. Occupying a wonderful hillside location the “new “ house was positioned to take full advantage of spectacular, long distant views, whilst enjoying all the benefits of an established and mature garden with a very fine selection of specimen trees and planting. Approached over a long driveway the property sits proudly at the head of the drive in a commanding position that takes full advantage of the views and the gardens.
A wide entrance vestibule leads into the hall from where all the principal rooms are accessed. To the right is a large playroom/bedroom 6, off which is a cloakroom and store. From the hall there are doors to the dining room and study. The dining room is fully panelled in reclaimed oak; a wide, stone fireplace, with inset wood burning stove and hearth are a feature, as is the picture window overlooking the view. Twin doors from the dining room open to the magnificent double aspect drawing room, which is similarly panelled in a lovely honey coloured oak. The twin aspect windows flood the room with light and full length windows open onto the adjacent terrace.
Beyond the dining room, and also accessed from the hall, is the kitchen/breakfast room, which is well fitted with a range of floor and wall cupboards; there is ample space for a table for informal dining, and doors lead directly on to the verandah. A useful larder and a large utility room adjoin the kitchen.
The bedroom accommodation is situated off the generous first floor landing. The master suite, comprising a bedroom, dressing room and shower room, is to the front of the house. The shower room has a door to a sizeable balcony that affords fabulous views. To the far end of the house are two twin bedrooms with a “Jack and Jill” bathroom serving each of them. There are two further bedrooms and a family bathroom with separate WC.
Set on a gently sloping site the gardens are an outstanding feature of the property and date from the time of the former mansion house on the site. A beautiful array of fine specimen trees stand proudly in the landscape and give structure and elegance to the gardens, which are bisected by numerous paths. From the top of the garden one’s eye is drawn to the oval lily pond that is set centrally in the lawn. To either side, lawns slope away to areas of semi woodland which are carpeted by thousands of cyclamen in the autumn, and bluebells and primroses in the spring.
A little way from the house, in a sheltered area, is the swimming pool. A brick built summer house sits to one side and houses the pool filtration equipment. To one side of the pool, adjacent to the drive, is an unusual flint-built circular folly with a domed roof and fitted seat. To the left of the house is a hard tennis court (in need of some restoration) and from here a path leads to the range of four former stables and an adjoining tack room. Beyond is a log store.
The lovely wooded surroundings add a particular sylvan charm to the house and a shelter belt of mixed woodland to the east of the house gives a high element of privacy, and offers protection from the northerly winds. The unique setting of Berkeley House enhances what is a very special property indeed.
Approximate Square Feet:
Lot Acres: 3.7