An exceptionally beautiful Grade II listed manor house in a tucked away yet accessible rural location.
St Margaret’s 2 miles, A2 2.5 miles, Dover 4 miles, Deal 6 miles, Canterbury 16.5 miles,
Martin Mill station (free parking) 1 mile (London St Pancras 75 minutes)
Entrance porch | Drawing room | Dining hall | Study/Sitting room | Games room | Kitchen/breakfast room | Domestic offices| Cloakroom | Cellar | 6 First floor bedrooms (1 en-suite) | 2 Family bathrooms | Shower room | Potential Second floor apartment comprising 4 rooms + bathroom
Pigeon House: Sitting/Dining room/Kitchen | 2 Bedrooms | Shower room
Kentish barn | Dutch barn | Workshop | 2 Stable blocks | Manege | Wildlife pond and canal with bridge | Gardens and grounds
About 8.7 acres
Solton Manor is an exceptionally beautiful Grade II Listed manor house that combines ease of family living with elegant reception rooms for entertaining, and has the potential to utilise the range of period outbuildings for a variety of purposes. Its rural position is tucked away, protected by some 8 acres of land, yet accessible to Canterbury via the A2, and the coast in just a few minutes by car. London is readily accessible by High Speed trains running from Martin Mill station.
The period house has early origins, and is steeped in history – it is mentioned in the Domesday Book, and previous owners have links to kings (as Master of Ceremonies to both Charles I and James I), queens (through marriage to one of Catherine of Aragon’s ladies in waiting) and coal owning magnate – a previous owner, exposed as a rogue in the early 1900s, made and lost an enormous fortune mining beneath the English Channel.
Each period of history has left its mark on the house, period features abound and many were enhanced and added in the highly sought after Arts and Crafts period when the house was comprehensively refurbished and restored in a more gentrified style. More recently the current owners have sympathetically modernised the facilities and have run a successful wedding business in the Dutch barn and grounds.
As well as the manor house, there is a detached 2-bedroomed cottage (the Pigeon House),
a traditional Kentish barn and adjoining workshop, 2 stable blocks opening onto a manege, and a large Dutch barn which has been used for weddings. Paddocks, gardens and woodlands surround and some of the prettiest views are across the pond and canal towards the main elevation of the house.
The front door opens to a very generous dining hall with enormous fireplace, which in turn opens to the double aspect drawing room. Both have ornate timbered ceilings. A study/sitting room is found next to the kitchen/breakfast room, and there are domestic offices beyond. A games room is open to the full height of the ceiling and has potential for adaptation to make a magnificent kitchen family room if a new owner prefers.
Two staircases lead to the first floor, where the five main bedrooms enjoy views to the
front across the gardens, canal and pond to the paddocks beyond. The main bedroom enjoys an en-suite bathroom, and adjacent dressing room (Bedroom 2). There are two further bathrooms on this floor. A sixth bedroom is found to the rear with adjacent shower room, and a potential self-contained apartment is on the second floor.
The gardens are well planted with specimen trees, flower and shrub borders. Sweeping lawns, wildlife ponds and a canal with ornamental bridge, surrounded by woodland with pathways and walks, all combine to make a splendid setting for this beautiful home.
Set to one side of the grounds is the barn, which has been used for weddings (comprising a large reception area, dance floor, stage, bar, toilet facilities and commercial kitchen – more information is available from the agents about the wedding business run here). An incoming buyer might choose to run a similar business, or adapt this building for storage or other purposes. It would also lend itself to replacement with a tennis court. The older buildings including stables and the Kentish barn could be adapted as cottages, subject to the necessary consents, or used as the workshop, car storage and garden maintenance stores purposes that they currently serve.
Solton Manor lies on the edge the hamlet of East Langdon. Nearby St Margaret’s provides a range of local amenities with further leisure, educational and shopping facilities available in Deal, Dover and Canterbury. There are two local primary schools (East Langdon and St Margaret’s), grammar schools in Dover and nearby Sandwich, and prep and senior schools in Dover, Northbourne and Canterbury.
The A2 provides access to the M2 and the A20 at Dover links to the M20. High speed trains from Martin Mill run to London St Pancras from around 75 mins. Links to the Continent are excellent with ferry services from the Port of Dover, together with Shuttle services via the Channel Tunnel near Folkestone and the Eurostar from Ashford International.
From the Duke of Yorks roundabout on the A2 at Dover turn left onto the A258 (Deal Road). Take the second left turn (signposted to East Langdon) and continue down this road. Take the first turning on the left (signposted Solton Manor) and follow the road up over the bridge to the house.
Local Authorities: Dover District Council (01304 821199); Kent County Council (03000 414141) Services: Solton Manor has mains electricity and water, private drainage and oil-fired heating.
NB: The vendor is a member of staff.
- Price: £2,350,000
- Bedrooms: 10
- Bathrooms: 5