A wonderful opportunity to acquire one of the most impressive houses in the area comprising the South Wing of the old village Manor House (previously called Kingsdown House) – described in the deeds as ‘built in the style of an Italianate villa’. Built in early 1800’s by Mr William Curling and his wife Elizabeth, wealthy farmers, land and ship owners who very generously also donated large sums for the benefit of the building of Kingsdown Village Church, Rectory, Village hall and School.
In 1934 the house and gardens became a seaside holiday village. In the 1990’s the house was sold off separately from the park and divided into 4 separate dwellings, Kingsdown Place is one of the larger of the four and comprises; The main south facing wing and with the imposing white stucco facade and the largest of the gardens which extend to approximately ½ acre. This has been lovingly transformed into a delightful mix of English country garden, Riviera sty e terraces and a Japanese garden complete with Koi carp pond spanned by a 22 foot ‘Monet’ red painted bridge. A world war II, twenty-foot square gun emplacement is sited overlooking the beach, decked over with Japanese style waiting arbour.
Kingsdown Place also incorporates the original ballroom which is now a magnificent 31’4 x 22’10 drawing room with 17’6 high ceiling with double aspect three sets of floors to ceiling French windows opening to give lovely views out over the garden to the south and the Channel to the east. The room has a full width balcony to the rear, with small Bar under.
On the other side of the entrance hall is double height kitchen/dining room with a staircase up to a mezzanine, purpose-built office area, with a range of built in filing cupboards.
On the first floor is the principal bedroom with a balcony giving lovely views of the beach and Channel and an en-suite bathroom, 3 further double bedrooms and a large family bathroom.
A concealed spiral staircase leads to the attic which has been converted into a self-contained guest suite comprising; living area, bedroom area, with floor standing roll top bath and separate WC. Access onto a roof terrace where a table and chairs provide the perfect sunny spot for a ‘sundowner’, with views over the ‘Fisherman’s Cottages’ and beach to the Channel.
The house has its own separate Gated drive leading off the main entrance driveway, this leads to a gravel parking area for 3-4 cars, adjacent to a large stone terrace and main entrance door. Steps at the end of the terrace lead down to a deck and lawn and the main full width decked terrace overlooking the Channel. At this level a gate leads down to the Japanese garden and old gun emplacement lookout, double gates to Undercliffe road and access to the beach. – with an additional two parking spaces.
KINGSDOWN is a former fishing village of charm and character and offers a range of leisure activities. In the village there is a small selection of shops and amenities including a Newsagent/Post Office, Hairdresser, Butcher, three Public Houses, the Church of St Johns and a Primary School (rated outstanding by ofsted). Recreational activities include water sports and fishing along with Walmer & Kingsdown Golf Course. A further three Champion golf courses are a short drive away. The historic coastal town of DEAL has a good variety of shopping and leisure facilities yet still retains much of its character as a former maritime town. DOVER, with its docks and cross-Channel services, is seven miles away, offering fast access to the Continent and fast Rail Link access to London St Pancras [ 1 hour 20] travelling from Deal, Walmer, Martin Mill and Dover
The accommodation with approximate measurements comprises;
Panelled front door, Chinese slate floor tiles, under stairs cupboard, concealed radiator.
Pedestal wash basin, WC, concealed radiator, Chinese slate floor tiles.
Double glazed doors from the hall open to a magnificent room with high ceiling, double aspect with three sets of glazed doors to the garden. Lovely views over the front garden and to the Channel. Gallery with decorative plaster Corinthian pillar, concealed bar/cupboard. Fireplace with real flame effect gas fire, polished mahogany parquet flooring, moulded cornice and ceiling rose, 2 concealed radiators, TV point, 3 wall light points. B &O room to room system.
Large bay window with French windows opening to the garden. Chinese slate flooring, range of cream painted floor and wall cupboards with dark grey tiled work surfaces. Inset 1½ bowl stainless steel sink, built in ‘Siemens’ oven/grill, inset stainless steel 5 ring gas hob with extractor canopy/light over, stainless steel ‘Siemens’ dishwasher, under stairs cupboard, concealed radiator.
‘Belfast’ sink, space and plumbing for washing machine. Staircase up to;
Range of built in filing cupboards to one wall, concealed radiators.
From hall elegant staircase with two ½ landings rises to;
Glazed roof light, 2 concealed radiators
Superb panoramic view over the ‘Fisherman’s Cottages’ and the beach to the Channel. French windows with Juliet balcony, range of built in wardrobes, concealed radiator, TV point, door to;
Panelled bath with wall mounted shower and glazed shower screen, circular blue glass basin, WC, concealed radiator, built in overhead cupboards.
Built in wardrobes, cupboard housing ‘Potterton’ wall mounted gas fired boiler for central heating and domestic hot water cylinder, view over the garden. TV point.
Built in wardrobes, concealed radiator, view over the garden. TV point.
(Currently used as a snug) Concealed radiator. TV point
Panelled bath with spray attachment, wash basin with cupboard under, WC, shower cubicle, mirror with inset lighting, concealed radiator.
From landing door leading to spiral staircase up to;
ATTIC GUEST SUITE
2 double radiators, TV point.
Double radiator, freestanding roll top bath, circular glass basin, shaver point. Door to;
From living area velux window and door open to;
Superb panoramic views over the ‘Fishermans Cottage’s’ and beach to the Channel.
Gated Gravel driveway/parking for 3-4 cars.
Large sandstone terrace running along the front of the house with steps down to a sundeck and lawn, leading to second sundeck with stone balustrading with sun lounger, dining and outside kitchen areas. Gate to Japanese garden arranged as a series of terraces planted with Acers, flowering cherry, beech, linked by brick and sea shell paths. Raised viewing platform overlooking the beach with Japanese waiting arbour, built on top of an old wartime gun emplacement, timber walkways lead down the lower garden and over a Japanese style red painted bridge spanning
a ‘Koi’ Carp pond with waterfalls. Gates from Undercliffe road, opens to parking space for 2 further vehicles and access to the beach.
COUNCIL TAX BAND ‘G’
GAS, ELECTRICITY, WATER AND DRAINAGE
VIEWING STRICTLY BY APPOINTMENT WITH THE AGENTS MARSHALL AND CLARKE
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE VARIOUS APPLIANCES AND SERVICES HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED BY MARSHALL AND CLARKE
- Price: £1,600,000
- Bedrooms: 4
- Bathrooms: 2