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Guide Price 1,750,000 - 2,000,000
Situated in a wonderful position between Rochester Castle and Cathedral this very handsome and substantial Grade II listed property with attached Lodge is steeped in character and interesting features making this one of Rochester's finest homes. The accommodation (over 8000 sq ft inc Lodge) offers generously proportioned rooms retaining many original features arranged over three floors offering a flexible arrangement along with scope for general updating. Viewing strictly by appointment only.
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Believed to date back to the early 19th Century the property is of a symmetrical appearance with a central porch and Tuscan style pillars . The property is Grade II listed. The accommodation offers generously proportioned rooms retaining many original features arranged over three floors offering a flexible arrangement along with scope for general updating. The ground floor is accessed through the main door into the entrance porch with archway and double doors opening through to the welcoming entrance hall with doors leading off to the reception rooms. The formal drawing room is arranged with sash windows to the front, carved stone fireplace and a most unique fitted seating area with intricate carvings and mirror. The dining room is of an impressive size with an attractive solid wood fireplace and sash windows with the original shutters.
The kitchen provides a range of fitted units but overall offers the opportunity to be modernised - a charming feature of this room is the original servants bell board which is still operationally. There is a fully shelved library with bay window to the front and door leading through to the courtyard conservatory which has been previously used as a study. The sitting room makes a lovely snug or would make an ideal play room, there is a further conservatory positioned adjacent to drawing room and a cloakroom with ample storage space.
One of the most surprising and interesting features of the property is the substantial (67'10 x 28'5) entertaining hall positioned to the rear of the property, this room was added on by the previous owners to fulfil their love of amateur dramatics and roller skating. The garden room leads into the central courtyard which provides an outside WC. The lower ground floor offers numerous rooms which offer a great deal of flexibility but are currently arranged as a large office, utility room, 2 wine stores and 2 storage rooms. There is a passageway leading from the basement to the outside pavement to the rear and access to the garaging The first floor provides the master bedroom with en suite dressing room and recently updated shower room. There are 6 potential further bedrooms (the two smallest rooms could easily be returned to 1 large room) and a family bathroom.
The Lodge provides separate accommodation to the main house and has served as ancillary accommodation and as a rental property over the years. The accommodation is well presented and is of a single storey layout comprising of a glazed entrance porch leading into the large open plan sitting/dining room with a full length window to the front, attractive fitted kitchen with a comprehensive range of units and French doors opening out to the garden. There is a double bedroom with fitted wardrobes and a bathroom.
The main house and lodge are accessed from the main entrance off Boley Hill through a wrought iron and pillared entrance leading onto a carriage driveway to the main entrance. There is space for off road parking within the carriage driveway. The gardens are arranged predominantly to the front and side of property providing excellent seclusion with a variety of mature trees, the central area of lawn is flanked by established shrubs and bushes. Stone steps lead up to the main house entrance and the terrace to the front which features an attractive water fountain and to the other side leads onto a substantial entertaining terrace enclosed by a low brick wall and provides lovely views of the rear of Rochester High Street.
A spiral staircase leads down from the main terrace to the rear of the Lodge therefore offering the opportunity for the Lodge to have its own private area of garden, the area of garden also provides access to the passageway and garaging. There are several view points from the house and garden where Rochester Castle can be viewed.
Situated in the most desirable of locations within the centre of the city positioned between the historic castle and cathedral. The renowned Kings private school is located to the side of the property. The city centre is probably best known for its associations with Charles Dickens, and the attractive High Street is lines with a selection of period houses dating in the main from Georgian and Victorian times when Rochester was an important coaching stop on the London to Dover route. The town also greatly benefited during the Royal Navy's Long tenure of the dockyards at nearby Chatham.
One of the features of the city centers is the open space in the form of parks and gardens that makes up much of the conservation area. The city centre provides a range of facilities, including specialist shopping in the High Street, and a wide variety of out of town stores and supermarkets. Rochester mainline station offers the High Speed services to St Pancras (about 40 minutes) and services to London Cannon Street, Charing Cross and Victoria ( about 50 minutes ). The M2 ( junction 1 ) is about 3 miles and gives direct access to the remaining southern motor net work systems, Heathrow and Gatwick airports, and the Channel Tunnel at Folkestone.
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