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In the heart of the historic coastal town of Dover we find this superb family home, dressed with elegance and dating back to 1893. Maison Dieu, the road that the property is situated upon, borders on the area of Castle Ward and the High Street, making you excellently positioned for commuting to London via the high speed rail link at Dover Priory train station or catching the ferry over to France to stock up on some delicious vino.
The property itself has its own story, designed as it was by Victorian Artist William Henry East, principle of the local art college and one time Mayor of Dover. In fact, so personal was it to the artist that he has left his mark throughout the home.
There is a certain sense of anticipation on the approach to the house and your arrival certainly shouldnt disappoint. The beautiful front door with magnificent brass door knocker, is in fact the original to the home, opens into a spacious entrance hall with an impressive open balustrade staircase that acts as a spine through the property. There are two well placed reception rooms to the front, both currently being used as both private and guest dining rooms, with attractive fireplaces meaning that at least one would make ideal second sitting room or library/family room. There is also a study/office providing the place to work at home. The owners have had the foresight to build an extension to the rear of the property which incorporates four bedrooms, all with modern en-suite shower rooms. Referred to as "The Bungalow" by the current owners, this addition could easily be converted for a variety of alternative uses, (subject to the relevant planning permission)
The main property really was designed as a one off and has a mezzanine design at ground level that leads to the owners current family lounge with its attractive fireplace and amazing unique bay windowed area to the
rear. To the side there is a laundry room providing access to the rear garden. Back into the hallway, you will find the stairs that lead down to the family kitchen which has a range of matching base and wall units with many built in appliances. There is a utility area off the kitchen which is conveniently placed for some further white goods and an advantageous outside cloakroom. The very large cellar is an excellent warm dry space for storage and is a real asset to this home.
On the first floor there are three beautifully dressed bedrooms again all having well appointed en-suite shower rooms. There is a linen cupboard and separate cloakroom with two piece matching suite. The second floor has two further bedrooms, one being the fabulous master bedroom suite including a dressing/cot room, walk in wardrobe and a five piece matching en-suite with a rolled top bath, double walk in shower, bidet, twin pedestal basin and a W.C with all sanitary ware in Victorian style.
To the outside, the property has front and rear gardens - the rear courtyard garden area is hard standing and a real sun trap. There is also a double garage, incorporating both power and light, with additional drive through access for further parking.
Other benefits include;
The property is currently been used as a guest house and has been operating for over 35 years by the present owners and is a highly successful business. This property could easily be transformed to varying businesses given the sympathetic layout, separating the business rooms from the main house. Two energy efficient boilers serve both the main house and guest rooms extension. The property incorporates beautiful original stained glass in the imposing front and rear garden doors. All the internal doors still retain the splendid original brass door furniture. Care and attention to detail in both decoration and furnishings is so evident in this property it is undoubtedly one of the finest in this area.
Internal viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate all that is on offer.
To arrange a viewing, contact Geering & Colyer today.
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