This delightful Victorian property sits in a secluded spot in the thriving village of Higham. Read more
This delightful Victorian property sits in a secluded spot in the thriving village of Higham. It has been thoughtfully redesigned into a 21st century eco friendly house with a natural water borehole and ground source heating, whilst still retaining original characterful features such as the windows and external oak boarding. Double and triple aspect rooms allow plenty of light to flood into the rooms.
The well appointed Hacker German kitchen/dining room with Neff appliances is an ideal place to entertain. Double doors open onto the sitting room featuring a wood burning stove and solid pine floor: French doors open onto the south facing patio. The master bedroom has bespoke built-in wardrobes and ensuite shower room occupying the ground floor. Stairs off the sitting room lead to the open plan bedroom and dressing room which occupy the whole of the upper floor: there are wardrobes and drawers built-in with triple aspect windows and south facing French doors opening onto a Juliet balcony with stunning views of the garden.
A shower room housing the heat pump/airing cupboard is on the ground floor. There is a third bedroom which occupies the ground floor with built-in cupboards and French doors leading to a lovely secluded patio at the rear of the house.
The gardens are laid to lawns and feature flower beds, there are fruit trees, bushes and a pretty hedge which borders the east side.
There is range of potential uses for the annexe/studio such as home office, gym or further accommodation. The spacious upper level is well lit by a Velux window. A shed provides good storage for home and garden equipment. All the buildings are secured by alarm systems.
Location Higham is a thriving village; you will find a Post Office, Doctor's surgery, pharmacy, pubs, convenience shops, a greengrocer, library, hairdressers and take aways. The village primary school, village hall, park, tennis courts and the Knowle Restaurant all with easy access on School Lane. The commuter is well served by the main line railway station at Higham. Charles Dickens former home, which is now a school is within walking distance.
Directions Proceed down the A2 coast bound, once past the Cobham turn off bear left onto Hasted Road A289. Take the first exit marked Higham, at the roundabout turn left onto Gravesend Road. Once past the Sir John Falstaff public house turn right onto Forge Lane, follow the road down through the village. Once past the Knowle Country House and primary school on the left hand side proceed down the hill. Upon reaching Steadman Close on the left the entrance to the property will be found on the opposite side of the road.
Seller Insight Nestled in a wonderfully secluded, yet at the same time very convenient location on the edge of the well-served village of Higham is Meadow Cottage, an impressive Eco-home that was beautifully designed by the current owners. "The building that we converted actually began life in Victorian times", says the owner.
"The house sits tucked away at the end of a long, sweeping driveway adjacent to woodland that wraps around the back and side of the property so it feels as if we're living deep in the countryside whilst enjoying the benefits of a thriving village close by. We were keen to reflect that countryside feel in the interior of the house, so although it's very much a contemporary home designed for modern living, we've used lots of natural materials, including solid pine floor and doors that we feel gives a really warm and welcoming feel throughout. The ground source energy from a borehole provides heating and hot water for the house and a further borehole supplies us with a water supply.
"As well as a beautiful home, we've also felt very fortunate to have such a lovely big garden, and we've created plenty of really nice seating areas that are dotted here and there so we have lots of space for relaxing and alfresco entertaining; we can essentially follow the sun all day long. The outlook from practically every room in the house is leafy and green, and the whole garden is a haven for wildlife. It's a beautiful environment".
Favourite room: "We extended the building to create a large kitchen/diner; a delighful room and a very sociable part of the house, but my favourite would have to be the sitting room, which leads off the kitchen via double doors, creating an open plan area. It's triple aspect so very light and bright, and we can sit in there and enjoy fantastic views of the garden, and when it's cold outside we can light the wood burning stove and create a really cosy atmosphere."
Favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area: "This is a place where we've been able to experience the best of both worlds. At home we enjoy peace and privacy, however we can nip into the village and access virtually everything we need on a day-to-day basis. We're also quite literally a stone's throw from the station, which we've relished because we can hop on a train into London.
Unique feature: " The patio to the East is a pleasant, private area to sit and sunbathe or enjoy al fresco dining with friends or family.
What they'll miss most / why they are leaving: "The house is a lovely home, but it is the views of the countryside I'll miss most when we move," says the owner. "It feels as if we're totally secluded."
Transport Information Higham Railway Station: 0.19 miles Strood Railway Station: 3.6 miles Meopham Railway Station: 5.5 miles Ebbsfleet International Station: 7 miles
Bus services to Gravesend and Rochester
All distances are approximate and calculated as the crow flies.
Education Please check with the local authority as to catchment areas and intake criteria.
Independent Schools: Gads Hill: 1 mile Cobham Hall: 2.9 miles King's Rochester: 3 miles St Andrew's Rochester: 3.3 miles St Josephs: 3.7 miles Bronte School: 4.5 miles
Health Clubs Nuffield Health: 5.5 miles Cascades Leisure Centre: 2.8 miles
Golf Clubs Rochester & Cobham Golf Club: 4 miles Southern Valley Golf Club: 5 miles
Useful Information We recognise that buying a property is a big commitment and therefore recommend that you visit the local authority website for more helpful information about the property and local area before proceeding.
Council Tax We are informed this property is in council tax band G, you should verify this with Gravesham Borough Council
Tenure The vendor advises us that this property is Freehold. Should you proceed with the purchase of the property your solicitor must verify these details
Appliances/Services The mention of any appliances and/or services within these sales particulars does not imply that they are in full efficient working order. The property is connected to all services including main drainage.
Measurements All measurements are approximate and therefore may be subject to a small margin of error.