Church Approach, New Romney, Kent TN28 8AS
Guide Price £595,000
3 bedroom House for sale: Church Approach, New Romney, Kent TN28 8AS
A most beautifully preserved Grade II Listed period house with a fascinating interior, together with an unconverted coach house, set in an enclosed garden with ample parking in the Conservation Area of the Cinque Port Town of New Romney in the lee of the remarkable church of St Nicholas.
ROOMS Reception hall, Sitting room, Kitchen/dining room, Inner hall, Cloak/utility room, Galleried landing, 2 Large double bedrooms, Shower room (en suite), Attic room/bedroom 3, Gas central heating, Mature cottage garden, Attached coach house, Off road parking for several vehicles.
LOCATION Situated away from the main road on the approach to the impressive Church of St Nicholas with a Norman tower and four pairs of alternating round and octagonal stone piers. Known as the "Capital of Romney Marsh", New Romney was granted Cinque Ports status in the second half of the 12th century and it was here that Thomas `a Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, made a failed attempt to reach Rome. Once a sea port with its own fleet and the harbour adjacent to the church, a great storm in 1287 caused the River Rother to change its course. The old port silted up and was lost but the town, planned in squares, retains visible traces of its medieval history. New Romney's historic high street has several small and interesting shops and services including banks, surgeries, greengrocers, florist, bakery, post office, pubs, restaurants and a Sainsburys supermarket. The town is also known for its Country Fayre and Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch light railway. Schools in the area include The Marsh Academy in New Romney together with the Folkestone School for Girls, The Harvey Grammar School for boys, Norton Knatchbull Grammar School for boys and Highworth Grammar School for girls both in Ashford, 11 miles to the north. A school bus runs to both the Folkestone Grammar schools from New Romney. The A2070 Ashford approach road connects to the M20 and International Station which offers commuting services to London and high speed service to St Pancras, journey time 37 minutes. The Channel Tunnel Terminal near Folkestone is 12 miles and the Ancient Town of Rye, with its period Citadel, is about 10 miles to the west. Access to coastal bathing beaches is within 2 miles at Littlestone, where there is also an excellent links golf course and at Camber, 7 miles.
DESCRIPTION 1 Church Approach is a lovingly restored attached Grade II Listed period house of medieval origin with an eighteenth century Georgian façade of red brick with grey headers and a parapet set with tall sash windows beneath a pitched tiled roof. To the rear elevation is a curvilinear Dutch gable. Internally, the accommodation, which has high ceilings throughout, is a triumph of harmonisation of the older building in its original guise with the gentrified rooms of the later period. In addition, there is a most appealing coach house and an exquisite garden set behind an old brick wall with wrought iron gates.
GROUND FLOOR A panelled front door beneath a hood on carved brackets opens into a lofty reception hall with a flagstone floor, a beamed ceiling and matchboard panelling to dado height. To the rear is an inner hall with a turned staircase to the first floor, exposed studwork to one wall, exposed floorboards and a door to the rear garden.
The sitting room has two sash windows to the front and original Georgian raised and fielded antique pine panelling to all walls with decorative mouldings, a built-in corner display cupboard and an open fireplace with a fitted wood burning stove. The kitchen/dining room, which has a sash window to the front and an internal arch window looking through the hall to the garden, has a flagstone floor, beamed ceiling, an ornamental fireplace and a recess with a stone surround to an ancient doorway. To one end is a range of custom made cupboards with panelled doors and brick piers beneath a tiled work surface with an inset sink. Also, on the ground floor is a cloak/utility room with a close coupled W.C wash basin, quarry tiled floor and plumbing for a washing machine.
FIRST FLOOR A turned staircase with moulded handrail, barley twist balusters and a tall arched window on the stairwell overlooking the garden leads to a galleried landing with a study area, staircase to the upper floor and a built in airing cupboard. Bedroom 1 has two sash windows to the front, painted panelling and a fireplace with a fluted surround. Adjoining is a shower room with a shower enclosure, pedestal wash basin and close coupled WC. Bedroom 2 also has tall windows to the front together with exposed ceiling timbers and a fireplace (sealed).
SECOND FLOOR On the second floor there is an attic room/bedroom 3 with a sash window and access to a large unconverted roof space.
OUTSIDE The property is approached via a pair of tall wrought iron gates opening into a gravelled courtyard providing off road parking for several vehicles and giving access to an attached period coach house of appealing brick elevations with two sets of double doors to the front. The enclosed private garden is very much a feature of the property being set down to lawn with a flagstone terrace and borders planted with peonies, geraniums, lavender, rosemary, digitalis and a topiary tree with a large square base and sculptured rings above. Garden store.
NOTE There was planning for a Barn & Stable Block but planning has since lapsed.
Phillips & Stubbs
Tel: 01797 227338