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The Length, Birchington, CT7 0PJ  |  £980,000

Key Points

  • Substantial Grade II Listed Cottage
  • Five Bedrooms (Master En-Suite)
  • Two Additional Reception Rooms
  • Incredible Landscaped Gardens With A Heated Pool
  • Sympathetically Modernised Over Recent Years
  • An Enchanting & Secluded Plot Of 1/2 Acre
  • Stunning Orangery With Underfloor Heating
  • Exposed Beams & Gorgeous Inglenook Fireplace
  • Gated Driveway With Barn Style Garage & Carport
  • Property Of Historic Interest Dating To The 1700's

Property Information

'Chalk Garden' is the quintessential Kentish cottage, set within an enchanting garden plot of 0.5 of an acre and offering a truly unique lifestyle.
Formerly two cottages known as 'Chalk Pit Cottages', the property dates back to 1734 (grade II listed) and is registered as a ‘Historic Building of Kent'.
The current owners have lovingly restored the cottage and landscaped the entirety of the plot, creating a secluded oasis with various areas to enjoy the sunshine. Whether it be relaxing by the swimming pool, or barbequing on the main patio whilst the children have the run of the lawns; the gardens here offer something for everyone to enjoy.
Internally, the property offers all the charm and character you would expect with original timbers, an inglenook fireplace and exposed brickwork. Two principal reception rooms together with a very impressive orangery and a kitchen/diner provides ample living space for the family. A bathroom then concludes the generous ground floor. The first floor presents four bedrooms (Master en-suite) and a separate WC whilst a double bedroom occupies the second floor.
Plenty of off-road parking is provided via a large block paved driveway which leads to barn style garage and car port, all secured by electric gates at the front.

Nestled between the seaside towns of Birchington and Herne Bay and only 10 miles from the historic city of Canterbury is the semi-rural village of St Nicholas-at-Wade. Originally named after the Patron Saint of sailors, it is reputed that there was once a channel of water that you would have to wade across to reach the village. The Wantsum Channel was a strait separating the Isle of Thanet from the north-eastern extremity of the English county of Kent and connecting the English Channel and the Thames Estuary. It was a major shipping route when Britain was part of the Roman Empire, and continued in use until it was closed by silting in the late Middle Ages. Its course is now represented by the River Stour and the River Wantsum, which is little more than a drainage ditch lying between Reculver and St Nicholas-at-Wade and joins the Stour about 1.7 miles (2.7 km) south-east of Sarre. St Nicholas is proud of its village hall dating from the 1930's and its sports field with cricket pavilion in Bell Meadow that host's cricket matches and of course, not forgetting the Church dating back to Norman times. St Nicholas boasts one of the most sought after primary schools in the area and has an outstanding Ofsted report. There are two local pubs serving exceptional food and a village shop with post office. Despite its semi-rural setting, it is under 1 mile to the A299 that provides links to the M2 and only 3.8 miles to Minster train station that has connections to Canterbury West where you can pick up the high-speed service that will take you to London St Pancras in under an hour. It is only a 4.5 mile drive to the beautiful Minnis Bay which is popular for windsurfing, kitesurfing and provides access to some excellent coastal cycling and walking routes. There are three prestigious golf courses in the area. Royal St Georges - home to the Open every 4 to 5 years, Princes Golf Course and North Foreland, which are all 'Links' style courses.


Entrance Hall

Partially glazed front entrance door. Radiator. Exposed beams. Tiled flooring.


Snug 15' 6 x 10' 6 (4.73m x 3.21m )

Windows to front, side and rear overlooking the garden. Radiator. Power points. Exposed beams.


Bathroom 7' x 5' 10 (2.14m x 1.78m )

Suite in white comprising panelled bath with shower unit over bath and screen to side. Pedestal wash hand basin. Low level W.C. Chrome heated towel rail. Tiled walls. Frosted window to rear. Tiled flooring. Extractor fan.


Inner Hall

Built-in cupboard with electric RCD unit. Window to front. Staircase leading to first floor.


Sitting Room 22' 1 x 13' 2 (6.74m x 4.02m )

Feature brick inglenook fireplace with log burning stove. Windows to rear overlooking rear garden. Radiator. TV point. Power points. Exposed beams.


Orangery 18' 6 x 11' 7 (5.64m x 3.54m )

Windows to side and rear overlooking rear garden. Power points. French doors to rear garden. Hot water underfloor heating. LED downlighters.


Kitchen/Diner 18' 9 x 11' 9 (5.72m x 3.59m )

The kitchen is planned with a matching range of wall and base units arranged on three walls with inset double drainer ceramic butler sink unit. Granite work surfaces. Inset 'NEFF' electric hob with built-in 'NEFF' fan assisted electric oven below. Integrated dishwasher, fridge and freezer. Windows to side overlooking the front courtyard. Power points. Tiled flooring. 'AGA' cooker. Larder cupboard.


Boot Room

Window to front. Door to front courtyard.


Landing 15' 9 x 9' 2 (4.81m x 2.8m )

Measurements incorporating stairwell. Windows to front. Power points. Staircase leading to second floor.


First Floor WC

Pedestal wash hand basin. Low level W.C. Chrome heated towel rail.


Master Bedroom 19' 4 x 13' 3 (5.9m x 4.04m )

Windows to front and side overlooking the gardens. Built-in 'Hammonds' double wardrobe cupboards. Radiator. Power points. Door to en-suite.


En-Suite 7' 9 x 5' 5 (2.37m x 1.66m )

Suite in white comprising panelled bath with 'MIRA' electric shower unit over bath with screen to side. Pedestal wash hand basin. Low level W.C. Radiator. Partially tiled walls. Frosted window to side. Wood flooring. Extractor fan.


Bedroom Two 11' 3 x 10' 4 (3.43m x 3.15m )

Window to rear overlooking the rear garden. Radiator. Power points.


Bedroom Three 12' 1 x 7' 3 (3.69m x 2.21m )

Window to rear overlooking rear garden. Radiator. Power points.


Bedroom Four 15' 2 x 11' 4 (At max. points with sloping ceilings) (4.63m x 3.46m )

Dormer window to rear overlooking rear garden. Radiator. Power points. Additional window to side.


Second Floor Landing

Window to side. Radiator. Built in wardrobe cupboards.


Bedroom Five 14' 10 x 9' 8 (At max. points with sloping ceilings) (4.53m x 2.95m )

Window to rear overlooking rear garden. Built-in cupboards. Radiator. Power points.


Rear Garden

The rear garden is tiered and has been professionally landscaped to maximise every part of the plot with established trees, shrubs and flowers. The main lower garden has a large Indian sandstone patio and a formal lawn and access to the garden room. A sloped path one side and steps the other, lead up to the grass banks which are enclosed with fencing. An enclosed heated pool with diving board is found towards the top corner of the plot with a pool house/wc.


Garden Room 9' x 19' (2.75m x 5.8m )

Brick base with double glazed windows to front and side. Pitched and tiled roof. Power and light. Range of matching cupboard units with worktop and space for a fridge. Tiled flooring.


Pool House WC 8' 10 x 4' 6 (2.7m x 1.38m )


Garage 18' 9 x 8' 10 (5.72m x 2.7m )


Carport 18' 9 x 8' 10 (5.72m x 2.7m )


Workshop 12' 7 x 9' 11 (3.84m x 3.03m )


Cabin 9' x 9' (2.75m x 2.75m )


Cabin 2 9' x 6' 5 (2.75m x 1.96m )


Total Plot Size

0.5 acres (0.202 hectares)


Main Services

The following mains services are connected to the property electricity, water, gas and a telephone line. All services will be subject to the appropriate companies transfer conditions.



Central heating is provided by a gas fired boiler situated in a cupboard in Bedroom Four and hot water radiators as indicated in these particulars.



The windows are generally of single glazed timber units with secondary glazing.



The property is to be sold Freehold with vacant possession.


Council Tax

We are advised by the Valuation Office that the property is currently within Council Tax Band F. The amount payable under tax band F for the year 2024/2025 is £3,281.76.



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Agent Notes

Kent Estate Agencies gives notice for themselves and for the sellers of the property, whose agents they are that any floor plans, plans or mapping and measurements are approximate quoted in metric with imperial equivalents. All are for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The measurements are provided in accordance with the R.I.C.S. Code of Measuring Practice 6th edition.<br />We have not carried out a structural survey and the services, appliances and specific fittings have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. Prospective purchasers or lessees should seek their own professional advice. Kent Estate Agencies retain the copyright in all advertising material used to market this property.<br />No person in the employment of Kent Estate Agencies has any authority to make any representation or warranty whatever in relation to this property. Purchase prices, rents or other prices quoted are correct at the date of publication and, unless otherwise stated, exclusive of VAT.<br />For a free valuation of your property contact the number on this brochure.

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