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Avenue Road, Herne Bay, CT6 8TG  |  £950,000

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Key Points

  • Substantial Detached Georgian Villa
  • Covering An Impressive 3623 sq ft (336.6 sq m)
  • Basement With A Further 3 Reception Rooms/Bedrooms
  • Walled Plot With Gardens Encompassing The Property
  • Gated Off-Road Parking
  • Once Home To Famed Writer George W.M Reynolds
  • 6 Bedrooms & 4 Reception Rooms To The Main House
  • Just Off The Seafront With Partial Sea Views
  • A Plethora Of Period & Architectural Features
  • Once In A Life Time Opportunity - No Forward Chain

Property Information

'Gothic House' is a beautiful Georgian Villa by the sea, set within its own walled garden that gives the feel and seclusion of a house in the countryside with the convenience of the facilities in the town and the pleasure of the seaside all at once.

This incredible local landmark covers 3623 sq ft (336.6 sq m) sprawling over three floors with all rooms of elegant proportion and unique period features are found in abundance. Architectural features include 15’ (4.5m) ceiling heights and Bath stone detailing to the windows and doors.
Gothic House certainly has the feel of a grand residence with four large sitting rooms where lots of people can comfortably spend time together and six elegant light filled bedrooms for having privacy when you want it.
The large, comfortable, light filled rooms provide plenty of space to spend time together and the impressive dining room is perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner parties together in the evening. The study/library provides a cosy and quiet area for reading or somewhere to work.

The family bathroom has a Victorian roll top bath and separate shower cubicle whilst the en-suite to the Master Bedroom is tiled with Fired Earth marble and luxurious ‘Catchpole &  Rye’ walk-in shower and fittings.

You will also have use of a utility room and the generous basement level which offers a myriad of uses. The basement level is currently being used as storage, a  recording studio, office, kitchen and bathroom. It has plenty of natural light and could be converted into separate accommodation or a flat.

Gardens encompass the property, providing a good degree of privacy and various areas to enjoy the sunshine throughout the day. In 2009, planning permission was granted for the conversion of the former coach house which is found to the rear left of the plot. This included kitchen and bathroom facilities. The rear gate provides access to the seafront with the steps to the beach for swimming and sunbathing. This proves to be more like an extension of the walled garden and then you have the whole of the Kent coast to explore.

'Gothic House' has a fascinating History. It used to belong to George W Reynolds, a writer and contemporary of Charles Dickens. The similarity of 'Gothic House' to Dicken’s 'Bleak House' along the coast in Broadstairs is notable, especially because Dickens and Reynolds were rivals, Reynolds being more popular than Dickens in their day! The two rivals even had their offices opposite each other in London. The house also belonged to Sir Francis Fletcher-Vane (5th Baronet of Hutton) who co-founded the Scouts and then moved on with his Italian wife to set up the scout movement in Italy.

The property is situated within a pleasant, central location with views of the seafront in one direction and access to the beautiful 'Oxenden Square' in the other, providing the very best in coastal living. The ultimate dream family home or a spectacular boutique B&B opportunity? Either way, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity not to be missed.

Situated within the heart of Herne Bay's fast up and coming conservation area, endless seafront walks are enjoyed from the doorstep with popular cycle paths leading as far as Margate in one direction and Whitstable the other.
Herne Bay is a desirable coastal town with an array of attractive period architecture and you will find a good range of shopping, restaurants, leisure amenities including rowing, sailing and yacht clubs along with a swimming pool and cinema. The vibrant harbour town of Whitstable is only 5 miles distant which enjoys a variety of shopping, educational and leisure amenities including sailing, water sports and bird watching, as well as the seafood restaurants for which it has become renowned. The Cathedral city of Canterbury is 7.8 miles away with its theatre and cultural amenities, as well as benefiting from excellent public and state schools. The City also boasts the facilities of a major shopping centre enjoying a range of mainstream retail outlets as well as many individual shops.
Excellent transport links are nearby with Herne Bay mainline train station being 0.6 miles away providing direct links to London Victoria in approximately 88 minutes as well as the high speed Javelin service to St Pancras in approximately 86 minutes. Easy access to the A299 is 1 mile away providing road links to London via the M2.


Entrance Hall


Drawing Room 19' 10 x 15' 5 (6.05m x 4.7m )


Sitting Room 19' 6 x 13' 9 (5.95m x 4.2m )


Study 12' 10 x 11' 2 (3.92m x 3.41m )


Kitchen/Dining Family Room 30' 9 x 25' 11 ('L Shape' Room) (9.38m x 7.9m )


First Floor


Master Bedroom 16' 1 x 14' 6 (4.91m x 4.42m )


Bedroom Two 15' 5 x 14' 9 (4.7m x 4.5m )


Bedroom Three 18' 1 x 10' 10 (5.52m x 3.31m )


Bedroom Four 12' 6 x 10' 6 (3.81m x 3.21m )


Bedroom Five 11' 7 x 11' 6 (3.54m x 3.51m )


Bedroom Six 8' 6 x 7' 10 (2.6m x 2.39m )


Family Bathroom




Basement Level (Potential Annexe Accommodation)


Study or Bedroom 12' 2 x 10' 3 (3.71m x 3.13m )


Reception Room or Bedroom 19' 6 x 13' 9 (5.95m x 4.2m )


Second Reception Room Or Bedroom 11' 6 x 11' 5 (3.51m x 3.48m )


Utility Room 10' 10 x 7' 10 (3.31m x 2.39m )


Boiler Room


Main Services

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



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



The windows are generally of single glazed units.



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 G. The amount payable under tax band G for the year 2020/2021 is £3,083.28.



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Agent Notes

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