A Grade ll* Listed semi-detached house of architectural and historic importance, the original house dates from 1680’s, with evidence of medieval walls in the basement and remodelled facades in the 1820’s. Set in the heart of Rochester with a westerly aspect overlooking the River Medway and Backfiel
A Grade ll* Listed semi-detached house of architectural and historic importance, the original house dates from 1680's, with evidence of medieval walls in the basement and remodelled facades in the 1820's. Set in the heart of Rochester with a westerly aspect overlooking the River Medway and Backfields Park.
Originating from the Restoration period with 1820's facades and a 1990's addition, this substantial eye catching and stunning Grade ll* listed house under an interestingly designed Kent peg tile roofs and valleys, is set on St Margaret's Street in one of the most sought after locations in Rochester. The house has a highly distinctive front elevation with oriel window on the first floor and many period features such as wood panelling, fireplaces, oak staircase, exposed beams, doors, basement rooms dating from the medieval period and sash windows with shutters. One particular highlight is the plaster mouldings in the drawing room, featuring pomegranates, oak and acanthus leaves and shields, dating from the 1680's and mentioned in the house listing, believed to be by the person responsible for similar craftsmanship in the Guildhall, Rochester and Cobham Hall, Cobham. Unusually for the heart of Rochester there is ample secure parking for 8/10 cars and an extensive walled west facing rear garden with mature trees such as Copper Beech, Robinia, Acacia, Quince and Walnut. There is a listed early Victorian wooden summerhouse set on the western wall overlooking the River Medway and Backfields Park, perfectly placed to enjoy uninterrupted views and superb sunsets. The house has been loosely set out as two living areas and is ideal for extended families or as one large home. The house lies within a conservation area and sits well with historic landmarks including the Cathedral, Chertsey Castle Gate, Rochester Castle and the restored, vibrant High Street with its independent shops, cafes and restaurants. Rochester is well known for its association with Charles Dickens and hosts a variety of cultural festivals during the year, such as Sweeps, Dickensian Christmas and Castle gardens concerts. The attractive High Street is lined with a selection of period buildings dating from Georgian and Victorian times. There are a range of schools, private and state, including Kings School, Rochester Girls Grammar School and the Mathematical school all within walking distance. The mainline station is within a few minutes' walk and has excellent services to London Cannon Street, Charing Cross, Victoria and a hi-speed service to Ebbsfleet (18min), Stratford and St Pancras (38 min). There are also excellent road links via the A2, M2, M20 and M25 to Maidstone, Canterbury, London, Bluewater shopping centre, Ebbsfleet International Station and Gatwick Airport.
ENTRANCE DOOR to
HALL: 18’6 x 16’, sash window to side with shutters, exposed beamed ceiling, original cast iron fireplace, cast iron radiators, original corner cupboard, impressive original oak staircase to first floor, built-in cupboard, door to rear hall
SIDE HALL: with door to garden, leading to kitchen
DRAWING ROOM: 19’7 x 18’4, a grand room, sash windows with shutters to front, original listed plaster mouldings ceiling dating from 1680 with pomegranate, oak and acanthus leaves and shields, brick open fireplace with marble surrounds and stone hearth, original wall panelling, bell pulls
KITCHEN: 12’4 x 11’7, window to side, bespoke fitted kitchen cupboards, wood worktops with inset sink, space for freestanding cooker and fitted extractor hood, quarry tiled flooring, plumbed for dishwasher, feature exposed brick wall with timber beams, cast iron radiator
INNER HALL: door to rear kitchen/breakfast room, doors and stairs to
BASEMENT ROOMS: medieval origins basement rooms with subsequent alterations, main chamber 16’4 x 16’2, brick floor, coal chute, power and light, meters, floor hatch with steps to wine cellar
Corridor to UTILITY ROOM: 8’6 x 7’8, worktop with double drainer sink unit, steps down to second chamber: 12’7 x 9’ coal chute
KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM: a large L-shaped room, 27’1 x 18’6, sash window to rear and original casement window to side, exposed ceiling beams, worktops with inset sink, original cast iron range cooker, freestanding dresser base with oak worktop, original brick fireplace with recess for cooker, built-in larder cupboard, tiled floor, oak stairs to first floor, understairs cupboard, radiator and skirting radiator, door to garden and door to
DINING ROOM: 18’8 x 14’, sash windows to rear with shutters, cast iron fireplace with marble surround, alcove cupboard, radiator, door to
EXTENSION: HALL: 15’ x 13’8 max, double glazed hexagonal pitched roof window, sealed unit double glazed wooden sash window to rear, radiator, tiled flooring
CLOAKROOM: wash hand basin, low level w.c, radiator, tiled floor
SITTING ROOM: 22’4 x 15’4, four sets of three quarter height sealed unit double glazed wooden windows to side and rear, radiators, tiled floor, ¾ height sealed unit double glazed wooden doors to garden
FIRST FLOOR MAIN LANDING: oak staircase to the second floor
BEDROOM ONE: 20’ x 15’6, oriel bay with sash windows to front with shutters, cast iron fireplace with marble mantlepiece surround, floorboards, radiator, EN-SUITE BATHROOM window to side, panelled bath with mains fed shower over, low level w.c, wash hand basin in unit, tiled splashback, wall panelling, radiator
BEDROOM TWO: 18’9 x 16’4, sash window to front, cast iron fireplace with mantlepiece surround, door to lobby with door to second landing
FIRST FLOOR SECONDARY LANDING: sash window to side, staircase to second floor, door to lobby with door to bedroom two, small lobby with cupboard housing new gas boiler for central heating and hot water for rear half of the house, door to bedroom three
CLOAKROOM: wash hand basin, low level w.c, plumbed for washing machine, airing cupboard
BEDROOM THREE: 23’7 x 14’2, triple sash windows to rear overlooking garden and River, alcove cupboard with door to fire escape, cast iron fireplace, radiators, concealed door to main landing, door to
BEDROOM FOUR/DRESSING ROOM: 14’6’ x 9’, secondary double glazed wooden sash window to rear overlooking garden, radiator, door to EN-SUITE BATHROOM: windows to side, panelled bath, pedestal wash hand basin, low level w.c, bidet, tiled splashback, built-in cupboard
SECOND FLOOR MAIN LANDING: exposed beams, connecting doors to second landing, roof lantern window
BEDROOM FIVE: 20’1 x 15’6, sash window to front, radiator, access to walk-in cupboard (potential shower space)
REAR LANDING: wall panelling
BATHROOM: window to side, panelled bath with mains fed shower, pedestal wash hand basin, low level w.c, built-in cupboards, plumbed for washing machine, access to loft space
SEPARATE WC: window to side, low level w.c, gas boiler for central heating and hot water to front section of house
BEDROOM NINE/KITCHEN: 14’5 x 9’3, secondary double glazed sash window to rear overlooking garden and River, fitted worktop with inset sink with drawers under, fitted wall shelf and cupboards, door to
BEDROOM EIGHT: 14’5 x 10’6, secondary double glazed sash window to rear overlooking garden and River, door to main landing
SECOND FLOOR SECONDARY LANDING: window and door to fire escape, door and steps to second floor main landing
BEDROOM SIX: 16’5 x 14’9, sash window to front, wall panelling, fitted cupboard
BEDROOM SEVEN: 15’2 x 14’6’, sash window to rear overlooking garden and River, steps with panelling, alcove cupboards, built-in cupboards, access to loft space
BATHROOM: panelled bath, low level w.c, wash hand basin, tiled splashback, access to loft space
EXTERIOR: Wide vehicular and pedestrian gates lead into the front and side gardens, walled boundary, flower and shrub beds, shingle driveway with ample parking for 8/10 cars. Access to the large, mature west facing REAR GARDEN: approximately 120’ x 90’, a walled garden with full width flagstone terrace beside the house, idea for alfresco dining, lawns with an abundance of flower and shrub borders and beds, mature trees such as Copper Beech, Acacia, Walnut, Robinia and Quince, a wrought iron rail, mature trees and shrubs surround an attractive fishpond and feeder pond with fountain and pump house, there is a Listed early Victorian wooden summerhouse set on the rear boundary wall with sash windows and original wooden bench, perfectly placed to enjoy uninterrupted views and superb sunsets across Backfields Park and River Medway. In the garden, along the back wall there is a concealed spiral staircase and gate leading onto Backfields, which could be made usable.
Services: Mains water, gas and electricity (three phase wiring in place). Heating is provided by two gas fired boilers.
Fixtures and Fittings: Only such items as are mentioned in the particulars are included in the sale.
Local Authority: Medway Council. Council Tax: Band G
Directions. From Rochester High Street follow Boley Hill, past the Castle and Cathedral into St Margaret’s Street. The house will be found on your right hand side.