Waltham Road, Petham, Canterbury
Earley House has distinctive Dutch gable ends and is situated in one of the most outstanding rural locations in a conservation area and a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty close to Canterbury. Standing on rising ground, the house has wonderful views over the Downs.The spacious internal accommodation has been enhanced by the current owners, who have also obtained planning consent for both a substantial extension and adaptation of the attic. Triple glazed windows have been installed in most rooms, and the wiring, plumbing and heating have been overhauled with a new boiler, water tank, smoke, heat and intruder alarms.The current accommodation is centred on a generous staircase hall, with the large drawing room enjoying the finest views across the gardens and the Downs to one side. This room intercommunicates with the dining room, which is of similar proportions and has superb garden views. Both have period fireplaces. The kitchen has a range of recently installed Miele equipment; the adjoining utility room continues through to the breakfast room and can be accessed via a separate back door.On the first floor are a large landing, used as a study, and - to the front - an exceptionally generous master bedroom with magnificent views from four windows facing the Downs. There are three further bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, and a large family shower room. Both bathrooms have recently been refitted. Above are the attics which could be adapted to provide further bedroom space.Planning consent has been granted under ref CA//18/02424 for a scheme including internal and external offices, new kitchen and family room, two further bedrooms and three further bathrooms and extensive heritage style garage complex. Building control drawings are also available.
The delight of this location is not only the wonderful elevated position, which gives superb views across the Downs, but also the fabulous garden and woodland setting. As well as the formal garden, there is a further extensive lawned area beyond the hedge, with trampoline and potential for further games area. Beyond, but not separately fenced, is a large paddock.Earley House is approached off a long drive which winds through a shave of woodland and opens to a large parking/turning space to the front of the house. To one side of the drive, wide and profusely stocked rose beds give colour throughout the summer, and these are complemented by a variety of trees and shrubs. The driveway leads to the right, where there is a brick built garage and a second more modern garage. The gardens contain a 6-person wood-fired hot tub for bathing under the sky.