A Grade ll Listed detached house of architectural and historic importance, the original house dates from 1683, with a substantial addition to the front in 1810. Set in the heart of Rochester with a westerly aspect overlooking the River Medway and Backfields Park.
Originating from the Restoration period with a substantial later Georgian addition, this eye catching and stunning Grade ll listed house of mellow brick construction under Kent peg tile and slate roofs, is set back from St Margaret’s Street in one of the most sought after locations in Rochester. The house has a highly attractive symmetrical elevation and many period features such as wood panelling, fireplaces, plaster cornices, doors, sash windows and shutters. There is a tandem style brick and timber garage, parking space and timber work shed with access from St Margaret’s Street. Known at different times as ‘Zennor’ or ‘The Hall’, the house has extensive accommodation ideal as a family home. Set behind a walled frontage, the gardens are a delight with a formal planted front garden and westerly facing rear garden with access into Backfields Park leading down to the River Medway. 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 new 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.
Wrought iron double gates lead to a central flagstone path through the formal front garden to the house. There is an impressive original Georgian door, a large open reception hall with elegant rising staircase, attractive curved wall, wood panelling and archway to the rear hall and door to the garden. The drawing room overlooks the front garden and has display wall niches and marble fireplace. From the rear hall is the formal dining room overlooking the walled garden, the family room with a similar aspect has a substantial Inglenook fireplace with bressumer over and opens into the kitchen with bespoke pine fittings, a gas fired Aga cooker and further integrated hob and oven. A rear room has doors to utility and cloakroom. From the family room there is access to the cellar comprising 5/6 chambers ideal for wine and storage. There is also a cloakroom off the reception hall. The first floor has a master bedroom with bay window overlooking the rear garden and River Valley, a further two double and a single bedroom and two bathrooms, one with a cast iron fireplace and brick chimney breast. This latter bathroom leads through to a laundry room with fitted and walk-in cupboards. This may well previously have been part of the servants quarters. On the second floor are two double bedrooms with a substantial attic room off one, plus a single bedroom. The bedrooms are all of excellent proportion allowing a feeling of light and space. The ground floor lends itself as a great space for entertaining, opening out onto the rear terrace and garden.
The walled front garden, which affords the house some privacy off St Margaret’s Street, has a mixture of bedded plants, trees and flagstone pathways. There is a side passage leading to a side entrance into the rear part of the house. Access from St Margaret’s Street leads to a brick and timber tandem garage built in 1901 with further parking space and a substantial wooden workshed. Rear pedestrian access leads to a fenced storage area and gate into the west facing walled rear garden of approximately 90’. There is a full width flagstone terrace ideal for alfresco dining, lawn with flower and shrub beds, fruit trees and soft fruit canes and beds. A wooden summer house, with power and light, is perfectly placed to enjoy uninterrupted views and superb sunsets across Backfields Park and River Medway. There is a gate allowing access into the park and a pleasant walk to the banks of the River Medway.
Services: Mains water, gas and electricity. Heating is provided by a gas fired boiler.
Fixtures and Fittings: Only such items as are mentioned in the particulars are included in the sale.
Local Authority: Medway Council. Telephone: Council Tax: Band G
Viewing: Strictly by appointment through the Sole Agents Machin Lane, Rochester, telephone: Hours of business: Monday to Friday 9-6pm Saturday 10-5pm.
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.