Steeped in history with an abundance of original features this substantial semi-detached period home is presented to an exceptional standard. Forming the largest part of the former Northwood Manor, the property offers spacious and versatile living accommodation of approximately 237m Sq over three floors comprising of five double bedrooms, three bathrooms, a contemporary kitchen, a spacious living room and home office area.
Stepping through the ornately hand-carved and etched glass porch doors, into the hallway with 13ft high ceilings, you immediately sense the period elegance of this beautiful home. The majestic reception hall and solid oak staircase are original to the manor house and with half-height oak paneling, deep skirting boards and staircase fitted with muted gold stair runner and antique brass stair rods, it provides you with an immediate sense of grandeur, making 4 Northwood House every inch a statement period home.
The ground floor has been adapted to suit the needs of a modern family with a functional home office area organised to the end of the entrance hallway with bespoke fitted shelving, cupboards and desks. A useful storage cupboard lies beneath the stairs.
Discover pure, period elegance in the formal sitting room; an opulent space decorated in Farrow & Ball tones and illuminated by an impressive chandelier and antique brass wall sconces. The restored and treated exposed oak flooring adds depth and character to this elegant room while the original fireplace houses a wood burning stove that makes this room cosy and warm in the winter. Flanked on either side by two sets of French doors opening to the front terrace, this truly is a room for all seasons.
Leading on from the lounge is the large bespoke, contemporary kitchen with breakfast bar housing twin Bosch fan assisted ovens, twin induction hobs with large extractor hood, a built-in Bosch microwave oven and an abundance of wall and base units including twin larder cupboards and space for a large stand-alone fridge/freezer. The kitchen is spacious and setup perfectly for the functionality that a home this size needs to cope with the demands of family life. The current owners spend much of their time cooking, baking and casually dining at the six-seater dining table where they can take advantage of the light and airy space provided by the floor to ceiling patio door that opens onto the enclosed courtyard garden that has been setup as a secluded outside dining and barbeque area.
Leading off the kitchen you have a versatile utility and laundry room with wall and base units for storage, integrated dishwasher and washer/dryer appliances and a work surface incorporating a 1.5 drainer sink unit. Leading further back into the downstairs guest cloakroom.
Take the original solid oak staircase up to the vast first floor, where a family bathroom with walk-in shower lies directly ahead.
The Principal Bedroom enjoys a front facing aspect with a large window commanding pleasant views over the gardens. This generous bedroom boasts its own dressing room and walk-in wardrobe.
Bedroom Two is an equally impressive double bedroom and features an en-suite bathroom complete with roll top bath.
Bedroom Three is a spacious double with French doors that open onto a large roof terrace overlooking the vine covered ‘secret garden’ below, the garden grounds of Northwood to the front and provides a sunny and secluded space to relax.
Take another flight of wide stairs up to the second floor where you will find a charming dormer window with galleried section that serves as a library area with a quiet reading nook. With sloping ceilings and roof lights, this floor has two double bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchenette complete with sink and integrated fridge that make this an ideal space for guests, teenage children, and extended families when visiting.
ENTRANCE PORCH With double glazed door leading to:-
RECEPTION HALL Spacious with radiator and home office / study area complete with bespoke fitted storage and twin desks.
SITTING ROOM 7.36m x 4.26m With two double glazed French doors to front, two radiators, stunning feature fireplace with log burner, wooden glazed door leading to porch, garage and ‘secret garden’.
KITCHEN / DINING ROOM 6.09m x 4.6m With round stainless steel preparation bowl/sink, pull-out mixer tap, space for fridge freezer, twin 'Bosch' ovens, twin induction hobs with extractor over, built in microwave oven, work surface with draws and cupboards under and wall mounted cupboards, larder cupboards, glass splash back panels, double glazed patio door to side leading to enclosed courtyard garden, doubled glazed door to rear.
UTILITY ROOM 2.39m x 2.01m With one and half bowl sink unit, mixer tap, work surface with cupboards under, built in dishwasher, built in washing machine, wall mounted cupboards.
CLOAKROOM With close coupled WC, wash basin with vanity unit under, double glazed window to side, radiator.
BEDROOM TWO 4.39m x 4.23m With double glazed window to rear, radiator.
ENSUITE With free standing roll top bath, pedestal wash basin, low level WC, radiator, storage cupboards, double glazed windows to front and side, part tiled.
BATHROOM (First Floor) 2.96 x 2.38m (max) With double glazed window to side, radiator, low level WC, wash hand basin with vanity unit under, large shower, part tiled.
PRINCIPAL BEDROOM 4.4m x 3.61m accessed via dressing room with double glazed window front, radiator.
WALK-IN WARDROBE 2.38m x 2.4m with double glazed window to front and radiator.
BEDROOM THREE 4.38 x 3.29 With radiator, double glazed French doors leading to roof terrace.
LANDING (Second Floor) With double glazed windows to side, double glazed 'Velux' window to side, kitchen area with stainless steel single drainer sink, mixer tap, work surface with draws and cupboards under.
BEDROOM FOUR (Second Floor) 4.35m x 3.6m With double glazed windows to rear, double glazed Velux window to side, radiator.
BATHROOM (Second Floor) With wall hung wash basin, close coupled WC, radiator, P-shaped bath with shower over, double glazed Velux window to side, part tiled.
BEDROOM FIVE (Second Floor) 3.66m x 3.56m With double glazed window to front, double glazed 'Velux' window to side, radiator.
GARAGE 4.44m x 4.40m With electric door, power and light, double glazed door to 'secret garden’ area.
Designed and built by George Burge who was instrumental in the design and construction of Herne Bay Pier in the 1830’s and St Katherines Dock. As a lesser-known seaside resort at the time, Mr Burge was captivated by the town and seafront and the construction of Herne Bay Pier helped put the town on the map as a port for trade, investment and development and the origin for the famous ‘Whitstable & Herne Bay Oysters’. Northwood House has enjoyed many different uses over the years including an all-boys boarding school in the early 1900’s, an RAF officers base during WWII and a successful hotel before being converted into a private housing estate in the 1960’s.
No expense was spared in the design and construction of Northwood Manor which is clear from the solid oak staircase and oak panelled sitting room which was formerly the Chapel of the boys school and that still finds itself pride of place in the heart of 4 Northwood house. Externally the home is inspired by the Regency period in England, combining both Georgian and Victorian architecture and functional design.
“We purchased the property almost twenty years ago and with fast-paced city careers, we both craved a quieter place to live on the weekends; but easily accessible for us to continue working in London. When we viewed the property, she was in a very poor condition, however, as soon as we walked through the entrance hall we were overwhelmed by the sheer size and magnificence of this remarkable building and the potential that lay beneath the surface and so we readily accepted the challenge to restore this beautiful old building to her former glory. The rooms all boast generous proportions and even though we have four children and relatives that visit from abroad, we never get the feeling of being on top of one another as there is ample space for all twelve of us to live together comfortably. We have three separate and enclosed outside areas for sitting, dining and relaxing and the communal gardens and grounds have a natural feel where the outlook is wonderfully leafy and green in every direction so whether you're in the house or outside there is always an air of peaceful seclusion. This property has enabled us to have that idyllic lifestyle that we had been looking for when we first moved here with the added advantage of having everything we need conveniently within reach.”
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