Shalmsford Bridge Manor is a substantial six bedroom period property full of character and offering well arranged accommodation set in gardens of about 2.6 acres, with the benefit of a self-contained coach house, garaging and swimming pool.
The property is Grade II listed as being of Special Architectural or Historic Interest. Particular features include; oak strip floors, bay windows with full height oak glazed sash windows, inglenook fireplace with Bressumer beam and high ceilings and dining room with fine moulded plaster ceiling with bosses. The current owners have recently refurbished the kitchen / breakfast room which has been arranged to provide an island unit having inset five ring gas hob, gas fired Aga, granite worktops (space for American style fridge freezer), a utility area (space for washing machine and dishwasher) with butler sink and breakfast area with door to outside.
The first floor is reached by a broad wooden staircase in two flights. After a short first flight, there is a cloakroom / shower room with basin and low level WC. The second flight finishes at a generous landing area with access to roof space with loft ladder and has fine exposed timbers and doors leading to an impressive principal bedroom suite with full height exposed timbers, brick fireplace with Bressumer beam and tiled hearth and door to ensuite shower with wash hand basin. There are five further bedrooms, a sewing room and a separate door from the landing leads to the family bathroom which has been refitted with corner bath, twin basins, low level WC, walk-in airing cupboard and brick fireplace with Bressumer beam and exposed timbers.
THE COACH HOUSE
The Coach House lies to the north west of the house, having elevations that are of painted mellow brickwork under a tiled roof with adjacent garaging and garden store. The ground floor of the coach house consists of two virtually identical bedroom suites with shower rooms and WCs each being reached via an entrance lobby from the front door. On the first floor, a verandah balcony leads to a games room / office containing separate gas boiler.
Historical Note: The Manor of Shalmsford Bridge is mentioned in both Hasteds History of Kent (2nd ed vol 7 pp 310-311) and Irelands History of the County of Kent (vol 2 pp 540-541). It is described as forming part of the Bishop of Bayeuxs estate and is mentioned in Domesday. It is named after its location close to the bridge over the River Stour and was one of the six manors in the area. In the reign of Edward I, it was held by Roger de Shalmsford and earlier spellings of his name include Essamelesford and Scamelesford.
GROUNDS AND GARDENS
From the road, Shalmsford Bridge Manor is reached via automatic metal gates via a curving drive which leads to the parking and turning area to the front of the house and the coach house to the side. The house is set well back from the road and enjoys an attractive outlook across the Stour Valley and towards the North Downs. The gardens are mainly hedge enclosed, tree lined and include a water garden, a sheltered terrace and a variety of flowering and ornamental trees, shrubs and sweeping lawns. The swimming pool stands close to the eastern side of the house and measures approximately 38 by 15 having a paved surround and low brick walls to two sides. There is a timber summerhouse. In all, the grounds extend to about 2.6 acres.
The property is situated within the triangle formed by the City of Canterbury, Faversham and Ashford. With local amenities nearby, these three towns offer excellent shopping centres, a good choice of well regarded schools in both the public and private sector, recreational opportunities and mainline railway services.
SPORT AND LOCAL AMENITIES
Sporting and recreational opportunities in the area include various golf courses including Canterbury and the Links courses at Deal and Sandwich (including Royal St Georges), sailing on the coast, county cricket at Canterbury, day trips to France via Eurotunnel, the newly refurbished Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and pleasant walks and rides over the various footpaths in the area.
The property is well placed for access to the M2, with connections to high speed rail services from Chilham (1 mile, London St Pancras 67 minutes), Canterbury West (4.9 miles, London St Pancras 56 minutes) and Ashford International (10.6 miles, London St Pancras 38 minutes) which also has services to the continent via Eurostar (Paris 1 hour 52 minutes) or via Eurotunnel at Cheriton (21 miles).
From the Wincheap roundabout in Canterbury take the A28 towards Ashford. After 1.75 miles and at the Milton Manor roundabout take the 3rd exit continuing on the A28. Follow this road for approximately 2.5 miles. Shalmsford Bridge Manor will be found on the right hand side, identified by our For Sale board, immediately before the left turn to Shalmsford Street.