7 bed Detached House
Stray Lees Farm, 18 Blean Hill, Blean
An exquisite, detached house with a generous guest annexe, double storey garage and just over sixteen acres of grounds including woodland, manicured gardens, and a pond, in a spectacular rural setting near Canterbury. Stray Lees Farm was built in 1920 and displays a wealth of charming period features such as exposed brick, oak doors, and stripped beams. The property offers almost 2800 sq. ft of luxuriously appointed accommodation which works perfectly for modern family living.
The main entrance to the house is reached via some smart brick steps which leads one to a solid oak door. This opens into a charming entrance lobby perfect for storing coats and shoes.
A glazed door opens into a stunning entrance hallway which is flooded with light and has several storage cupboards and a cloakroom stylishly finished with natural stone tiles. The dark contemporary flooring is a beautiful contrast to the interior oak doors that have been fitted throughout.
To the left there is a triple aspect family living area, the kitchen breakfast room has been fitted with an extensive range of bespoke, contemporary units, set around a rich granite topped island and breakfast bar and a range of integrated appliances, including two NEFF Hide & Slide multi-function ovens, Miele induction hob and inset downdraft extractor.
The kitchen has been cleverly designed by the owners themselves and incorporates a full range of high-end appliances including Miele integrated coffee machine, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, NEFF combi-microwave, and warming drawers within the beautiful gloss units.
The kitchen is further complemented by a fully equipped utility room with oak stable door to the west side of the garden and provides a perfect area for muddy wellies.
To the right of the hallway a formal sitting room, which benefits from light and views to both sides of the property. Central to the room there is an exposed brick fireplace with magnificent oak bressumers that encompasses a grand wood burning stove.
Stairs ascend to the first floor where one will find a beautiful galleried landing which leads to four generously proportioned bedrooms and a well-appointed family bathroom with free standing bath and rainfall shower, beautifully finished with natural stone.
The main bedroom is dual aspect with impressive views of Stray Lees grounds. It also offers a dressing room and a luxury ensuite bathroom.
ANNEXE & GARAGE:
The double garage blends beautifully with the main house and annexe, two sets of double wooden doors open into the main garage and a side entrance provides access to a WC/wet room, dog shower and laundry area with the generous office space above.
Between the garage and the annexe, two stunning pine trees and brick steps provide a division between the main house and a detached barn style annexe, there are two double bedrooms, double aspect living room, a study/bedroom and a perfectly equipped double aspect kitchen diner and well-appointed bathroom and ground floor WC.
This has been used as a very successful holiday let but could equally be the perfect place to home a relative that is looking for independence, yet close to the main house.
Stray Lees Farm is set within sixteen acres of glorious, park-like grounds, which back directly onto an enchanting woodland. The property is approached via a set of twin electronic gates, which open onto a gravelled driveway, which provides extensive parking.
The grounds have been thoughtfully landscaped and are a credit to the current owner who has beautifully planted shrubs and flowers. An array of mature trees offers delicate amount of shade and there is a large pond which encourages plenty of wildlife.
The woodland is private to this home also gives access to the crab and winkle way where a cycle path would lead directly to Whitstable or Canterbury.
Blean is situated between Canterbury and Whitstable and is a small village with a good sense of community. It has its own doctor's surgery, shops, and village hall, housing a great preschool with the recreation park adjacent. There is a garden centre, a pub and one of the most well-regarded primary schools in the Canterbury area, as well as Blean Woods Nature Reserve just behind the house! Canterbury and Whitstable are both nearby and offer a wide range of both independent and high street shops, doctors, dentists, leisure facilities and plenty of secondary schools, which can be reached by a regular bus route.
The cathedral city of Canterbury is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, with a thriving city centre offering a wide array of High Street brands alongside a diverse mix of independent retailers, cafes, and international restaurants. The city also offers a fine selection of sporting, leisure, and recreational and cultural amenities, including the refurbished Marlowe Theatre.
Canterbury has an excellent choice of educational amenities, ranging from Grammar schools to well-regarded private schools (kings, St Edmunds, and Kent College), and three universities, all within 1 mile of the property. Canterbury offers a regular rail service to London Victoria, Charing Cross and Cannon Street and the high-speed rail link connects with London's St Pancras from Canterbury West station in just 55 minutes. A regular Stagecoach bus service and good road links to London and the coast via A290/M2.'
The popular seaside town of Whitstable is just 4.4 miles away and famous for its seafood and its annual Oyster Festival held at the vibrant harbour and picturesque quayside. The town has a variety of independent shops and boutiques, as well as high street names.
The local primary school has an outstanding Ofsted rating and an excellent choice of secondary schools, numerous restaurants, and excellent leisure facilities