A New England-Style Home, Built in 1840, in the U.K.’s Kent
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Location: Brookland, Kent, U.K.
Price: £1.95 million (US$2.52 million)
This New England-style home lies in Kent, England, and has a sense of a different place. With its striking weatherboarding and veranda and isolated rural setting, it has the feel of the East Coast of America or South Africa, according to selling agent James Klonaris.
Named Foster House, the period timber property sits on Romney Marsh, a low-lying coastal area with an otherworldly quality. Romney Marsh has big skies, diverse wildlife, and ends at Dungeness—a large, shingle-covered headland surrounded by the English Channel.
Foster House, built in 1840, is “sprawling” and “ethereal”, with versatile accommodation, according to James Klonaris of The Modern House estate agency. “And despite its sense of rural isolation, it’s minutes from Rye and Camber Sands,” he added.
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The six-bedroom house is on three acres of gardens and meadows and adjoins open fields. The all-round rural views can be enjoyed from its veranda and wraparound terrace, which double as living spaces. On its grounds are a number of weatherboard outbuildings offering extra space for staying relatives and guests, and creative spaces for yoga and art.
Inside the house, the all-white walls feature tongue and groove cladding under timber ceilings, which continue the New England look. Throughout the house, there are wide sash windows, church-like proportions, pitched ceilings, and living spaces opening onto the gardens, merging the indoor and outdoor spaces.
Furnished in vintage rural style, the house has an inviting kitchen with a four-meter pitched timber ceiling, a range cooker set in a hearth, and painted window shutters. It opens onto a dining room, which creates a sociable entertaining space. Smoked oak floorboards, meanwhile, feature throughout the two rooms.
To the rear of the house is Willow Cottage, a one-bedroom dwelling with an integral glasshouse conservatory and a hot tub on its decked veranda, which is ideal for a holiday let.
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The 3,000-square-foot house has three acres of land; five bedrooms, including a primary bedroom; and three bathrooms (two are en-suite). Willow Cottage offers a further bedroom and bathroom.
The property’s outbuildings bring the property up to about 6,500 square feet of living space.
The outbuildings include a rustic log cabin, a timber-clad studio, a detached “beach” studio, and a detached workshop with Crittall windows throughout and whitewashed floorboards.
Separated from the house by a large pile of cut logs is an artist’s studio converted from a barn. It has a north-facing window and is largely open plan, with four-meter ceilings.
Elsewhere, there is a 1950s caravan and vintage Airstream trailer.
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The house is located in the village of Brookland, on the Kent/East Sussex border. It is a 10-minute drive from the sea. The town of Rye, which has a wide range of amenities and a railway station with services to London that take about an hour, is about six miles away.
Agent: James Klonaris, The Modern House
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