Birling Road, West Malling ME19 5HT
Guide Price £350,000
Tucked away down a private track, off of a country road, yet just 10 minutes' walk up the hill to West Malling High Street, you wouldn't believe this hidden gem existed. This ex-quarry cottage has bags of character (without the drawback of being a listed building) and has been lovingly improved and upgraded throughout. Some of the character features include: stable door, Rangemaster cooker, Butler sink and open brick fireplace. The property benefits from two bedrooms and a first floor bathroom, there is a fitted kitchen and a good sized living room. To the exterior, is an enclosed South facing garden, with a large shed, a hen run/fruit cage, established fruit trees and roses, backing onto a meadow with stream running through. Plus there are 2 parking spaces to the front and an outbuilding/office with power. We highly recommend viewing this house which the owners refer to as "The Mary Poppins cottage - practically perfect in every way", you will not be disappointed. Double glazing throughout, EPC D.Entering through a stone archway into the shared courtyard, with access to outbuilding and space for pots and planters. Solid wood front door.KITCHEN 4.27 x 2.77 (14' x 9'1) maxEntry to house through farmhouse style kitchen with warm wall and floor tiling, cream Rangemaster oven, recently restored wooden worktops and recently modernised Shaker style cupboards, plentyof storage space and a deep Butler sink with recently installed Franke filter tap. BAXI boiler and smart Hive system located in kitchen, along with water softening system. Solid wood, double glazed windows are framed by cute internal shutters.Pass through an open doorway into.LIVING / DINING ROOM 4.24 x 3.45 (13'11 x 11'4) maxWith large solid wood, double glazed windows, this room makes the most of its southerly position and makes every season feel magical. Windows are framed by cream shutters and invite the greenery and sunshine outside into the living space. Plenty of space for armchairs around the fireplace and dining table for guests, this is a lovely cosy room for relaxing; especially when the beautiful brick fireplace has a fire glowing in it. The floors are solid bamboo. The solid wood stable door leading out to the garden adds further character to this charming property. Radiator under window.Back into the kitchen and up the recently installed (by a local carpenter) solid wood staircase, you'll find landing featuring Karndean flooring and access to.MASTER BEDROOM 4.04 x 3.61 (13'3 x 11'4) maxAnother room that truly shines in its southerly position, this room is light, bright and airy. Featuring solid wood, double glazed window framed by beautiful white shutters with wrought iron detailing, crafted by a local carpenter. Flooring is Karndean and there is ample storage in the fitted double wardrobe. Radiator under window.BEDROOM 2 / OFFICE 3.63 x 1.93 (11'11 x 6'4) maxThis lovely room is used by the current owners as an office and craft space, with a fitted double desk creating 2 spacious work stations. However, there is plenty of room for a single bed or fold out double bed (the owners did previously have a fold out double sofa bed in the space that fitted perfectly) additionally to the desk. Radiator under window.Access to spacious, thoroughly insulated and boarded loft through this room.Back in the hallway and into.BATHROOMSpa feel bathroom with lots of recent refurbishments keeping a lovely fresh feel; illuminated mirror, brand new folding shower screen and an entirely new toilet. The bath is the perfect size for a long soak or an awakening power shower.Across the landing is the airing cupboard.Back down the winding staircase, through the farmhouse style kitchen, out of the stable door into.OUTSIDEGARDEN approx. 15.54 x 4.57 (51' x 15')A lovely little sanctuary, south facing and perfect for wildlife spotters, gardeners and enjoying-a-glass-of-wine-in-the-sunshine-folks alike. This little haven backs onto an unspoilt meadow, withstream running through (which you can hear bubbling away in the evenings). Mostly laid to lawn, with all new fencing, log store, hen run / fruit cage and steel based shed. Featuring a number of fruit trees and beautiful roses - including one that the owners believe has been on the property for around 50 years.To the front of the property there is a shared courtyard with plenty of space for new owners to make their own mark with displays of pots and planters - the current owners use this space for herb growing.OUTBUILDINGThis was 2 small brick stores previously, current owners invested in renovations and have created one very useful larger space, suitable for use as a gym, office or studio. With concrete floor, power supplied and network installed and a lovely wooden window.This property benefits from 2 designated parking spaces in the communal but private driveway.The current owners have said:"We've always called this our Mary Poppins house. Because it really is 'practically perfect in every way'. We've loved living here and if we could take her with us when we relocate, we would! This has been a labour of love for us and it's been a joy to live in a house so full of character. Getting to bake bread in the range cooker, make jams from locally foraged fruits, watching buzzards ride the thermals above the house, growing our own veggies and getting to sit by the fire on a cold winters' evening with a cup of hot chocolate make this cottage feel like a holiday home - that we get to live in every day."
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