Nouds Oast is a fine example of Kent’s architectural heritage, showcasing twin oast roundels with their conical roofs, giving the property a distinct identity, whilst providing a spacious, contemporary home for a modern family lifestyle. The property was converted in the 1980s to a design by Lee Evans Architects, for which they won an award. A main aim was to take advantage of the great views over the surrounding orchards and towards the Swale estuary and this was achieved by bringing the kitchen and some reception rooms to the first floor, with direct access to a large south facing terrace.The...entrance doorway gives access into a former kiln which is now a striking reception hall. A magnificent cantilevered staircase rises to the open galleried landing above. The adjoining library is in the second kiln and is well fitted with book shelves and ideal for home working.The landing on the first floor leads through to the reception rooms, which comprise a study, sitting room, formal dining room and adjacent kitchen/breakfast room, which all have access onto the terrace, which affords elevated views of the surrounding landscape. The comfortable suite of principal bedroom, dressing room and en suite bathroom are on the second floor, reached by stairs from the study. The remainder of the bedrooms and bathrooms are on the ground floor, but well separated from the living areas. There is a wine cellar, utility room and a garage/workshop.At the west end is the cottage annexe, which is currently part of the main property, but which could easily be used as self contained. It comprises a kitchen, a garden/dining room and a snug, with two bedrooms and a bathroom upstairs. Evergreen hedging fronts the lane, as well as forming much of the plot boundaries, with a circular driveway and ovoid planted bed complementing the oast architecture and providing a considered sense of arrival at this unique home. A timber, five-bar gate leads through to the garage and workshop, along with the barn-style outbuilding housing a car-port, storage areas and a dog run. The gardens are well-maintained and designed, with areas laid to lawn, curved flower borders, trellis with climbing plants and spots for outdoor dining and entertaining. A timber stairway leads up to the elevated terrace, which takes full advantage of the sunny aspects.There is a well maintained all-weather tennis court and the kitchen garden has been carefully designed with paths around raised beds, with two sheds and a greenhouse.
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