18th Century family home in centre of historic town, convenient for London

18th Century family home in centre of historic town, convenient for London

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4 chambres
Couchages 8
3 salles de bain
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Ours is an early Georgian house in the cathedral precinct of Rochester, actually looking out on the cathedral, and just a few steps from the medieval castle and the estuary of the river Medway. Dickens was very fond of our street and used it to illustrate his last novel, The Mystery of .Edwin Drood. It is a house of 4 storeys, with 2 good sized rooms on each level.

To the right of the entrance hall is a sitting room with a fireplace, sofa, tv, armchairs, desk etc. The shuttered windows look out onto the cobbled street and the cathedral. The hall leads to a kitchen/diner the full width of the house. The kitchen features a formidable 'batterie de cuisine', a large american fridge/ freezer, dishwasher, gas hob and electric oven, and a wood stove. Off the kitchen is a sunroom leading to the garden.

The 'piano nobile' has a front room the width of the house, again with fine views of the cathedral. I use this room as a studio/sitting room. It has a sofa bed, desks, tables, and bookcases. The back room is the master bedroom with en suite shower room.

The top floor has 2 double bedrooms, each with en suite bath/shower room. Again both have fine views. The central staircase is lit by a skylight.

The lower ground floor has 2 large rooms, the front being my studio, and the back is a utility room with washer, dryer, fridge/freezer.

The garden is a good size, with a sitting, eating and cooking area, beyond which is a herbaceous border along one brick wall, and 2 parterres given over to the growing of fruits and vegetables. There is a garage at the end of the garden.

The house is Grade One listed, because of its age and architectural interest.

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  1. We are a middle aged couple whose children have recently left home. We are semi retired (ha!), I (Elizabeth) am a FrameMaker/gilder, and Oliver is an engineer/gardener. Our interests are books, art, music, film, history, walking, cooking, antique collecting.





Rochester is part of a larger conurbation at the mouth of the River Medway, and contains the medieval centre of castle and cathedral, and a High Street a few minutes walk away with good coffee shops, pubs, delis, greengrocer, hardware shop, art supply shop, baker, restaurants, etc. There is an excellent supermarket over the bridge (8 minute walk). The train station is at the other end of the High Street with frequent high speed trains to London, a journey of between 45 to 60 minutes.

There is so much to see in Rochester itself--it would be quicker for you to look online than for me to try to make a list. One of my favourites is the Restoration House, just across the park from us. There is also much to see and do in Kent. My favourites are the historic shipyard at Chatham, the Saturday market in Faversham, the fish market in Whitstable, the Tuesday market at Maidstone, kayaking on the Medway, river walks, a visit to Sandwich, the sandy beaches at Margate. I could go on.

Our street is unique and attracts many sightseers during the day, probably because Dickens described it as the "quietest street in England"! Our children tell us that the nightlife in the High Street is fine, and our grandchildren enjoy the great open spaces around the castle, the High Street shops, as well as the many activities which result from our historic status. Our neighbours are friendly, and we have a sense of communality as residents of these historical houses.

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