A superbly situated country house set in gardens and grounds of about five and a half acres with far reaching views across Romney Marsh in a coveted position close to the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye.
ROOMS Open entrance porch, Entrance vestibule, Reception hall, Drawing room, Sitting room, Dining room, Study, Kitchen/breakfast room, Garden room, Cloakroom, Boot room, Cellar, Boiler room, Store, Gardener's WC, Galleried landing, Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room, Five further bedrooms, Bathrooms, Shower room. Oil central heating. Partial double glazing. EPC rating D. Double garage. Further garage and large workshop. Gardens & grounds of about 5.5 acres
LOCATION The property is delightfully situated on high ground, about 1 mile to the East of the Ancient Town and Cinque Port of Rye renowned for its historical associations, medieval fortifications, including the Landgate and Ypres Tower, and fine period architecture with half timbered houses clustered around the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin with its ornate gilded Quarter Boys clock and 18th century Town Hall with open arcaded lower storey and cupola on the roof. As well as its charm and history, the town has a comprehensive range of shopping facilities and an active local community, with the arts being strongly represented. Rye Arts Festival and Rye International Jazz Festival are held annually. From the town there are local train services to Eastbourne and to Ashford International from where there are high speed connections to London St Pancras (37 minutes) and to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam via Eurostar. The M20 may be joined at Ashford via the improved and upgraded A2070 and A259. Sporting facilities in the area include golf at Rye, tennis at Rye Lawn Tennis Club with reputedly among the very best grass courts in the country, sailing on the south coast and many fine countryside and coastal walks.
DESCRIPTION Aldie House is an imposing detached family house dating from the early 1930's occupying an elevated position facing principally to the South and enjoying views across the Romney Marshes towards the sea. The property, which is in need of general modernisation, is of pleasing elevations of mellow brick, part tile hung with two projecting double height bay windows to the front, and the light filled well proportioned accommodation is arranged primarily over two levels, as shown on the floor plan.
GROUND FLOOR The property is approached via an open entrance porch and a panelled front door which open into an entrance vestibule with a cloakroom and a boot room to either side. Double doors lead through to a spacious reception hall with oak strip flooring and a turned staircase to the first floor galleried landing. From the hall, glazed double doors open to a garden room with a tiled floor and bi-fold doors to the outside.
The double aspect drawing room has a wide, south facing bay window overlooking the garden and a fireplace with a marble inner surround and decorative outer surround. The sitting room has a glazed sliding door with matching side panel opening to the garden and a fireplace with a marble outer surround.
The well proportioned dining room has a bay window to the south, a fireplace with a marble surround and arch recesses with fitted display shelving. Adjoining is a good-sized study.
The double aspect kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with an extensive range of cabinets comprising cupboards and drawers beneath work surfaces with an inset stainless steel sink, an inset hob, a built in oven, matching wall mounted cupboards, 4 oven oil Aga and a walk-in pantry. Adjacent is a utility room with a fitted counter top, stainless steel sink, plumbing for a washing machine and a fitted dresser.
From the rear hall, there is a secondary staircase to the first floor and steps down to a door to the outside service area with access to a cellar, boiler room, store and gardener's WC.
FIRST FLOOR On the first floor, there is a galleried landing with an oak balustrade and a walk-in linen cupboard. The master bedroom suite has a large double aspect bedroom with a bay windows providing far reaching views, an en suite bathroom with a panelled bath, bidet, close coupled WC and wash basin, together with a separate dressing room. There are three further double bedrooms which have distant views over Romney Marsh. The family shower room has a walk-in shower, wash basin and close coupled WC.
From the rear landing and adjacent to the secondary staircase is a suite of rooms formerly used as a carer's flat comprising two bedrooms, a bathroom and a cloakroom. From the rear landing a staircase leads up to a large walk in boarded roof space with a dormer window.
OUTSIDE Aldie House is approached via a 5 bar gate and a long driveway and bridge leading over a stream to a parking area for several vehicles to the front of the house where there is a demi lune brick wall and seating area. To one side is a double garage and a separate further garage with a large workshop. The property is set in mature grounds with a wide, south facing stone rear terrace with steps up to a hedge enclosed area of formal garden set down to lawn. Beyond the garden area are undulating fields of pasture land with an abundance of mature trees, including several Oaks. To one corner is a dilapidated outbuilding comprising a former stable. The whole extends to about five and a half acres of which the garden comprises just over one acre. Note: A public footpath crosses the land some way beyond the private garden.
Phillips & Stubbs