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Captains House The Historic Dockyard | Church Lane | Chatham | Kent | ME4 4TQ


Seller Insight Situated within Chatham’s Historic Dockyard is Captains House, a magnificent Grade II Listed family home that originally dates back to c1835. “My husband had always wanted to live in the dockyard and so when we discovered that this very handsome property had come onto the market he absolutely jumped at the chance to own it,” says Janet. “For me it was the sheer amount of space that the house provided that proved to be the biggest draw; it’s a lovely big family home. Each of the rooms are generously proportioned, the ceilings are high and we have these lovely big sash windows that flood the whole house with natural light. It was all in really good condition when we came here as it had not long been refurbished by the previous owners, however some of the décor was not really to our taste so over time we’ve put our own stamp on the look and feel of the place, but in a very sympathetic way. It’s now a house that works well for busy family life, but it’s still very much an elegant period home that retains a wealth of gorgeous original features. I’d say that the balance between old and new is just right.” “As well as a tremendous amount of space inside the house, we also have a very generous and very attractive garden that’s both peaceful and very private,” continues Janet. “It’s arranged over three large tiers so there’s space for children to have a good run around as well as plenty of lovely places to sit out, relax and enjoy the sun – when it’s shining. We’ve had countless garden parties, big BBQs with friends and family… It’s a stunning space and it’s something that I’ll really miss when we leave.” “Each of the rooms has it’s own unique character and charm, but if I had to pick a favourite it would probably be the main drawing room,” says Janet. “It’s a very elegant part of the house, vey light and bright, and it opens up into the library, which is a peaceful place to sit with a good book.” “Living within the Dockyard has been wonderful,” says Janet. “It’s very safe and secure – we have 24-hour security – and it feels far removed from the hustle and bustle of the centre of town, which is a mere stone’s throw away.” “One of the things I particularly love about living here is the fact that from the top of the house we enjoy the most fabulous views,” says Janet. “We can see the castle and the cathedral and right the way across the dockyard.” “I think it will be the sheer amount of space that we have here that I’ll miss most when we leave,” says Janet. “There are rooms in which we can all be together, but equally spaces to escape to if you just want a bit of peace and quiet. In my opinion it’s the ideal family home.”* * These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.


Step inside Captains House

Victorian elegance personified, this magnificent Grade II Listed detached home occupies a prominent position, looking onto a green featuring the Dockyards flagmast and views of the River Medway beyond, enjoying the peace and tranquility of this historic setting, only interrupted by the Dockyard clock chiming the hour. Dating from the 1830’s, Captains House sits proudly as a detached residence to the far end of a terrace of 12 properties known as Officers Terrace, all originally constructed by the Admiralty to provide homes and offices for the principle Officers of the Dockyard. In more recent years the current owners have sympathetically updated the property, whilst retaining the character and architectural integrity of this beautiful historic home. Internally the residence affords a generous and incredibly versatile living accommodation, with 6416 sq/ft. Throughout the property there remains striking evidence of its past, with quite stunning fireplaces, a functioning dumb waiter and timber framed sash windows, many complimented by wooden shutters. Appointed over five floors the property is currently configured with a total of 9 bedrooms. The ground floor offers a sense of occasion with an impressive entrance hall, opening to substantial drawing/reading rooms, both featuring open fire places and oversized timber sash windows providing an abundance of light and affording views of the dockyard. A formal dining room, (currently being used as a living room), presides in the room adjacent with high ceilings, an open fire place with inset log burner and a swing door to the original butlers pantry, still exhibiting a working dumb waiter. A dedicated study and cloakroom complete the ground floor. The lower ground floor hosts an impressive and well equipped bespoke fitted kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga/integrated double oven, butler style sink, granite work surfaces and an engineered oak floor. The dining room is located in the adjoining room whilst a dedicated utility room further enhances this area of the home. Across the hall there is a dedicated bar/games room, various storage rooms and a cloakroom providing convenience. The master bedroom is enhanced by luxurious en-suite facilities, exhibiting a freestanding roll-top bathtub set upon ball and claw feet, a walk-in shower enclosure and twin wash hand basins.The remaining bedrooms benefit from either garden or river views and are served by bath/shower rooms located on each floor.


Step outside Captains House

Garden A wrought iron gate opens to an impeccably well kept walled garden. A brick pathway bisects tiered lawns with prolifically well stocked beds softening the boarders, exhibiting a host of specimen trees, shrubbery and herbaceous plants. To the rear of the garden a third and final tier benefits from having a summer house, opening to a well positioned terrace. Pathways dressed in fine shingle lead through juxtaposed flower beds, themselves hosting an array of flowers, roses and herbaceous plants. Parking Three dedicated/allocated parking spaces are assigned to the property, whilst additional/ informal parking is also available. LOCATION Although located within a quiet tucked away position, the historic Chatham Dockyard is ideally situated close to local amenities, restaurants, pubs and the cinema within Chatham Marina. The City of Rochester and Chatham Town Centre are easily accessed along with excellent schooling for all ages including independents. Fantastic road links via M2/A2 motorways and M25 link to both Gatwick and Heathrow airports, London, Bluewater and International railway station at Ebbsfleet offering a 17 minute link to London and Europe. The commuter service is well served with main line railway services from Chatham providing fast and convenient access to Stratford, St Pancras, London Bridge and Cannon Street.

TRANSPORT INFORMATION Rochester Railway Station: 1 mile Chatham Railway Station: 1 mile Strood Railway Station: 1.17 miles Ebbsfleet International Railway Station: 9.5 miles All distances are approximate and calculated as the crow flies. NEAREST SCHOOLS Primary Schools: Brompton Westbrook Primary School: 0.5 miles Woodlands Primary School: 1.8 miles Shorne Primary School: 4.4 miles Cobham Primary School: 6.5 miles St Marys RC Primary School: 1.3 miles Secondary Schools: Sir Joseph Williamson’s Mathematical School: 2 miles St Georges CofE School: 8.3 miles Gravesend Boys Grammar: 6.8 miles Mayfield Girls Grammar: 7.8 miles Rochester Girls Grammar: 1.9 miles Fort Pitt Grammar: 1.9 miles Chatham Grammar For Girls 2.1 miles Chatham Grammar For Boys 2.7 miles Independent Schools: Kings Rochester: 1.2 miles St Andrews Rochester: 1.4 miles Gads Hill: 3.2 miles Cobham Hall: 4.7 miles Kings Canterbury: 23.5 miles


EPC Exempt Agents notes: All measurements are approximate and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure. Copyright Š 2019 Fine & Country Ltd. Registered in England and Wales. Company Reg No. 06959315. Registered Office: Morgan Alexander Kent Ltd (formerly Fine & Country Kent Ltd.) 36 King Street, Maidstone, Kent ME14 1BS. Printed 14.05.2019


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