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Lydfords Lane, Gillingham - £450,000 Sold Subject to Contract

Property Details

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A rare chance to purchase a four double bedroom, unique and interesting former Victorian school house offering exceptionally well proportioned and versatile accommodation arranged over two floors and located in the conservation area in the desirable Wyke part of the town where urbanisation merges with the countryside. The property was built in 1875 and believed to have still served as part of Gillingham school up to the 1960s becoming a residential dwelling sometime during the 1970s. This stunning property still retains the original features, such as the original school door and the original shaped arched windows with stone mullions. It has been a very much cherished family home to our sellers for about seventeen years, during this time it has been improved and maintained with the addition of a conservatory, wholly owned solar panels have been fitted providing a credit tariff, new hard wearing flooring has been laid to the majority of the ground floor rooms and a double garage built to the side, in addition to many other improvements. The property also benefits from gas fired central heating from a combination boiler that was installed about four years ago and uPVC double glazing. This wonderful home has to be viewed to truly appreciate just what lies behind its walls and to see how it would lend itself to a whole host of potential buyers needs.


Ground Floor

Reception Hall

The original timber arched door with diamond shaped glass pane opens into a good sized welcoming reception hall that provides access to all ground floor rooms. Ceiling lights. Radiator. Power and telephone points. Old fireplace recess. Large storage cupboard with hanging rail and shelves. Laminate flooring. Stairs rising to the first floor with recess under and wall shelves.

Sitting Room (5.18m x 7.67m'' / 17' x 25'2'')

French doors leading out to the rear garden. Picture and dado rails. Uplighters. Two radiators. Power and television points. Fireplace with gas fired wood effect burner. Laminate flooring. Glazed door with windows to either side open into the:-

Conservatory (2.72m''x 3.20m'' / 8'11''x 10'6'')

Of uPVC double glazed construction with dwarf wall. Window to the side and rear plus double door opening to the rear garden. Wall light. Power points. Slate effect laminate flooring.

Dining Room (5.18m x 4.93m'' / 17' x 16'2'')

Window to the side of the property. Ceiling light and uplighters. Picture rail with display shelf over. Radiator. Power points. Exposed floorboards. Victorian style feature fireplace with coal effect gas fire.

Study (3.53m'' x 4.88m / 11'7'' x 16')

Window to the front. Ceiling lights. Two radiators. Power points.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room (4.93m'' x 5.08m'' / 16'2'' x 16'8'')

Window to the side of the property and French doors opening to the front. Ceiling lights. Wall mounted combination gas fired central heating boiler. Plenty of power points. Fitted with a range of country style kitchen units consisting of floor cupboards with drawers, pull out spice racks, pull out larder style cupboard and eye level cupboards. Generous amount of solid wood work surfaces. Part tiled and part wood panelled walls. Butler style sink with swan neck mixer tap. Space and plumbing for a washing machine and for a dishwasher. Space for fridge and freezer. Built in eye level double electric oven with storage cupboards above and below. Four burner gas hob. Built in dresser style display/storage unit. Karndean flooring. Opens into a porch with door to the study and to the front of the house.

Hobby Room (2.79m'' x 2.82m'' / 9'2'' x 9'3'')

L shaped - maximum measurements. Windows to the front and side aspects. Wall light. Radiator. Wall shelves. Power points.


Wall light. Extractor fan. Radiator. Low level WC. Wall mounted wash hand basin with tiled splash back and mirror over. Wall shelves. Space and plumbing for a washing machine. Power point. Tile effect vinyl flooring.

First Floor


Stairs rise to a part galleried landing. Ceiling and wall lights. Coved. Radiator. Power points. Two accesses to the loft space. Deep storage cupboard. Further cupboards with blinds. Laminate flooring.

Master Bedroom (5.08m'' x 4.93m'' / 16'8'' x 16'2'')

Maximum measurements - some restricted head height. Top of the large arched window to the side of the property and velux to the front. Recessed ceiling light. Radiator. Power and television points. Fitted storage cupboards. Laminate flooring.

Bedroom Two (3.35m x 4.88m / 11' x 16')

Maximum measurements - some restricted head height. Top of the arched window with view over the rear garden. Ceiling light. Radiator. Power points. Pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splash back. Exposed floorboards.

Bedroom Three (2.72m'' x 4.90m'' / 8'11'' x 16'1'')

Maximum measurements - some restricted head height. Top of the large arched window to the front of the property. Ceiling light and uplighters. Wall shelves. Radiator. Power points. Exposed floorboards.

Guest Bedroom (4.24m'' x 3.94m'' / 13'11'' x 12'11'')

Some restricted head height. Top of the arched window to the side of the property. Wall lights. Plenty of display shelves and storage cupboards. Radiator. Power and television points. Exposed floorboards. Door to the:-

En-Suite Shower Room

Recessed ceiling lights. Extractor fan. Large tiled shower cubicle with an electric shower. Heated towel rail. Pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splash back and shaver light and point over. Low level WC. Tile effect vinyl flooring.

Family Bathroom

Top of the large arched window to the side aspect. Recessed ceiling and wall lights. Chrome heated towel rail. Suite consisting of vanity style wash hand basin with mixer tap, mirror and light over, tiled shower cubicle with shower and recessed combination light and extractor over, bath with central mixer tap and telephone shower style attachment and low level WC. Display shelves. Storage cupboards. Painted wood effect vinyl flooring.


Double Garage and Parking

The parking is approached from Lydfords Lane and lies to the side of the house. The gravelled area provides space to park about four cars and leads to the double garage, which has two up and over doors, light and power and fitted with various cupboards and work surfaces. There is also a door to the side opening to the rear garden.

The Gardens

The property is accessed via a wrought iron gate to the side of the parking, which opens onto a flagstone area and leads up to the original school door. There are raised beds planted with shrubs and flowers and enclosed by a mature high hedge. Further along the front there is a kitchen garden planted with a range of herbs and a greenhouse plus a seating area taking in the morning sun. Outside of the large kitchen and dining room windows there is a paved raised area, whilst the rear garden is laid to lawn and edged by mature shrub beds and a variety of fruit trees. There is also access to the drive and a path leads back around to the front of the property. The gardens boast a high degree of privacy and enjoy a sunny aspect throughout the day.


From the Gillingham Office

Proceed down the High Street bearing right into Queen's Street. At the junction with Le Neubourg Way turn left and proceed to the traffic lights. Turn right onto Wyke Street and carry on up the hill. After the row of red brick cottages turn left into Lydfords Lane where the property will be found on the right hand side.