Elephant House
Herne Bay, Kent

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“The room has a dramatic volume, following the pitched structure of the roof-line and ending in a covered balcony that has views out to sea.”

Positioned on a quiet residential street that runs parallel to the coastline at Herne Bay is this wonderfully individual family home with five bedrooms, a private rear garden and far-reaching views from the first-floor living space. The house, known by the owners as ‘Elephant House’, has a hide-grey render which cuts a distinctive and playful profile against the street.

Accommodation is inverted, with the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor, and an expansive open living and dining space on the upper floor. The upstairs space has a dramatic volume, following the pitched structure of the roof-line and ending in a huge covered balcony that has views out to sea.

The large garden room at the rear provides a versatile space that can be partitioned with a concertina door to create (the fifth) bedroom and an en-suite shower room. Two of the bedrooms have their own en-suite bathrooms, a set-up which has supported a successful Airbnb income over the years. The interiors are equipped with hard-wearing materials arranged in a flexible format that can absorb large numbers of people.

The house is heated with a wood-pellet burner positioned on the ground floor, that fires the underfloor heating and hot water. It is part of a Renewable Heat Incentive scheme, a government financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat by switching to heating systems that use eligible energy sources designed to help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and meet its renewable energy targets. People who join the scheme and stick to its rules receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat it’s estimated their system produces. There are currently two years left on this DRHI arrangement.

Herne Bay is a great small town with very good facilities, transport links and plenty of activities. The Broadway itself is a wonderfully quiet street, located parallel to the sea whilst being close enough to town for easy access to the town centre. The seafront is a short walk away where there is a long shingle beach which goes as far as Whitstable (a fifteen-minute cycle or an hour and a half on foot).

Herne Bay station is a ten-minute walk and runs direct services to London with a journey time of around an hour and 30 minutes to St Pancras International or Victoria.

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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