Architect: Robin Wilson
This spacious four-bedroom house is situated a moment’s walk from the beautiful Seasalter coast. The property was designed in 1973 by architect Robin Wilson and has recently undergone a comprehensive refurbishment by the current owners.
The house surrounds a paved central courtyard which grants access to and from the ground floor on three sides. Ceiling-height sliding doors provide a wonderful continuity with the outside space and flood the oak-wood floors and white-brick interior with sunlight.
From the road the property appears as a classic single-storey modern house. The rear of the building however reveals a further two storeys with incredible sea views, taking the total internal area to approximately 2,500 sq ft. The first floor has two large bedrooms and a family bathroom. The top-floor master bedroom contains a walk-in dressing area and full en-suite bathroom. The ground-floor bedroom has its own wet room and access to a private patio and pergola. There is also a well-proportioned and mature garden with an original brick-built barbecue and paving area for dining.
The historic towns of Seasalter and Whitstable were entered into the Domesday book and originally famed for their oysters with which they supplied Canterbury Cathedral. That epicurean tradition has continued locally with the annual Whitstable Oyster Festival, and in The Sportsman which has held a Michelin star since 2008. There is a year-round indoor farmers market at The Goods Shed in Canterbury which is about 15 minutes by car and the excellent Macknade Fine Foods can be found in nearby Faversham. A stroll along the beach, Whitstable is highly favoured for its thriving independent high street, arts scene, working harbour, and diversity of places to eat and drink.
This lovely stretch of coast is popular throughout the year for its wealth of beaches, watersports and proximity to Canterbury which offers a wide range of amenities and cultural interests. The seaside town of Margate lies just a short distance along the coast with the Turner Contemporary situated on its seafront. The area has a very good selection of primary and secondary schools and the HS1 highspeed rail link runs from Whitstable to London St. Pancras and Stratford International in about 1 hour 20 minutes.
Full details of the refurbishment are available on request.
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Commissioned in 1973 by a local Seasalter family, Robin Wilson’s design was to encapsulate aspects of the architecture they had seen on their extensive travels. Focused around its secluded central courtyard, the property afforded privacy to its sun-worshipping owners; indeed, the original master bedroom featured a pull-down ’Nordic Solarium’ as gleaned from previous selling particulars.
The property was reconfigured as the family grew, the garage at one time being internal accommodation as a games room, and the top storey added by Wilson in 1983 to provide a larger ‘dorm room’ for the children and their friends.
Cambria was named after the Thames Sailing Barge of the same name, restored at Standard Quay, Faversham.