A grand communal hallway gives an instant welcoming feel. Upon entry, high ceilings, large windows and an abundance of period features. The considerably sized principle room has the most stunning floor to ceiling windows with shutters, allowing natural light to flood the entire room. Original wood flooring flows throughout and a magnificent open marble fireplace serving a wonderful central focus point. The French doors open out to a stunning covered veranda with views overlooking the well-kept communal garden, an absolute joy to be able to have such a wonderful seating area over the summer months.

Furthermore, there are two bedrooms, the master bedroom is a particularly generous room with large windows to front and original wood flooring. The family bathroom has a fitted white suite with bath and contrasting tiling floor to ceiling. Through to the kitchen, you will find an array of fitted units and room for both washing and cooking appliances. A door gives access out into the private garden and brick built store.

The communal gardens are mainly laid to lawn and well maintained. In addition, this property offers a private garden with a brick built store, ideal for storage. Parking can be found to the front in addition to a garage.

Bridge Hill House was the headquarters of Canterbury Racecourse. Horses were entered for the races at the house. The early recorded race was in 1708. It is known that Jane Austen visited the races around 1796, so it is highly likely that she was a guest at the house. At about this time the house was purchased by the Baron de Montesquieu, a French nobleman who was escaping the Reign of Terror following the French Revolution. He was the grandson of the great Montesquieu, noted figure of French literature, many of whose ideas had been incorporated into the Constitution of the USA with two American Presidents. Montesquieu died in 1824 and is interred in St Peter’s Church, Bridge.

Other notable connections with the house include Count Zborowski, whose racing cars were the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s children’s story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Count Zborowski also founded the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway. Also of note is the politician George Knox Anderson, the shortest-serving English MP. The house was used as the local Magistrates’ court during World War 2, after which it was divided into flats.

Identification checks

Should a purchaser(s) have an offer accepted on a property marketed by Miles & Barr, they will need to undertake an identification check. This is done to meet our obligation under Anti Money Laundering Regulations (AML) and is a legal requirement. We use a specialist third party service to verify your identity. The cost of these checks is £60 inc. VAT per purchase, which is paid in advance, when an offer is agreed and prior to a sales memorandum being issued. This charge is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Room Sizes
Entrance Hall Leading to

Kitchen 14' 8" x 8' 4" (4.46m x 2.53m)

Bathroom 8' 1" x 4' 11" (2.46m x 1.49m)

Bedroom 11' 7" x 9' 7" (3.54m x 2.92m)

Bedroom 16' 4" x 17' 2" (4.99m x 5.23m)

Lounge 23' 8" x 18' 2" (7.22m x 5.54m)

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