The Persevere

Conyer Quay | Kent | ME9

£850,000

For Sale

2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | Floating house | Large Garden | Freehold Mooring

On a quarter-acre plot of lush gardens with that rarest of things, a freehold mooring, this extraordinary 1,500 sq ft (140m2) floating home embraces sustainable living in a magical creekside setting near Faversham in Kent. 

With the space and potential to add additional homes through small-scale development and subject to consent, the property could provide a significant income from property sales or long-term lettings.

Architecture & Interior

The Persevere is a meticulously crafted floating home, built to the exacting specifications of its current owner and designer. Constructed eleven years ago, this airy two-bedroom sanctuary boasts a flat-bottomed design and an impressive ten feet of headroom throughout. 

Floor-to-ceiling windows and generously sized port holes flood the space with natural light, while a built-in wood burning stove with back boiler provides the cosy warmth of a real fire and the convenience of central heating.

The heart of this floating haven is the sprawling 1000-square-foot living area with an open plan kitchen that’s fully fitted with modern appliances, including oven, induction hob, fridge, and dishwasher.

Further back you’ll find a useful utility room, spacious bathroom, and two double bedrooms.

Embrace sustainability with solar panels on the roof, LED lighting throughout, superior insulation, and connected to mains water showing off a system in place that processes the waste, pumping clean water back into the creek in a very environmentally friendly way. Eco living at its finest allowing anyone to exist with minimal electricity bills.

Entertainment and internet connectivity are sorted with a pre-installed Sky satellite dish and high-speed BT broadband. For those with grand visions, the structural integrity of The Persevere presents the tantalising possibility of adding a second floor.

 

Outside

The crown jewel is the rare freehold mooring, spanning 100 feet by 35 feet, offering ample space for a small craft alongside the main houseboat. Say farewell to mooring fees and uncertain futures, and revel in the freedom to enjoy the serene surroundings forever. 

Adjacent to the mooring are two decking platforms, a tranquil patio area, and a series of outbuildings including a 300-square-foot studio/workshop and a convenient office space, all fully insulated and equipped with electricity and Wi-Fi.

Living here puts you at one with nature on a quarter-acre of meticulously manicured Kent countryside. Privately enclosed by sheltering fences, this idyllic retreat boasts a verdant lawn, vibrant flower beds, two picturesque ponds and bountiful fruit trees. A geodesic dome greenhouse stands as a testament to sustainable living, while the pink blossoms of tamarisk trees are a seasonal spectacle.

 

In the neighbourhood

If you can ever drag yourself away from the mill, Kent is ripe for exploring. Coastal or countryside, there’s an impressive number of villages and towns to visit within a 20 to 40-minute drive. Lose yourself in old-school seaside settings like Margate, Ramsgate or Broadstairs; be charmed by laid-back fishing harbours like Whitstable; or discover the cool creeks closer to home in the market town of Faversham.

The extensive list of restaurants, pubs and coffee shops seems to grow monthly. Locally, the The Anchor is a particular favourite amongst the local residents, along with the Plough Inn. It’s owned by Shepherd Neame, the UK’s oldest brewery, still operating from its Faversham home.

Further afield, the highly acclaimed Sportsman, a former pub that’s now a restaurant with rooms, is a Kent success story with a rotating seasonal menu. If you can get a table, it’s well worth a try.

For a taste of Italy, head to Vino in the heart of Faversham. Serving exceptional coffee by day, they switch to an extensive wine list by night to enjoy with bite-sized plates of appetisers. Or head to Possilipo for quayside Italian dining just off the centre of town.

If you like an artisanal grocery shopping jaunt, Faversham is also home to Macknade. This food hall, deli and cafe is still in a league of its own after 150 years of trading.

Outdoor types will relish the chance to explore the flat lands and marshes of this part of Kent. Miles and miles of country and coastal paths offer breathtaking scenery, extraordinary sights, and the odd historic inn.

 

 

Transport & connections

Travelling around locally is easy. A handy bus service heads to nearby Teynham station which is just over an hour by train from London Victoria. If you’re driving to Teynham, it’s worth noting the free parking available here.

You can also reach London through local main line stations, Faversham and Sittingbourne. There are stopping and high-speed services, and depending on where you want to go, you can take a direct train to Victoria, St Pancras, Charing Cross, London Bridge & Cannon Street. Journeys take around an hour.

Prefer to hit the roads? The nearby M2/A2 (junction 6) is a short drive away and should have you in the capital in around 90 minutes, traffic permitting.

 

HISTORY

Conyer is a hamlet that sits on The Saxon Shore Way, National Cycle Route 1, and Conyer Creek that opens into the Swale River. About a mile north of Teynham, it’s a favourite stop for walkers exploring the paths between Sittingbourne and Faversham.

The area has Roman roots, and also a strong history of smuggling during the 18th and 19th centuries when Kent and Sussex were major centres of dubious trade.

Brickmaking & Barge building

The laidback Conyer of today was a completely different place during the industrial revolution when huge brickmaking and barge-building industries sprung up.

Barges took sand, mud, and cinders to local brickfields, then shipped the finished bricks to London, including the classic yellow stocks of the immense viaduct between London Bridge and Greenwich.

Between the early 1800s and the 1930s, hundreds of people were employed here across shipyards, seven brickfields, and a cement factory, with several pubs for the workers.

There was even a small railway linking Conyer to the nearby London to Sittingbourne line. Although it was dismantled after World War II, some of the original tracks are still visible in the grounds of Persevere.

Today, Swale Marina remains alive with modern yachts and is a popular local destination with a pub and restaurant where the gentle rattling of masts in the wind provides a somewhat more mellow soundtrack than the industrial past.

The Persevere | Conyer Quay | Conyer | Sittingbourne | Kent | ME9

ENERGY EFFICIENCY RATING

C

Energy rating
Energy Efficiency Rating (Current): 71
Energy Efficiency Rating (Potential): 81

MATERIAL INFORMATION

Tenure:

Freehold

Service Charge:

Ground Rent:

Local Authority:

Swale Borough Council

Council Tax:

A (£1482.24 pa)

Approx Monthly Utility Bills:

£100

* Property construction: Modular, steel, concrete.
* Utilities: Electricity, Water Supply, Broadband
* Electricity supply: Independently supplied by Octopus Energy
* Water supply: Mains
* Sewerage: Own system.
* Broadband: Standard Download speed – 76mps; Upload Speed: 1mps (Ultrafast/superfast unavailable)  https://checker.ofcom.org.uk
* Mobile signal/coverage: Likely Coverage of all major networks  both inside & outside https://checker.ofcom.org.uk
* Flood risk: Low risk surface water & High risk flooding although constructed to float and not flood https://check-long-term-flood-risk.service.gov.uk/risk#
* Planning permission: for the property itself and its immediate locality: https://www.gov.uk/search-register-planning-decisions
* Flight path: http://www.hacaneast.org.uk/flight-paths

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