Former Village School Cottage

Church Hill | Harbledown | Canterbury


For Sale

Four Bedrooms | Two Baths | Garden

Nestled within the idyllic village of Harbledown near Canterbury, School Cottages boasts a captivating blend of old-world charm and contemporary allure.

From its soaring double-height ceilings to the cosy wood burner and captivating oak spiral staircase, every corner exudes a unique charm that seamlessly marries tradition with innovation.

Upon arrival, the historic exterior brickwork sets the tone, hinting at the character within. Inside you’ll discover an inviting open-plan kitchen area that effortlessly blends modern style with rustic charm, offering a sociable ambiance that encourages you to spend more time there. Above the kitchen is a spacious loft that presents the opportunity for further expansion, ideal for those seeking to maximize their living area if one desires.

The ground floor continues with a spacious living area that exudes a sense of grandeur, enhanced by its lofty ceilings and historic accents. Also on this level are two double bedrooms with a pleasant outlook over the rear garden along with the family bathroom, ensuring accessibility and convenience for all.

Upstairs, a versatile landing doubles as an office space, fostering creativity and productivity, while a third bedroom is set apart from the rest of the house where you can shut off from the outside world and enjoy your own space away from others.

Venture outside to uncover a delightful surprise—a lodge unit contained within the garden, complete with its own ensuite. This versatile addition can be adapted to your requirements, whether for extended living space or removed to enhance the garden’s allure.

The expansive garden with multiple terraces leads you up to a hidden gem of a garden that feels like a secret sanctuary, evoking a tranquil woodland oasis ripe for personalisation.

Beyond the confines of this charming home lies a variety of things to do outdoors, from the nearby Kent College Junior School to the vibrant city of Canterbury within easy reach. Nature enthusiasts will delight in the proximity to Blean Woods and orchards, offering endless opportunities for exploration.

With its convenient location and seamless blend of old-world charm and modern comforts, School Cottages epitomises the quintessential countryside retreat. Whether you seek a peaceful getaway or a vibrant city excursion, this converted historic gem offers the best of both worlds, with London just a train ride away.

Welcome to a timeless home where the past meets the present in unique perfection.

Church cottages back in 1853 was originally established as Harbledown School when it opened on the 29th of June that year. Aimed to educate the working class, supported by the Church and charitable organisations such as the British and foreign school Society. The school served both primary and secondary children having 74 of them divided into four classes learning in Close quarters where often sickness could leave children poorly away from the school for several months. Many of the children age between 13 and 17 were employed as monitors to help assist with the teaching where children were taught the 3

R’s (containing letter R) reading, writing and arithmetic on top of religious studies and sewing for the girls. The curriculum did change somewhat over a period of time to encompass cookery and physical education giving children the key skills they needed for the life ahead. The school were innovators as they brought in radio for listening to nature studies and other programs to which and one of the pupils one international prize in 1927 through the BBC where they attended the school to record the nature studies. After a few years of instability where one headmaster was dismissed for intoxication and others came in their stead it was eventually closed in 1945 due to declining numbers. The original building, now converted into dwellings, had separate entrances for boys and girls, classrooms, and a Head Master’s house. It played a vital role in addressing concerns about public health and morality, as well as ensuring a skilled workforce for the nation’s trade and defence. Despite efforts to improve education standards, including the addition of subjects like exercise and cookery, the school faced challenges such as inadequate space, minimal facilities, and attendance issues. Ultimately, changes in education policies and declining enrolment led to its closure.

Church Hill, Harbledown, Canterbury



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Local Authority:

Canterbury City Council

Council Tax:

Band D (£2221.36 pa)

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  • Property construction: Brick & stone
  • Heating type: Gas central heating
  • Utilities: Gas, electricity, water & sewerage
  • Gas Supply: Independently supplied by British Gas
  • Electricity supply: Independently supplied by British Gas
  • Water supply: Independently supplied by South East Water
  • Sewerage: Independently supplied by South East Water
  • Broadband: Standard Download speed 40Mbps; Upload Speed: 15 Mbps (superfast available):
  • Mobile signal/coverage: excellent coverage for most major networks (EE linked to lower coverage)
  • Restrictions: Located in Harbledown conservation area
  • Rights and easements: Neighbours have an easement to access their drive, Rear access via adjoining property.

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