Courtstairs Manor is more than just another development. This meticulous, thoughtfully considered, and sympathetic restoration of a unique landmark enjoys a sensational seascape setting within the area of Pegwell Bay National Nature Reserve, a highly prized residential point on the Kent coast.
The main building has been converted into just seven apartments, all unique in style and size, and each with a charm of its own.
Seven new houses flank the manor with a mews on either side. To the right, a sizeable semi-detached pair; to the left, a terrace of five. Every home is unique in design, with floor plans that make the most of the sea views, and all are built to withstand the weather that coastal life can throw at them. Any would make a fine family home or perfect weekend retreat to escape and recharge.
Apartment two is arguably the showcase of Courtstairs Manor and at around 1348 sq ft, the second largest of the collection. Accompanied by just over 400 sq ft of private terrace, it’s bigger than many family homes. The centre piece for the space is the vast open plan reception room. At one end, is a slightly raised living area which enjoys the sunshine through its double height windows and has spectacular views over the communal grounds and the sea at Pegwell Bay. The open plan kitchen at the other end of the reception space serves a central dining area. Two large bedroom suites, both with private bathrooms sit either side of the main reception.
Constructed in 1875, Courtstairs Manor served as a family home until its conversion to an exhibition and wedding venue in later years. The developers have taken mammoth steps to preserve its gothic style both inside and out, with intricate attention to detail by highly skilled, specialist trades. New life has been breathed into the warm red brickwork and period architectural features, while every window has been crafted from scratch using Accoya, a long-lasting, hardy wood suited to a sometimes unforgiving environment.
This lengthy and painstaking project really is a “no expense spared” scheme.
The imposing entrance gate glides open to reveal beautifully manicured grounds centred around an ornate fountain. The newly designed and installed car park offers two allocated spaces per property, each with its own private EV charging point.
The social scene across the Kent coastline is constantly evolving, and it’s all very easy to access. The list of night and daytime haunts is an ever-expanding of cool coffee shops, gastro pubs, specialist restaurants and artisan bakeries which sit alongside the long-term traditional retailers, antique emporiums and independent seafood merchants.
Ramsgate, with its royal harbour and diverse mix of arts crowd, yachters and seasonal visitors, is around 15 mins on foot along the esplanade. En route, grab a coffee at The Boating Pool, a former Victorian lido that's now home to two cafes, live music and pedalos.
Length of lease:
HOUSES: N/A Freehold
Annual ground rent:
APARTMENTS: £100 p/a
Ground rent review period:
APARTMENTS: Doubling every 25 years for the first 100 years
Annual service charge: Estimates for Year One
APARTMENTS: Approximately £1600-£2000 p/a
HOUSES: Estate Charge of Approximately £200 p/a
Service charge review period:
HOUSES: Estate Charge Annually
Council tax band: TBC
Courtstairs Manor | Kent | CT11