O NE of Kent’s most iconic buildings is the oast house, and approached from a tree-lined driveway Renville Oast is indeed an impressive sight.
Converted by the Lee Evans Partnership in 1986, the property has lost little of its original charm.
The oast has been converted into a comfortable family home, with the internal space transformed into spacious living accommodation.
Grade II-listed and dating back to the mid-19th century, the oast is constructed of red brick with a peg tile roof and has an impressive gable end extending over the old hoist area.
Many of the original features of the oast have been retained such as the white painted cowls at the top of the kilns, which were originally a vital part of the hop drying process.
Exposed timbers remain as does a former hop press, used to compress the dried hops into their storage pockets.
The accommodation is spacious and versatile, allowing the rooms to be used in different ways.
The sitting room, dining room and kitchen are on the ground floor of the old circular kilns and have attractive views over the garden and countryside beyond.
Upstairs, three of the bedrooms are in the upper drying level of the kilns. Two of the six bedrooms have en suite shower rooms while the master bedroom comes with a large en suite bathroom.
There are pleasant rural outlooks to the front and rear over pastureland and the well manicured garden. The property also has an integral single garage and a workshop.
A gated entrance leads to the gravelled driveway where there is ample parking outside the property.
The large rear garden extends to the south and south west and is mainly lawn with a selection of trees plus a paved sun terrace running along the rear of the building. The plot in total comes to around two thirds of an acre.
Renville Oast is situated in the farmstead setting of Renville, between Bridge and Canterbury. Bridge has a good range of local services including a primary school, pubs, a Post Office and a pharmacy.
High Speed rail services run from Canterbury West to London St Pancras, with a journey time of 57 minutes, and there is a local station at Bekesbourne.
Renville Oast, Renville, Bridge, is for sale at £865,000. For more details, call Strutt & Parker on 01227 451123.