Country houses for sale

Charming old school house designed by a founding member
 of the Institute of British Architects

A stunning neo-Gothic property, close to the beach.

Originally constructed as a school to provide education for up to 350 children, this handsome Grade II-listed property situated on Sandgate Hill, near Folkestone was designed in 1866 by architect Philip Hardwick.

Hardwick was a founding member
 of the Institute of British Architects,
 and created this building in the neo-Gothic style – something which is still reflected inside and out.

Two-bedroom Neale Cottage forms part of the converted building and boasts a wealth of period and ecclesiastical features throughout, with wonderful gothic-style windows and thick ragstone walls.

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It has two bedrooms, two bathrooms (one boasting a fabulous French Victorian cast iron bath by Noyons) and a superb open-living space which benefits from a double-height vaulted ceiling and lots of natural light.

Outside, a decked terrace is perfect for al fresco dining. The property is also a short walk from the beach.

The Old School House is on the market through Strutt & Parker (01227 473 742) at a guide price of £335,000