Owner Story: 1 Forstal House

1 Forstal House, is set in a time capsule, as it situated at the end of the road, tucked in behind the duck pond and in a `hamlet` with a few houses and The Crispin Inn.

  

The owners maintain the garden, so that there are flowers to be enjoyed most of the year, grass for seats and a table for picnics and barbeques on the brick built barbeque. There is a paddock behind the garden with horses and ponies and an open outlook beyond to the new Lydden Valley Nature Reserve.

Forstal House was formerly the village workhouse. Before renovation the attic was lined with lathe and plaster, so it must have been a bedroom, now it is transformed into a light and airy extra room with Velux windows. 

Originally there was a 17th century barn and there is a remaining wall between the dining room and lounge, in which there were openings for a door and window. The whole interior of the house has been completely changed and renovated to provide roomy accommodation which is light and airy, delightfully warmed by the sun in the rear conservatory or by the multi fuel burners in the dining room and lounge. There is underfloor heating downstairs and central heating throughout. The rear garden is South facing, a real sun trap all day long.

  
  

A little path in front of the house leads to a charming thatched cottage. One can walk on, across the fields to Royal St Georges Golf Course and Sandwich Bay, past the Sandwich Bird Observatory, which has been monitoring and ringing birds for over 50 years, There is an honesty box for teas and coffees, whilst looking at their current displays.
 
Another walk, beside the Crispin Inn, leads to Sandwich: a pleasant wander past orchards and over fields. In all, about a mile and then one can explore Sandwich at leisure, there are lots of local shops, pubs and restaurants. A stroll along the river bank after a seafood lunch would complete a perfect day.
 
The Salutation in Sandwich has been enjoyed by many guests for special meals, followed by a visit to the garden, where Steve Edney, a well known and respected gardener nurtures the wonderful walled garden.
 

  
  

Deal is an award winning town with a pedestrian shopping area and a pier, lots of interesting shops and pubs and beautiful flowers on the seafront. There is a promenade where one can walk and cycle, it passes Deal Castle and one can walk on to Walmer Castle, both worth exploring and The Queen Mother`s garden is a delight, a visit to the café is essential, it is set in a sunny courtyard.
 
There is so much to explore in the area, castles, walks, Betteshanger Country Park for cycling and a childrens` play area. Seal watching trips from Sandwich quay, The Turner Contemporary in Margate, Ramsgate, Broadstairs (where Charles Dickens wrote Bleak House) and St Margarets Bay (where Ian Fleming stayed in a house by the sea).

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