Saturday, April 10, 2021

Salutations in Sandwich

The sale of a £4.5 million Grade I listed house designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens

 

Once described as “Britain’s smartest bed and breakfast” by the Financial Times, The Salutation in Sandwich, Kent has also appeared on Channel 4’s Four in a Bed and Gogglebox programmes. The Grade I listed house, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, is now for sale for £4.5 million (update September 2014: Reduced to £3.5 million).

 

The Salutation, Knightrider Street, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9EW
The Salutation, Knightrider Street, Sandwich, Kent, CT13 9EW

The front elevation of the Grade I listed Lutyens designed house
The front elevation of the Grade I listed Lutyens designed house

Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens OM KCIE PRA FRIBA (1869 - 1944)
Sir Edwin Landseer Lutyens OM KCIE PRA FRIBA (1869 – 1944)

Gertrude Jekyll (1843 - 1932)
Gertrude Jekyll (1843 – 1932)

Built for the Farrer family, whose firm remains to this day as one of Britain’s best known legal practices, The Salutation was constructed between 1911 and 1912 and includes 11,438 square foot of accommodation. In addition to the main house, there is also a 4 bedroomed secondary residence, a converted coach house, a gardener’s cottage and a gatehouse.

 

The house boasts an impressive staircase
The house boasts an impressive staircase

This drawing room is one of 5 reception rooms
This drawing room is one of 5 reception rooms

The dining room comfortably sits at least 12
The dining room comfortably sits at least 12

The main house includes an impressive kitchen
The main house includes an impressive kitchen

Amongst the secondary properties included in the sale is the 4 bedroomed Knightrider House
Amongst the secondary properties included in the sale is the 4 bedroomed Knightrider House

The gardens are a delight
The gardens are a delight

A view of the house from the gardens
A view of the house from the gardens

Standing in 3.5 acres and incorporating part of the medieval town walls, the main highlight of this property are the gardens “designed in the spirit of Gertrude Jekyll”. Restored by the current owners, Dominic and Stephanie Parker, the gardens have been open to the public and have attracted up to 30,000 visitors per annum. Tickets are priced at £6.50 for adults and £3 for under 16s and with a gift shop and tea room, further income has also been generated.

 

Of why they are selling, Dominic Parker told Kent Online:

 

“The Salutation is hard work and not really working for us as a family now the children are growing up. It is time for a change after nine years, but I will miss it as it is a beautiful place”.

 

“It is a big responsibility and we were always aware we were just another custodian. We have done our bit and quite excited about having new people coming in”.

 

This Queen Anne style house is undoubtedly one of this Cinque Port town’s finest homes. It is for sale through Knight Frank.

 

 

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    6 COMMENTS

    1. A beautiful historic property next to a wonderful town. To those who would clear out the tourists! Why would you hide a national treasure? I hope it finds a open minded philanthropic owner.

    2. Both my wife & I stayed there last year and it is a very special house indeed.
      I agree with the FT it is certainly Britains smartest and also one of the most charming. Dominic Parker is also one of the most charming hosts so it is sad they are selling from that point of view.
      It also seems a very air price for something so special.
      4.5m would hardly by you terraced house 2 hours up the road in London!!

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