GUIDE PRICE £545,000: Malt Lodge originally formed part of the old Hythe Post Office that historically catered for both the local community and military personnel. It was built in 1910, assisted by the Mackeson Brewery family, and still retains some interesting features including: Georgian style double-glazed sash windows; original fireplaces with decorative surround and inset cast iron with attractive tiles; coved ceilings throughout the ground floor. Accessed via Malt House Hill opposite the Hythe high street with adjacent car park, which offers free over night parking. Enter through the wrought iron gate to the main entry door. The lovely reception hall enters through to the owner's private quarters. These include a very spacious and attractive kitchen/breakfast room with an open archway through to the large light and airy sitting room/dining room, overlooking the front. There is a downstairs cloakroom and storage facilities on the ground floor. To the rear of the property is access to the private, residential car park area with electric double wrought iron gates and room for one or two small vehicles. The upper first floor includes: a twin room with a built-in cupboard and an en suite shower room; a large family room with built-in mirrored cupboards (together with a fridge and microwave in addition to the normal tea/coffee making facilities) and an electric en suite shower room; the main bathroom servicing another double bedroom with original fireplace. The second floor consists of: a charming double bedroom (with views across the rooftops of Hythe towards the sea) with the original fireplace and en suite bathroom; a single room which has its own en suite cloakroom and can be used together with the double room or separately with the main bathroom. There are flat screen TVs, bottle coolers and tea/coffee making facilities in all the rooms. Free Wifi and Internet access is available and there are four online CCTV cameras, burglar alarm, an intercom system and a camera front door bell for security purposes together with an interconnected fire alarm system.
The current owners have run the property as a successful guest house for the past nine years and their customer satisfaction review rating has never been less than 8.9. They pride themselves on the effort that they have put in to ensure that guests are happy, and this has resulted in a great deal of repeat business and personal recommendations.
They have visitors from all over the world and many of them find it is an extremely useful ‘stopping point' en route to or from the Continent. Many Guests just enjoy everything that Hythe (an ancient Cinque Port) and the surrounding areas have to offer. From family visits and wedding venues, a trip on the world-famous Romney Hythe and Dymchurch (RH&DR) miniature railway, a day at Port Lympne Animal Park, visits to Dover Castle, the historic city of Canterbury, or simply spending time on the beaches.
The guesthouse is in an ideal position as you can walk out of the front door and you are in the town centre with its excellent supply of individual shops, pubs and restaurants or go there are several supermarkets Sainsbury's, Waitrose and Aldi. You can stroll or cycle along the towpaths beside the Royal Military Canal - a declared historic monument built to keep Napoleon at bay - that enjoys a tourism Green flag award. There is a leisure complex including a spa, an indoor swimming pool and links golf course" close to the beach and seaside.
There are bus stops close by with local services to Folkestone, Ashford, Romney Marsh, etc. and Hythe is very conveniently located for easy access to the M20 (Junction 11 - 4 miles), Channel Tunnel Terminal (4 miles), the ferry port of Dover (10 miles) and Ashford International Passenger Station (11 miles). Sandling main line railway station, approximately 2¼ miles away on the outskirts of Saltwood, offers regular commuter services to London and High Speed trains to London St Pancras are available from Folkestone and Ashford with journey times of under an hour.