FLAT IV / THE TOWER
Imagine a 3 bedroom house floating in the sky.. like a pentagonal fortress from the outside, all harmony and light on the inside.
Total Space: 1949 sq ft, 19,270 cubic ft, arranged as:
Entrance Hall, Passage to separate WC, understairs cupboard
Large Kitchen/Dining/Living Room with lovely light; double doors to small balcony overlooking garden
2 Double Bedrooms, 1 Single, 2 Light and Airy Bathrooms
The Great High Chamber with panoramic vistas across Rochester, Frindsbury and Chatham. Wonderful view of the Italian Water Garden, Restoration House, Vines House, Rochester Castle and Cathedral.
Now quiet, calm and above the fray it wasn't always like this. The huge steel beams tell you this is where the deliciously chalky water from the nearby spring was used for the first mashing of Woodhams' famous Pale and Golden ales.
Oh and we forgot to mention...
The Ingenious Staircase:
Modelled on the late Georgian one in our house in Frindsbury, which was apparently built by Sir Thomas Slade, designer of the Victory. Made of pine with a sinuous mahogany hand rail that fits the hand like a glove and feels like silk to the touch. We had it hand built in Chatham Dockyard, it makes going up and down the stairs a joy in itself.
And just in case you missed it the first time round..
In Tune with Nature:
however much we might like our tech toys, and whatever the wonders of digital connectivity, most of us feel better when we are surrounded by natural organic materials - brick, plaster, stone and wood.
The last build of the brewery was 1913, still the age of brick, steel and gypsum plaster rather than petro-chemicals, plastic and modern concrete
So we use virtually no plastic, insist on solid wooden floors treated with wax or natural oils, insulate with re-cycled wool, and spend much more on high quality joinery than most developers would ever dream of.
And then we paint it with our own paint: made with turpentine, linseed oil and natural earth pigments painted directly on to the wood without a primer. Unlike most modern paints, our home made elixir feeds the wood, lets it breath and creates subtle and subtly varying colours that change their mood as the light varies through the day or night.
Properly maintained, these are the same paints that have protected Scandinavian stave churches from a thousand winters and summers, so they are ultimately tougher and more sustainable than their modern successors. And these are the same natural earth pigments that Perugino or Raphael, Gainsborough or Constable used to create their magical landscapes.
Which is why we think our paint feeds the soul as much as it protects the wood.
Lots of people now want their food to be chemical free, as locally sourced as possible, and to include older varieties that come from the days when quality and flavour rather than quantity and appearance on the supermarket shelf dictated what farmers grew. Perhaps in 10 to 20 years time, people will demand the same sort of thing from the houses they live in.
We certainly hope so but in the meantime we've done our best to join modern technology with the natural materials and colours of the past in order to create apartments that are as good for the body as they are for the mind and soul.
Two dedicated car parking spaces in the yard. Let us know if you need an electric charging point.
Gas fired central heating with reconditioned radiators throughout.
EPC rating: D: