Millwall Place, Sandwich

Millwall Cottage is a Grade II Listed, Sixteenth Century Cottage in Sandwich, Kent. It underwent a dramatic and extensive refurbishment. Once, formally, the house of an architect, spatially it just wasn’t very practical or coherent but has a sentimental and quirky charm to it. 

Our first job was to reconfigure the ground floor and first floor layout. We moved the staircase in to the centre of the property (originally the staircase was tucked beside the fireplace, and led you straight in to the master bedroom!) This meant we could then open up some of the rooms – we moved the front door to the right hand side of the cottage, and added an entrance vestibule, which meant the now ‘snug room’ was void of anyone entering from the street! 

We added a glazed garden room on to the back of the cottage, which meant the living room/garden room could all be open plan, giving much more light and space, in this cosy, quaint cottage. The doors, along with all joinery, are bespoke and bi-folding, making for a fabulous socialising space. 

The fireplace was refurbished, and now houses a large Inglenook fire. 

We opened up the kitchen, and rebuilt, what was once a lean-to extension, in brick to add more vital space. The kitchen has a small roof light and new French doors out on to the York Stone patio. 

Upstairs – the master bedroom looks out to the garden, and by removing existing staircase; we have manufactured and installed bespoke, fitted wardrobes. It now has a compact Ensuite with WC and shower. 

There are two guest rooms, one double bedroom with added Ensuite – WC and shower. The other is a twin bedroom with bespoke fitted wardrobes. 

The family bathroom has a luxurious cast iron roll top bath. 

The cottage has been completely re-wired, re-plumbed, under-floor heating, new central heating and water system, re-glazed, re-roofed and re landscaped. 

The property was recently sold. Holly Christian sourced and designed all the finishes for the property, along with the kitchen, the bathrooms and the curtains and blinds. 

The new owner has listed it with a holiday rental company, as a luxury holiday cottage and they have furnished it themselves for this purpose.

Photography: Chris Kemp. 

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