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Spectacular meeting of old and new
Published 14/04/14

ORIGINALLY a Georgian farmhouse, Tomlins is one of the oldest houses in the village of Bucklebury and has had only three different owners since the First World War, but it also has an ultra-modern side, making it one of the most unusual properties in the area.

The whole property has been sympathetically extended over the years to create a traditional country house with a modern twist, benefiting from all modern luxuries.

The layout of the house allows for all of the principal reception rooms to have windows to the front and rear of the house, creating light, airy spaces.

The most recent addition is the easterly extension which houses the sitting and dining rooms with large, bi-folding doors to the terrace and a magnificent Gyrofocus hanging fireplace which can pivot to either reception space. The beautiful Smallbone designed kitchen/breakfast room lies to the centre of the house with traditional stone flooring, granite work surfaces, a Butler sink and traditional Aga with brick surround, as well as a pantry to one side.

The family room is situated at the westerly side of the house and provides a more informal reception space with a central log-burning stove.

There is also a study, utility room and cloakroom on this floor. The whole ground floor benefits from underfloor heating, with the exception of the kitchen, laid beneath beautiful limestone and oak flooring, and there is Cat 5 cabling linked throughout the house. On the first floor, the striking master bedroom lies over the modern dining room extension with bespoke fitted wardrobes, oak flooring, a dressing area and solid oak bi-folding doors with a glass balustrade looking out over the gardens.

The adjoining bathroom has been carefully designed to reflect the contemporary feel of the suite, fully fitted with a walk-in shower and separate bath.

The guest bedroom has large windows to the front and rear of the house, with tailored wardrobes and a modern ensuite with a bath and separate walk-in shower.

There are three further bedrooms, all overlooking the rear gardens, and a family bathroom with a unique Villeroy & Boch sink, large shower unit and corner bath. The whole house has been designed with precision and care, and serves as an impressive country house as well as a loving family home.

Standing proudly in a wooded position within Bucklebury, Tomlins was originally a Georgian farmhouse that has been immaculately extended to create a magnificent blend of period features with modern luxuries.

The original part of the house has a traditional feel to it, with features including exposed ceiling timbers, a cosy sitting room with a wood-burning stove and central kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga and Butler sink.

The modern extension lies beyond the reception hall with a sitting room and formal dining room, combined with a contemporary Gyrofocus hanging fireplace and two sets of bi-folding doors which open on to the terrace.

The principal reception rooms all look out over the gardens and these doors allow the inside and outside space to flow seamlessly to give the impression that the house and gardens are as one.

The generous stone terrace provides two dining areas from which to relax and enjoy the outside space. The garden is mainly laid to lawn with an orchard and grass tennis court to the far boundary. There is also a vegetable garden and greenhouse to one side of the barn, and manicured hedging borders the property which looks out over the surrounding countryside.

The first floor offers five bedrooms (two ensuite) and a family bathroom. The master suite sits over the modern extension with a similar stylish feel. Bi-folding doors open to a glass balustrade with wonderful views over the gardens and beyond.

The room benefits from high windows with electric blinds, solid oak flooring and fitted wardrobes, and a stylish ensuite with a separate bath and walk-in shower.

Every aspect of the property has been carefully thought through and beautifully designed to offer a wonderful lifestyle combining the classic period charm of the farmhouse with a more modern twist that blends perfectly with the tailored gardens.

Tomlins is offered for sale through Strutt & Parker at a guide price of £1.6m. For more details, call 0118 984 5757 or 01635 521707.

Published 14/04/14

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