Friday, 18 August 2017

Idyllic village property will appeal to a wide spectrum of buyers

HILLSIDE in Gallowstree Common is a substantial, five-bedroom brick and flint family home which has been completely refurbished, extended and

HILLSIDE in Gallowstree Common is a substantial, five-bedroom brick and flint family home which has been completely refurbished, extended and updated to a high standard, in a plot of more than an acre and with a newly built two-bedroom detached annexe.

Located in a highly regarded Chilterns village, the property has more than 2,000sq ft of accommodation arranged over three floors, including four large reception rooms, a 24ft kitchen/breakfast room and three fitted bathrooms.

It has been a joint project for Ian James and Mark Borthwick who have both put in a huge amount of time, energy and creativity to produce a stunning home.

Mr Borthwick said: “We bought the property four years ago with the intention of giving it a full refurbishment. The work included building the two-bedroom annexe and landscaping the gardens as well as updating all the existing rooms.”

The duo have tackled renovation projects and new builds before with their trademark style of mixing the traditional with the contemporary. They usually like to add environmentally friendly features such as solar panels but strict planning regulations ruled that out this time.

Instead they focused on achieving a finish that is second-to-none with clean lines and natural fittings such as stone and wood flooring as well as granite counter tops.

The attention to design detail is excellent with oak floors, staircases and a subtle colour theme running throughout the property.

Mr Borthwick said that the pair’s skills complement each other perfectly with himself more on the planning side while his partner concentrates on the sales and financial side, playing equal roles in the design elements.

Mr James added: “We probably put more of ourselves into the projects than we should, getting totally involved in every aspect but I think that attention to detail shows through in the finished product.”

The property would appeal to a wide spectrum of buyers. It could suit a growing family while those with teenage children could benefit from offering them independent space in the annexe. It could also appeal to those who would like elderly parents living nearby as a granny annexe, accommodation for a live-in nanny or to provide studio/work space.

Mr Borthwick added: “The key to the property is that the space is flexible to work for all manner of requirements.” While the pair usually opt for an open-plan design, the layout of Hillside lent itself to offering separate spaces with good flow from room to room.

The front door opens into a spacious entrance hall with an oak floor extending through to the kitchen at the far end of the property. The 24ft drawing room has windows overlooking the front and rear gardens and features a limestone fireplace with gas coal-effect fire. There are two further reception rooms which could be used as a study, formal dining room or a more informal living room or playroom.

The kitchen/breakfast room is the real hub of the home, extending more than 22ft and with far-reaching views over the gardens.

Fitted with an attractive painted kitchen which includes wall and base cabinets, deep drawers and integral wine racks, the kitchen also has an inset butler sink with integrated electric double oven, microwave, gas hob, dishwasher and washing machine.

There are complementary black granite worktops to the cabinets and a quartz work surface to the island unit. There is ample space for a breakfast table and chairs.

Attractive stairs lead down to the 22ft garden room, which also has a solid oak floor and bi-fold doors which open directly into the garden.

Upstairs, the master bedroom also overlooks the gardens and has fitted wardrobes across the width of the room.

The en-suite bathroom is a real treat, fitted with limestone tiles to the walls and floor and underfloor heating. There is a large, fully enclosed shower cubicle, contemporary sanitary suite and chrome heated towel rail.

The guest bedroom overlooks the front and is also fitted with built in wardrobes and has an en-suite shower room, again with underfloor heating and a high specification suite.

There are three further double bedrooms and a large family bathroom fitted with a high-quality white suite with travertine marble tiles to the walls and floor.

The gardens are a feature of this property, extending more than 200ft in length and once contained a tennis court. An extensive deck wraps round the side and rear of the property making the most of the south-westerly facing gardens.

Planning approval has been granted for a detached brick outbuilding which could be used as a home office/games room or gym, providing the new owners with the possibility of a project to add their own stamp on to the property and to add further value.

There is an extensive drive which leads to a detached brick and flint garage.

The property is bounded to the front with a brick and flint wall with a newly planted laurel hedge. An extensive gravel drive leads to a detached double garage.

The grounds immediately to the side and rear have been landscaped to provide a private terrace with steps leading to the main lawned garden. There are mature trees and hedges to the boundaries and the end of the garden backs on to open fields.

A two-bedroom self-contained and detached, single-storey annex has been newly built in the grounds, adjacent to the main house. Fitted with a bathroom and open plan kitchen/living room.

The property is available through Davis Tate for a guide price of £1,250,000. For further details telephone 0118 972 4242.

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