Monday, 23 October 2017

Renovation sets village buzzing

THE Beehive is a stunning and imposing family home in Upper Basildon of great historical interest believed to date back

THE Beehive is a stunning and imposing family home in Upper Basildon of great historical interest believed to date back to the 15th century, with its medieval original cruck-framed construction revealed — and it has been a real labour of love for project manager Anthony Sharp and his development partners.

As a Grade II listed property, it has been the subject of a creative and thorough restoration which has been carried out in a sympathetic and thoughtful manner, with great care and attention to detail shown throughout.

The professional development team have a combined experience in such matters amounting to over a century, and have undertaken many projects together from the bespoke conversion of listed manor houses to high-value executive-style houses and apartments. The team has taken about a year to revive the property that had been left empty for three years before they bought it. Having been a pub for 150 years and a farmhouse before that, it has a long history in the village.

Anthony Sharp said: “I believe it is one of the oldest properties in Upper Basildon. The team has worked closely with conservation officers and the local authority to ensure any work undertaken complemented the property’s historical features. We wanted to provide a modern and contemporary home while having the soul and charm of the original property — the best of both worlds really. We have put a lot of love into the project. In fact, I think that all of us and indeed our wives at one point or another have commented that we would like to move in ourselves.

“It has been a unique project for the whole team. We have refurbished it as though we were going to live there — we haven’t cut corners with anything. Nothing in there is standard, rather the best we could source and implement for such a prominent and distinguished property as it is.”

The Beehive is set in mature, private gardens and grounds of approximately 1.1 acres including a paddock area at the rear backing on to open countryside, providing superb country views.

The beamed and vaulted character accommodation also has a stylish and contemporary feel to it, especially in the kitchen/breakfast/family room with its wonderful light and spacious interior. This fabulous living area has a beautiful travertine floor with underfloor heating, complemented by the bespoke kitchen which has a feature curved central island unit together with an extensive range of integrated appliances, and traditional yet contemporary oak painted base and floor units with leathered granite and oak work surfaces. All areas of this open-plan room have access directly on to the large paved terrace which has views over the garden and paddock area.

The principal rooms lead off the charming and atmospheric dining hall with its original beamed ceiling, wall timbers and open fireplace. Adjacent to the dining hall is a tucked away snug/study with open fireplace and dual aspect over the front garden. The flexible layout has a ground floor guest suite with spacious ensuite shower room with its own access out to a paved terrace and the garden.

A wide inner hallway leads to the drawing room with its oak vaulted ceiling, and inglenook fireplace with cast iron log burner. All principal rooms have superb garden/paddock and country views.

The oak staircase accessed from the dining hall leads up to a galleried landing where part of the original medieval cruck frame is revealed and highlighted by innovative lighting. Off the galleried landing are two particularly impressive bedroom suites, one of which is the vaulted master suite where again the original cruck frame is evident, and with most of the bedrooms having similar exposed wall and ceiling beams and high ceilings. The state of the art ensuite facilities and luxury family bathroom all come with underfloor heating.

Throughout the property there are bespoke fittings including oak ledged and braced doors, period style wrought iron door and window furniture, wide oak planked floors, together with limestone and travertine flooring, bespoke period style painted wooden double glazed casement windows, and creative lighting utilising energy-efficient LED lights to highlight the impressive original timbers and cruck frame structure, which all add to the ambience and charm.

The property is approached through remote-controlled wooden gates opening on to a gravelled forecourt which leads directly to the barn-style double garage. The property’s boundary is hedged with beech, hawthorn, blackthorn and holly, and along the eastern boundary are hazel hurdles in rustic style. Additionally there is post-and-rail fencing with stock wire.

The front garden is laid mainly to lawn with various specimen trees. A stone paved path leads to the front door and is flanked by box hedging, lavender and colourful cottage-garden style planting — including wisteria and clematis — planted by Anthony himself.

Anthony added: “There is a lovely feel to the property. The flow of the rooms work really well with lots of light flooding in.”

He concluded that he received great feedback from the neighbours who are delighted with the work.

“We just wanted to put life back into the original building. Now all it needs is a family to continue the legacy.”

The property is available through Warmingham for a guide price of £1.85 million. For more details, call (01491) 874144.

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