A quite outstanding and very thoughtfully restored and enlarged Edwardian house, constructed in 1915 and presented to an exceptionally high standard and situated on a very private and sizeable Southerly plot of 0.31 acre. This very fine and handsome family residence combines period living with the convenience of modern features. There are seven fire places, five of which are original, and also original sash windows and a pantry, in addition to many modern features, such as underfloor heating to the hallway, kitchen and first floor bathrooms, electrically operated gates, alarm system and water softener. Highclere is located on a lovely tree lined avenue only moments walk from Shenfield mainline railway station and shopping Broadway, on this exclusive private estate.
From beneath a very fine traditional canopied portico entrance steps ascend to a painted wood panelled glazed door with glazed panels to either side. This opens to:
Reception Hall - 3.51m x 2.44m (11'6 x 8')
A delightful entrance in to this period family home. Spotlights and coved cornice to ceiling. Light is drawn from an obscure hardwood double glazed multi-paned window to the side elevation with window seat below and cupboards beneath. Underfloor heating system. Door opens to a built-in cloaks cupboard fitted with hanging rail. A most useful area for the storage of coats and shoes. Door to:-
This is a pretty room is fitted with a close coupled WC with wooden seat. Traditional wall mounted wash hand basin with tiled splashbacks. Continuation of tiling from reception hall to the floor with underfloor heating system. Ornate coved cornice to ceiling. Hardwood obscure double glazed multi-paned window fitted to the side elevation.
Drawing Room - 9.65m x 5.28m maximum width and narrowing at one e (31'8 x 17'4 maximum width and narrowing at one end)
This fine room is partially separated by a wide opening supported by tall pillars to the side. To one wall is a classical style fire surround with marble slip and hearth and above which is a large mirror set in a decorative painted surround. Concealed lighting and cupboard below. To the other end of the room is a corner painted cupboard, the central part of which is a large arched recess with decorative speaker grills to either side. Concealed lighting. It is worth noting that the chimney runs behind this area and a fireplace could be installed if required. This room contains three period style radiators and is illuminated by two sash windows to the rear elevation, one to the front and two further smaller windows, one of which is circular. A panelled door leads from here to the sitting room.
Sitting Room - 7.11m x 5.03m at the widest point (23'4 x 16'6 at the widest point)
This is another very attractive room on two levels from which a pair of small paned casement doors open on to a garden terrace with two windows to either side. There is attractive wood effect quick step flooring and is partially divided from the remainder of the room by a tall painted pillar. To one corner in the main portion of the room is a cupboard with oval recess above. This area can be removed and the fireplace installed if required. It currently provides very useful and practical storage space. Also leading off this room is a pantry, with a window to the front garden fitted with shelving and extractor fan and also a cupboard, formally a staircase down to the original cellar. Two feature period style radiators. Four wall light points. To one corner a stair case leads to the first floor and a door opens to the:-
Family Room - 5.08m x 4.50m (16'8 x 14'9)
This room draws light from two sash windows which open to the front elevation and afford views across the secluded and extensive front gardens. Coved cornice to ceiling and decorative ceiling rose. To one corner is a very attractive decorative cast iron painted fire surround with an early ceramic tiled slip and containing a gas coal grate and slate hearth. To one wall is a fine quality bespoke range of units installed by W A Croker & Son which comprise floor to ceiling cupboards which provide ample storage and shelving space. Drawers, cupboards, bookshelves and recess are able to accommodate home entertainment system.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room - 6.40m max x 4.57m max (21' max x 15' max)
This is an outstanding room in every respect. This kitchen is by W A Corker and has been fitted with a fine quality range of painted wooden units which comprise base cupboards, drawers and matching wall cabinets with concealed downlighting fitted along three walls. A long granite worktop incorporates a double sink unit with Victorian style mixer tap and ribbed granite drainer. Recess for cooking range with extractor hood fitted above and Victorian style tiling and glazed cupboards fitted to either side. Additional recess accommodates a large American style fridge freezer. Integrated appliances to remain includes a Siemens microwave and Siemens microwave oven. Siemens dishwasher. To the Centre of this room is an island unit fitted with matching granite top with drawers and cupboards below. To one end is a breakfast bar seating situated beneath the delightful hardwood double glazed multi-paned bay window overlooking the well stocked and Southerly rear garden. Tiling to the floor. Spotlights to ceiling. This area is further illuminated by a double glazed multi-paned window fitted to the front elevation and a glazed door that leads to the front garden. There is also access to the rear garden through a matching multi-paned double glazed door which leads to the rear garden sun terrace. Door to:-
Utility Room - 3.05m x 2.39m (10' x 7'10)
This room contains a range of units which comprise cupboards and wall mounted cabinets fitted along two walls. A marble effect roll edge worktop contains a stainless steel single drainer sink unit with mixer tap and tiled splashbacks fitted above. Space and plumbing for a washing machine, tumble dryer, refrigerator and second dishwasher if required. Continuation of tiling from the kitchen/breakfast room to the floor. Radiator. A multi-paned double glazed hardwood door leads outside.
First Floor Landing -
This is an attractive area on two levels. Door opens to an airing cupboard fitted with slatted shelves. This accommodates the wall mounted Glow-Worm gas fired boiler. This area draws light from a very effective light tube to the ceiling. A balustrade staircase leads to the second floor.
Master Bedroom Suite - 6.45m x 3.96m (21'2 x 13')
This is a magnificent dual aspect bedroom with hardwood double glazed multi-paned windows fitted to the front and rear elevations with radiator beneath each. There is also a feature circular window which makes a delightful feature. A vaulted ceiling very much adds to the feeling of space in this room. A key focal point is a stone fire surround with electric coal effect fire. Spotlights to ceiling and two wall light points. Door to:-
Dressing Room -
This room is illuminated by a matching feature circular double glazed window to the rear elevation. This room has been comprehensively fitted with hanging rail, shelving and fitted drawers to two walls with a dressing table to the far end. Spotlights to ceiling. Door to:-
En-Suite Shower Room -
Steps descend to a luxuriously appointed room which contains a Lefroy Brooks low level WC with wooden seat. Lefroy Brooks pedestal wash hand basin and wide walk-in shower enclosure with drench head shower. Tasteful tiling to the floor and to full ceiling height with underfloor heating system. Heated towel rail. Attractive circular window to rear aspect. Spotlights to ceiling.
Bedroom Two - 5.08m x 4.50m (16'8 x 14'9)
This is a large bedroom with two sash windows to the front elevations with pleasant views across the gardens and Hutton Mount beyond. Two radiators. Across most of one wall is a range of fitted cupboards with six doors, to either side of the bed recess is a matching chest of drawers and along the opposite wall is matching dressing table and cupboards.
Bedroom Three - 4.93m x 3.76m (16'2 x 12'4)
A sash window opens to the front elevation with a radiator below. To one wall is a painted cast iron fireplace with attractive turquoise tiled slip, small grate and slate hearth. Across part of one wall is range of fitted wardrobes and cupboards ascending to ceiling height with four doors and shelves to either end.
Bedroom Four - 4.62m x 3.76m (15'2 x 12'4)
A sash window opens to the rear elevation with radiator fitted below. To one wall is a painted cast iron fireplace containing a small grate with an orange tiled slip and slate hearth. Painted double doors open to reveal a built-in wardrobe fitted with hanging rail and shelving to provide ample storage space. Door to:-
En-Suite Bathroom -
This room contains a delightful freestanding cast iron Victorian style slipper roll edge claw foot bath with Victorian style mixer tap and hand-held shower attachment. Lefroy Brooks Pedestal wash hand basin and Lefroy Brooks close coupled WC. Tiling to the floor with underfloor heating system and tiling to the wall with decorative brick effect coloured border. Radiator and heated towel rail. This is a dual aspect bathroom fitted with hardwood obscure double glazed multi-paned window to front and rear elevations. Spotlights to ceiling. Extractor fan.
Family Bathroom -
This is a magnificent and luxuriously appointed room which contains a polished aluminium freestanding roll edge bath with Victorian style Lefroy Brook mixer tap and hand-held shower attachment. This also has a shower fitted above. Lefroy Brooks bidet and Lefroy Brook high level WC. Lefroy Brook feature pedestal wash hand basin. Marble tiling to the floor and to full ceiling height. Heated ladder towel rail. Extractor fan. A key focal point is a painted cast iron fireplace with grate. This area is illuminated by an obscure multi-paned sash window to the rear elevation.
Second Floor Landing -
This landing is illuminated by a hardwood multi-paned sash window to the side elevation which offers very attractive elevated views of Hutton Mount. Doors to:-
Bedroom Five - 5.03m x 4.62m (16'6 x 15'2)
This spacious fifth bedroom has a sash window to the front elevation and a roof light to the side. Cast iron painted fireplace with coal grate. Radiator. Fitted wardrobe with cupboards fitted above and to the side. Two painted wooden doors open to eaves storage space.
Shower Room -
This is a large room fitted with a tiled shower enclosure, close coupled WC, pedestal wash-hand basin with mixer tap. Radiator and heated towel rail. Tiling to the floor and part tiling to the walls with decorative border. Painted double doors open to eaves storage space which is a most useful area for the storage of suitcases and Christmas decorations. Extractor fan. Shaver point. Obscure multi-paned sash window to the rear elevation.
Rear Garden -
The garden has a Southerly elevation and is in sunshine throughout the entire day. The rear garden measures 58ft in depth by 70ft in width and is planted mostly to lawn with raised timber retained flowerbeds to all three boundaries well stocked with a varied and interesting assortment of mature shrubs, plants and trees. The garden is very private at the back being screened across the rear by a tall line of conifers, a tall hedge of laurel on both the Western and Eastern boundaries. Running across the rear of the property is a paved terrace which is in sunshine throughout the entire day. Outside lighting and tap. There is access along both sides of the property to the:-
Front Garden -
This fine Edwardian property is approached from Mount Avenue by a wide shingle driveway through wrought iron electronically operated gates which lead to the front of the house where there is ample parking for a good many vehicles with ease. The property is well screened from Mount Avenue by an interesting and varied assortment of mature shrubs, hedges and trees. Adjoining this area is a recently constructed triple width garage with studio above.
Studio - 6.25m x 5.49m (20'6 x 18')
A painted multi-paned wooden door opens to the entrance from which a staircase ascends to the first floor level above the garaging. Radiator. This area has total measurements of 20'6 x 18'. This is an excellent addition to this delightful home and could very much serve has an annex for accommodation for an au-pair or a gymnasium or games room. This versatile space currently includes a lounge area which is illuminated by four skylight windows and two feature circular hardwood double glazed windows to the front and rear elevations. This area also contains a kitchenette which comprises of base cupboards and drawers. Stainless steel integrated oven and refrigerator. A long granite worktop incorporates a stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap and ribbed granite drainer and Capel hob. Attractive wood effect flooring runs throughout. Door to:-
Shower Room -
Contains a tiled shower enclosure, close coupled WC, pedestal wash hand basin with chromium monobloc mixer tap. Tiling to the wall with attractive mosaic effect border. Heated towel rail. Extractor fan. Two wall light points. Double glazed skylight window to the front elevation.
Triple Width Garage - 8.31m x 6.20m reducing to 5.18m (27'3 x 20'4 reducing to 17')
This is a magnificent recently constructed triple width garage quite capable of parking three vehicles with ease. There is a connecting door from here into the studio. An additional painted door opens to a useful and practical understairs storage cupboard with light which also accommodates the wall mounted gas fired boiler. To the far end of this garage is a work area which contains a stainless steel single drainer sink unit with cupboards below. Shelving to side.
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