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6 bedroom detached house for sale
Chalfont St. Giles, Buckinghamshire
- IMPRESSIVE DETACHED FAMILY HOME
- ELECTRIC GATES TO BRICK PAVIOUR DRIVEWAY
- BEAUTIFUL RECEPTION HALL WITH FIREPLACE
- FIVE RECEPTION ROOMS, INCLUDING GAMES ROOM
- FIVE BEDROOMS, INCLUDING SUMPTUOUS MASTER
- SELF-CONTAINED ONE-BEDROOM FIRST FLOOR ANNEXE
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 6,196 SQ FT
- SOUTH WESTERLY LANDSCAPED GARDENS
It was 10 years ago now that the owners of Ashmore chose their home for its quiet location on a private road and its great space.
They loved the large rooms it offered them to be together as a family, as well as the different areas where they could enjoy individual pursuits.
On entering the house you come into this large entrance hall with a beautiful fireplace, which looks lovely when it is on, she said.
Then all the rooms really flow into one another, and out into the back garden.
In the winter, this is a wonderfully cosy house. In the summer, we open all the doors on to the back garden as it is beautifully sunny.
The owners loved the design and space at the home but also wanted to make their own mark on it. Inside, the house has been decorated to their own tastes, with large bright spaces, featuring muted shades.
Ashmore now beautifully combines some traditional features with areas of modern interior design.
We love the family room, which is a pleasant place to be. It comes off the kitchen and so ends up being used on all sorts of occasions.
Having the breakfast area in that part of the house is ideal too.
When the weather is warm, they can linger at the table over long breakfasts with the French windows open, or can wander outside into the sunshine afterwards with a cup of coffee.
The drawing room also opens up on to the terrace. We have a large inglenook fireplace in there too, so it is very inviting in the winter, she said. Again, this is a nice room to be in if there are guests.
And she added: It is good to have all this space to spread out in. It means someone can watch television in one place without disturbing everyone else.
The main dining room is a grand space, which has been elegantly decorated. Here up to eight people can be seated on more formal occasions.
This house is ideal for entertaining. We have had a few very good parties here, she said. There is also plenty of room outside for putting up a marquee or hosting a garden party.
HOME FROM HOME
The substantial house, with its generous spaces, including a study and games room, would be ideally suited for a family with children of different ages.
It is also a wonderful place for visitors to come and stay.
We have the annexe, which has been great for guests when they stay over. It could also be ideal for anyone wishing to have their parents or an au pair living with them, she said.
The annexe has its own drawing room, as well as bedroom, shower room and fully equipped kitchen.
She added: We have enjoyed having so much space here - and we will miss that when we leave. This is also a super locality. We have had some very good times here.
Ashmore is situated at one end of the private and sought after Doggetts Wood Lane as it joins exclusive Nightingales Lane. Electric gates swing open to reveal a sweeping, block paved driveway that circles one of the ancient Ash trees that give the house its name. Solid double wooden doors, inlaid with opaque glass panels, bring you into the impressive reception hall where pale blond parquet flooring stretches out in each direction and there is a darker wood border that frames the space. To add to the welcoming ambience, a fireplace with inlaid poppy tiles and a wooden mantelpiece warms the hall, while the wide staircase sweeps past a double height picture window which reaches almost to the top of the house casting natural light over the interior.
For those who wish to work from home, there is a generous study which has been beautifully fitted with a bespoke light oak desk, cupboards, and shelving. Through double casement doors on the right, you can step down into the spacious drawing room where an inglenook fireplace adds character and warmth during the winter months with old stock bricks and oak beams. During the summer you can open both sets of French windows to walk out onto the south-westerly terrace. The formal dining room has been tastefully decorated with soft and mellow colours in coffee and cream. The wooden parquet flooring adds a herringbone pattern to the golden hues as your eyes are drawn towards the French windows opening to the rear garden. In the games room, half panelled walls heighten the grandeur of this social space.
The kitchen/breakfast room has been beautifully designed with a plethora of timber-fronted cabinets and sleek, dark granite work surfaces. A central work station forms a convenient breakfast bar but there is also plenty of space for an additional table and chairs for informal eating. French doors lead out onto a further patio area. A range cooker adds to the farmhouse atmosphere. There is also a large family sitting room leading from the kitchen where you can relax whilst you wait for dinner to cook or perhaps help the children with their homework.
Completing the ground floor you will also find a generous and stylish cloakroom and a utility room, while all the main reception rooms have the added luxury of inset speakers for the hard wired sound system.
On the first floor there are five double bedrooms, a linen store room and a self-contained one-bedroom annexe. The impressive master suite is light and airy with French windows and a pretty Juliette balcony overlooking the front gardens. Two archways lead from the bedroom to separate 'his and her' dressing areas and bathrooms. The dressing areas have generous storage with drawers, shelves and hanging space hidden behind mirrored sliding doors, while the bathrooms beyond are cool and calm, with pale cream porcelain tiles and white sanitary ware including a Jacuzzi bath and a walk-in shower in the larger of the two bathrooms. This suite also benefits from inset speakers for the sound system.
There are two further bedroom suites with large bedrooms boasting fitted double wardrobes and bathrooms, while the remaining two bedrooms are served by a family bathroom.
Accessed from the first floor landing in the main house or via its' own front door, hall and staircase, the self-contained annexe can be brought in to the main accommodation or separated for guests, relatives or an au pair. The lockable front door reveals a pretty L-shaped sitting room with plenty of space for sofas and chairs as well as a dining table. To the left is a small but skilfully fitted kitchen with a Neff electric oven, gas hob and integrated fridge, while beyond the sitting room is the generous bedroom, with a walk-in storage cupboard and fully tiled en-suite shower room.
Setting the Scene
The exquisite garden has been landscaped by the current owners to create an oasis of greenery among the leafy, mature trees.
Parts of the garden have a Japanese feel - there is even a pagoda-style pergola where they can sit and read on hot sunny days.
We have very much made our own mark on the garden, she said. We also have a vegetable garden, with raised beds and fruit trees.
She added: This is a very peaceful garden. It is also very safe as well, with electronic gates, so would be ideal for anyone with children.
There is also access to the triple garage, a large store room and gardeners cloakroom.
Within Easy Reach
The ancient village and parish of Chalfont St Giles is situated on the edge of the Chiltern Hills. With its village duck pond near the green and a pretty Norman church, Chalfont St Giles epitomises a typical village in the Home Counties.
Independent shops still line the old high street, with a delicatessen, green grocers and small boutique to name just a few.
Nearby Little Chalfont also has many facilities to its credit, including a small but nationally acclaimed local library; owned and now run by local residents. The area is also much sought after for the great many nationally renowned schools, including the famous Challoner's Grammar Schools.
The current owner of Ashmore describes the location of her home as brilliant.
We have a station just 10 minutes down the road and the train service into London is excellent, she said. Indeed, Ashmore is within easy reach of Chalfont & Latimer Station which is served by both the Chiltern Line and London Underground Metropolitan line enabling passengers to reach Baker Street and Marylebone within approximately 45 minutes.
''We can nip in the car to large supermarkets at Amersham, just 5 minutes away and for high street shopping we can go to Watford which is about 15 minutes drive or High Wycombe and Westfield's via the M40 '' she added.
This corner of the Chilterns is extraordinarily convenient being only a short drive to the M25, M40, M4 and M1, allowing easy access to all the London airports.
Leave the M40 at junction one and follow the A40 and then A413 towards Amersham and Chalfont St Giles. At the double roundabout just outside the village of Chalfont St. Giles, turn right into Vache Lane/ B4442 towards Little Chalfont following the B4442 as it becomes Nightingales Lane. After approximately two and a quarter miles, turn left into Doggett's Wood Lane where you will find Ashmore immediately on your left.
For those with satellite navigation the post code for the property is HP8 4TJ.
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