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5 bedroom detached house for sale
- DETACHED FAMILY HOME ON PRESTIGIOUS PRIVATE ESTATE
- FIVE BEDROOMS, INCLUDING MASTER WITH EN-SUITE
- BEDROOM THREE WITH EN-SUITE AND SEPARATE STAIRCASE
- THREE RECEPTION ROOMS
- STUDY AREA
- REFITTED KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM WITH SEPARATE
- GROUNDS OF APPROXIMATELY ONE ACRE (STMS)
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 3039 SQ FT
Relaxing on the sun terrace, enjoying an early morning cup of coffee, Lorraine listens to the birds and remembers why she and her husband John moved to Hollybank.
They fell in love with the beautiful one-acre garden at the house, which also has a tennis court, and the space it offered their four children, as well as the serenity.
The garden was just beautiful, she remembered. There was an area for kicking footballs and climbing frames. There was also a wooded area to explore - my youngest wants to be the next Bear Grylls!
Yet there were more formal areas too, including a lawn that we could see would be great for entertaining, and it was all south-facing.
A TASTE OF TRADITION
The house itself offered unique character and charm. The children loved the fact it had two staircases while the adults were drawn to the bay windows that looked out over the magnificent gardens.
I also loved the courtyard area outside the kitchen, which was sunny and where I could see it would be wonderful to sit in the morning, she added.
Since then, the house has been completely redecorated, with a new kitchen installed, as well as new bathrooms.
The house has quite a traditional style but we have used modern papers, such as those from Osborne & Little, she said. This is very much a classic family home. My drawing room walls are gold, and I have used red and gold furnishings.
The drawing room is Lorraine's favourite place in the house. She finds it a peaceful space that is a pleasant retreat all year round.
There is an open fire in there, which makes the room very cosy in the winter, she said. And there is a massive window too, where I like to sit and read, and look out.
John also loves the drawing room but the children favour their playroom, which leads off the kitchen. Here they have a large television and can watch films and play games.
The kitchen itself is quite modern. It is Italian and has white cabinets and a dark brown floor, she said.
ENTERTAINING AT HOME
With an attractive, dark floor-to-ceiling unit, and a table and chairs at one end, the kitchen is not only stylish but also attractive.
We tend to have most of our family meals in here, although we do have a dining room as well, she said. But when the weather is warm, we eat outside whenever we can. We can have up to 18 people out there for dinners or barbecues.
With double doors opening up on to the terrace, the house is perfect for parties, she went on.
It is a very sociable house, she said. The children have enjoyed having gazebos up in the garden for their parties.
The family love living in the Ashtead area. They enjoy being able to go for long walks while also benefiting from easy access to London, Epsom, Kingston and Guildford.
We love this neighbourhood too, she said. It is very central.
And she added: Everything about this house makes it a wonderful family home. My daughter has a bedroom, which is like an annexe, and so gives her a feeling of independence, there is plenty of space for the children and it is a perfect house for anyone who enjoys socialising.
Stepping through the original solid wood front door, the reception hall offers an early indication of the beautiful decor that the current owners have finished to a high standard. The hall is spacious and welcoming with a walk-in storage closet, cloakroom and stairs to the first floor.
Directly in front is the drawing room, a sun-filled space with a feature fireplace and double aspect windows that frame views of the grounds. Adjacent is the formal dining room offering an elegant and sophisticated area for entertaining with double doors to the terrace for alfresco drinks. At the end of the hall is the hub of the house - the refitted and updated kitchen/breakfast room. This room has a built-in storage cupboard for washing machine and dryers, high gloss kitchen cabinets with modern state of the art ovens and appliances and plenty of space for dining, ideal for modern family life. A stable door opens to the driveway allowing easy access for shopping and dogs and towards the end of the kitchen is the invaluable utility room with matching cabinets and a door to the garden. The family room leads off the utility room offering a relaxed and spacious area to watch television and for the children to play games. From here, double doors lead out to the garden, while a further door reveals a study area with bespoke desks, book case and storage. Stairs ascend to bedroom three and there is a door to the garage.
From the landing, bedroom five is located to the right with built-in storage, while to the left there is a large airing cupboard and a family bathroom with bath and separate shower cubicle. The luxurious master bedroom boasts a large window, built-in wardrobes and an en-suite shower room. Bedroom two also has a large window overlooking the grounds and bespoke built-in storage and radiator cover. Bedroom four has a built-in wardrobe and a door leading to bedroom three which, in turn, has a separate staircase and en-suite bathroom and can therefore be closed off from the main first floor accommodation, if required.
Setting the Scene
The Warren is prestigious private estate and as you approach the entrance you pass a mix of beautiful character homes with manicured lawns. Hollybank itself is approached via a sweeping driveway with ample parking, garaging and a one acre (STMS) garden that has been an immense delight for the whole family.
With plenty of space for children's play equipment and to play ball games and explore, the youngsters have spent many happy times outside.
The garden has been perfect for the boys to play football out in. They can be away from the flower beds and have their climbing frame and trampoline out there too, said Lorraine.
The tennis court has also been a great joy, with many happy summer afternoons spent knocking balls over the net, and the terrace and courtyard areas have been superb for relaxation in the sunshine.
Within Easy Reach
With good schools in the area, including Downsend School, City of London Freemen's School, St. John's of Leatherhead and Danes Hill in Oxshott, plus regular buses to Epsom College, the house is in an ideal location for families with school aged children.
Ashtead is a great place to live and if we want more shops it is very easy to get into Epsom, Kingston or Guildford, she said. Trains from Ashtead run into Victoria and Waterloo every 20 minutes, which makes it very easy to commute.
Ashtead Park is within walking distance of the house and the area has a number of other scenic places to walk.
The towns of Leatherhead and Epsom are nearby providing a wider selection of high street names. An excellent commuter location, the M25 and A3 are a short drive away providing access to central London, Heathrow and Gatwick Airports.
From junction 9 off the M25 take the A243 to the roundabout and the second exit following signs to Ashtead. At the next roundabout take the first left to Leatherhead Road and continue towards Ashtead. Follow the sign for the private Ashtead Hospital and The Warren is next door. Follow the road around to the left where Hollybank can be found half way up on the right.
For those with satellite navigation the post code for the property is KT21 2SE.
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