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4 bedroom detached house for sale
- IMPRESSIVE FAMILY HOME
- FOUR BEDROOM SUITES
- FOUR RECEPTION ROOMS
- STUNNING KITCHEN
- INDOOR SWIMMING POOL
- FULLY AUTOMATED "WHOLE HOUSE" AV SYSTEM
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 7,678 SQ FT
Sitting up on the mezzanine level, looking through the glass balcony above her exquisite bedroom, the owner of The Birches soaks up the view.
From here, she can gaze out from the home she and her husband have transformed into a stunning sanctuary, and take in her attractive surroundings.
I like to go up there in the mornings to read the papers and look down the garden and over the golf course behind us, she said.
The Birches has seen major renovation since the couple took it on. Extending and redesigning it, they have made it into a unique home with stylish spaces and individual character, and areas such as the indoor pool, for simply enjoying.
It is a beautiful house and it has been fun living here, she said.
Built by the owner in 2007 this impressive home makes the best use of its sunny aspect to create light and airy open plan living that makes the most of the mature gardens in this most desirable location. Backing onto Rochford Hundred Golf course, the house sits well back off of the road, in a plot of over one acre providing a secluded and private environment.
The original house dates back to 1938 and has been re-developed by the current owners to meet the highest build quality and to incorporate all of the modern features you would expect from a home of this stature.
The frontage to the house is largely as original with all new hand-made clay tile roofing, however the owner who is a builder, has completely reconfigured the layout internally and extended the footprint bringing the house up to modern building standards with exquisite attention to details. As such the property retains its character whilst providing modern facilities to the highest quality throughout.
A major change to The birches has been the addition of the dining room and family room to the side of the house. This space has skylights in the ceiling to give the best natural light during the day and provides an awe-inspiring view of the night sky; all from the comfort provided by this impressive house.
The owners desire to maximise use of natural light has influenced the design of this house and the rear elevation looking into the gardens boasts a generous array of windows including clerestory windows to the master bedroom. The outlook from all of the rooms is simply stunning.
The house has been designed for recreation and enjoyment. In addition to the indoor pool and spa-bath, there is also a gym and cinema room.
The heated deck level swimming pool is state of the art with an automatically retracting child friendly cover.
The cinema room has a 120 inch HD projector connected to a high level specification AV system.
The AV system is incorporated into every room of the house (including the pool) providing fully automated and individual control of all media sources. In addition to the cinema room there are numerous TV positions throughout the house.
As well as there being plenty of room in the main house for guests, this property is being offered with a separate annexe for guest, housekeeper or au pair accommodation.
Sharing the front drive, the annexe is separate from the house, totally self contained and equipped with kitchen/dining room, shower room and bedroom. Built to the same exacting standards of the main house the annexe compliments the front aspect to The Birches.
In the rear garden is a fully covered outside kitchen/summerhouse. Oak framed and built to compliment the main house, this beautiful building has a fully equipped kitchen and BBQ facilities and provides the perfect summer time entertaining space and outdoor dining experience. The space is also pre-wired to accept a large TV to further enhance the use of this unique feature and enjoyment of the spectacular gardens and view over the golf course.
Set well back from the road with beautiful grounds, the immaculate frontage of this impressive house simply exudes style and elegance. The central oak double doors and glazed side screens invite you in to view this magnificent home. The imposing reception hall boasts a contemporary oak and glass staircase rising to the first floor galleried landing, which is then overlooked by the galleried second floor, all adding to the height and grandeur. Tasteful limestone flooring runs throughout the ground floor all with underfloor heating. The Lutron lighting system and automatic blinds have been designed by a specialist lighting engineer to provide complete control for the sunniest days as well as creating the perfect relaxing environment at night, there is provision for an air conditioning system. Leading from the reception h all and proceeding to the open plan sitting room there is a central natural brickwork fireplace and chimney breast which also opens to the kitchen, while clerestory glazed doors guide out to the basalt and limestone paved terrace and garden. The spacious drawing room is a double aspect room overlooking both the front and rear gardens and full width sliding doors framing views across the rear garden and golf course beyond. The simple clean lines of this room are enhanced by the natural tones of the brickwork fireplace creating a cosy ambience. A further opening connects to the family room that is also double aspect with windows to the front and full width doors to the rear garden, this room enjoys additional light from the fully automated double glazed skylight windows. At the heart of the house is the spectacular Hacker fitted kitchen/dining room offering an extensive range of high gloss cabinets and white Silestone surfaces with built in Miele appliances. The focal point of this room is the central island and breakfast bar which is complimented with recess ceiling lighting and limestone flooring. Full width sliding doors open to the terrace and garden. Adjacent to the kitchen is the utility room and plant room. Set to the front of the house and enjoying views across the front gardens is a well proportioned study providing ample space for home working. To the rear of the house connected via the kitchen is the swimming pool complex and gymnasium. The dramatic black tiled deck level swimming pool has an automatic retractable cover. This fantastic room has an expanse of glass and doors which connects to the rear garden, along with a vaulted ceiling with integrated speakers and mood lighting. There is a matching circular hot-tub and a wet room/WC with changing facilities. Completing this floor is a luxurious cloakroom and a superb cinema room with 120 inch screen and built in bar.
The first floor galleried landing with its high vaulted ceiling and skylight windows is complimented by a real oak floor and glass balustrade. Double doors lead through to the sumptuous master bedroom suite which has a high vaulted ceiling and double glazed clerestory windows guiding out to the south facing balcony. There is also a brickwork fireplace/chimney breast with an open grate, while a frosted glazed door moves into the luxury Vileroy & Boch en-suite wet room. This is complimented by dressing area with a staircase rising to a private second floor mezzanine level which has an expanse of wardrobes and a quiet seating area/snug overlooking the bedroom. To the right of the master is the spacious second bedroom, also with high vaulted ceilings and mezzanine floor. This room enjoys a striking exposed brick wall with an original archway creating a feature bed recess, along with windows to the front and side and skylight windows to the mezzanine floor. Frosted double doors move to the opulent Vileroy & Boch en-suite bathroom which has a double ended bath and a walk in shower. The third bedroom is of a good size with a high ceiling, two windows overlooking the rear garden and golf course, a walk in wardrobe and a superb en-suite shower room. All of these bedrooms offer fantastic views of the mature gardens and golf course beyond. The remaining bedroom on this floor is presented to a high standard and has the benefit of a further Vileroy & Boch en-suite shower room.
The Birches comes with a detached annexe. The space comprises a kitchen/dining room, fitted kitchen to one corner and views across the front and rear gardens. The annexe also has its own heating system, a modern shower room and a spacious first floor bedroom with a vaulted ceiling.
SETTING THE SCENE
The property occupies a large established plot which backs directly onto Rochford Hundred golf course. The beautiful gardens are laid mainly to lawn with an abundance of maturing trees and shrubs, making the gardens nicely secluded. The basalt and limestone paved terrace is designed to allow the back of the house and the indoor swimming pool to open up onto the garden, creating one large entertaining venue. There is provision for a TV on the terrace and the present owners have used when entertaining around big sporting events. Set to the front of the house is a detached double garage with an electronic door and a versatile first floor room that would be great as a home office or a further annexe with a small kitchen and shower room.
WITHIN EASY REACH
The Birches is set in the prestigious Hall Road area, adjacent to the historic market town of Rochford which has an array of charming shops and a mainline railway station giving a journey time to London Liverpool Street of approximately 50 minutes. Rochford boasts close proximity to the local countryside, ideal for walking and cycling. Rochford Hundred Golf Club and a tennis club are nearby and the property does, in fact, back directly onto the golf course. A large Tesco superstore is within a short drive, while health and fitness clubs are close by.
Southend-on-Sea airport is within easy reach and is undergoing expansion and improvement. By road you can access the A13, A127 and A130, providing good links to the M25 and London.
Rochford is situated close to Southend-on-Sea and can be approached via the A127, A13 and A130. From Rochford town centre/mainline railway station proceed under the railway bridge onto Hall Road where Birches can be found on the left hand side.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is SS4 1NX.
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