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5 bedroom detached house for sale
Birch Lane, Webb Estate
This stunning house is situated in a secluded position with a plot measuring approximatley 1.6 acres. .
This substantial five bedroom detached property was the first house to be built of the 281 homes on the Estate and has been extended by the present family and now measures a total of 7,632 sq ft (including outbuildings), with many of the original features being returned to their former glory, helping provide a truly magnificent interior with the principal reception rooms being decorated using ideas gleaned from William Webb's travels and includes a magnificent Moorish-style dining room.
The Webb Estate is nestled to the west of Purley town centre, occupying around 260 acres and is now a conservation area. Named after the developer, William Webb, who bought the land in 1888 with the idea of creating an environment which would offer the best of city and country life. The land was then divided into gardens of approximately an acre each and these were landscaped before being sold to individuals who could then create their own family homes surrounded by beautiful gardens.
Upper Woodcote House is located in a premier road in this much sought after conservation area and is within walking distance of Purley town centre and railway station with excellent commuter train services to both Victoria and London Bridge. There are a number of private and state schools for children of all ages including Woodcote, St Davids, Wallington Girls, Wilsons, John Fisher and Whitgift. There is also a wide choice of leisure, entertainment and shopping facilities.
As you enter this house, you realise immediately that this is a rather special and true country home, with a beautiful stripped wooden floor in the entrance vestibule which leads directly into the main hall/sitting room which is a baronial-style room offering a two storey oak panelled lounge area with view up to the galleried landing above and large leaded light windows overlooking the mature rear garden. The magnificent inglenook fireplace is a main feature of this room with hand carved supports either side and also a carved oak sweeping staircase to the first floor. From here you have access to the drawing/family room which is an ideal place to relax and read in, with window to the rear aspect.
The Moorish-style dining room is what can only be described as an imposing and magnificent room and certainly one of the most interesting in the house with its multi-coloured carved plaster walls with archways and marble pillars, mirrored wall and a stunning tessellated marble floor. There is also a beautiful fitted table which can seat up to 12 people.
Walk through from the main hall into the study and you enter a delightful room with bay window to the front with stained glass leaded light vent lights to front aspect, part wood panelled walls and a feature inset fireplace with mantel over. A wooden door with stained glass inlay leads through to the entertainment room complete with Lutron mood lighting and a fitted bar.
The kitchen/breakfast room is a real space for the family to relax in. Designed and fitted by Thomas & Thomas this room includes Lutron mood lighting. There is a central island with inset circular sink and storage below and the kitchen incorporates Miele integrated appliances including steamer, coffee maker, plate warmer, microwave, dishwasher and two ovens. There is also a Neff induction hob, American-style 'fridge/freezer, waste disposal and compactor. This front aspect room is open plan to the breakfast area and adjoins the orangery which is double aspect and is the perfect place in which to unwind and relax.
In addition to these rooms there is also a downstairs cloakroom, utility, storage room and a large cellar. There is a fitted Bang and Olufsen integrated sound system with speakers throughout the ground floor and master bedroom, including the en-suite bathroom and dressing room.
The first floor is reached via a truly stunning oak sweeping staircase which opens onto a beautiful galleried landing with full view over the delightful rear garden. There is also a pull down ladder opening to the loft space which is boarded and could be converted to a room, subject to the usual planning permissions and consents.
From here there are five bedroom suites, all with en-suite fitted bathrooms, and the sumptuous master bedroom suite includes an elegant bathroom with central bath and large shower cubicle and walk-in dressing rooms with window to the front aspect.
Approached via electronic gates with CCTV, this fine home stands in level grounds measuring approximately 1.60 acres and provides extensive lawns, mature trees and shrubs and a sweeping driveway with access on both sides of the property. There is a garden to the rear which offers a heating swimming pool and a sunken hot tub with decking surround. The gardens are surrounded by mature hedging which offers seclusion and privacy and help to retain the peace and tranquility this property offers.
In addition to this, there is a pool room which is fully tiled and includes both sauna and steam room and a fitted shower cubicle with inset spot lights and access to a double garage. There is a further detached double garage and a single garage with storage behind.
"William Webb was a man with a vision to create a garden village suburb for people who worked in London. It was to be a place where mind and body could be refreshed by the beauty of nature. He achieved that aim, for today the whole estate is a tranquil conservation area and Upper Woodcote House is the stunning home that Webb had built for himself.
The present owners have lived here for twenty years and love the luxury and comfort it affords, the light that constantly washes through the generous windows and the village lifestyle of the estate. For the family, the hub of the house is the kitchen and breakfast room that run into the orangery, creating one large harmonious space, where they can be together to cook, eat and relax. The orangery overlooks both the swimming pool and garden and is a serene and comfortable room. Fling open the French doors in the summer and house, garden and pool blend seamlessly into one.
The house is perfect for family living and entertaining, from the spacious comfortable sitting rooms to the 'boys room' with a bar and pool table which is the perfect venue for watching sport on TV. The master bedroom suite is a large, bright area with windows overlooking the gardens, the luxury of two walk-in dressing rooms and an elegant bathroom. However, the owners always enjoy the amazement of their guests when they enter the dining room. Its multi-coloured and intricately patterned Moorish-style tiles, marble pillars, rounded gold painted ceiling and mirrored wall create an exotic atmosphere and at night the up-lights and fantastic central chandelier generate a dazzling yet romantic setting. The fixed circular table seats sixteen people and its tiled top echoes the floor pattern which increases the charm and excitement of this unique room.
The garden wraps itself around the house and the extensive lawns have been used for large parties with a marquee erected and live music. There are tranquil spots to sit and appreciate the sweep of lawns and mature trees that provide the rural peace Webb wanted to achieve. There are excellent schools in the area and a good primary school on the estate. Commuting is easy as the train journey from East Croydon to London is under half an hour with major airports close by. The owners feel privileged to have lived in their superb family home, at the heart of the warm atmosphere of the estate".
These comments are the personal views of the current owners and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
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