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5 bedroom detached house for sale
- DETACHED PRETTY FAMILY HOME
- HAND CRAFTED OAK KITCHEN WITH BREAKFAST ROOM
- THREE RECEPTION ROOMS AND STUDY
- FIVE BEDROOMS
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 3617SQ FT
- ESTABLISHED GARDENS WITH LIMESTONE TERRACE
- TWO CHILDREN'S PLAY AREAS
- DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE AND PRIVATE DRIVEWAY
Light and airy, with an established well planted garden that is perfect for adults and children alike, neither compromising on their individual 'play' zones.
Cooking breakfast with the children is a weekend tradition at Kilchoan - and so much fun in the solid oak kitchen designed for a busy family life.
Helen and Richard loved the spacious, five-bedroom house as soon as they discovered it 15 years ago, and still relish their life here.
We lived in south London and Richard saw it first. He rang me from the garden, held out the phone and said listen. All I could hear was birdsong, said Helen.
We didn't believe such a fantastic house - so secure and so private but with a big garden - existed. It's so peaceful, we are not overlooked and there is an excellent neighbourhood network, she added.
Richard added: The amazing space and design makes this house a joy to live in. There is room for everyone to do their own thing, but the layout keeps us connected - I think it helps us feel part of a tight family. We do a lot of entertaining and the room layout really works for both big and small parties.
ROOM TO MOVE
Determined to have everything they wanted, Helen and Richard worked closely with esteemed craftsman Darren Tyson to create their outstanding kitchen.
It's designed to suit how the family works - to cook, chat, dine and socialise. We are very proud of it. We went into such detail to get it right. There's space for everything - to prepare, to serve, to clear, without anything being in the way.
Bright and welcoming, it overlooks the garden so they can watch the children playing outside while preparing lunch - unless the youngsters are helping.
We both love cooking and they've cooked since they were big enough to sit at the island, said Helen.
Richard said: Yes, I know it's a cliché but in this case the kitchen really is the heart of the home.
The house was immaculate when Helen and Richard moved in, so they have enjoyed taking their time enhancing the practical elements of the house and adding their own personality.
It is an exceptionally versatile house both indoors and out, said Richard
So while Helen, an interior designer, chose exquisite Osborne & Little wallpaper and luxurious soft furnishings, they also added extras, such as a large boot room, ideal for leaving wellies and coats when they return from a walk in nearby Penn Woods.
A lively family with many interests, they enjoy the space here, whether playing guitar or piano in the drawing room, games in the family room or planning an elaborate dinner party.
The drawing room is a particular favourite. Here the sun floods in and in the summer the double doors on to the garden can be opened up. In the winter, there is nothing as wonderful as relaxing in front of the fire.
It's such a welcoming room. It's large but can feel so cosy too, he added.
It's a house that works well in both summer and winter.
WORK, PLAY AND SLEEP
Richard and Helen's three young children have known this house all their lives, taking those first wobbly steps here, learning to ride their bikes and playing endless games of hide and seek indoors and out.
All the bedrooms are large enough for the children to have space to play, as well as having lots of storage and a work area. The house is designed so everyone can have their own space but not feel cut off, said Richard, admiring the way the rooms flow off the welcoming large oak-floored entrance hall.
That includes not only the family room, kitchen, dining room and drawing room but the sunny study too, where Richard likes to work from home whenever possible.
This is a practical, versatile, perfect house - it works for everything we do. It's such an easy house to live in. We will miss it so much, he said.
As we enter Kilchoan the reception hall opens like a blossoming flower. Each room flows from this spacious area, glazed doors give a tantalising glimpse of what lies beyond. Crossing the oak wood flooring we can start our exploration within the 'heart of the house', the kitchen. Designed and handcrafted by Darren Tyson of Old Amersham this room causes an immediate 'wow'. Grained solid Oak cabinets with incredible curved storage are enhanced with brushed stainless steel door furniture and matt black granite work surfaces. The central Island / breakfast bar works well for a coffee or a food preparation area and has a useful storage area for the all important latest cookery books. It also has further soft close drawers and a plate warming drawer. Amongst the plethora of cupboards is the larder with built in spice rack and another cupboard houses the now essential recycling bins. Standing at the Franke sink, which incorporates the waste disposal cabinet we enjoy views of the beautiful garden, raised terrace and we can even keep an eye on the little ones playing on their toys on the soft bark area. Travertine tiles in mottled caramel and cream are warmed by under floor heating. Carefully placed sunken spotlights illuminate the breakfast bar.
The Kitchen leads into the light and airy breakfast room .The perfect place to relax and enjoy everyday meals. Light streams through the atrium window and the double aspect allows fantastic views of the garden. A double French door leads straight onto the charcoal York stone terrace and lawn.
Adjacent to the breakfast room is the ever useful utility room with its side door, plethora of storage, cabinets and additional sink. There is plenty of space to kick off the wellingtons and hang soggy anoraks after a bracing walk. From the Breakfast room enter the family room - ideally positioned to call for 'mum or dad' when help is needed. Fling open the double French doors and discover that the current owners have developed a hard standing play area under the dappled shade of a beautiful Eucalyptus tree. Kilchoan is well screened and secluded with secure gated access from both sides. The generous dining room is perfectly proportioned for those more formal dining occasions and has views over the front gardens. Enter the pastel calm of the elegant drawing room. Muted shades of cream are enhanced with the Osborne and Little wall coverings. The gold and cream of entwined, climbing flowers glow as the sun streams though the dual aspect room complete with a beautiful bay window. A tasteful Carrera marble fireplace houses the gas coal effect fire, perhaps open the double French doors and step out onto the terrace for a pre dinner aperitif. A generous sized study / office and spacious cloakroom complete the ground floor.
The galleried landing continues the fabulous flow of rooms on this level. The master bedroom is a real delight, with its large en-suite bathroom and shower giving views over the established rear garden. Exploring the rest of the first floor, you discover a further guest suite, an exceptionally generous family bathroom ideal for hours of bath time play time, three further double bedrooms all with copious wardrobes and storage.
SETTING THE SCENE
Kilchoan is a dream family home as pretty from the rear aspect as from the front elevation. The property combines a safe, secluded, enclosed rear garden with the perfect areas of out door entertaining space. Enjoy the Sunday papers with coffee on the semi circular, raised terrace area under the shade of the cherry tree. Other mature trees provide further natural sculpture whilst the glorious Lilac brings colour into the hedging. The established well planted flower beds provide year long delights and the pebble beach rockery creates another dimension of design.
The children can play to their hearts content within view of the house on the soft bark area or help cultivate the vegetables within the raised beds.
The full length limestone terrace gives a further choice for sitting and dining or simply relaxing listening to the sound of a distant mower and the birdsong.
We've created areas of both sun and shade throughout the day, so we can eat in the sun or the shade depending on how hot it gets, said Richard.
WHAT'S NEARBY ()
Falling in love with the secluded feel of their large house and garden, Richard and Helen appreciate the community of the private road. We've made so many great friends since living here. There's such a strong community on the road - it's great to feel part of it, Helen said. Doctors Dentists, a library, local stores and a café/ delicatessen and what Richard considers to be the best butchers in Buckinghamshire are all local. Although set in a semi rural location Penn is ideal for great pubs, restaurants, shopping, schools and main line train stations. With five local pubs offering great food and typical traditional 'Great British pub atmospheres' it's a super choice. The owners recommend their local 'The Old Queens Head' a particular favourite as it's within walking distance and the Sunday lunches are superb.
From the M40 exit at Junction 3 signposted High Wycombe. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto London Rd/A40 heading towards Wycombe. After about 2 miles turn right into Cock Lane Continue along this lane then turn left into St Johns Road. Bear right into the private road of Manor Road and Manor Close can be found on the right hand side. Kilchoan is located within the select development of only three properties on the left hand side.
For those with satellite navigation the post code is HP10 8HZ
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