A cutting-edge country house in about 1.6 acres. Up to 10 acres may be available separately.
The current owners and their architects have spent a great deal of time and thought in creating this unique country home designed to take advantage of its wonderful elevated situation. The Monocouche rendered elevations are punctured by large windows, bi-fold doors and balconies bathing the property in natural light, whilst allowing views over the property's grounds and surrounding countryside from within. The striking style of the design is not only aesthetically pleasing but it meets the needs of modern-day living. The property's low carbon footprint is due to its harnessing of the latest environmental technology including solar panels, electric car charging point, air and ground-source heat pumps. The high specification finish continues throughout the house including a bespoke kitchen with Miele appliances, high quality Duravit sanitary ware, smart lighting by Lightwave, cat 5 wiring, concrete first floor and zoned underfloor heating.
The accommodation extends to about 4,710 sq ft and is arranged over two floors around a stunning porcelain tiled reception room with two-storey ceiling height and a span of sliding doors opening onto a terrace and overlooking the swimming pool and grounds beyond. The room has an abundance of subtle storage units and is open to the kitchen. The kitchen is fitted with a range of bespoke colour-washed units with contrasting Blanco Quartz work tops anchored around an island and breakfast bar. Miele appliances include oven, wine fridge, induction hob and dishwasher. The reception area includes a cantilever staircase with glass balustrade which continues to the first floor landing making for a stunning focal point whilst allowing the natural light to extend throughout the house. Also within the reception area is a useful coat cupboard and a spacious cloakroom. A second living room, again with wide set of sliding doors, opens onto a secluded sunken garden area and in addition the room features a fireplace and adjoining display shelving. Further accommodation includes an office/snug containing extensive range of fitted storage and book shelving, a boot room and a fitted utility room.
The landing, which is retained by a glass balustrade and overlooking the living room, extends to the rear of the property to an occasional sitting area with a large window overlooking the pool, grounds and countryside beyond. The principal bedroom has lovely proportions and includes a balcony with glass retaining balustrade overlooking the pool and gardens and also features an en suite dressing room and en suite shower room. There are three further double bedrooms, two sharing a Jack and Jill en suite bathroom and in addition there is a first floor laundry room.
The Meadows is approached through an electric-gated entrance to a broad driveway providing access to a substantial garage with a roller door and electric car charging point. The entrance door is elevated from the drive, accessed by a short flight of steps with an adjacent bespoke waterfall feature. Behind the house a paved pathway provides access to an integral wash-down area, ideal for muddy dogs, bikes and boots. There is an external garden W.C. adjoining the wash area. Continuing to the rear of the house is a wrap-around terrace retained by brick walling and adjoining the swimming pool area, an ideal space for al fresco dining. The swimming pool has a wide paved surround and at one end a pathway leads to the detached garden cabin, which may well make for a work-from-home space if required. The gardens and grounds are predominantly laid to lawn with a scattering of mature trees and immediately adjoin farmland. The gardens are elevated, allowing for lovely vistas over the surrounding countryside.
In all about 1.6 acres. Up to 10 acres may be available separately.
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I sold the site to the owners many years ago and being one of my favorite rural locations in west Essex, I was keen to see how the house blended into its surroundings. The architects have done a wonderful job in creating a house with a low carbon footprint, designed to make the most of the vistas over the neighboring countrysideStephen White