A private country house in a lakeside setting surrounded by exceptional parkland
Oakenhurst is a fine country house which offers lateral accommodation and excellent entertaining space amidst an incredibly private and peaceful setting. It is rare to find a country house which sits as centrally within its own land. The house is undoubtedly designed to maximise the views over the lake. All of the principal reception rooms link to the terrace that wraps around the rear of the house via double French windows. Whilst the current owners have sympathetically modernised Oakenhurst during their ownership, charming period features remain, including open fireplaces in the drawing and sitting rooms.
The open plan kitchen/breakfast room is arguably the focal room of this house, flooded with light from the skylight and French Windows and beautifully equipped. It includes an American style fridge-freezer, wine chiller and built-in Miele microwave and coffee machine. There is ample utility space which makes a great dog and boot room, plus a walk-in larder.
Upstairs, the generous master bedroom suite has an exceptionally well proportioned bathroom and dressing area, in addition to the wonderful lakeside views. This is complemented by four further bedrooms (one en suite), a family bathroom and ample storage in the loft.
The studio annexe is entirely separate from the main house and is well positioned to also benefit from the views over the surrounding land and lake. This is fully plumbed and has previously been used as ancillary accommodation, a play room and an office.
The property benefits from air conditioning throughout the reception rooms, kitchen, the majority of the bedrooms and the annexe.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
Oakenhurst sits remarkably well within its own grounds, set back from the road and offers fine views over the surrounding land and lake. The property is approached via electric gates and a long tree-lined driveway that sweeps through the paddocks and fields. A boardwalk allows you to walk the circumference of the lake, partially through woodland and taking in the views back to the house. Extensive decking leading off the rear terrace creates an unrivalled entertaining or relaxation area on the edge of the lake.
The land is largely in a parkland setting with some of the land adjacent to the stables currently used as horse paddocks. These are post and rail fenced and there is plenty of scope to extend the equestrian side of the property.
An indoor swimming pool complex with sauna, changing facilities and WC is just a short distance from the house but tucked away behind mature trees. There is also an all-weather tennis court and a triple garage.
In all the gardens and grounds extend to about 23 acres.
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It is incredibly rare to find a country house situated within the middle of its own land where you can't see another property. Oakenhurst is an incredible family house and what a place to bring up children and also to entertain. It is hard to believe you are just 40 miles or so from central London when sitting on the terrace looking out over your own private lake!Theo James-Wright