Superbly presented modern family home with south-facing garden, in a private lane.
Built in 2008, Oak Leaf House is a superbly presented, light and bright family home, ideally situated in the centre of Maresfield yet tucked away in a private lane with just two other houses. The house offers a versatile layout, with a number of solutions for home working and the potential to create a single or double-storey self-contained annexe in the western wing of the property.
The full extent and layout of Oak Leaf House, which extends to over 3,200 square feet, can be seen on the floor plan; points of particular note include the striking curved wall to the front elevation, oak flooring through most of the ground floor, oak internal doors, modern white bathroom suites, a stylish contemporary kitchen and neutral décor throughout.
A wide solid wood front door opens from an overhung porch canopy to an elegant and welcoming entrance hall, off which lies a cloakroom and the formal reception rooms. The sitting room is a spacious, dual-aspect room featuring a raised open fireplace with a Portland stone hearth; the beautifully light and bright garden room is part vaulted and has bi-fold doors opening on to the terrace. The kitchen and dining room is an excellent room for everyday family life, fitted with a range of stylish Siematic matt white and wood units, with black granite worktops, a large central island, range of integrated Miele appliances, space for a sofa and a generous curved dining area.
Lying off the kitchen is a boot room with shelved larder cupboard, in turn leading to a good-sized study, the inner hall, and a useful utility room. A spiral staircase rises from the hall to the home office or guest bedroom and bathroom, which is an ideal space for home-working or, together with some of the ground floor rooms, allows the potential to create a self-contained annexe (subject to the necessary consents).
There are four bedrooms in the main part of the first floor, lying off the vaulted galleried landing. The principal bedroom has a walk-wardrobe and a large en suite bathroom with suite including a bath and separate shower cubicle; the remaining bedrooms are served by a family bathroom with equally well-fitted modern white suite.
Oak Leaf House is accessed from the private road through double five bar gates, which open to a generous block paved parking area lying to the front of the house and double garage. A second pair of double gates opens to the side garden, allowing vehicular access to the side and rear gardens and allowing for additional guest parking.
There is gated pedestrian access at both sides of the house leading to the rear garden, which wraps around the house to three sides, the principal section being south-facing. The garden is largely laid to level lawn, well-enclosed by laurel hedging, with a sunny sandstone terrace lying adjacent to the house.
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I often ask myself when I see clients' houses whether I could see myself living in their houses. I certainly could with Oak Leaf House! It has a very comfortable feel to it throughout, and importantly also has the flexibility for change in circumstance, something we are all experiencing in one form or another.Jason North