ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY - noir by david cliff - The headline says it all, when do you EVER get the opportunity to own a home like this that has stayed in the current family for over almost 45 years.
When Kate asked to meet me her here I was driving over trying to picture what I was about to see and was nowhere near what actually greeted me when I arrived.
The initial entrance has you thinking that you are about to simply drive into a field but this is merely the start of an impressive sweeping journey to this secluded spot. As you get closer and see the pond to your left you can see Ashridgewood Place for the first time and it looks like something you`d expect in a period drama, elegant , impressive and you literally can`t wait to see what it is truly all about.
The idea of doing the traditional chat about this property, room by room, out building by outbuilding would simply leave you the viewer gasping for a break, it`s vast, so I think an overview here together with the extensive floor plans and photography will then lead you to decide if you would like us to take you for a closer look.
The main house is as good looking as you would hope and whilst this is very much to be purchased with a project in mind you have some flexibility as to what you would do and when so you have options. With significant land, coach house and outbuildings you really can create your own vision.
The double height reception hall is quite jaw dropping in both size and style, this is where you also see the huge ceiling heights that follow throughout. It sets the scene beautifully and takes you through to the five reception areas and family kitchen/ breakfast room. You can also access the lower ground floor cellar from this area, traditional wine cellar would be great or easy access storage.
The main drawing room is slightly irregular in shape but in a good way and extends to 30ft in width, triple aspect with lovely bay window and open fireplace as you would expect.
I`ve changed my mind two or three times as to what I would do here, there are further snug, study and living areas which actually feel very modern in layout whilst still being very traditional in look so you can go one of two ways.
The kitchen/ family space has turned full circle over the years and is now the heart of the home again, here at Ashridgewood Place you have a light and bright 22ft by 17ft kitchen which even without changes would accommodate the role beautifully, again do remember that the incredible ceiling heights increase the feel of space so much more.
Moving up the period staircase you have five impressive single, dual and triple aspect bedrooms. The triple aspect master is simply vast, it basically mirrors the drawing room below but you now realise why the drawing room had the `irregular` shape to one end, it creates the balcony for the bedroom which gives the most incredible far reaching views and allows the light to pour in. This will seem a strange thing to say but I don`t think I`ve ever seen so much `sky` you`ll see what I mean when you come here.
You have the en suite bathroom with room for full bath and separate shower along with some built in storage, all in all this will be an amazing master suite.
Depending on whether you determine bedroom two by size or facilities will determine where to take you next. The second bedroom here has a huge walk-in dressing room.... crying out to be an en suite in my humble opinion but with storage. Bedroom three would then be to the front with huge bay window and again over 16ft by13ft so hardly a compromise and room to make additions to give more of a `suite` feel. With four and five to the rear and able to be connected or not you really can have this working for you.
Ok so this is where things get even more interesting, the numerous outbuildings and the potential they offer.
THE COACH HOUSE; is attached (bonus) to the right hand side and offers some incredible potential with brick built stables and storage areas also attached..... It really is quite exciting what you could do here and thought should be given. Whether you convert what is here to incorporate within the main house, create annexe style living or indeed look to trade the space and add elsewhere the options are there.
GARAGING & STORAGE; is also plentiful, the large main garage has a large first floor loft room area with then further storage and workshop areas attached extending over 50ft so really substantial. This, like the Coach House, is true period in its look and style and offers so much scope and potential for you.
DUTCH BARN; we`re not done yet, this is a building in its own right I feel.... how many properties do you find now with a Dutch barn as part of the offering. Whilst needing substantial work its` here and gives even more options for you apart from being a potentially stunning building.
STABLES; there are four further Stables in a separate block to add into the mix, again in need of repair but they are there.
GENERAL OUTBUILDINGS; these consist of the following, Tractor shed, Potting shed, Bike shed and a Shelter.
OVERALL PLOT; this is quite staggering and really helps to not only set this apart from anything else but also allows the property to grow, increase in value or even be converted into multiple units (subject to planning).
The overall acreage is appx 3 acres and begins with the most incredible frontage that truly sets the scene. The grounds then continue to all sides, surrounding this elegant home and its outbuildings to give you your very own piece of the countryside surrounded by wildlife and open fields.