This imposing character residence has had only four owners since it was built in 1860, and, since purchasing it in 2011, the current owners have undertaken a major programme of extension and restoration, including re-wiring, re-plumbing and re-plastering. Great attention has been paid to detail in the refurbishment, and the property is now presented to the market in truly superb condition throughout.
The house extends to over 4,300 square feet of living space on 3 floors, with many outstanding features.
The stunning south facing rear garden offers almost total privacy, and Oaklands benefits from an in-and-out driveway, an open-fronted double garage, and space to park numerous vehicles.
On the ground floor, a large entrance vestibule leads to a superb entrance hallway (with engineered oak flooring) and a cloakroom. The drawing room has attractive bay windows and double doors to a courtyard, and is complemented by 2 further reception rooms, a sitting room and study, which have fine views onto the garden. Both the drawing and sitting rooms have working open fires. The library/study has bespoke built-in bookcases and desk with cupboards and an ornamental fireplace.
The magnificent kitchen/family/living area includes a snug and offers impressive full height glass sliding doors to the terrace, giving an outstanding view onto the lower terrace and lawns. The engineered oak flooring in the entrance hallway continues to run throughout this area and into the rear hallway and studio/office.
The kitchen, supplied by Handmade Kitchens of Christchurch, features traditional framed units, black granite worktops, a range of built-in appliances including a Falcon range with 5 burners, 2 ovens and extractor, a Fisher & Paykel American style fridge-freezer (with drinks dispenser and freezer drawer,) and a large island unit/breakfast bar (with contrasting Arabescatto Corchia surface.) This room also contains the original servants’ call box which serves all principal rooms.
A rear hallway has doors to the garden and the front courtyard, and leads to a studio/office which has exposed brick walls and high rooflights and also a boot room, with stone worktops, sink with mixer tap, space for washing machine and dryer, built-in double cupboard, pressurised hot water vessel, and storage.
LED lighting runs up the staircase and onto the split level first floor landing. The superb, dual aspect master suite has a large bedroom with a bay window overlooking the gardens, an en suite dressing room and a luxury bath/shower room (with double-ended bath tub, oak unit with granite surface and 2 ceramic basins, large double shower and WC.) The very spacious second bedroom also has a dual aspect and an en suite shower room.
The third bedroom has aspects to the side and rear, and is opposite its own shower room.
Off the large second floor landing, there are 2 double bedrooms serviced by a shower room.
Outside, an in-and-out driveway and 5-bar gate lead into a large stoned courtyard with space for numerous vehicles, and an open-fronted double garage. The courtyard is screened from the road by a tall belt of rhododendrons.
The south facing rear garden features a full width stone terrace with steps leading down to the main dining terrace and an upper lawn. Four further stone steps lead to the lower garden which has a large, well maintained lawn interspersed with a wide variety of trees and shrubs including acers, camellias and magnolias, and a large timber garden shed.
Oaklands is connected to mains gas, water, electricity and drainage, and has gas central heating (with 2 boilers,) a pressurised hot water system, refurbished sash windows throughout, authentic plaster cornicing, a perimeter alarm system and outside garden lighting to the front and rear of the property. The house was traditionally constructed in 1860 with cavity brick walls, stone quoins, a portico entrance, high gabled features, and a natural slate ridged roof with a tall chimney.
DIRECTIONS: From the roundabout at the junction of Hanham Road and Rowlands Hill, proceed into Rowlands Hill, signposted to Colehill, and number 20 can be found a short distance along, on the right hand side.
COUNCIL TAX: Band G
EPC RATING: Band E