WORDS Sara Felton
The Birches is a beautiful and peacefully located granite home full of character. Once a barn this four to five-bedroom home was converted some 30 years ago and now boasts a plethora of original features including wooden beams and a stunning granite fireplace. It nestles within a lovely hamlet and is set back from La Grande Route de St Martin, so well located for an easy commute to town and the local secondary schools.
When you first approach the property, which we believe was originally home to the longest barn in the island, you are greeted by a welcoming external granite facade of what appears to be a quaint cottage. As you enter the spacious hallway you immediately realise that internally there is a great deal more space than the outside suggests; inside the accommodation is well appointed and split over three floors.
To the left, there is a lovely fitted kitchen with windows looking out to the front of the property. The kitchen then leads to the large living/dining room, which can also be entered through double doors from the entrance hall. Here you’ll find that magnificent granite fireplace which has a fabulous woodburning stove nestling in it, perfect for enjoying cosy evenings in. Or why not move into the bright and spacious orangery which allows light to flood through to all of the downstairs rooms and provides even more living and entertaining space.
From the orangery or the lounge, you can access the large, sunny west-facing garden, which is mainly laid to lawn. At the back, there is a decked area which has a chalet and large seating area and a paved area at the front of the garden features a hot tub. This area would also make an ideal spot for Al Fresco eating whenever the sun shines.
On the ground floor, there is also a lovely cloakroom, perfect for visitors and a clever under stairs storage cupboard which is where you’ll find plumbing for your washing machine. Furthermore, the property has a separate large double garage to the front of the, which the current owner uses for additional storage and utility facilities. Obviously, there is plenty of space to park your cars here or there are an additional few spaces outside the house.
On the first floor, the large master bedroom has a full sized en-suite bathroom and there is also another double bedroom, which overlooks the rear of the property and the far-reaching country views can be enjoyed thanks to the Juliet balcony in the room. On this floor, there is also a large single bedroom and a good sized family shower room. On the top floor, there is a further large double bedroom and an extra room which would either be used as another bedroom or make the perfect study or home office. This top floor would be the ideal space for older children should they want that little extra privacy and space for themselves.
The current owners have lived in The Birches for over 20 years and are now moving on as their family has grown up and they’re wishing to downsize. They speak fondly of many happy years spent living in this home and the benefits it offers a growing family. Whilst they haven’t actioned them the current owners had plans drawn up, to further extend the property to the rear, bringing the lounge and the orangery inline to provide further reception space and a larger lounge. Of course, these plans would be subject to the requisite planning applications but it is useful to know that there is the potential to extend, should the new owners wish.
The Birches overlooks green-land from many of the windows, making it feel like it a much more rural location that it actually occupies. It’s on an excellent bus route; there is a great pub just a short walk away and town is a mere 10-minute drive along the main road. This property really does offer the best of many worlds.
4 La Grange Martin, St Martin
• Beautiful granite home
• Full of character
• Many original features
• Large granite fireplace
• Separate double garage
• Additional parking for 4 cars
• 2 receptions
• 4/5 bedrooms
• West facing large sunny garden
• Peacefully located in a small hamlet