Family homes with contemporary design schemes are cropping up all over the island at what feels like a record pace. Slick and well-designed, we have grown so accustomed to wanting the white-walled blank canvas, that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to come across a contemporary property that emanates depth and character, as well as sophistication and style.
La Rochelle is a prestigious five bedroom home that ticks all of the boxes. Beautifully restored to a high specification only four years ago, the generously appointed property is immaculately presented throughout, with contemporary family living and entertaining at its heart.
Situated in the popular parish of Grouville, the property sits in an elevated position on Le Vier Mont. Surrounded by agricultural land, its premium position offers the peace and tranquility of countryside living, yet boasts sea views and just a short drive to town, as well as to principal schools. Accessed via a set of electrically operated gates, the short drive up to the commanding white facade makes for an impressive sense of arrival, but the real charm of the property only becomes evident when you step inside of this superior family home.
Credit to the present owner’s impeccable taste, La Rochelle has been exquisitely decorated throughout so that each room has its own unique character, yet remaining in keeping with the property’s monochrome colour palette. The front door opens into a wide and spacious entrance hall, before leading you through to the property’s sizeable eat-in kitchen.
The hub of the home, La Rochelle’s kitchen is undoubtedly centred around quality time with family and friends. An enormous statement island takes centre stage, offset by the traditional shaker style fixtures and fittings, which add depth and character to the otherwise imposing space. During the warmer months, a set of French doors open onto the property’s front terrace, bringing the outside in and extending the space for entertaining family and friends, or dining al fresco.
On the other side of the entrance hall is the property’s living room. With solid oak flooring throughout, deep grey walls and an impressive working fireplace, the considerable space is a sanctuary of comfort and warmth. Adjoining the living area is the property’s library. Currently being used as a music room, the neighbouring space could very easily serve as a formal dining room, study, or snug, if required.
The impressive staircase, complete with unique monochrome carpet and gold stair rods, leads the way to the property’s first and second floors. At the top of the landing, the master bedroom emanates luxury with its dark textured wallpaper and detailed oak flooring. A small balcony overlooking the front terrace and surrounding fields makes a pleasant addition, as well as a large walk-in dressing room with masses of fitted wardrobe space. The ensuite bathroom is a masterpiece of design in its own right, with its unique bronze wall coverings, large rainfall shower, freestanding bath and dual sinks.
Two more double bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms share the first floor, one of which boasting newly fitted contemporary bunk beds. Another smaller room next door is currently being used as an additional dressing room, but has great potential to serve as a study, nursery, or additional small child’s bedroom if needed. The attic level of the property comprises two more double bedrooms. Both with ensuite bathrooms, far-reaching views across the grounds and offering quiet away from the rest of the house, they serve as fantastic guest accommodation, or for elder children.
La Rochelle’s suitability for entertaining and hosting guests is largely due to its fantastic outdoor space. The south facing front terrace was installed by the current vendors only a few years ago to maximise the evening light, where the sun’s warmth can be enjoyed long into the evening in the summer. Even in the colder months, the space can be enjoyed with an outdoor fire and was meticulously designed with year-round entertaining in mind.
At the rear of the property, a large outdoor swimming pool and sizeable pool house offers a slice of pure luxury. Completely enclosed, and with an additional lawned area and space for outdoor furniture, it is without a doubt that this space was made for family-living. A second two-storey one bedroom outhouse serves as generous secondary or guest accommodation, or as an ideal environment for a home office or growing business, as it is being used presently.
La Rochelle is a fantastically appointed contemporary family home that has had so much life, care and attention invested into its walls. It is becoming increasingly rare to find a high specification property of this standard that exudes so much character and originality, making this property an extraordinary opportunity not to be missed.
Beautifully restored family home
High specification finishes
Swimming pool complex
Parking for 6+ and double garage
Wilsons Knight Frank
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