Placesproperty reviewEscape to the Countryside

Escape to the Countryside

Beautifully kept and distinctive in style, words like ‘secluded’ and ‘exclusive’ don’t even begin to do this estate justice. Set amongst seventeen acres (or around 39 vergees, if you speak the local patois) of woodland, agricultural land and domestic curtilage, access is via a lengthy driveway that affords the residential complex within the grounds a high degree of both privacy and security.

The main residence was completed in 2001, making it relatively new in terms of other local properties of this magnitude. Entering through a jaw-dropping double-galleried reception hall featuring a marble staircase, this mansion boasts a further four principal reception rooms, six bedroom suites, a cinema room and an indoor swimming pool complex.

Although when I write ‘boast’, of course, I mean in a most understated way. The grand entrance hall is a beautiful focal point, but the remaining rooms also have a certain warmth about them, a cosy feeling – the feeling that really makes a house a home.

Increasingly, something else that doesn’t quite make a house a home but is high on people’s property checklists is a suitable workspace, and as you might expect, this property doesn’t disappoint on that front either thanks to a large outside office with a kitchen and WC so that your workflow needn’t be interrupted when distractions must be kept to a minimum. Anyone who works from home even infrequently will know first hand that the ability to detach your work life from your home life is paramount, and this set-up is the perfect solution when it comes to doing just that.

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy though, so once you’ve clocked off for the day there’s always the indoor swimming pool mentioned earlier, as well as a wellness centre and games room in which to switch off and unwind.

On the other side of the forecourt area sits the original 18th Century granite mews, currently used as two self-contained, two bedroom cottages so you can provide guests with their very own private accommodation while visiting as well as making provision for separate staff accommodation, if required.

Elsewhere amongst the gardens, terraces, woodland and fields you’ll also find a hard tennis court and a very large agricultural-style barn facility which could be used to store a private car collection or even horses, depending upon your requirements. For those who enjoy the outdoors but don’t want to be confined – and I use the term very, very loosely, given the sheer size of the grounds – a private path leads down into Waterworks Valley, perfect for long walks or a spot of nature bathing. That’s a thing, look it up.

To secure this generous slice of island life you’re going to have to speak to Savills. Granted, eleven million pounds isn’t pocket change for most of us, but given this property is essentially three houses (two cottages and the main house, which is absolutely deserving of the ‘mansion’ title) as well as a large agricultural building, swimming pool and wellness centre, office area with its own WC and kitchen, a tennis court, surrounding agricultural land, terraces, gardens and woodland, it looks like excellent value for money in the grand scheme of things. I suspect this one won’t hang around for too long.

St Lawrence 6  Bedrooms / 6  Bathrooms / 4 Receptions

Guide Price £11,000,000

Savills 01534 722 227.

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