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This is a home I must have driven past more times than I’ve had hot dinners but, being set back from the road behind high if well kept hedges I never gave it a second glance, making my recent visit even more of a surprise and, if the house came as a surprise then the gardens are something of a revelation. A revelation to the extent that it is difficult to reconcile what you are seeing to where you know it to be located, surrounded by other established homes on the main road out of Flint.
A broad gateway opens onto a large area of tarmac to the front of the home which at the time of my visit contained three cars looking almost lost in the expanse of space. To one side of the home is a dividing fence with a central gate giving access to the grounds to the rear. Standing proud of the front elevation is a gabled porch containing the semi glazed composite door.
Stepping though into the ceramic floored outer lobby a door to one side reveals a downstairs cloakroom with hand basin and lavatory while also serving as a utility room with plumbing for the automatic washing machine. In true Downton fashion, a pair of solid wood semi glazed doors open into the inner hallway where the dark laminate floor and further solid doors continue the wood theme.
On the left is a door into the small secondary sitting room/study, overlooking the front drive this is the perfect location for a home office or, according the particular needs of your family, a music room, TV room, studio, or just somewhere to hide from the madness of the world.
The other side of the hall reveals the truly immense lounge. Running right though the home from front to back, this avoids becoming gloomy thanks to the forward facing picture window and large sliding patio doors at the rear overlooking the gardens. A traditional open coal fire sits on a black marble hearth with a solid wood surround and mantle piece, and provides a realistic alternative to the gas central heating rather than the commonly found ‘living flame’ gas and electric look-alikes that are little more than eye-candy, offering little real warmth.
Passing the attractive turned staircase off the hall we come into the ceramic floored kitchen. This is another large room almost divided in two by the breakfast bar making the fourth wall of the enclosure formed by the fitted units. These units are modern, in excellent condition and finished in a fashionable light grey, containing all the equipment you would expect while giving pride of place to a massive range style gas cooker. This is the sort of kitchen that would easily cope with the culinary needs of the large family such a home could anticipate. Above the sink unit the original window has been removed, the remaining aperture opening into the huge attached conservatory which is accessed through an archway in the remaining portion of the kitchen beyond the breakfast bar, where there is also space for a traditional kitchen table. The conservatory is easily big enough to fulfil a dual role as both living space and formal dining room, where its elevated position provides expansive and peaceful views over the garden and making an extremely civilized place to dine.
Double doors lead out onto a raised patio running the full width of the home where, outside the patio doors of the lounge it widens into a seating area from where it is possible to appreciate the true scale of the gardens. Large lawns surrounded by substantial hedges and featuring various mature (and productive) fruit trees with numerous flower beds and a formal vegetable plot. Several different sitting areas feature around the site, all with tables, meaning the serious sun worshipper can move around throughout the day, never in shadow and never needing to lose their drink…
There is a detached garage in the far corner with vehicle access to the minor residential road to the rear of the property and alongside here, a chicken run. The only thing missing was Felicity Kendall in her prime, gathering the eggs… or maybe that’s just me.
Climbing the turned staircase which divides into two at the top, the right hand landing curves around towards the rear while the fist door reveals the bathroom. And what a bathroom this is. Tiled to full height and with contrasting wall coverings it features a long vanity unit containing twin matching hand basins, lavatory and a large corner mounted shower cubicle with a mains water fed shower but the really special bit is the truly decadent corner bath, waiting for a foam clad Hollywood starlet to relax with a glass of champagne. You only live once, so indulge yourself.
Beside here towards the rear is the first of the bedrooms, a good sized double room overlooking the gardens, followed by two further bedrooms of similar size as we work across the rear of the home, the second to these featuring a large built in wardrobe..
To the other side of the head of the stairs we pass a further flight leading up before coming to a large forward facing bedroom, a mirror image of that behind and overlooking the garden. Confused? You should try writing this stuff… Once again this features a built in wardrobe and has the benefit of twin aspect windows ensuring plenty of natural light.
As the top of the second staircase we find a formal dressing room where, unless you are planning a hostile take-over of Marks & Spencer there will be adequate room for all your clothes and, somewhere to parade them about. Passing the stairs once again we come into the main bedroom, lit by two large Velux windows which provide views over the estuary. A huge room with space for any amount of free standing furniture but honestly, other than a chest of drawers none is necessary thanks to the adjacent dressing room. Small Hobbit sized doors in the eaves allow access into the roof storage while at the far end we come to the en-suite with its hand basin lavatory and walk-in shower.