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October 17, 2013

That’s entertainment!

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 3:40 pm

As the party season approaches, here is a selection of homes perfect for entertaining.

Gillett’s Farm lies in a secluded position in the Yarty Valley, 5.5 miles from the village of Chard and 13.5 miles from Taunton and just 13 miles from the coast. It dates back to the sixteenth century and retains many original medieval features. In addition to the spacious six bedroom farm house, the property boasts a Threshing Barn which is used by the current owners as a space for parties. Set within 20 acres of grounds, Gillett’s Farm would be the ideal location for a Christmas party, summer barn dance or wedding reception, as the elevated farm enjoys beautiful views over the surrounding hills, perfect as a backdrop for photographs. The house is near the A30 which leads to the main A303 road to London.Gillett’s Farm is on the market for £1,350,000 with our Taunton office.  For more information click here.

 

The Toft, in Old Bridlington, is one of the finest townhouses on the Yorkshire coast. Designed by a wealthy merchant as evidence of his high standing in the community, the house was laid out with lavish social events in mind and the generously proportioned reception rooms and ample circulating space make the grade II listed property perfect for modern entertaining. In addition to the six bedrooms within the main house, a separate apartment is accessed via a service stairwell and would offer perfect guest accommodation. The formal Knot garden to the rear of the house is laid out as it was 150 years ago and is enclosed by high brick walls to ensure privacy.  The Old Town of Bridlington is set on high ground overlooking the quay and is the original heart of the town. Bridlington is well connected by both rail and road and regular services run north to Scarborough and Filey. The property is on the market for £465,000 with our York office. For more information, click here.

Pettwood, a grade II listed Georgian house, lies in 1.5 acres of grounds within Holbrook, one of the most popular villages in Suffolk. Holbrook provides a good range of day to day facilities, and Ipswich is just four miles away. Boasting many period features typical of a grand Georgian residence, Pettwood comprises spacious reception rooms, six bedrooms and three bathrooms. In addition, a tabernacle, with intricate cornicing and exposed boarded floor, in the gardens provides space for a superb party room. London Liverpool Street can be reached from Holbrook in just 65 minutes. The property is on the market for £1,500,000 with our Ipswich office.  For more information, click here.

Oakenbank, situated in Bowdon, a leafy suburb of South Manchester, is a contemporary property with state of the art technology throughout. With sound systems in every room, the party need not be restricted to one area and the spacious, modern, reception rooms offer space for catering lavish dinner parties or circulating during drinks receptions. The luxuriously decorated indoor swimming pool and private garden with terrace are perfect venues for a summer event and unwanted guests can be kept at bay by electronically controlled timber gates.  Hale is just 1 ½ miles from the property and boasts boutique shops, fashionable restaurants and bars. The property is on the market for £3,850,000 with our Hale office. For more information click here.

October 2, 2013

Popping the cork for Grape Britain

Filed under: Latest News — Four Communications @ 3:33 pm

The British wine making industry is booming: with over 400 vineyards across the nation, many of which have won top international awards, the UK is becoming recognised as a first-class region of wine production. We examine a selection of our properties which are situated in close proximity to some of Britain’s best vineyards. Bottoms up!

Hoe Cross Barn is situated in the village of Hambledon, often cited as the location of the rebirth of English commercial wine production as its vineyard has been producing sparkling wine since 1982. This exceptional barn conversion offers spacious and versatile accommodation in well-proportioned, timber framed and vaulted rooms. Following the original conversion, seven years ago, the present owners have completely renovated and refurbished the barn. The main house comprises very spacious living accommodation and five bedroom suites. A further self-contained annex and separate studio/cottage (with all-important wine store!) open up opportunities for flexible living arrangements.  Outside there are south facing court yard gardens, main formal gardens and productive orchard and pasture, all set within around 6.65 acres of grounds. This property is on the market for £2,250,000 with our Winchester office. For more information click here.

Belgar is situated in the situated in the Cinque Port Town of Tenterden, also home to Chapel Down winery. The Grade II listed property, which dates back to the sixteenth century, is a fine example of a medieval hall house. Today a comfortable family home, Belgar boasts lofty reception rooms, a kitchen with Aga, four bedrooms, and attic rooms ideal for conversion. The gardens extend to 2.1 acres and include two natural ponds and a kitchen garden. The property is within walking distance of Tenterden High Street and nearby Ashford runs train services to London in just thirty five minutes.  The property is on the market for £1,295,000 with our Cranbrook office. For more information, click here

Located in close proximity to Denbies, Britain’s largest vineyard, Harrow Lodge is also within walking distance of Dorking station and so offers an easy commute into Central London. The early Victorian property boasts many fine traditional period features, airy reception rooms spread over two floors and four spacious bedrooms. The south facing garden comprises both lawn and terrace. Dorking is a charming town which is close to acres of beautifully unspoilt countryside, including Box Hill and the Surrey Hills.  The property is on the market for £1,295,000 with our Dorking office. For more information, please click here.