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Guide price £1,650,000
An inspired contemporary country house set at the end of a long private drive in an enchanting woodland setting with detached studio/annexe Embley Lane is a unique rural location close to the highly regarded market town of Romsey and close to Embley Park, renowned for its connections with the Florence Nightingale's family which is today a highly regarded private school, Hampshire Collegiate. The A27 provides direct road links with Romsey and the M27 (J2&3), connecting the most important south coast hubs with the M3, London and international airports at Heathrow, Gatwick, Southampton and Bournemouth. East Wellow adjoins the New Forest National Park with its wildlife, camping and country pursuits. It is a short drive to numerous South Coast beaches, sailing centres and ferries to the Isle of Wight and across the Channel to France. There are good rail links from Romsey, Winchester and Southampton Airport stations. Romsey offers a wide range of shops and amenities, the historic Abbey and Broadlands, and is well placed for further facilities found at Winchester, Salisbury, Southampton and Bournemouth. The house is a critically acclaimed contemporary country house that embraces through its design the setting and outlook across mature wooded gardens, with dramatic vaulted open plan living areas whilst effortlessly creating an intimate environment. The property was shortlisted for the ''Grand Designs Magazine' final in 2009 and is a wonderful showcase for the best modern contemporary design, yet creating a practical family home which is only too often not achieved. There is great anticipation approaching the house up the long drive with glimpses of the property, and it is not until arriving at the entrance that the real drama unfolds. A bridged walkway leads through to the entrance hallway with a contemporary designed cloakroom. Once into the spacious living spaces the seamless blending of the architecture with the views becomes apparent. The high vaulted curved ceiling and full length glass walls makes the most of southerly views over the gardens and grounds, creating an inspiring light and bright space. An enclosed spiral staircase leads up to a library/study with attic storage space, which overlooks the principal reception areas. The open plan kitchen/dining/snug enjoys the same outlook to the south and masterfully creates an ambiance. An open spiral staircase leads up to the large mezzanine study area with views across the terrace and garden. The dining room for more formal entertaining also has impact. Doors lead out onto a cleverly designed terraced entertaining areas for alfresco living, including mood lighting. The bedrooms, which are located downstairs, have direct access to the lower terrace with wonderful views across the gardens to the south. The master bedroom suite is sumptuous, with a walk in dressing room and boutique hotel style bathroom and monsoon shower. There are three further double bedrooms, one with an en suite shower room, and a fifth bedroom currently used as a gym. There is another family bathroom. Every room is contemporary and stylish yet with a warm and comfortable ambiance. The utility room and boiler room are located at the end of the hall where the central vacuum system is housed. The whole combines to create a unique yet intimate family home. An electronic gate screens the property from the lane and a long sweeping drive leads to the extensive parking and turning area adjacent to the house and the studio/annexe. The Studio/Annexe The Studio is detached from the main house with its own walkway from the drive, and once inside there is a dramatic interpretation and design for the space to create high impact. A small hall with wc leads to the lofty studio room with north lights built in and a full height glass screen wall at the western end. There is a kitchenette and storage, and on the ground floor there is a triple garage. The Gardens and Grounds The gardens and grounds are mature and have helped establish the house so quickly. There are wide sweeping south facing lawns edged by shrubs and herbaceous borders with a planting scheme that is deigned to keep interest throughout the seasons, and making the most of the lightly wooded setting towards the rear and the lane which are full of woodland wild flowers. They are punctuated by mature oak and other mature broadleaf woodland species. Integral to the design of the house is the lower terrace which is edged by a contemporary pebble brook and there is the extensive enclosed terracing with built in seating areas and barbecue area. In all about one and a half acres.
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Guide price £1,750,000