Offers in excess of £2,000,000
A unique detached period home with a striking contemporary twist, boasting sea views, indoor pool, sauna & gym, and a garden studio/office. All in grounds extending to approximately 2.4 acres and just 2 miles to the Jurassic coastline at Lyme Regis THE PROPERTY Commanding an elevated position in this very private and peaceful setting overlooking a wooded valley, and further to the sea, Heatherlands is a stunning example of contrasting architecture, showcasing a deliberate collision of eras that can be admired and enjoyed from both inside and out. Originally built in 1926, now of cedar shingle and rendered elevations under a pitched tiled roof, this much loved family home has been the subject of a fastidious programme of works by the current owners who have along the way carefully retained and enhanced many of its characterful features, echoing that of its origins, whilst adding a striking contemporary Larch clad extension under a Copper roof that has been accepted beautifully alongside. All principal rooms face South, enjoying far reaching views across the wooded valley, taking in the Cannington Viaduct and surrounding Devon/Dorset countryside, with the sea at Lyme Bay in the far distance. The main reception hall acts as a centre point connecting old with new and forms part of the modern extension. This fantastic addition of bold angular design punctuated with large picture windows, cleverly connects with the outside, giving it a real sense of peace and tranquillity. A large open plan living space looks down onto the pool beneath, with access to a paved terrace through bi-folding doors to one side. This is a stunning space to relax and unwind with a book and has a cosy inset fire for the cooler months. Stairs from here lead down to the gym complete with changing area and wet room boasting a full height atrium, and sauna. The real wow factor however is the pool hall, hosting an impressive heated indoor pool (12mx4m), which is a spectacular room in itself, with large expanses of glazing connecting seamlessly to the outside and opening onto a decked balcony, perfect for drying off in the sun. The first floor of the modern extension presents a private space for parents to retreat, arriving at a bespoke fitted dressing area, that leads through into a luxurious ensuite principal bedroom. This wonderful room with a freestanding copper bath to one end is perfectly positioned to admire the glorious views across the valley. Returning to the ground floor, double doors open to reveal the original part of the house, which really does echo the Arts and Crafts movement, with wooden panelled ceilings, exposed wood flooring, built in cupboards and ornate open fireplaces. Both the formal dining room and snug have French doors that lead out onto a sunny paved terrace overlooking the gardens, with far reaching views taking in the Cannington Viaduct and further to Lyme Bay. The kitchen/breakfast room is a true delight, and once again is an eclectic mix of period and modern architecture. Fully fitted with bespoke locally made solid wood units finished with marble worktops and an eco friendly converted electric Aga, a central island and a breakfast area with storage bench seating; this really is a charming space to enjoy cooking and informal dining. A useful and fully fitted utility/laundry room sits to one side with access out, and there is also a good sized pantry. A small lobby with WC connects back into the original reception hall, incorporating a charming wooden staircase rising to the first floor landing . There are two very generous bedrooms with full ensuite bath/shower rooms to the South once again with stunning uninterrupted countryside and sea views, and a further double bedroom ensuite to the North, completing the accommodation at this level. OUTSIDE Approached along a quiet country lane, double electric gates open into a gravelled driveway and parking area elevated to the house, with access to a double garage. Further along the lane, a 5 bar gate provides vehicular access to additional hardstanding, with room for ample parking. This area could easily be used to accommodate additional storage or garaging if required (STPC). The fully landscaped gardens and grounds are most enchanting, and offer complete privacy, extending to approx. 2.4 acres in all, lying mainly to the South, taking in views across the wooded valley and the Cannington Viaduct. Made up of various parcels of level and gently sloping lawns, interspersed with mature flower beds, specimen trees and herbaceous borders, it really is a utopia for both children and wildlife alike to explore and discover. A sunny South facing paved terrace can be accessed from all principal rooms on the ground floor, and a timber decked balcony leads out from the pool hall, leading down to the hot tub. To the Western boundary, a timber clad garden studio/office blends beautifully into its surroundings, and is ideally situated to take in the uninterrupted views across the valley, and benefits from a small kitchenette, WC, and Wi-Fi. This is the perfect place to disconnect from the main house when working from home, or to enjoy your favourite hobby. Furthermore, there is a double garage, with 2 up and over electric doors, with a large garden store/workshop & WC housed beneath. LOCATION Situated within the Parish of Uplyme, and within a 10-minute drive to the town and beach at Lyme Regis, this semi-rural location strikes the perfect balance between the peace and quiet of the countryside, whilst still within very easy reach of all amenities. This stretch of coastline is well known for its beautiful scenery and is a World Heritage site known as the Jurassic Coast, due to its unique Geological history. There are an abundance of footpaths on the doorstep for those keen to walk and explore, including a local Nature Reserve, known as 'Trinity Hill' which is made up of Conifer plantations and a substantial area of lowland heath, and to the West you can take in the breath taking views across Axe Valley, also well known for its glorious sunsets. River cottage kitchen and store can be found along here, (dog friendly) offering the perfect spot to stop for breakfast, lunch or drinks. The village of Uplyme has a very active community, with village store/post office, Church, Primary school, village hall, play park, tennis court and Cricket Club, all within walking distance. From here, you can enjoy a leisurely stroll along the River Lym which eventually leads into the town of Lyme Regis. This picturesque coastal town at the heart of the Jurassic Coast is noted for its attractive period buildings, the Cobb, and the harbour. The town has an excellent selection of facilities, including many independent shops, as well as the familiar high street brands. There are two supermarkets, a number of restaurants, notably The Oyster and Fish House owned and run by Mark Hix and the boutique Alexander Hotel, as well as its own Theatre. The nearby town of Axminster just five miles away has a large supermarket and a variety of independent shops and cafes, and has a mainline railway station to London Waterloo. The larger city of Exeter lies some 30 miles away, with an international airport and large range of facilities and high street shopping with several department stores including a large John Lewis.
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