This truly unique property located in the beautiful hamlet of Westhorpe, just a mile away from the centre of Southwell, is a masterpiece. Designed by award winning architect Allan Joyce, this stunning home delivers both inside and out.
Known as The Garden House, this five-bedroom home sits within the plot of the former vegetable garden at Westhorpe hall surrounded by a Georgian walled garden dating back to the 1790s. It boasts a home office, studio, workshop and three outbuildings including a car garage, potting shed and multi-purpose windsurf store.
Space and tranquillity won’t be an issue in this home, which lets the outdoors in with clever design and ample outdoor areas from the roof terrace to the raised beds and pond, the home has its own biodiverse microclimate.
Not just beautiful but functional and efficient too, the living space is open plan with plenty of room to host and entertain. Built with the planet in mind, the current owners employed an energy consultant during the build to keep running costs low and the temperature controlled, with features like passive solar, complete insulation and underfloor heating.
The accommodation expands over three floors with the main open plan living area located on the ground floor, bedrooms and study on the lower ground floor and workshop and studio on the first floor.
The cleverly designed layout has family life at its heart, with lots of playful features throughout, which offer flexible and versatile rooms that can be adapted as the family grows and evolves.
On entering the property, you are greeted into a welcoming entrance hall with staircase to the first-floor studio and workshop. There is also a cloakroom and shower room. From the hallway is access to the hub of the home, which includes the open plan kitchen and dining/ family area, complete with an inset Morso log burner, oak flooring and large picture window that opens into the garden room. The kitchen is fitted with bespoke cherry oak cabinets, granite worktops and a range-style cooker. It also features a quirky staircase, disguised as a wine rack that leads to the roof garden, where you can enjoy breathtaking views over the stunning gardens and countryside beyond. Adjacent to the kitchen is a useful pantry and utility area.
The main sitting room is light and bright with one set of French doors opening to the garden and another set opening to a beautiful balcony within the garden room, where views of the walled garden can be enjoyed.
Stairs lead down to the lower ground floor from the dining area, where you will find the four well-proportioned bedrooms, one having an ensuite shower room and a separate study.
The hallway has a pitched ceiling that floods this area with natural light, shutters can be added during the winter months to preserve the heat.
The main bedroom boasts floor to ceiling glazing that opens to the garden room - a perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee and incorporates an open en-suite including a bath.
The property is set in secluded grounds with a wonderful degree of privacy. A cobbled driveway provides extensive private parking and leads to the triple car port and brick store.
There is also a large vegetable plot and a beautiful array of plants, flowers and trees.
Developed from scratch over 20 years, the gardens are a wonderful oasis that are a delight to explore. A sunken lawn is surrounded by mature borders, wild meadow planting and box hedging. There are plenty of seating spots scattered around to enjoy, along with an orchard, chicken coop and historic potting shed.
Our vendors have lived in the home with their children for more than 20 years and are looking forward to handing over the keys to a new owner, ready for new adventures. “We’ve loved living in Westhorpe and it’s been the perfect base to raise our children. We’ve made so many fantastic memories here in the house and surrounding gardens it's so private it’s been like our own little oasis.
“It’s time for us to move now our children are older and the house has so much potential we hope someone comes in and makes fantastic use of it. We’ve often wondered about using some of the additional space for an annex or home business, the house was designed with flexibility in mind so there’s scope to make it your own.”
“Living sustainably was incredibly important to us when we designed the home two decades ago, and still is now. We have a rainwater harvesting system, heat recovery and solar collection because as an architect it’s my responsibility to design buildings with sustainable materials that operationally will have the lowest impact on the planet it remains the most sustainable building I’ve ever designed.”
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Council Tax Band G
Freehold with vacant possession.
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