It's not very often that we come across a property that is so absolutely ideal for spacious, comfortable family living. This particular example absolutely is. Boasting around 4000 square feet of accommodation it is a very well designed and immaculately presented 4 bedroomed family home, situated in the prestigious Skippetts Lane East area.
The owners have extensively renovated and improved the property since they bought it in 2014, nearly doubling its size. This fabulous home now offers very practical accommodation over three floors.
"We have loved creating and living in our dream home. Our vision was to create a family orientated space which we could use to entertain friends and family all year round. We have found that whether or not it's family games at Christmas or enjoying the swimming pool to cool off in the summer our home is great."
The first hint at the amount of space is immediate, with an impressive light and spacious entrance hallway. And with high quality flooring and doors which feature throughout, it's clear that you're entering a lovely home.
The heart of this home is the enormous kitchen/breakfast room. Finished beautifully, it has everything that you would expect of a premium property. Granite work surfaces sit over very ample storage and there is a vast array of integrated appliances. A large kitchen island offers a breakfast bar which comfortably seats three to four for informal dining. It's a great room in which to cook, and whilst you're waiting for your creation to come to the boil, there's plenty of natural light from the orangery vaulted ceilings providing a great place to sit and check your recipe.
Adjacent to the kitchen are both the formal dining room and utility which has a second sink and space for further appliances.
"We find our kitchen is ideal for family living, the breakfast bar is perfect for feeding the kids especially when we are in a hurry. We also make the most of the breakfast bar when friends drop in for a quick coffee. We designed the kitchen with cooking in mind, the island gives us a great food preparation area, we have space for a large American fridge-freezer to allow us to keep plenty of fresh food ready and we have two independent ovens and an induction hob."
The large dining room is ideal for larger or more formal occasions. It is well-proportioned with plenty of space for a dining table and additional furniture.
A spacious living room is accessed through double doors from the dining room. This is another room with bags of "wow" factor. The living room is light and airy having windows to two walls with bi-fold doors that lead to the generous garden, swimming pool and bar area. There is ample space for separate seating areas and a feature fire place with log burner.
"We spend a lot of time in the garden all year round, doing everything from having a kick about with the football to cooling off in the pool during the summer months. Last year during the long hot summer, we had an amazing time in the garden. The swimming pool was in constant use and during the World Cup the bar came in extremely handy when hosting parties when England were playing."
Upstairs, there are four spacious double bedrooms; two with en suite facilities and one with a walk-in dressing room. All the bathrooms have been refitted to an extremely high standard. Three of the bedrooms have built in wardrobes.
"The bathrooms are great, we put a lot of thought into their design and we made sure the fittings are top quality and built to last."
On the second floor is a loft room which could be used as a cinema room, study or further kids' space. "The loft room has been a great addition the overall space we have and our children love playing up there".
There is a double garage which is currently being used as an office and games room but could easily become a garage once more, if necessary.
"The games room is brilliant for entertaining and we regularly have friends over enjoying card games till late into the evening."
Set in a large plot the property is fully enclosed, dog proof and has electric gates leading to driveway parking for several vehicles. The secluded family-friendly front garden has a heated swimming pool, brick-built bar and large patio area ideal for entertaining. In addition, there is a secluded low maintenance rear garden mainly laid to patio.
Skippetts Lane East is a popular location within Basingstoke with easy access to good primary and secondary schools.
There are many public footpaths and bridal ways nearby for walking, which is especially handy if you enjoy the outdoors or have a dog. One of the more popular areas to visit is Crabtee plantation which is located within three miles of the property.
The area has an active community and there are plenty of activities going on to suit all ages. The Beechdown Health Club, Down Grange sports complex, Queen Marys College are all close at hand.
Situated to the South of Basingstoke, the area has good transport links for those driving or using public transport. The M3 junction 6 is only a few miles away and Basingstoke's ring road makes the A339, A340, A33 and M3 junction 7 easily accessible. There is a regular bus service to Basingstoke town centre where you'll find Festival Place shopping centre and Basingstoke railway station. Basingstoke railway station has a fast train to London Waterloo taking approximately 45 minutes.
Local authority: Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Council Tax Band: G
Viewings of this fabulous family home by appointment only with Belvoir Estate Agents on 01256 811220