The vendors of this lovely home, together with their architect, set about designing a unique property which would reflect local heritage and tradition. It seems they have succeeded as, although only a mere 17 years of age, this period-style family home looks as though it has been standing in its place for much longer. Read more
The vendors of this lovely home, together with their architect, set about designing a unique property which would reflect local heritage and tradition. It seems they have succeeded as, although only a mere 17 years of age, this period-style family home looks as though it has been standing in its place for much longer.
INTRODUCTION 'Aaron's Keep' was created by the current owners with the help of a renowned local architect.
Our vendor says,
"With a love of the countryside, together with tradition and history, in mind, we designed our new home to reflect the local heritage and styles using the best of modern building methods. Built on an old garden where all our children played, we wanted a 'four-square' family home that would endure for centuries".
It is clear to see, when walking round this charming home, how much thought and consideration has gone into both the design and the build project. The masonry and carpentry work have been carried out by master craftsmen, whose skill and expertise surely must be admired. From the Gothic Arched front door to the painstakingly-created flintwork, the presentation of this house is most definitely 'unique'. Even a bespoke stained-glass panel, following the same Gothic Arch shape as the front porch, was hand made by a local artist. The theme incorporates 'Aaron's poem' written by the eldest of son, and the local downs together with the ancient yew forests of Kingley Vale. Oak was sourced from the English Woodland Timber Mills in West Sussex for the doors and flooring, whilst the stone window heads and sills were manufactured locally on the Stansted Estate.
Beyond the charm that is immediately obvious to the naked eye, lies the detail which can't be seen without a closer look. Standards remain high here too, with top-grade wall and floor insulation, fireproof glass to doors, pressurised hot water system and hard-wired smoke alarms, to mention a little of the detail. It seems this will, indeed, be a house that will surely 'endure'. Although only built just after the millennium, this house already has the look and feel of a period property, which is exactly what the vendors intended to create. A successful venture indeed!
The property stands on the outskirts of the charming village of Rowlands Castle with its many social events including a Summer Fair and Mayday picnic. The village accommodates commuters with its mainline railway station providing regular services to London Waterloo.
Unique Architect Design 4-6 Bedroom Family Home Second Floor Suite Adjoining Paddocks to Rear Sought-after Village Mainline Station in Village EPC Rating 'C'
THEAPPROACH The front of the property is fenced to either side with a wide vehicular opening from the roadside. It is fully laid to gravel providing for off-road parking for several vehicles. A pedestrian gateway and path lead from the pavement to the front entrance. There is also access around to the side and to the utility room door.
STEPINSIDE There is something very welcoming about stepping through the Gothic Arched porchway to the entrance hall leading into 'Aaron's Keep'. It does feel like a special family home, which is exactly what it is.
Immediately to the left is the study, currently used as the family's music room. The sitting room is on the opposite side and features a stone fire surround with gas-fired coal-effect insert. A bay window overlooks the front, whilst to the other end, double glass doors lead through to the conservatory, allowing a lot of light to flood in. The dining room is a good size and enjoys views over the garden to the fields beyond, where the neighbouring ponies can often be seen gazing over the fence. The Kitchen has travertine floor tiling and is fitted with a full range of wooden units with contrasting worktops, incorporating display cabinets, extractor hood, gas-fired range-style cooker and dishwasher. An archway leads from the kitchen to the utility room, with fitted appliances, wall-mounted gas-fired boiler and a doorway to the side entrance. A cloakroom located in the hallway, completes the ground floor accommodation.
The first floor gives access to the master bedroom, with full en-suite bathroom. Bedrooms two, three and four are all doubles and share the family bathroom, which also has both a bath and separate shower cubicle.
The staircase rises again to the second floor, where there is the opportunity of extended family accommodation if desired. Two further rooms are located here and despite having sloping ceilings, are neither small nor dark. Both these rooms connect via a functional central hall/study area and share a large bathroom, again with both a shower cubicle and bath. There is also a very useful walk-in eaves storage room.
STEPOUTSIDE To the rear, the garden is enclosed on both sides with close-board fencing, to the end with open ranch-style fencing adjoining paddocks. The large patio, which can be accessed from both the conservatory and dining room, runs the width of the house and is fronted by a low-level brick wall with wide steps leading up to a raised lawn with an established Sycamore Tree. This is a very pleasant garden where both children and adults can enjoy watching the neighbouring ponies roaming around on the other side of the fence. There are two garden huts and external lighting and power points.
ADDITIONALINFORMATION Mains water, drainage, electricity and gas. Gas fired heating Havant Borough Council: Band G Broadband internet connectivity
DIRECTIONS Travelling along the A3(M) in a northerly direction, exit junction 2, taking the second exit into Dell Piece East, then take the second exit off the next roundabout onto Havant Road (B2149). Proceed straight ahead at the next two roundabouts. The property will be found a short distance along on the left-hand side.