Purchase Price £725,000
6 bed · 4 bath
This extensive 6 bedroom, 4 bathroom residence resides in the quiet area of St Ives and includes a totally self contained Annex. Set on a large plot with a tree lined border the property offers versatile living accommodation with 3 reception rooms alongside a kitchen / diner and all set in the most stunning grounds.
The beautiful Arley Lodge is located in St.Ives, a small village with a local post office, doctors surgery and a couple of public houses. An affluent area that really gives you that quiet village life. Ringwood, Verwood and Ferndown are close by if you want a few more shops and amenities. The nearest train station is in Christchurch 7.0 miles away. Moors Valley Country Park and Avon Heath Country park are close by offering cycle & walk tracks, play parks and visitor centres.
As you arrive at the property and enter through the remote controlled security gates and start to walk down the extensive driveway the sheer beauty of of the property unfolds in front of you. A large manicured secluded front garden leads you through a couple of trees to reveal the attractive main residence.
The driveway flows down to the left and ends at the side of the property where there is a 2 storey converted garage. As you enter the converted garage there is a large storage area which could also make an ideal workshop. There is also a small utility area and upstairs a large spacious room offering space for an office, making working from home easy as its totally separate from the main residence. There could be an option for it to be converted into a second self contained separate annex as there is also access directly out to the side and rear of the garden, making this a very versatile outbuilding.
Access to the main residence is across the front lawn via some paving stones. As you go through the entrance a large hallway awaits with double doors to your left that open into the main lounge area. This impressive sized lounge benefits from double glazed patio doors to the front aspect along with a contemporary driftwood gas fire. This is an inviting space that provides plenty of space to create a stunning formal living area for the adults of the family to retire to at the end of day. The room then opens through to a second reception area that is currently set up as a cinema room, an ideal use of space and perfect for family nights in. Adjoining the 2nd reception room is the conservatory, a substantial room that has oak flooring and underfloor heating with fitted blinds on the windows and along the roof line. This room makes the perfect setting for a formal dining area, a great room for dinner parties and with double french doors that open out to the alfresco dining area you really will be able to bring the outdoors in.
The fully fitted kitchen / breakfast room runs adjacent to the main 2 receptions rooms and comprises of ceramic tiled flooring and once again benefits from underfloor heating. The kitchen delivers everything a chef would desire, a large aspect over looks the rear decking area with built in appliances positioned around the kitchen to provide easy access and there is an abundance of granite worktop space to create your culinary delights. Appliances consist of built in double oven, combination microwave and a 4 ring electric hob with hood over and dishwasher. No kitchen is complete without a utility area and your wishes are granted as you go through an archway you find yourself in a really good size area for storing all the noisy appliances. The utility has an additional sink and access to the rear garden through a stable door, ideal for keeping young children or pets inside but still allowing the fresh air to come in.
As you exit the kitchen to the right and arrive back in the hallway the ground floor accommodation continues, a generous sized bathroom separates the living area and bedrooms 4 & 5 on the ground floor. The luxurious bathroom comprises of a large bath with shower over and modern suite. Bedrooms 4 & 5 are good sized doubles making them perfect guest bedrooms. The larger of the two bedrooms has front facing aspect and air conditioning along with space for a super king sized bed and wardrobe accompaniment. The smaller is adjacent and a good size double room.
Finally on the ground floor you have access from the reception hall into the fully self contained annex. The annex can also be accessed from the front through its own front door or the side across its private patio area. This large annex comprises of a very good sized lounge with brick built feature fireplace, laminate flooring throughout, and french doors that open out to the side of the property and deliver a private patio area. Running adjacent is the kitchen / dining area with triple aspect over the rear garden area. The kitchen consists of an integrated oven and gas hob with space for further appliances as required. At the end of the kitchen there is ample space for a dining table and chairs. From the living area you access the bedroom which is a large double room with further aspect over the rear and comprises of built in wardrobes, this then continues into an en -suite shower room with double walk in shower and modern suite. The annex living accommodation also consists of its own boiler so that the heating can be independently controlled.
Ascending to the first floor via the wide staircase a spacious landing awaits, the master bedroom is to the left and as you enter it definitely delivers the "Wow" factor in terms of the size. This fantastic room has double aspect with front and rear views, built in wardrobes, a walk in dressing room and a large luxury fully tiled en-suite bathroom comprising of roll top bath, separate shower and modern suite accompaniments. The Master also has a two flow air conditioning unit so you can have the room at your desired temperature. Bedroom two is along the landing and is a generous sized double room that has the benefit of an en-suite shower room, rear aspect and air conditioning, with bedroom three at the far side also enjoying rear aspect and additional velux window, and being a good sized double. There is also an additional family sized bathroom which has a spa style bath with shower over with wash basin and WC.
As you return to the ground floor and go back through the kitchen and out through the stable door you reside at the rear of the property. A slab laid patio area runs the full width of the property with steps up to a raised decking area making the perfect sun trap, this secluded area has fully established rhododendrons providing a beautiful frame to the rear of the property. At the conservatory end of the property the patio area there provides an idea space for BBQ's and Alfresco dining with lots of space to enjoy the company of family and friends. The Summer house works well for additional garden storage or for the drinks fridge or just somewhere to provide a bit of shade.
Adjacent to the patio and accessed via a raised timber decked area is the Pool house, through the patio doors is the fantastic indoor plunge pool powered by a pump, great for exercising and will save you on those costly gym fees. This is also a great place to relax with friends all year round with a large seating area surrounding the pool. The pool house comes with a separate cloakroom and is heated via solar water panels with the plant room on the far end.
Just behind the pool house is a secluded area that could be used for a more out of the way area to BBQ, but also makes a great place for some storage sheds to keep all the garden tools and garden furniture tucked away. From here there is also a secret pathway that takes you up behind the rhododendrons along the full width of the property and to an area ideal for a compost. Through some large secure gates and you're back at the front of the property and greeted by the immense grassed area only broken by a couple of established trees and attractive flower borders.
Arley lodge sits centrally on this very impressive plot that is around a third of an acre, secure fencing runs around the entire plot line giving you peace of mind that the family pets can run free and enjoy the great space on offer. A further advantage is that the property benefits from 20 PV solar panels, these generate a good level of electric for the property and provide a quarterly return from the electric board via the feed in tariff which further helps to reduce running costs.
This truly is an impressive residence, it delivers so many options as well as multi generational living, versatile living space and will only really be appreciated in person.