The Home Counties are very much in demand as a home buying destination, not only from local people but also from homeowners in London looking for more space and a change of lifestyle – particularly when they start a family.
The village of Felbridge in West Sussex typifies the village locations that are so popular with family buyers, set within verdant countryside with a highly regarded school just down the road and within easy reach of the amenities of local market towns – in this case, historic East Grinstead.
It’s a well-connected area, under 20 minutes’ drive from Crawley and Gatwick and under an hour to Brighton. Regular rail services run to London Victoria in around 75 minutes.
With prices ranging from £1.25m to £1.5m, the homes at Heath Wood belong to a premium range of homes available on only a few select developments across the South East from multi-award-winning housebuilder Linden Homes, named Sustainable Developer of the Year at the 2014 WhatHouse? Awards.
Heath Wood comprises just 11 luxury five-bedroom homes which offer from around 3,300 sq ft to 3,700 sq ft of accommodation. The sense of space from naturally lit rooms with high ceilings, set over two storeys and designed in a range of traditional brick, tile and rendered finishes, make these the kind of homes that families could only dream about finding at this price in the better suburbs of the capital, especially when they consider the high-end specification and attention to detail throughout the home.
I was invited to look around the ‘Hedgecourt’ show home myself just a few weeks ago, though sadly not in the company of Dotty, the beautiful hound in the promo photos. The initial impression on entering this property is just how much room the home offers. The entrance hall is huge and welcoming, giving a sense of what is to come as I toured the property.
The hallway leads past a cosy study then a cloakroom to the right, arriving at a comfortable, square-ish living room that offers an adaptable layout and has access to the rear garden via French doors. Coming back out from the living room, there’s a well-equipped utility room to one side and a ‘media room’ straight ahead, the latter equally capable of fulfilling the role of a playroom, hobby studio or den.
Turning right, I came through to the kitchen/family room, very generously sized and likely to be the hub of everyday life as well as a superb entertaining space when friends and family visit. There is an abundance of workspace and storage, including a large island that acts as a breakfast bar and informal division of the room, still leaving plenty of space for dining furniture or sofas.
In addition to high-quality and energy-efficient appliances from Siemens and AEG, you’ll also find luxurious touches such as the wine cooler, Belfast sink and a Falcon dual-range cooker, as well as an extra pantry space. Bi-fold doors open out onto the rear garden, blurring the line between indoors and outdoors on a fine day.
If you’re still unsure whether the property can accommodate enough guests for every occasion, the separate formal dining room has room enough to comfortable fit ten or twelve people around the table with plenty of space to manoeuvre around them.
Three of the five bedrooms have their own en suite facilities and there’s an additional family bathroom too, so even the busiest mornings should be hassle-free no matter how long everyone takes to get ready. From the landing, I went first to the second bedroom, in reality a spacious guest suite with its own dressing area and shower room.
Bedrooms 4 and 5 are good-sized double bedrooms with built-in storage and bedroom 3, at the end of the landing is even larger and has the bonus of an en suite shower. Even these “smaller” rooms benefit again from higher-than-average ceilings, just like the rest of the house.
Finally, the master bedroom is huge, easily accommodating a very large bed and extra furniture, though the shelves and hanging space of its generous dressing room will be sufficient for all but the most hardcore clothes shopper. A separate shower and bath in the master en suite is becoming more commonplace and may not surprise some buyers, though the twin basins are less frequently seen and add a bit of extra panache to the main bedroom.
Throughout the bathroom, cloakroom and en suites, fixtures and fittings from well-respected brands such as Villeroy & Boch, Romans, Osborne and Saloni have been used throughout.
There is a range of plot sizes, so there is added appeal for downsizers looking for a substantial house without the high-maintenance garden. Each house comes with a secure double garage and parking for additional cars.
The show home and marketing suite in open from Thursday to Monday, 10.00am to 5.00pm. To find out more or make an appointment to visit, call Lynne Barnham or Sarah Howell on 0844 488 1672 ; www.lindenhomes.co.uk