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2 ValebrookHartwell Road | Ashton | Northants | NN7 2JR
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2 ValebrookThis attractive stone-built seven-bedroom family home, which has accommodation arranged over three floors, is set in a large garden with open views in the village of Ashton.
Weve been here about three and a half years from when it was newly built, explains Charlotte. We were attracted to the village because it has a very strong social community and a good but small primary school. We liked the position of the house, which is in a private cul-de-sac of three properties, so its quiet yet not isolated and feels very safe. We also liked its generous south-facing garden and its views over adjoining paddocks and countryside; weve since added a further piece of land so the garden is now about a quarter of an acre (approximately 30m x 30m).
We moved here from Milton Keynes, which is still within easy reach for commuting into London Euston, continues Gary. Milton Keynes and Northampton are both good for shopping but for supermarkets we go to Towcester, which has a Waitrose and a Tesco, while the neighbouring villages of Roade and Hartwell have local shops. Ashton has a great pub, which is home to many social events, including fund-raising events for various improvements within the village, such as the new swings in the recreation ground. The Rugby Club hosts lots of events too, such as firework parties.
The sociability of the village makes it a great place to bring up a family, adds Charlotte. There are lots of activities for children, like music groups for instance. Footpaths are plentiful too and we like to go on lots of walks, such as along the canal at Stoke Bruerne. Theres an open farm near there too.
The house itself has provided a wonderful first family home, says Gary. The spacious open plan dining kitchen has two sets of French doors that open to the patio and the garden, which makes it very easy to supervise small children playing inside and out, although theres a separate play room as well. There are speakers in the dining kitchen and outside, which is excellent for barbecues and for entertaining in general. The garden, which is mainly lawn, is great for summer gatherings and can easily accommodate a marquee. For peace and quiet theres a separate sitting room and theres planning permission for a sun room. With five first floor bedrooms, two of which are en suite, theres ample space for family and guests, so we use one of the two second floor bedrooms as an office, and the other, which is also en suite, as a cinema room.
Were moving because I work in construction and have the opportunity to take on a conversion project, concludes Gary. However, its not very far away, as we love the area, but well miss Valebrook because it holds special memories as our childrens first home, Charlotte and Gary agree.
* These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
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Situated at the end of a private cul-de-sac you will find this stone self-built seven bedroom executive detached property occupying a generous south facing plot which takes full advantage of its lovely surrounding paddock and countryside views within this small and popular Northamptonshire village. With well-appointed accommodation arranged across three floors this beautiful 3722 sq. ft. (including garage) approximately four year old family home boasts in brief on the ground floor a 20ft sitting room with stone fireplace and log burner, a stand out air conditioned open plan sociable kitchen and dining room which is well equipped with a centre piece island and a second log burner in the dining room area, study or playroom, cloakroom and utility. The whole of the ground floor benefits from attractive French patterned Terazzo stone tiling with under floor heating. On reaching the first floor landing you have doors leading to five of the seven double bedrooms (three of which have air conditioning) and a family bathroom. A staircase leads to the attic accommodation and there is a useful built-in store cupboard underneath. The large dual aspect air conditioned master bedroom has a dressing room and en suite bathroom, the second or guest bedroom also has an en suite shower room. The family bathroom has floor to ceiling French patterned Terazzo tiling and of particular note a raised standalone deep bath. Completing the accommodation in the attic is two further bedrooms one of which has an en suite bathroom. The owners currently use one of these rooms as an impressive air conditioned home cinema and as part of the fixtures comes a ceiling mounted projector, large wall screen and surround sound speakers. This 29ft room with dual aspect velux windows has the benefit of the en suite bathroom.
The other double bedroom across the landing is currently being used as a very functional air conditioned home office. Externally the property enjoys at the front a wide gravelled drive providing extensive parking along with an attached double garage and at the rear an excellent expanse of lawn with a low boundary fence taking full advantage of the south facing aspect and views across paddocks and countryside beyond.
Accommodation:Ground FloorThe good sized hall is entered via an oak veneer door and this style of door is replicated throughout the property. A staircase rises to the first floor with a cupboard beneath and of particular note there is Terazzo stone tiling with underfloor heating and inset ceiling speakers. Separate doors lead from the hall to the sitting room, kitchen, dining room, study or playroom, w/c and utility. The air conditioned sitting room has an attractive stone fireplace with inset log burner, inset ceiling spotlights on a dimmer and french doors leading out to the rear patio. The open plan, contemporary and sociable kitchen/dining room sits at the rear of the property and has Terazzo stone tiling throughout with underfloor heating.
In the kitchen area there is an extensive range of shaker style base and eye level units with worktops complimented by a Rangemaster double oven with six ring hob and extractor hood, an integrated Bosch microwave, wine rack and carousel larder unit. The centre piece of the kitchen is a large island unit topped with black granite and incorporating a Belfast sink, deep saucepan drawers and store shelves.
In the dining room area there is again another attractive stone fireplace with windows either side and an inset log burner, inset ceiling speakers and a set of french doors leading to the rear patio. Completing the ground floor rooms all with Terrazo stone tiling and underfloor heating is a study or playroom, w/c and a utility room with doors giving direct access to the garden and double garage, stainless steel sink, base and wall units, space for two appliances an airing cupboard and a separate cupboard housing the controls for the properties television and sound systems.
First FloorFrom the landing there is a large air conditioned master bedroom suite with dual aspect windows, inset ceiling speakers, inset ceiling spotlights, an adjoining dressing room with velux window, four built-in wardrobes and a Terrazo stone tiled en suite bathroom with of particular note a standalone deep bath a television screen inset to one wall, inset ceiling speakers and for comfort a heated rail. Amongst the four other double bedrooms on this floor three of which have built-in wardrobes there is a second or guest bedroom which enjoys garden, paddock and countryside views from its window. This room has built-in wardrobes, inset ceiling speakers, inset ceiling spotlights on a dimmer and an en suite shower room with large shower cubicle, ceramic floor and walls and for comfort a heated towel rail. The luxurious fully Terazzo stone tiled family bathroom has a four piece suite comprising of a raised standalone deep bath, Savoy sink, high flush w/c, shower cubicle, a combined antique style radiator and towel rail as well as a television screen inset to one wall.
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Second FloorIn the attic there are two further double bedrooms one of which has an en suite bathroom. The current owners use the larger of the two rooms as a home cinema and have installed air conditioning, an overhead projector wall screen and surround speakers. There are dual aspect velux windows, eaves storage cupboards and inset ceiling spotlights on a dimmer. The three piece en suite bathroom off this room has a large velux window, tiled floor and walls and two alcoves with spotlights. The other bedroom which again is air conditioned is currently being used as a home office and has dual aspect windows, a digital TV point, two ceiling speakers and inset spotlights.
OutsideThis property is approached via a private road and is tucked away in the corner of the cul-de-sac. There is a wide gravelled driveway providing extensive parking in front of the house and the attached double garage which has twin electric up and over doors, fluorescent strip lights, a heating boiler and personal door to the utility room. At the rear and side of the house there is a large expanse of lawn and patio bordered by a low level fence taking full advantage of the south facing aspect and lovely views of adjoining paddocks and countryside beyond.
LocationAshton is a small and popular Northamptonshire village which conveniently lies approximately half way between Northampton and Milton Keynes and has its own primary school, church and public house.
A range of further schooling can be found as close by as the well regarded secondary school at Road