10 Barrow Road is a handsome, detached house constructed in 1937 with rendered elevations beneath a peg-tiled roof, with high quality windows and doors throughout, and is set within a beautiful south-facing plot of approximately 0.4 acres. Although the property has been modernised and extended by the current owners to the highest standards, including the construction of an outstanding indoor natural water swimming pool, the owners have made great efforts to retain many Arts and Crafts style features. These include but are not limited to carefully chosen porcelain floor tiles, picture rails, attractive symmetrical elevations to the front and rear and careful renovation of all of the original doors throughout. The property is entered through a centrally positioned porch which leads into a vestibule with attractive Victorian-style black and white tiles which in turn opens through a glazed door into the hallway with attractive porcelain tiled flooring.
The downstairs accommodation is well laid out with all the principal rooms fanning off from the hallway. To the far right of the hall is a well-proportioned study which benefits from built-in Wychwood cabinetry with walnut desks and painted hand-built carpentry. In keeping with the house of this age, the current owners have used a porcelain wood-effect tile and laid it in a parquet style. The main drawing room has beautiful views over the garden with a large rear facing window and French doors leading out onto the terrace. The current owners have removed a chimney breast in this room to provide more space and replaced it on the outside wall with a modern stone mantelpiece and granite surround which were provided by the well-renowned local firm, Ivett & Reed. A projector, which has been subtlety built in to the ceiling, provides a 64 digital screen on the wall, ensuring that this is the room that the family will be able to use almost every day. The dining room with views of the rear garden through a beautiful bay window has been enhanced with a Wychwood window seat with storage below. Unsurprisingly with such thought given to the reconfiguration of their house, the current owners have created a very special kitchen/breakfast room with views to the front and rear garden allowing plenty of natural light to flow through. The kitchen, which has also been fitted by Wychwood with walnut work surfaces has an integrated dishwasher, a 3-door Aga with an electric companion and gas hobs, is twinned with an equally attractive Aga larder/fridge with two freezer drawers and a water filtration system. An exceptional pantry cupboard with bespoke handmade oak drawers and shelving enhances this wonderful space and underfloor heating (also laid in the hall & study) permits an even temperature. There is access to the indoor swimming pool beyond through a set of aluminium bi-folding doors. The pool itself with its limestone surround to flow through from the kitchen is 12m long x 5m wide and comes with a roll deck cover. The water is almost chemical free with a UV system which ensures that germs and bacteria are eliminated. A walk-in shower room with attractive tiling also serves as a changing room. Three double doors and two large ceiling lights through a stretch ceiling ensure that the pool is afforded lots of natural light. The quality finishings in the house continue into the utility room which has also been designed by the owners and installed by Wychwood with various bespoke doors, shelving and even a doggy shower . There is a further snug or games room for the children and internal bike storage.
Upstairs, which is accessed by a recently installed oak and glass staircase with a beautiful runner there is a large master bedroom suite that runs from the front to the back of the house, with two large built-in wardrobes and exceptional views of the garden. The en suite shower room has his and hers Burlington sinks, sunk into a walnut top and a walk-in shower with twin Mira shower heads. There is a family bathroom which serves 2 guest rooms with white sanitaryware, a walk-in shower and travertine tiles. There are 2 further en suite bedrooms, almost perfectly identically sized, each with a built-in wardrobe and en suite shower room. A second staircase accesses the ground floor.
The house is approached via a wide gravel driveway with ample parking for several cars leading to a false garage door (opening onto the bike store). To the rear is an attractive garden, laid mainly to lawn with deep well stocked beds, box hedging, mature shrubs and perennials and a number of mature trees. A south-facing slate tile terrace is an ideal sun trap. At the rear of the garden, beyond a pretty picket fence and through a rose cage, there is an informal garden and hand-built garden room.
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