House Hunting | April

This month has been a busy one for me here, so I am going to keep this month’s house hunting short and sweet with just two offerings, but hopefully they are no less interesting. I also apologise in advance for just how pricey they are – but they are gorgeous, so I couldn’t resist.

01. Imperial Club, Hindsley’s Place, London, SE23

As with February’s offerings, I occasionally like to drop in a beautifully finished project to give a taste of what is achievable with some of the not so finished projects that I usually pick and this is one of those.

Location wise it is on a quiet residential street just a short walk from Forest Hill station in South East London and is part of a contemporary development of five apartments and three houses – I had a hard time picking which property to showcase but have decided to go with one of the houses, due to the master bedroom en-suite having it’s very own terrace and the elegant detailing to the staircase.

The team behind the development is Frame; a design-led property group founded by two architects and their design background is evident in lots of the detailing, including the gorgeous white glazed brickwork, natural timber floors and Crittall steel windows, which mirror the sites industrial past and the development takes its name from a former warehouse that was on the site and known as Imperial Club – which I think is a great name.

Another great feature of the house is the open plan living space which has a contemporary fireplace with a slate surround and a super sleek Douglas For kitchen with a huge sliding door, providing the ability to conceal the cooking area from the rest of the space when not in use.

In addition to the luxurious master bedroom, the house has two more double bedrooms and a second bathroom, plus a small outdoor courtyard off of the dining area. Unfortunately all this beautiful design doesn’t come cheap in London and the house is currently on the market with both Wooster and Stock and The Modern House for £945,000. But it is so gorgeous I couldn’t not share.

02. Hartpury Mill, Hartpury, Gloucestershire

Now whilst this option isn’t any cheaper, it is a heck of a lot bigger and could provide endless lifestyle opportunities.

The property is situated in 43 acres of unspoilt countryside just over seven miles from Gloucester, and two miles from the centre of Hartpury – a traditional village in the Severn Vale, with its own church, village hall, Post Office, two public houses and a primary school. It comprises of a five bedroom farmhouse, a large one bedroom cottage, numerous farm buildings including stables, a tack room and a double height brick barn, a former granary and of course a mill – this gorgeous grade II listed mill; which with its slate flagstone floor and bare brick walls is an absolute gem.

The main house faces towards the south-west towards the mill, so not only does it benefit from great views over the mill pound, it also catches the evening sun and whilst it would benefit from some modernisation it is in my opinion in a perfectly livable state so would allow you to work on it over time. It also benefits from lots of period features, including oak beams, open fireplaces and flagstone floors and unlike the mill, the house doesn’t appear to be listed, so more drastic changes to the layout could be undertaken without restriction. In addition to this there is also planning permission in place to connect the house to the adjacent two storey granary, so extra living accommodation could be created if needed.

The estate agent listing suggests that the mill could be converted with planning permission, however it would be such a shame, as the installation of kitchens, bathrooms, insulation, etc would undeniable alter the character of the building. However the current owners have previously let it as a filming location – those of you that enjoy a a period drama you may recognise it from a couple of TV shows, including the BBC’s The Living and The Dead which aired last year. So as long as you didn’t mind film crews being on site for days at a time it could prove to be a nice little side line. The space could also be utilised for events such as supper clubs and workshops, which even in remote locations seem to be growing in popularity.

The property has recently been reduced in price, however will still set you back a cool £1,250,000, so if you have that lying around and fancy a new life in the country then get in touch with Knight Frank.

As always I would love to know what you think of these properties and what kind of properties you would love to see here, so please drop me a comment below.


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