Past a gated entrance the discerning buyer will find secluded privacy in the grounds of historic Arleston Manor where a handful of character properties are situated. Forester House offers generous, family sized living accommodation with state of the art features, including a Bang & Olufsen superior sound system, a central vacuum system and a comprehensive ventilation system, yet exposed beams give the house a “period style” feeling. The space and quality of this superior residence can only appreciated by interior inspection.
Forester House has the benefit of old meets new, combining the convenience and low maintenance of a recently built modern property with the charm and character of some of the best period properties. Features include its half-timber construction, mullion style windows and vaulted ceilings.
Dining Reception Hall
24’7 x 15’11 (7.50m x 4.84m)
With exposed brickwork and beautifully crafted wooden staircase, which ascends to a galleried landing, the entrance hall provides a stunning introduction to this home. This light and airy space, flows seamlessly through to a magnificent dining area with a wonderful feature fire place.
20’4 x 16’2 (6.20m x 4.94m)
With solid oak flooring, “inglenook” with wood burning stove and Nexposed beams.
10’7 x 8’11 (3.22m x 2.72m)
With solid oak flooring, this is the deal for working from home or for doing homework.
Kitchen / Breakfast Room
27’6 x 16’3 (8.38m x 4.95m)
The kitchen / breakfast room is the very essence of sleek and contemporary design with its high gloss worktops, ‘Bang & Olufsen’ controls to an integrated sound system extending to the dining hall and rear garden, Aga, top of the range French door fridge freezer and a collection of Miele appliances including coffee maker with built-in heated drawer, dishwasher and microwave. In addition, the kitchen / breakfast room houses a separate utility, which in turn provide access to a side lobby area. There access to the rear garden from the breakfast area.
A staircase ascends from the dining hall to the first floor galleried landing which provides access to five bedrooms, recreation room/bedroom six and the family bathroom. The recreation room/bedroom six has a secret trap door with steps leading down to the integral double garage. One of the guest rooms also has the benefit of an immaculate en-suite
16’4 x 14’7 (4.97m x 4.45m)
The master suite enjoys glorious views towards the rear garden and has
the benefit of a beautiful vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, walk-in
wardrobe and an en-suite shower room.
We took possession of the house in 2005, shortly after its completion, ” says Stephen, “and it was definitely a combination of the quality of the build and the setting that attracted us. Before moving here we were living in Birmingham, but we wanted to move away from the hustle and bustle of city life to a location that, though still convenient, had a countryside feel, and that’s exactly what we have found here.”
“The house is absolutely beautiful, and because it had to be built in the same vein as the manor, it has all the character and charm of a period property, but at the same time all the benefits of a modern home. Externally it features detailed brickwork, stone mullion windows and a beautiful half-timbered gable. Internally there are some lovely features as well as a wealth of modern technology. From a practical point of view though, the house has a fabulous layout, so it’s comfortable for day-to-day life and extremely conducive to entertaining.”
“The garden is another lovely feature of the property, ” continues Stephen. “It’s completely walled, so ideal for children, and it also benefits from a good degree of privacy. It incorporates a large area of lawn, formal beds of shrubs and flowers, and a pretty rockery at the far end. We also have various seating areas and we’ve added lighting right the way around, so it’s a lovely place to sit out or entertain on a warm evening.”
“i’d say that the large, open-plan kitchen and dining room is the real heart of the home, ” says Stephen, “however the living room, with its beautiful inglenook and exposed beams, has a very cosy feel and is a real sanctuary in the evenings.”
“The development itself is very private and quite secluded, and the immediate surroundings have a countryside feel, ” says Stephen, “but we don’t feel isolated. Wellington is a beautiful historic town, which caters very well for day-to-day needs, and we also have a convenience shop at the end of the road and a number of lovely pubs close by. We’ll miss the house as a whole when we leave, ” says Stephen. “We’ve had it from day one, and we’ve nurtured it and really looked after it, and it’s been a beautiful home for the past eleven years.
To the front of the property is a large driveway area and double garage with two side opening doors. To the rear is an enclosed, beautifully landscaped rear garden, with feature lawn, paved patio, bbq and seating area, specimen trees, shrubs and attractive borders.