We love it – even our neigh­bours are per­fect...

A cool min­i­mal­ist de­sign and a zero main­te­nance gar­den will make one Bearsted house very hard to leave. Homes & Liv­ing took a look.

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - East Kent Property - - HOMESNEWS -

IT project man­ager Si­mon Crowhurst knows ex­actly why homes at his tiny and ex­clu­sive cul-de-sac in Bearsted rarely come up for sale.

He bought his cor­ner plot de­tached home there 16 years ago and has never re­gret­ted a thing.

He says: “We bought the house ‘off-plan’ back in 1999, watched it be­ing built and have lived here ever since.

“We had looked at so many houses and noth­ing really met our cri­te­ria. We really liked the idea of the Bearsted vil­lage life but needed to be close enough to Lon­don and ma­jor trans­port links so when we spot­ted the brochure for this house, it looked per­fect. We couldn’t be­lieve it once we moved in, it was even bet­ter than ex­pected

“Be­ing a tiny, but spa­cious cul-de-sac, Yeo­man Park definitely has the feel of ex­clu­siv­ity and we are sur­rounded by the most per­fect neigh­bours. In fact our sum­mer street par­ties have be­come an an­nual and ea­gerly an­tic­i­pated event.

“In­side we like to keep the house painted to­tally white and fo­cus the dec­o­ra­tion on state­ment pieces of fur­ni­ture or arte­facts from our trav­els.

“When we moved in the gar­den was just a large rec­tan­gle of mud, so hav­ing a love of both plants and de­sign, I set about de­sign­ing it to en­sure we got the best from its po­si­tion and also to re­flect our love of trop­i­cal places and out­door liv­ing. Be­cause of our busy life­styles, I also wanted to make it as main­te­nance free as pos­si­ble.”

With the house now on the mar­ket, buy­ers will find a spa­cious en­trance hall with ac­cess to the main re­cep­tion room and kitchen, along with stairs to the first floor ac­com­mo­da­tion Ad­dress: Yeo­man Park, Bearsted, Maid­stone Price: £575,000 to £585,000 Agent: Si­mon Miller & Com­pany and ground floor cloak­room. The main re­cep­tion room has a stun­ning fea­ture fire­place with real flame gas fire and dou­ble doors which lead through to a sep­a­rate din­ing room which over­looks the gar­den and has French win­dows lead­ing on to the pa­tio.

The kitchen is well ap­pointed and has an in­te­gral gas hob and dou­ble oven, a con­tem­po­rary styled break­fast bar and cen­tral is­land which adds to the func­tion­al­ity of the room.

There is also the added ben­e­fit of a sep­a­rate fully fit­ted util­ity room. At the back of the house is an­other re­cep­tion room which has French win­dows lead­ing out to the gar­den and of­fers the pos­si­bil­ity of be­ing a sep­a­rate snug, fam­ily room or large study.

The ground floor also has direct ac­cess to the in­te­gral garage which has space for two cars and a range of fit­ted stor­age cup­boards.

On the first floor are four dou­ble bed­rooms. The mas­ter bed­room has dou­ble built-in wardrobes and an en suite and the fam­ily bath­room has a bath and sep­a­rate shower cu­bi­cle. “The big draws for us were the dou­ble garage, four dou­ble bed­rooms, all with built-in wardrobes, the mas­sive gal­leried land­ing, the en­vi­able cor­ner po­si­tion and of course, the lo­ca­tion.

“We have re­placed all of the orig­i­nal wooden win­dows and doors with the lat­est uPVC dou­ble glazed win­dows and French doors. This has made such a dif­fer­ence – no draughts and it is ab­so­lutely silent in the house! We have also re­placed all the sof­fits, fas­cias and gut­ter­ing with uPVC which now means the house is Mote Park ba­si­cally main­te­nance free.

“Be­ing tucked away in the cor­ner of Yeo­man Park means we are in an in­cred­i­bly quiet and se­cluded po­si­tion. It also means we have plenty of pri­vate park­ing with a dou­ble garage and room for at least five ad­di­tional cars on our drive­way.

“The rooms are very spa­cious for a four-bed­room house and in­cred­i­bly light and airy. Its po­si­tion means it is not over­looked and has won­der­ful views from most rooms. The gar­den is spec­tac­u­lar and we prac­ti­cally live in it dur­ing the sum­mer.

“It’s only a short dis­tance to Bearsted sta­tion where there is a reg­u­lar ser­vice to Maid­stone, Lon­don and Can­ter­bury. There are su­per­mar­kets, banks, a post of­fice, med­i­cal cen­tre, pubs and a plethora of shops all within a short walk.

“Mote Park and Bearsted Wood­land Trust are both only a few min­utes walk away, whilst the beauty of Leeds Cas­tle, the Pil­grims Way and the North Downs Way are only a 10-minute bike ride away. We are so lucky hav­ing such amaz­ing scenery on our doorstep.”

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