Mr Clarke thinks :
The house has been conceptualised by owners with an eye for how to design and a heartfelt appreciation of living well.
This is modern living in all its majesty. An Instagram worthy and thoughtfully designed family home perched in gently gentrified Knowle, this large three bedroom, two bathroom property is in visiting distance of some of Warwickshire’s most beautiful National Trust buildings, walking distance of tip top schools, and striking distance of Solihull in one direction and Dorridge in the other.
Knowle pairs quintessential village living with a cool, friendly community vibe. This is the setting of great schools, close to the coveted Copt Heath Golf Course and boasts a smorgasbord of dining on your doorstep, including Glynn Purnell’s incoming eponymous restaurant.
For a home with cool style and comfort in equal measure, turn your attention to this modern façade, a well-appointed, deftly designed property with an easy-going, playful, yet impactful design approach. This home is ready to wear.
Every nook and cranny of this space has been considered and utilised to full effect. From the cutest cubby hole under the stairs, to the playroom and separate store set into the front of the home, maximising the former garage, the owners here have understood how to live and live well.
Upon entering the hallway, you’re welcomed by light and space, in part thanks to the extended front portion of the house, set with an A-frame porch, which opens up the entrance room to reveal a balanced and welcoming ground floor.
Seamlessly flow past the (now essential) study space with vaulted ceiling and children’s playroom into a convivial lounge. Fans of Farrow and Ball rejoice at the tones of blue, grey and green adorning walls throughout the entire home; it is a masterclass in balancing dark and moody without losing light, space and texture.
An exposed brick fireplace and feature panelled wall gives this lounge a sense of sumptuous living for movie nights or peaceful reading hours alike. The wood burner and down lights set into recessed shelving will be all the mood lighting needed come the darker months. With every corner turned there is something new to marvel at. From the modernised Georgian style panelled wall to the bijou desk set up, work, rest and play live in harmony.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The mood-lifting palette that interplays between grown up cocktail eve hosting and family-oriented, muted cosy tones.
Breathing life and light into the ground floor is the wrap-around kitchen-diner. This hub of the home is bathed in sunlight with Velux windows providing the rooftop rays and French doors opening up onto a large, informal, inside/out decking area. The fully-fitted kitchen, topped in granite for glorious surface appeal, plays host to an impressive island for your morning coffee, weekend pizza making and everything in between. Integrated appliances complete the kitchen space leading around the island of dreams into the bright dining segment.
Upstairs a calming, private family-oriented floor presents three double bedrooms, voluminous built-in storage, master en-suite for the grown ups and a beautiful, fully refitted bathroom, resplendent in light from the dual aspect windows, highlighting the centrepiece free-standing bathtub and offering a separate shower cubicle.
Oak doors throughout soften the edges of the smoky masculine tones and reconnect indoors with natural elements. Engineered wood flooring also flows underfoot downstairs in a contemporary herringbone, punctuated with soft, pure wool carpets in the bedrooms and beautiful blush patterned tiling in the master bath.
The landscaped garden’s raised deck with feature slated wall creates that town house garden living, secluded, peaceful and well-equipped for lazy, hazy summer evenings. Sleeper planters offer up luscious borders and even the children’s play area is a design dream - a Peter Pan-esque imagination station.
Nestled on the corner of Lightwood Close, this property comes complete with charming location and a cool modern aesthetic for timeless living.
- Three words : Farrow.And.Ball
Our favourite part
The feature panel wall juxtaposed against the exposed brick brings joy every time you look at it. It is playful but with serious design kudos.
A modern town with charm
Knowle is a charming town steeped in history and full of busy modern life. There are a whole host of uber cool bars, cafes, restaurants and shops and just about all the amenities you could wish for. Not to mention the tip top and seriously sought after schools, both private and state options.
There is plenty to keep kids entertained from scouts and guides, drama and tennis clubs, cricket, golf and football teams and every activity in between. The flexible workers love coffee (or maybe the gin) at Oktogon and the friendly vibe and stunning goods at The Bread Collection. The locals now have The Ale Rooms, a new craft beer hangout for the discerning drinker, plus Loki for the wine connoisseurs, Bonds for the cocktail lovers and Jacques for the fine diners. Knowle is no longer just a High Street...
There are some lovely canal-side walks to help you blow out the cobwebs after work or if you just fancy a long Sunday ramble. Mrs Clarke loves the fact that she can brunch with friends in one of the lovely cafes before they set off for a brisk walk to burn off the calories.
Car, Bus and Rail Transport connections are excellent. Knowle is just minutes away from the Midlands Motorway Network with the M42 having links to the M1, M5, M6 and the M40, 1.5 miles from Dorridge Train Station and 6 miles from Birmingham Airport. Solihull is a mere 10 minute drive for retail therapy heaven.
A bustling High Street, a cracking Artisan Boulangerie, a super cool Gin Bar and National Trust walks on your doorstep. What more could you ask for?
- Closest village/town: Dorridge and Lapworth
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: The Bread Collection for Artisan bread, fine pastries and fabulous filter coffee
- Supermarket: Tesco Metro and just 3.5 miles from Waitrose, Solihull darling
- Pubs: Oktogon, Ale Rooms and The Vault
- Walks: National Houses: Baddesley Clinton or Packwood House are both a great stroll from Knowle or if you fancy a canalside walk, there’s Knowle Locks just an 11 minute walk from the High Street.
- Design Features: A delicious palette of Farrow and Ball tones, from Down Pipe in the hallway, Plummett on the panelling and the infamous Hague Blue for the study and bedroom. A neat log burner sits pretty surrounded by the exposed brick fireplace and engineered wood flooring sweeps across the hall through to lounge, softened by sumptuous furnishings and subtle lighting.
- Tech Spec: A Nest central heating system, Ring security cameras and integrated Siemens extractor fan add a layer of automated tech to this stylish home.
- Location, Location, location: Solihull was named one of the top places to live on the Uswitch.com quality of life index. Surrounded by countryside, Knowle has everything on its doorstep for easy Sunday morning living every day.
- All mains services