Mr Clarke thinks :
The large garage is perfect for my bike
When you pull onto the driveway of Croyde House you know that the inside is going to be wonderful. Craftsmen and interior designers have invested heavily in making this property a wonderful home. The white exterior, grey window frames, black garage door and glass porch are all the lovely touches that make this house stand out.
The addition of the large porch is a clever idea; you can fit all of your shoes, coats and umbrellas and then leave them behind as you enter the home. When inside the large entrance hall you are blown away by the space, the glass balustrade and the beautiful wooden flooring. Turn right and you enter a very big living space that is flooded with light from the front window and from the French doors at the back. There is a high end log burning stove and three radiators, which will ensure that it is warm and cosy in winter. In the summer, the doors can be flung open and you can enjoy the stunning rural view with a glass of something cold.
At the front of the home is a large sitting room that would be great as a dining room, snug or playroom. The downstairs shower room allows you to easily use it as a bedroom.
Then it is into the kitchen. And what a kitchen. It is split into two areas, an eating and a cooking area. The eating area has a dining table that can sit six people. It looks out from the French doors to the back garden and those beautiful views. There is a stunning built in dresser that can house all the cook books and crockery. The cooking area is a space that a professional chef would love. There is a large floating island with lots of storage and a neat utensil hanger above. The large Belfast sink, tile splash backs, Rangemaster oven, hobs, extractor fan and high end cream cabinetry make this kitchen perfect for the discerning cook.
There is a large cloakroom with lots of storage space.
Walk out into the garden and you will feel like you are at a National Trust property. An architectural, permanent awning has been installed to provide cover over the patio. There are roof windows built in as well as speakers and lights, making this a year round garden. The hot tub is also a lovely addition. Mrs Clarke can imagine sitting in the hot bubbly water with a glass of wine watching the sun set over the uninterrupted countryside vista beyond the garden. The lawn is immaculate, the borders are packed with herbaceous perennials, the trees are mature and provide privacy. There is a secret gate that leads to more garden. At the bottom there is a garden room, which could be used as a posh potting shed, a home office or a private retreat. The oil tank has been cleverly concealed and there is a neat and tidy log and bin store hidden at the side.
Mr & Mrs Clarke love the next bit… The utility room and the garage. Mrs Clarke loves the large utility room with washing machine, tumble dryer, fridge, freezer and cupboard space. Mr Clarke was in garage bliss when he walked into the gigantic workshop garage. There is space for bikes, tools, motorbikes, a desk and everything else Mr Clarke loves. I don’t think he would ever leave.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The gorgeous garden and hot tub
It’s then up the stairs to the first floor. The master bedroom is beautiful and the en-suite is like a luxury spa. The balcony over looks the countryside and it’s the idea spot for Sunday morning coffee and paper reading. There are two other huge bedrooms upstairs. It is wonderful to see a home with such large bedrooms, built in wardrobes and space to move around in. In fact everything upstairs is big. The landing is big and the bathroom is palatial. There is a big walk in shower, free standing bath tub and space for an armchair. There is a loft for the christmas decorations and more space than you can shake a stick at!
- Style : Luxury house in the prettiest village
- Highlight : The open plan kitchen and large reception rooms
- Three words : Large. Stunning. Home
Our favourite part
The garden & patio. It’s covered, there is a hot tub, speakers built into the wall, lighting, outdoor fire and views to die for.
LOCAL LIFE IN STONELEIGH
Just don't laugh at people on bikes.
With the redbrick timber framed cottages, thatched roofs and sandstone almshouses, Stoneleigh village feels like you are stepping back in time.
The nearby Stoneleigh Abbey founded in the 12th Century has impacted greatly on the village over the years, especially when the Leigh family took up residence there. The Leigh family provided work , accommodation and education for local people and still to this day the Leigh Educational Foundation helps mould the villages younger generation. Their influence was not always appreciated though when drunks outside one of the village pubs laughed and hurled abuse at Lord Leighs daughter, subsequently he closed all three pubs in the village. He then gave permission for a village club, which still stands to this day and plays a big part in village life, serving the locally crafted cider.
More recently one of the meadows adjacent to Stoneleigh bridge was transformed into a community apple orchard, which provides the apples for the craft cider. Along with the Village club, the village offers its residents many other clubs and organisations including the Stoneleigh Tennis Club, The Church Bellringers, Pilates Classes and the Deer Park Golf Club. For those who enjoy a country walk with the family dog, there is plenty of green open space set amongst mature trees, making it a dog walking wonderland all year round.
The nearby Stoneleigh Park is also one of the UK’s leading event venues and plays host to a wide variety of conferences, businesses, exhibitions and events for the family to enjoy, along with a farm shop and cafe.
Situated just off the A46, Stoneleigh feels like it is only a short drive from everywhere! In particular its five minutes from Kenilworth and the local Waitrose; five minutes to Coventry and the nearest Ikea, cinema and ice rink; ten minutes from the regal town of Royal Leamington Spa and its superb boutique shopping; ten minutes from historic Warwick and its stunning castle; and, only twenty minutes from Stratford Upon Avon and the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
Stoneleigh offers quintessential country living, with all the amenities you could want close by.
Stoneleigh sits in Warwickshire, about 5 miles from both Coventry and Leamington. The M6, M40, M1 and M42 are easily accessible. Birmingham Airport is under 30 minutes way, train stations are dotted around the village making London reachable in 90 minutes. You are brilliantly located.
- Closest village/town: Kenilworth
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Farmers Fayre Cafe & Farm Shop located in Stoneleigh Park. It even has its own Aga.
- Supermarket: Waitrose & Sainsburys in Kenilworth
- Pubs: The Village Club
- Walks: Miles and miles from the doorstep