Mr Clarke thinks :
It is so impressive yet not ostentatious; the perfect balance of welcoming and wonderful.
Throw open the gates to Tuckenhay and roll into your own teardrop driveway to marvel at the sheer vastness yet humble and homely feeling of this beautifully uplifted six bedroom home.
With the talented hands of MRT Architects, a Stratford-upon-Avon studio, infusing a modern take on a Tudor aesthetic to the garden room extension, Tuckenhay is ready to embrace a new chapter of living. From the enhanced central gable, creating a two-storey atrium of welcoming light and life, to the garden room, which offers 180 degree views of the lush established gardens and bedazzles in the evening when the natural light fades, this is a home of constant wonder and soft comforts.
From the first step over the threshold, we dare you not to be impressed. The central atrium offers a snapshot in every direction, teasing the smorgasbord of living spaces on the ground floor. A beautiful glass and oak staircase reflects the openness and light of the home as a whole; modern yet respectful of the natural materials used, tonal with the oak doors throughout. Sit and stay a while in the entrance before making your way to one of six spaces. Tuckenhay has possibilities abound and this is a setting for reinvention, depending on how you choose to live. A study and sitting room take the front facing spots, providing moments of solitude for work or a reading nook for a quiet hour with a good book. Each has been thoughtfully designed.
The drawing room is the largest and grandest of the downstairs spaces, where after-dinner drinks in winter might take place, or perhaps you may rework it into a cosy family film room? Either way the space is generous, copious seating and communal vibes keep flowing in the east wing of the home. A fireplace and doors out onto the lush gardens make it a space for all seasons.
The dining room also harbours views of the garden space, but when entertaining and family time calls, it is the kitchen and garden room extension that make this home come alive. A shaker style kitchen with maple wood central island, granite worktops and a dresser elevate the soft, warmness of Tuckenhay and the appliances, AGA cooker included, as well as integrated appliances including an electric double oven, ensure usability is front and centre.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The craftsmanship of the garden room, brought to life by MRT Architects.
Looking across the kitchen counter into the family space, a feature wall of stacked logs draws the eye and invites more warm feelings from the simple use of cream tones and crisp whites, balanced with the depth of oak beams that draw the eye up and outwards. The garden room is at once grand and majestic yet minimal, functional and welcoming. The design choice to reveal more of the outdoors through a full height glazed opening into the apex embraces the twinkle of evening lamps and spotlights, which take over once the day’s sun has disappeared. Heaven in a cosy, convivial setting.
The ground floor space is completed by a utility and separate boot room, tucked away so as to keep the laundry of life and muddy prints confined to one nook. Neat. Two WCs on the ground floor, off hallway and off utility, are present.
Upstairs, the first and second floors wow with a kind and generous type of privacy; the principal bedroom runs the length of the house with a large, fitted dressing room and his and hers sinks in the en-suite. Space for a sofa and dual aspect windows make this main bedroom space a wonderful haven. All other bedrooms, bar one (which is currently kitted out as a superb gym with an incredible en-suite shower in situ) also enjoy views over the garden. Bedroom two sits on the west side of the property and also has a lovely en-suite, whilst the other first floor bedrooms share the main bathroom, complete with tub for relaxing.
Up on the second floor, another bedroom sits, not to be ignored, its design tucked within the gabled roof, adding character and charm. The en-suite here is beautifully designed with a dormer window and a seating nook for those moments of pamper. Cavernous storage space lies secreted in the eaves, accessed from this uppermost room.
Downstairs and outside, a large, luscious lawn almost wraps around the home, the front showing pockets of green grass, potted and planted trees and a sturdy hedge line to one side, whilst at the back, the vert carpet rolls out in abundance, with herbaceous borders, mature specimen trees and a divine patio area for alfresco dining. Cheers to that!
From the outset you’re wowed by Tuckenhay’s presence, its neatness but also its attitude which has many character facets. Moments of quiet and solitude, clarity in the crisp beauty of the garden room, soft comfort and a humble heart in the oak beams and the simple palette and, for fast-paced living; a triple width garage for car collections.
Tuckenhay is a modern, sprawling family home with big barn energy at the back. Long may the gatherings of family and friends continue when you have a home this thoughtful and welcoming. Mucky shoes in the boot room please, there’s plenty of room to stay.
- Setting : Lapworth’s enduring appeal is its sought-after private location but in close proximity to all the amenities you’ll ever need.
- Three words : Large private haven.
Our favourite part
This would have to be a moment in time, when day turns to night, gathered with friends and family in the garden room, the lighting turning from outward sources to inside intimacy.
Lapworth has everything a village should have.
Lapworth is a great village tucked away in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. But it's certainly not remote. In fact we think it is better connected than most places in England. You could be jetting off to warmer climes from Birmingham airport, which is only 20 minutes away, zipping along to London from Lapworth Station or zooming down the M40 quicker than Mrs Clarke can say "supper's ready". If it is Birmingham you are wanting to get to then Lapworth station runs regular services to all Birmingham stations.
The school is very sought after and mums are queuing up to get the little ones enrolled. After drop off they head to The Virgin Active for some pilates. "There is a great network of people in the village. Lapworth has a really friendly community."
That's the boring stuff done! Did I mention there are three pubs? Mr and Mrs Clarke's favourite is The Boot. "The beer is delicious and the food is wonderful. George, the very handsome Manager recommends the annual bonfire "It's a must see. The teepee in the back garden is great for a fancy party."
Lapworth is surrounded by stunning countryside and some lovely National Trust properties. The cycling around the area is fantastic and with Dynamic Rides, a great cycle shop in Hockley Heath, there is always someone to jump on the saddle with.
"We love Lapworth because it's so friendly. Everyone says hello when you are walking the dogs along the canal and it's just a really pretty and safe place to live" said a well heeled and well dressed gentleman when we last popped into the village for a bottle of wine the pop shop.
You are close to lots of little hubs like Hockley Heath, which has a McLaren garage if you fancy a new car, a great fish and chip shop, a superb Indian restaurant, and a dry cleaners. Henley-in-Arden for great ice cream, Warwick, Solihull, Leamington and Kenilworth. It's a well connected place to live.
Lapworth is located between Warwick and Solihull. It boasts not one but three pubs, a cricket club and a train to London & Birmingham. That must be why Mr Clarke loves it.
- Closest village/town: Lapworth
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Lapworth Stores run by one of the nicest shop keepers you will ever meet, DJ.
- Supermarket: Waitrose in Kenilworth is only fifteen minutes away or Tesco is in Shirey. Hockley Heath has Steve Mills butchers and a few shops for the necessities.
- Pubs: Lots of them. The Boot is superb, The Tom O' The Wood is wonderful & The Navigation does some very good ales and then there is the glam Punch Bowl.
- Walks: Endless walking along the canal or in the countryside.
- Tenure - Freehold
- EPC - D
- Downstairs - A room for every occasion and mood, drawing, dining and study are just a few. The kitchen is a classic country style with a modern view of the home. The living spaces include a sitting room at the front of the home, a large conservatory style family/garden room with beams letting in maximum light, a drawing room and dining room all with access to the garden.
- Bedrooms - 6 impressively proportioned with plentiful space for all. 4 bedrooms have ensuites. The Principle bedroom has a dressing room.
- Bathrooms - Beautifully tiled, immaculately kept and with privacy for all.
- Outside - A three-door garage sets the scene for a spectacular front and back garden. Private, established and sprawling. Not forgetting the gated driveway
- Local authority: Warwickshire District Council
- Council Tax band: H