Fine and Country Homes from Edwards are delighted to bring to the market this exceptional four-bedroom detached family home located in the desirable area of Hengistbury Head, just a stone's throw away from the beach.
Beautifully designed and built by a multi-award winning local architect as his own family home, "Voysey House", Solent Road is an exceptional family home that effortlessly blends period charm with all the functionality and comfort of a truly outstanding modern home.
This incredibly spacious and luxurious family home boasts a premium finish and contemporary style throughout. Some benefits include a substantial private rear garden, front driveway with space for multiple vehicles and a summer house, this property is sure to impress even the most discerning of buyers. Solent Road is in the very desirable area of Hengistbury Head, Bournemouth, Dorset, and is just a stone's throw away from Southbourne Beach, where one can spend the warm summer months lounging at the beach or in the sea. Beautiful walks along the River Stour are just a short distance, as is the ancient monument of Hengistbury Head itself. The historic market town of Christchurch is just a short distance or indeed the very cosmopolitan vast array of shopping, leisure bars and restaurant options in Bournemouth. Whatever the season the sheer variety of options enables this wonderful home to offer a context and living experience which is complete and holistic.
The very popular Bistro on the Beach restaurant is also located at Southbourne Beach where they serve delicious food and with stunning sea views from every table. The magnificent Riverside Bistro Pub, with gardens facing onto the river is within an easy walk.
Less than 1 mile away is the ancient monument of Hengistbury Head which is a headland that projects into the English Channel between Bournemouth and Mudeford, it is very popular because of its breath-taking views, impressive walking trails, the fascinating nature reserve, the local cafes and restaurants as well as beautiful harbour and beach walks. There is even a golf course within a few minutes' walk from Solent Road and adjacent to the approach to the head itself.
Within a few minutes' walk are the local "Broadway" shops with delicatessen, local store and post office, as well as excellent nearby schools. Christchurch or Bournemouth Railway Stations, are both a short drive away and on the direct line to London which is just 2 hours away by train and into London Waterloo.
The current owners designed this attractive property to suit their needs entirely, making this property very unique and it will be very popular with potential purchasers. It benefits from being situated at the end of a quiet residential cul-desac, so you are sure to have peace and quiet with no busy roads nearby. Outside, this property is very attractive, with its low maintenance front driveway that has space for multiple vehicles, as well as being partly laid to lawn with beautiful mature plants and cobble stone pathway leading to the front door and feature side gate.
The front door has a remarkable stained-glass window which was again designed by the owner. This leads into the warm and welcoming feature hallway. To the left is the downstairs cloak room, the back wall is fully tilled and consists of a WC and sink unit. Most of the downstairs has panelled walling and wooden doors, which are unique, all where designed specifically for this house and will be very popular. To the right of the front door is the large dining room, it has a feature bay window to the front of the property, allowing copious amounts of natural light to flood into the room. Further through is the spacious dual aspect living room, there are multiple large windows allowing light in, as well as a set of double French doors that lead out to the rear garden. The living room also has a beautiful fireplace, perfect for cosy nights in. The library and study is off of the living room, and also has French doors to the garden, as well as built-in floor to ceiling library shelving.
The sizable kitchen is very impressive, with one wall being beautifully bricked, it also has tiled ceramic stone flooring with a helpful island unit in the centre, along with ample base and wall units and lots of worktop space. There is a large open area that the current owners use as another dining room, making it an open planned kitchen / dining room, and there are French doors leading to the garden. The separate utility room is off of the kitchen, as well as a boot room that leads to the side of the property and a feature reclaimed church door and original arts and crafts hood with original console brackets. The whole flows together seamlessly and each room enjoys connections, light, garden access and a standard which is outstanding.
Upstairs are four bedrooms; the large master bedroom has a modern en-suite that is mostly tiled with a WC, sink unit and shower. It has a sitting area, built-in storage, a Juliette balcony and an upstairs mezzanine/ viewing gallery with a picture window with a view to the head and harbour, accessed via a ships ladder. The second bedroom is a double bedroom, with eaves store and bespoke joinery, whilst the third double room has built in storage and then finally the fourth, which is a good sized single room. The family bathroom is modern with a WC, sink unit and a roll top island bath.
The garden is separated into different sections, the main being lawn area with mature plants and shrubs surrounding. To one side is a vintage garden shed whilst alongside the house is a large modern and bespoke designed home gym/hobby room with dual access.
This property really will make the perfect family home, the whole house has a really warm and welcoming feel and each of the rooms has its own unique character and charm. It is a very pretty house; it has a superb feeling of both light and space throughout. The outside space only adds to the appeal.
"Design is something I'm extremely passionate about; I do it for a living, and I have been very fortunate to have won many local and national design awards for my work. The quality of the home and adage of "where we live affects how we live" is very true and in "Voysey House" I applied all my skill to create an architecture and level of design detail that is quite exemplary. I designed everything; all of the internal doors, wall panelling, the bespoke parquet flooring and even the handmade kitchen. Indeed every feature is bespoke and designed. I have designed many award winning homes, including many for the rich and famous but clearly, for this I was able to design and plan every part and detail. It is something of a seminal creation.
I was very fortunate to find this fabulous plot of land on Hengistbury Head and build my dream home. This location was the premium place for me, given its locality to beaches, great schools and shops as well as the head itself and Christchurch Harbour and Mudeford Quay. There is a lovely river taxi on The Stour, just a short walk away that goes directly into Christchurch and the whole context was exactly where I wanted myself and my family to create this wonderful and bespoke home and the lifestyle it enables.
"I wanted the house to be exceptionally homely, with period charm and character, but at the same time I also wanted it to be extremely conducive to modern family life, and I would say that I've managed to achieve that perfect balance. In terms of the overall design, I was heavily influenced by the work of Voysey & Lutyens, both leaders in the Arts and Crafts movement. The house is a perfect interpret. I also used a cranked butterfly plan, which gives the illusion of the house looking smaller from the front than it actually is. It means that the building doesn't appear to swamp the plot, but it splays out at the back, creating a very large footprint which enabled me to incorporate a tremendous amount of living space."
"Inside I've continued with the Arts and Crafts theme and not only bespoke designed the whole of the interior, but I've also developed a layout using interconnecting symmetries, so typical of the movement. Each room links beautifully with another, so the layout flows seamlessly and the view between those connecting rooms always ends on an eye-catching feature. It's that kind of attention to detail that I'd say makes this house totally unique; it has been said that it looks like a perfectly preserved example of an Arts and Crafts house, but with all the benefits of a modern home."
"The way the house relates to the garden was also of upmost importance to me, so the attention to detail carries through to the outside space," continues the owner. "The planting was already quite mature, and my wife, who is a very keen gardener, has added to it so the space now has the look of a typical English country garden, which frames the house beautifully."
"The kitchen/family room is the part of the house that usually blows people away. It's a very large and very sociable part of the house, and it has such a warm and welcoming feel. I also love the fact that we can fling open the French doors and create an almost seamless connection with the garden."
"This is a place where we've been able to enjoy the absolute best of everything. We have a superb array of shops and amenities just a few minutes away; on a whim we can go swimming in the sea, kayaking, surfing, fishing… we're within striking distance of the New Forest and vast swathes of open countryside, and there are some excellent schools in the local area so it's a fabulous place to raise a family. It's a place where we've been able to enjoy a really terrific quality of life."
The house is beautiful, one of a kind, but it's the setting that I'll miss the most when we move," says the owner. "Getting up for an early morning walk along the river, then heading down to the beach for a swim, before ending the day with an early evening picnic or a stroll to the pubs and bistros that are nearby…………It's a heavenly place to live."
Through a gate there is the secret garden with play area and a feature pond, alongside which is a brick roundel and a spinning summerhouse. It has an axle in the middle and it's mounted on wheels so it can be positioned either to overlook the water or straight down the garden, across the sweeping lawn. It's a lovely place to sit on a warm summer's evening."
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