The Sunday Times
Friday March 22, 2019

Property history of Glen Acres, Holly Hill Lane, Sarisbury Green, Southampton SO31 7AH, 15th Oct 2010

Previously listed for sale on 15th Oct 2010
£2,550,000 - 5 bedroom property

Property description

Glen Acres lies in the lightly wooded surroundings of Sarisbury Court, an exclusive private estate, formerly the grounds of the 18th century mansion of Holly Hill House, in rural surroundings to the east of the Hamble. Despite the tranquil wooded surroundings, this is a highly convenient location, being well placed for access to Southampton (8 miles), Portsmouth (14 miles) and Winchester (20 miles), with Junctions 8 and 9 of the M27 being within 3 miles providing a link to the M3 for London. Southampton International Airport (9 miles) provides excellent services to Europe, and the railway station provides a regular service to London Waterloo in just 70 minutes.

Locally the historic village centre is a short distance away, with its picturesque village green and parish church of St. Pauls. The nearby waters of The Hamble are world renowned for sailing, and there are numerous marinas close by giving access to superb sailing in Southampton Water and around the Isle of Wight.

Glen Acres was built by the present owners some 7 years ago, creating a home of traditional character, yet equipped with the latest up to date home technology, providing exceptional comfort and convenience. Stephen Anthony Design were commissioned to provide much of the bespoke joinery, including the cherrywood panelled study and principal bedroom, solid oak internal doors and hand crafted kitchen. Underfloor heating is installed throughout the house, which is also equipped with intelligent home entertainment systems and mood lighting.

The entrance portico and integral porch open onto a breathtaking reception hall of some 55' in length, with immaculate porcelain tiled floor and dramatic sweeping oak staircase rising to the ornate galleried landing above.

The spacious drawing room has three sets of double doors opening onto the terrace and garden, and has an impressive open fireplace with specially designed marble mantlepiece. A home entertainment system includes surround sound and concealed flat screen television. Double doors on parliament hinges open onto the adjacent dining room, able to seat 16. The study is panelled in cherrywood with specially designed furniture by Stephen Anthony including a large fitted desk, display cabinets and concealed 45 drawer A4 filing cabinet.

The vaulted garden room is some 50' x 15' with porcelain tiled floor and specially designed oak dresser concealing a bar with integral wine cooler and drinks fridge. With two sets of matching double doors to the terrace and access to the indoor swimming pool and leisure complex, this makes an ideal room for entertaining

The leisure complex is one of the outstanding features of this house, over 2800sq.ft. In area with a beautifully appointed deck level pool complete with mood lighting, sauna and hot tub. A 26' run of concertina picture doors slide back to open this room directly onto the terrace and garden.

The family room lies adjacent to the reception hall and the kitchen/breakfast room, providing a comfortable, informal room for relaxation.

The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with beautifully designed oak units with rounded corners, display cabinets and decorative pillaster detail. Soft close drawers, concealed lighting and a comprehensive range of integrated appliances complete this beautifully equipped kitchen with central island unit, and breakfast area.

The impressive oak staircase rises to a galleried landing running the length of the house, with unique Italian design wrought iron balustrade. At the eastern end of the gallery lies the principal bedroom suite, panelled in cherrywood with a comprehensive range of fitted cupboards, storage and walk-in wardrobe. Three sets of double doors open onto south facing Juliette balconies looking out over the terrace and gardens. A concealed door leads through to the opulent bathroom en suite, with marble vanity surfaces, large spa bath, multi-jet shower with steam room facility and twin basins.

There are 4 further bedrooms, each with their own shower or bathroom en suite. To the west of the house lies the first floor games room, complete with full size snooker table and 25' long enclosed storage space.

The gravel driveway is screened by laurel hedging and leads to a generous turning circle to the front of the house, set around a weeping verdigris copper tree fountain. Immediately adjacent to the driveway is a four car integral underfloor heated garage, whilst behind the house to the west is a detached Coach House, built to house the owners' 12 Classic Car Collection.

The surrounding gardens are lightly wooded with beech, oak and cherry providing a private, sheltered setting for the property. A south facing terrace runs the length of the house approached by way of doors from all the main reception rooms and leisure complex. Three sets of steps flanked by rose beds and borders lead up to the lawn, looking out to mature rhododendrons and azaleas, creating a dramatic display of colour in the spring. Flower beds and shrubberies have been planted with flowering perennials spring bulbs and ground cover plants designed to provide colour and interest throughout the year.

Property Information

Services: Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage are connected to the property.

Local Authority: Fareham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Fareham, Hants. Tel. No. Council Tax Band: H

Post Code: SO31 7AH


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