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5 Bedroom detached house Whitworth Lane, Milton Keynes £1,450,000

The impressive, architect-designed house on Whitworth Lane in Loughton offers space, flexibility and an abundance of natural light, within a desirable, a semi-rural setting.

Basking in the sunshine out on the terrace at Whitworth Lane, the current owner of the property reflects on the past 24 years at the substantial house he designed himself. As an architect, he enjoyed the process of creating his own home and was also proud to be appointed to design four other houses in the highly sought-after Loughton setting. “The attractions of this particular plot were its third-of-an-acre size, corner plot position, privacy, orientation and views towards the equestrian centre,” he recalls. “It was also just a short walk to the railway station and within easy reach of CMK – and yet none of its convenience compromised the quiet, green environment.”

The attractive house five-bedroom house was cleverly and creatively designed to make the most of its good-sized plot and to take into account its semi-rural surroundings. Design features, such as the half timbering and front balcony, were conceived to echo the equestrian centre and, because of its plot position, the house was designed to “turn the corner,” to ensure it was aesthetically pleasing from all angles. “The design placed the house in the north-east corner of the site, allowing for a large, sunny, south-west-facing garden,” he explains. “The views, including those across the paddocks, were also taken into account.”
Exceptional attention to detail was also afforded to the internal design of the property. How each space would be enjoyed; flexibility of use and future proofing with an eye on potential changes were all given great consideration, together with room proportions; spatial flow and presence of natural light. “Every room has sunshine to a greater or lesser extent during the day and every room has openable windows,” he says. “There are no corridors – all the bedrooms on the upper floor are accessed from an open gallery round the double-height hall. For maximum efficiency, the wood burning fire is in the middle of the property. The importance of views and a strong relationship to the garden were high priorities.”
The house is entered at ground-floor level via a lobby leading to the cloakroom and utility room. This also gives on to the grand reception hall, with its butterfly staircase and galleried landing above. The impressive dining room is open plan to the hall and has French windows on to the gorgeous garden. “This room, which has recessed bay window seating for relaxation, is ideal for entertaining,” he observes. The kitchen, with breakfast bar, and the study are to one side of the reception hall, while the capacious drawing room, with two set of French windows, is to the other. “Morning sun comes into the kitchen across the field, while the drawing room faces west for the afternoon and evening sunshine. There is the potential here to double the kitchen of the kitchen by extending out into the study space as the dividing wall is non-structural,” he adds.
All the beautiful bedrooms are situated on the first floor of the house. Two of these have en suite shower rooms and three open on to a balcony. Four of the bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. “The master bedroom and the guest bedroom face due east, which means they benefit from the morning sun pouring through their French windows,” he says. “The family bathroom, which is a good size, is also on the first floor.”
In the summer months, the owners have enjoyed spilling out into their generous, lawned gardens. The easy flow between inside and outside spaces works well for garden parties and has been a joy for daily living during the summer months. They have also appreciated their proximity to the many green open spaces in the area, including South Loughton and North Loughton Valley Parks enabling them to head out on walks from home on fine days. Rivers and lakes, including Furzton Lake are also a comfortable stroll away and the Milton Keynes Redways make it simple to cycle anywhere. The current owners have enjoyed living in Loughton and the house itself has been everything they hoped it would be. The property has been well cared for and all records of its design and maintenance have been kept. “We were very keen to buy this plot back in 1987 and were pleased when our bid was successful.”

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