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5 Bedroom mid-terrace house 96 Ashby Road, Melbourne £670,000

Brooks Barn - A striking 5 bedroom mews development encompasses its country courtyard setting. The stylish barn offers open plan, flexible living suited to a contemporary lifestyle and delivered to an exacting standard.


From their beautiful homes on the prestigious Armsgate development, the new owners of the exquisite properties may choose to stroll into the attractive Georgian market town of Melbourne. Here they will be able to browse the array of independent shops, restaurants, bistros, galleries and antiques' shops and relax beside the picturesque old mill pool, which dates back to the 19th Century. Armsgate itself has a wealth of history and has been designed to nestle comfortably within its conservation area, explains Andy Turner, director at Stanton Developments. "The main house on the site was a former inn dating back to 1791" he says. "It is a landmark building in the area, which has now been renovated and transformed; with the new build properties framing and respecting the restored public house whilst also reflecting the local vernacular."

A striking 5 bedroom mews development encompasses its country courtyard setting. The stylish barn offers open plan, flexible living suited to a contemporary lifestyle and delivered to an exacting standard.

Armsgate was named for its gateway position to the town and to reflect its history as The Melbourne Arms. "The public house was built by Francis Dalman, a full-time inn keeper" says Andy. "One of the homes created within the original building is named after him, while others are named after former proprietors William Worthington, Thomas Brooks and John Earl, as well as Lady Palmerston, the wife of Prime Minister Lord Palmerston, who bought the property in 1864 and Frances Cook, who later set up a bottling plant there." He adds: "The second home to be designed within the historic building is called Bare Hills View because of its stunning vistas over the Melbourne Estate and Derbyshire countryside."
Brooks Barn with its pitched ceilings, rustic beams and exposed wood generates country inspired flair to contemporary spaces. 'We have worked relentlessly to marry the design concept between the picturesque charm of the traditional country barn and the comfort, technology and convenience of the modern day home' explains Sarah Croake, interior designer at Stanton Developments. 'The double height living space with gas burning stove providing a light and spacious room with exposed beams and under floor heating is a perfect example. I believe through this process we have created a relaxing yet exciting home in which to live.'
The real opportunity is in the barns adaptability and flexibility. Ground floor accommodation includes a generous hallway with oak staircase leading through to an open plan kitchen dining with separate living room, utility and WC; whilst the downstairs bedroom with en-suite offers scope and versatility for alternative uses. Upstairs a further four bedrooms, the master benefitting from an en-suite bathroom, accompany a family bathroom and storage. All rooms are served from a central corridor with a galleried landing overlooking the hallway.Brooks Barn boasts under floor heating at ground level. A natural toned Dijon tumbled limestone floor complements a bespoke wooden hand made kitchen with island unit from Neptune Interiors. A Neff integrated electric oven, hob, dishwasher and fridge freezer accompanies the Armsgate standard Perrin & Rowe boiling water tap. The open plan kitchen dining with neighbouring living room has been fashioned to socialise and interact, consistent with Stant
The mews style property enjoys a fully landscaped cottage garden to the front with a patio to entertain and private open space to the side. The garage is fitted with two timber electric doors serving the double driveway. An outdoor lighting strategy spectacularly illuminates the natural palette of building materials at night. All bathrooms and en-suites benefit from under floor heating with wet room packs. Porcelanosa bathroom products are used throughout. The dressing room is fitted with a bespoke design solution exuding the craftsmanship observed across the property as a whole.
Brooks Barn boasts a specification level fully appreciated when viewed. The home combines exceptional surroundings with convenience, dominating the lower level of this private residential enclave offering seven distinct styles of living within a semi-rural location. 'Normally we know who will look at certain properties but with Brooks Barn I'm stuck' contemplates Croake. 'It offers so much to so many people, its impossible to second guess. All I do know is that it will make a fantastic home for someone!'
Setting the Scene
The Armsgate site has been designed to sit comfortably within its Conservation Area surroundings. The renovated former public house and the new yet sympathetically designed executive homes complement each other within the fully landscaped country courtyard development. The siting and external appearance of Brooks Barn is pivotal in creating the courtyard setting, with the stone gable elevation reflective of historic architectural techniques employed locally. The inward facing property has been specifically designed to minimise impact upon entering Melbourne.

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