Valhalla nestles at the foot of the rolling Alkham Valley hillside in a peaceful and tranquil rural cul de sac, surrounded by countryside. You can feel the quality and individuality of this unique family home the moment you turn in through the wide gates with its impressive Kent ragstone pillars and see the large and attractive house laid out before you, set back from the large driveway that provides plenty of off road parking. The delightful external features include the triple arched covered loggia that runs along the front of the house, the double wood front door with its wrought iron fittings, the leaded light windows and the fascinating stained glass window depicting a Viking ship – hence ‘Valhalla’. The arched theme continues across the electronic gated double garage and over the vast brick built carport with its beamed ceiling, flagstone floor, external cloakroom and storage facilities that would make an excellent games room or could be incorporated into the property as additional accommodation.
The house was originally built in 1984 by a builder for his own use so you know the quality will be first class. The design and feel is that of a modern version of a Tudor house and this is well illustrated internally as well as externally when, the moment you walk into the hall, you see all the beautiful solid dark wood doors, the Tudor style archways and the beams in virtually every room. The welcoming hall is open to the large galleried landing at the top of the impressive staircase and leads to the lovely ‘olde worlde’ style L shaped open plan lounge and dining areas that are just the places for entertaining friends and family. It includes two intriguing bay windows and a circular stained glass window, a gorgeous inglenook fireplace with a log burning stove and leaded light floor to ceiling windows and patio doors opening to the large wraparound patio.
There is also a useful study and a stunning contemporary kitchen/breakfast room with its charming hatch through to the dining area and where all the family are likely to congregate. The kitchen will be much appreciated by anyone who enjoys catering and it was only installed comparatively recently. It includes a selection of high spec units, a built in eye level double oven and microwave, an induction hob, a full height integrated fridge and separate matching freezer as well as a dishwasher and well designed drawers with inner compartments. There is an adjacent fitted utility room with a washing machine and a conservatory with views out into the beautiful garden.
The large U shaped galleried landing provides access to the large loft space and leads to a very trendy family bathroom with a Jacuzzi bath and a separate shower as well as four double bedrooms with fitted wardrobes and beautiful curtains including the master with its en suite shower room. There are delightful views from all the upstairs rooms across the garden and the countryside beyond including fields of horses as there is a local equestrian centre nearby.
The rear garden has been beautifully landscaped and very well looked after. There is a grapevine, a eucalyptus and other specimen trees and shrubs and delightful rockeries full of mature plantings, steps leading from the main patio area to the large lawn as well as to a small patio at the end of the garden. There is also a patio behind the carport so you have the option to follow the sun all day. However the ‘piece de resistance’ in the garden has to be the amazing summerhouse built by the original owner. The exterior with its curved tiled roof and herringbone brick walls, stained glass windows and fabulous french doors is just as extraordinary as the interior with its beamed and vaulted ceiling and to add to this is the nearby dove cot with its fascinating twirling brick support column.