Unless they have a ride along lawn mower, anyone tackling the grass outside this house in Barnt Green is going to have their work cut out.
The lush lawn at Cotswold House covers the better part of an acre. The plot is actually 1.34 acres, but that includes a tennis court at one end and an ample driveway to the other.
This substantial detached family home is in a prime position in Barnt Green, the popular and affluent village that is just a dozen miles from the centre of Birmingham and on the fringes of the Lickey Hills.
It is in an elevated setting, which means it is perfectly placed to look out over the fields and woodland that surround it.
The house has been extensively renovated and modernised. Luxury features inside include Amtico tiled flooring to a number of downstairs rooms (with underfloor heating in the fitted kitchen/family room), a central staircase that is made for grand entrances, a gallery landing and splendid fireplaces to the three principal reception rooms.
At the front, a pillared entrance vestibule houses the front door which has stained glass inserts.
In the reception hall there is the staircase, cloakroom and glass doors to the dining room, which has an unusual corner fireplace.
The large drawing room has views to three sides, including a large bay window to the front and French doors to the rear veranda which looks out across the gardens. It also boasts ornate ceiling molding and a splendid fireplace with carved decorative surround, marble hearth and inlay with a gas-fire inset.
The sitting room has French doors opening to the terrace, a side door to the covered veranda and a fireplace with a black marble hearth and fine mantelpiece surround.
At the heart of the ground floor is the kitchen/family room, which is big enough to have two separate sets of French doors opening to the terrace. The kitchen itself has bespoke handmade cupboards, granite worktops and a central island with breakfast bar.
Appliances include a Range Master range cooker, microwave oven, wine cooler, American-style fridge freezer, not one but two dishwashers and a Neff coffee machine.
A door from this room leads to a back hall, off which is a second cloakroom, a study with second staircase to the upstairs landing and a utility/laundry room with a Belfast sink and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer.
On the first floor there is an excellent master suite with a bay window that has views over the garden. Its en suite bathroom has contemporary Villeroy & Boch fittings and a recessed Aquavision television set above the bath.
In addition to the master bedroom, there are three further bedrooms. Two of these are served by a Jack and Jill shower room while the other has its own en suite shower room.
Two more rooms are currently being used as dressing rooms, one with a bathroom just off. Both could be used as bedrooms if preferred.
On the second floor there is a store room that is being used as a walk-in wardrobe. There is another large bedroom with bay window, an L-shaped hobby room and a contemporary bathroom with a separate bath and walk-in shower.
Forming part of the main house but with access from the outside is a gym and a self-contained one-bedroom annexe.
This has an open plan kitchen/living room with a range of cupboards, granite worktops, cooker and hob and an integrated washing machine and fridge.
Off the bedroom is a shower room.
There are two building in the grounds which could be used as garages or for storage.
The largest has up and over doors and a bedroom above with a free standing bath at the end of the bed. It also has storage and a separate toilet.
The other store has a toilet and sink on the ground floor and a spiral staircase to the first floor with a bed/sitting room, a toilet and shower.
In the gardens there is a paved, south-east facing terrace and covered veranda. Wide terrace steps lead down through the well-planted rockery with lavender borders to the large central lawn surrounded by magnificent trees.
A tall beech hedge marks the bottom of the formal gardens, beyond which is an all-weather hard tennis court with flood-lighting.
Barnt Green offers a range of local shopping facilities, pubs, a doctor’s surgery, two churches, a dentist’s, St Andrews Primary School and a train station with direct services to Birmingham New Street. More comprehensive shopping can be found in Birmingham, Solihull and Worcester.
A range of Midland high schools are available locally with a number of renowned private schools being found in Stourbridge, Worcester, Edgbaston and Bromsgrove. Barnt Green has squash, tennis and cricket clubs and there are a number of golf courses within easy reach. Barnt Green Sailing Club is conveniently placed at the end of Cofton Church Lane.
AGENT: Knight Frank
TEL: 01905 723438
GUIDE PRICE: £1,750,000