Good afternoon, I hope you are enjoying the Easter Bank Holiday weekend despite the weather. Currently you will find me living the high life in London – I have discovered that the rotisserie in Harrods is possibly my favourite place in the world – flame-grilled chicken and duck makes Ralph a very happy pug!
Anyway, as I thought you may be missing me, I decided to post my latest Ralph’s Review “from the field” sort of speak. Earlier in the week I set out to explore the delights of Oakley House in Sontley. Such is the elegance of this late Victorian five bedroomed detached house, I felt that I should really have arrived in a horse-drawn carriage as opposed to an audi estate!
The inside of Oakley house is as impressive as its façade, an exquisite glazed front door opens into a light and welcoming entrance hall. The staircase immediately caught my eye – the beautiful detailing on the balustrades was very sympathetic to the age of the house.
Behind a door to the right I found a good sized dining room whilst the door to the left revealed an elegant drawing room. The high ceiling, beautiful coving and large double bay window (nearly floor to ceiling) was reminiscent of times gone by and brought to mind elegant soirees, glasses a clinking and tails a wagging in appreciation of scintillating conversation.
With illusions of grandeur, I set off with as much dignity as I could muster to survey the rest of the house. I was delighted to find that the large and well fitted-out kitchen retains the original servants’ bells – how very Downton Abbey!
The ground floor also offers up a utility room and a cloakroom; as well as a snug and a sitting room. The sitting room has a lovely contemporary feel with a tiled floor and French doors that open on to the garden. I felt that this part of the house was the perfect complement to the period features in the rest of the property, but it also had an irresistible continental feel for me. Thoughts of hazy summer days with the French doors wide open, bees buzzing whilst I can be found reclining in a sunny spot half in the house and half out, brought a smile to my face.
Before exploring the upstairs of this very sizable house I discovered a cellar room, which I instantly envisaged as a perfect pug’s games room full to the brim with footballs, squeaky toys, frisbees and automatic ping pong ball launchers (I don’t have one of these yet but it is on my wish list!). Feeling exhausted just thinking about the games I could play in the cellar room, I took myself upstairs to check out the bedrooms. I found five bedrooms, two of which have period fireplaces and another has a log burner. Discovering these and noting the wealth of period fireplaces throughout the house, I decided that this is a rare property – one that is equally well suited to both winter and summer living.
With that thought in mind I decided to see what the outside of Oakley House has to offer. With approximately 1.4 acres to explore I certainly felt that I walked off the extra calories I had consumed at lunchtime! On my travels I discovered a detached double garage, sprawling lawns and a natural pond at the front of the house whilst a large terraced area leads onto very attractive lawned grounds at the back.
Oakley House has so much to offer that I can’t help but think that I have viewed the perfect family house. As ever, if you would like to view Oakley House please call myself or my team on 01244 322322 to arrange a viewing.
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What Ralph lacks in years, he makes up for in charm, charisma and good looks. There is nothing Ralph likes better than meeting and greeting clients old and new in his office. He may appear to sleep alot on the sofa but his mind never rests, always th…
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