IN summer, when its big windows are opened to let gentle breezes flow through, a light and airy Fishbourne home has an even more rejuvenating feel than its chic, pale decor usually gives it.
Appropriately, the fabulous, detached house, in Ashlake Copse Road, is named Zephyrs, meaning gentle refreshing winds, with the singular being the name of the Greek god of the west wind.
Meticulous refurbishment has turned it into a ultra-stylish property, with immaculate four/five-bedroom accommodation on three levels that works superbly for a family.
Clean lines and cool, pale colours create a New England feel.
The hub of the home is a gorgeous kitchen/dining room, from which an eye can be kept on children in the adjoining playroom.
On warm days, the secluded, south-facing back garden comes into its own, with French doors open from the dining area to a large hardwood decked terrace, perfect for outdoor meals and entertaining.
Mature trees and hedging along the boundary of the half-an-acre or so plot provide screening and a delightful outlook and this quiet, wooded area attracts red squirrels and abundant bird life.
Zephyrs is not just a home but a lifestyle choice, with picturesque Wootton Creek, a sailing club and the car ferry a short walk away.
Outside is a shower handy for a rinse-off before entering a lofty-ceilinged downstairs boot room, via French doors. This great buffer zone has plenty of storage and wet gear can quickly be dealt with by a washing machine and dryer in the adjoining utility room.
Zephyrs is strong on storage space as well as living space, with lots of built-in cupboards inside and two capacious sheds and a workshop outside. There is plenty of parking space on a gravelled front area, lined at the front by lofty oaks.
Beautiful, wide-planked oiled-oak flooring flows seamlessly throughout the ground floor from the roomy entrance hall. Positioned off is a cloakroom, with part-height tongue-and-groove panelling.
With windows on three sides and deck access, the airy drawing room has an attractive open fireplace in an arched alcove and pale, exposed ceiling beams.
Front-facing bedroom five/study has side French doors and a superb en-suite bathroom.
Measuring 24ft by 19ft is the kitchen/dining room, with a wide array of cupboards, an island, solid wooden work surfaces, a range cooker and integrated fridge-freezers and dishwashers.
French doors link the play room to the deck and stairs lead down from the kitchen to the boot room, utility room and a studio.
Off the extensive upstairs landing is a bright, appealing bathroom and four spacious bedrooms.
Big bedroom one has a delightful rear garden outlook and a dressing area with built-in cupboards leading to a stunning en-suite bathroom with underfloor heating and a bath as well as a large shower cubicle.
The en-suite shower room to front-facing bedroom two is also stylish. Bedroom three has a back garden outlook, while bedroom four is front-facing.
Well-fenced to be dog-proof, the back garden includes lawned areas, planted rockeries and a gravelled area with a shed and workshop.
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