COOL, CONTEMPORARY HOME HIDDEN IN THE WOODS

I think I'm having a bit of a moment.  Last week it was a modern penthouse and now I've been seduced by the funky, eclectic interiors of this family home that looks like it could easily have featured on George Clarke's Ugly House to Lovely House.  And there's not a beam in sight! 

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Situated on a private wooded plot of about one acre in Chelwood Gate on the edge of the Ashdown Forest, this five bedroom detached property has been extensively renovated over the last few years.  Now, it is a spacious and modern home with what I can only describe as 'interesting' decor.

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This is the main living area which is the largest of three reception rooms on the ground floor.  I use the term interesting as it's an unusual colour palette - emerald green walls with teal and purple furnishing - but there's something about it which I quite like.  Being surrounded by all that greenery on the outside kind of makes it work.  

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From this angle you can see the stunning burnished fireplace which reflects the light beautifully.  I do like the painted brickwork too, although it looks a little too neat so I suspect it's not authentic.  

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Moving on to the kitchen.  I am a huge fan of the galley layout and this one has probably a good fifteen feet of worktop space.  Compared to the relatively crazy colour scheme in the living room this is quite reserved.  I love the blue/grey walls which anchor the vast expanse of white units and keep it feeling fresh and stylish but not too clinical.

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At the other end of the kitchen is this adorable yet totally chic area which looks as though it has been designated as the doggie den.  These must be some seriously spoiled mutts!  What a cute idea though, having a snug for pets - I would definitely do this for my boys but I don't think it would get used much as they prefer to hog my bed! 

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The 'doggie den' opens up on to this huge conservatory which overlooks the gardens and woodland beyond.  With approximately 20 square metres of floor space it's the perfect party room, although with all that light flooding in I'd probably turn it in to an art studio.  The views would be inspiring.

Rather disappointingly the bedrooms do not have the same quirkiness in the decor as the downstairs rooms and therefore seem a bit bland in comparison.  That's nothing a few litres of paint wouldn't fix, however, and the master suite does have this stunning balcony overlooking the south-facing gardens which is accessed via full width sliding doors.  Not a bad sight to wake up to!

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Outside there is a detached double garage with plenty of parking space and a large paved area that's a perfect for the barbecue.  The surrounding woodland means this is a totally secluded spot so if you fancied installing a hot tub and skinny dipping there's nothing to stop you (although I may have to call the taste police!).

Right, I'm off for a lie down and a leaf through Period Living magazine.  All this contemporary design has left me a little light headed. 

Kx 

This property is on the market for OIRO £1.295m through PSP Homes, Haywards Heath.

Images courtesy of PSP Homes/Rightmove.