INTRODUCTION The Birches is situated in a small enclave of just four homes and is a short walk away from the village of Hythe which has a number of cafes, restaurants, public house, various shops, hair and beauty salons, Waitrose, Lidl and Costa Coffee. The UK's oldest pier-train at the entrance to the high street connects to the ferry across Southampton Water to the Town Quay at the bottom of Southampton's high street and near the large West Quay shopping centre. Town Quay is also where you will find the Red Funnel ferry and fast Red Jet catamarans to Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Hythe has a local sailing club which is very welcoming to new members and Dibden golf club with its spectacular views over Southampton Water is just over a mile away.
The wider area of the New Forest National Park is quite literally on the doorstep, only a five minute drive. It contains so much to offer in terms of miles of unbroken trails and paths, glorious gardens and famous estates like Beaulieu and Exbury, a huge array of fantastic pubs, a few five-star hotels with truly wonderful restaurants and spas worth getting to know.
At around 2 hours drive to London, just over an hour to Heathrow and 20 minutes to Southampton Airport.
MULTIPLE PARKING DRIVEWAY Ample parking on the shingled driveway for five vehicles. Gated access to the garden.
DETACHED DOUBLE GARAGE* The current owner has utilised the double garage for storage. They have made a hallway from the reception hall with five bi-folding door storage cupboards and doors in to the two 'garage' storage areas both with power and lighting and keeping the up and over doors. Both storage areas measure approx. 8'4" x 8'2" each. The space can very simply and effectively be re-instated to a double garage again if required.
RECEPTION HALLWAY Double glazed uPVC front door. Wood design flooring. Radiator. Stairs to first floor landing with spindle balustrade. Doors to cloakroom wc, inner hallway, dining room / home office, kitchen breakfast room and living room.
CLOAKROOM WC Front aspect double glazed window. Two piece white suite comprising a wc and vanity unit wash hand basin. Radiator.
LIVING ROOM 16' 6" x 14' 8" (5.03m x 4.47m) Rear aspect double glazed window and matching French doors through to the glass roof conservatory. Radiator. Feature fireplace with gas fire. Wood design flooring.
GLASS ROOF CONSERVATORY 18' 0" x 16' 5" (5.49m x 5m) 'L' shaped glass roof conservatory with two sky light windows, low level brick walling and uPVC double glazed windows, single and French doors to the garden. Provision for wall mounted flat screen TV. Radiator.
DINING ROOM / HOME OFFICE 11' 0" x 10' 5" (3.35m x 3.18m) Three front aspect double glazed windows. Radiator. Wood design flooring. Flexible use room for home office, dining room or play room.
KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM 19' 0" x 11' 2" (5.79m x 3.4m) Rear aspect double glazed window and matching French doors to the rear garden. Attractive modern kitchen comprising a stainless steel twin bowl sink unit with chrome mixer tap. Comprehensive range of soft closing wall and base level cupboard and drawer units with under unit lighting. Carousel unit. Matching Island unit with three drawers under and power sockets. Integral appliances include a five burner gas hob, oven, combination oven / microwave and dishwasher. Provision for wall mounted flat screen TV. Radiator. Ample double power sockets with USB's. Door to the utility room.
UTILITY ROOM 7' 0" x 5' 2" (2.13m x 1.57m) Double glazed door to the rear garden. Matching the kitchen and comprising an inset stainless steel sink with chrome mixer tap. Wall and base level cupboards. Spaces for washing machine and tumble dryer. Radiator. Wood design flooring. Cupboard housing the boiler.
FIRST FLOOR LANDING Spacious landing with spindle balustrade. Access to the loft space via a larger pull down door with fitted timber loft ladder. The spacious loft is part boarded and has fitted storage racking.
MASTER BEDROOM 13' 3" x 11' 7" (4.04m x 3.53m) Two front aspect double glazed windows. Wood design flooring. Radiator. Door to:
EN-SUITE BATHROOM Double glazed window. Three piece white suite comprising a shower bath with shower screen, chrome mixer tap, shower attachment plus digital shower fittings, push button flush wc and vanity unit wash hand basin with chrome mixer tap and cupboards and drawers under. Extractor fan, illuminated mirror, shaver point and radiator. Tiled walls and flooring.
DOUBLE BEDROOM 13' 0" x 11' 8" (3.96m x 3.56m) Rear aspect double glazed window. Radiator. Wood design flooring. Recess with vanity unit wash hand basin with chrome mixer tap and cupboard under. Door to the Jack & Jill en-suite.
JACK & JILL EN-SUITE Double glazed window. Two piece white suite comprising a shower bath with shower screen, chrome mixer tap, shower attachment plus electric shower and push button flush wc. Extractor fan, shaver point and radiator. Tiled flooring.
DOUBLE BEDROOM 11' 8" x 10' 5" (3.56m x 3.18m) Rear aspect double glazed window. Radiator. Wood design flooring. Recess with vanity unit wash hand basin with chrome mixer tap and cupboard under. Door to the Jack & Jill en-suite.
DOUBLE BEDROOM 14' 5" x 9' 8" (4.39m x 2.95m) Front aspect double glazed window. Radiator. Wood design flooring.
BEDROOM 9' 9" x 7' 9" (2.97m x 2.36m) Rear aspect double glazed window. Radiator. Wood design flooring.
FAMILY BATHROOM Double glazed window. Three piece white suite comprising a shower bath with shower screen, chrome mixer tap, electric shower, push button flush wc and wash hand basin with chrome mixer tap. Extractor fan, illuminated mirror, shaver point and radiator. Tiled walls and flooring.
WRAP AROUND GARDEN The wrap around gardens are enclosed by wood panel fencing with side gated access. There is a lawn and block paved terrace. Relax with friends and family in the The Blue Whale Spa Hot Tub( purchased in 2019). It will accommodate five persons - two beds and three seats - multi jets, multi colour lighting and blue tooth speakers.
BALI LOG CABIN 15' 0" x 11' 0" (4.57m x 3.35m) Installed in 2019 - this 'Bali' Log Cabin is ideal as a home office, entertainment room, home cinema or bar. It is 44mm in thickness. Wall mounted convector heater. There is power, lighting, ethernet cable for Sky and wi-fi. There is also an external power socket and lighting.
COVERED HEATED POOL 24' 0" x 12' 0" (7.32m x 3.66m) Enjoy swimming and fun in the sunken lined heated swimming pool with max depth ranging from approximately 4' to 6'. The superb telescopic retractable sliding roof 'dome' is lockable for safety. The pool heating runs off the main house boiler via a pump station with a heat exchanger when required as the dome helps to maintain and regulate the heat.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION New Forest District Council Tax Band is F. The current owners have lived here from new. The house is an 'Epsom' built by Barrett Homes in 1998. The uPVC double glazing was replaced in 2017. Vaillant boiler installed 2018.