Fancy a snoop around a house, a very big house in the country? Have I got a corker for you. Shall we?
They say impressive – we say understatement of the century! Oaklands is quite possibly the swishiest, shiniest pad we’ve ever laid eyes on, and we’ve seen a whole lot of swishy pads. This remarkable newbuild takes divine inspiration from an agricultural building – think sloping roofs, clean lines and a super-cool low-slung silhouette. The textures are fittingly industrial too, with zinc cladding, grey bricks and a beautifully dark stained timber. But that’s where the agricultural references stop – this pad is as far from farm as you could imagine.
Where do we start? Kitchen? Open plan, double height, stashed with Miele appliances and with sliding doors onto a louvred sun terrace. Living room? Light-filled, atrium style with a cantilevered oak and glass staircase. Bedrooms? Five, all with superflashy Porcelanosa en-suite bathrooms.
But sleeping might seem a bit of a waste of time at Oaklands, given that you’d have to tear yourself away from the 11metre indoor swimming pool, the bespoke steam room and (my fave), the gloriously decked out cinema room. At least there’s a study, so hopefully you could work from home and never have to leave, EVER.
If you do, it’ll be via a sweeping driveway with bonkers views of Hampshire’s rolling green fields. A short drive away is East Tytherley, a charming (and chi-chi) village where locals love the cricket club and The Star Inn. Fun fact – the village was given to Queen Philippa by her husband Edward III in 1335. When the Black Death spread through London, she moved her court to East Tytherley. Well, if it’s fit for a queen…
Check out your new palace here but not before you guess a price and get your cheque book ready.