Yarrells Drive, Poole, Dorset


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  • Bedrooms: 5
Lytchett Glade represents an outstanding opportunity to acquire a highly individual and characterful 5 bedroom detached family home at the head of a long private driveway in grounds of nearly 1 acre, in the centre of Upton. Lytchett Glade was built around 1930 on a site formerly occupied by a pair of estate cottages, adjacent to the independent preparatory school known as Yarrells which has occupied the neighbouring Georgian mansion since before the Second World War. Upton is located about 4 miles from the centre of the popular coastal town of Poole, which has a mainline rail link to London Waterloo. Local shops are available in Upton and Hamworthy.

Lytchett Glade has many outstanding features including flagstone floors, stone internal walls, and a magnificent split level living room with a vaulted ceiling, exposed A-frame timbers and a large, walk-in inglenook type fireplace which has a ship's beam acting as a bressummer. There is also potential to incorporate a self-contained annexe.

The property's construction is unusual, with solid stone walls to the ground floor, a traditional cavity work first floor, stone and cement render elevations, stone lintels and sills, and a high gabled natural slate roof. The house is connected to all mains services and has gas central heating (with under floor heating to the majority of the ground floor) and UPVC double glazing.

There is an attractive open-fronted verandah entrance with pine clad ceiling, rooflights, terracotta tiled floor, raised planter and passionflower. A double glazed front door with side screens leads to an impressive reception hallway with a porcelain tiled floor, and a ground floor cloakroom.

Bedroom 5 has an oak boarded floor and a dual aspect over the driveway and gardens. This room has the potential to create an annexe, as there is plumbing for a shower in the adjacent workshop (currently accessed from outside.)

There is an inner hallway with a flagstone floor and a winding stone staircase to the first floor, store cupboard (currently used as a wine celler), and a study with full height stone open fireplace (currently sealed), exposed ceiling timbers, and bookshelves.

A wide arched doorway and framework lead to the magnificent split level living room which features a flagstone floor, Purbeck stone walls, a high vaulted ceiling, and exposed beams and A-frame timbers. There is a superb full height stone inglenook fireplace with oak ship's beam, Jetmaster convection firebox (capable of producing 12kw of power from the logs, serving as heating for the vaulted area,) and shelving. 3 art deco style double glazed steel doors give access to outside. A further ship's beam adorns the ceiling between the living area and the raised dining area.

A pair of doors lead to a separate office with Purbeck stone walls, oak boarded flooring, router and telephone points, built-in bespoke wooden cupboards, shelves and angled desk, and double doors to outside.

The 25ft kitchen/breakfast room overlooks the driveway and gardens and features a slate floor, an excellent range of polished granite worktops, a comprehensive range of contemporary units, built-in dresser, fan oven, 5-burner gas hob with granite plate, extractor, integrated microwave unit and larder fridge. There is also a utility room with worktops, base and wall cupboards, and space for washing machine, dryer and fridge-freezer.

From the inner hallway a winding stone staircase leads to a semi-galleried landing overlooking the reception and inner halls, with exposed wall timbers and a blanket cupboard.

Bedroom 1 has a dual aspect, a superb view over the gardens, a walk-in wardrobe, and a fully tiled en suite shower room (with shower cubicle, wash basin, WC, bidet, and rooflights.

Bedroom 2 has a dual aspect, an excellent range of mirrored wardrobes, and a raised platform. Bedroom 3 has a fitted wardrobe and drawers, and bedroom 4 has eaves storage space.

There is a fully tiled family bathroom with bath (with shower over), vanity unit with inset wash basin, and WC.

A concealed door leads to a straight staircase to 2 further rooms which are well presented but not heated. There is a studio with access to eaves storage and a pair of doors to a large timber, chrome and plate glass balcony with a superb open outlook. The other attic room could be used as a games room.

Lytchett Glade is approached off the shingled Yarrells Drive. A 5-bar gate beside the school gives access to a long, private tarmac driveway which leads to a large detached double garage which is sub-divided, providing excellent storage space, and has two electric up-and-over doors. There is space to park numerous vehicles, boats/caravans etc.

The well stocked, private gardens are a particular feature, surrounding the property on all 4 sides and being arranged into various rooms' including a deliberately shady and secluded one (with a water feature.) The gardens include lawns, a large Indian sandstone patio, a fish-stocked pond, a cabin, a summerhouse, 2 sheds, an open-fronted store, and a wide range of plants, trees and shrubs including oak, beech, birch, willow, rhododendrons, camellias, hydrangea, acer, palm and mimosa. In addition there is a large woodland area which has been used as a children's play area, and a small orchard planted with fruit trees.


From the double roundabout in the centre of Upton, proceed along Blandford Road towards Hamworthy, and Yarrells Drive can be found about 200 yards along on the right hand side.

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