Howells Mere 68, The Lower Mill Estate, GL7
An impressive, detached 5/6 bedroom holiday home with beautiful Westerly views across Swillbrook Lake, set within the private, gated, Orchard Village part of The Lower Mill Estate. West facing aspect and breathtaking lake views of the nature lake. This property is currently a successful holiday let, with gross letting history of £94,000 in 2021, £100,000 in 2022 and £32,000 paid & stayed in 2023, with £50,000 gross forward bookings already in place for remainder of 2023, making this a great turn-key investment opportunity, alongside being a wonderful lifestyle option. Howells Mere 68 is set across 3 floors, with sun decks and west facing lake views from every level. The main living & kitchen is situated on the second floor (top floor), with 1/3 of the room having floor to ceiling windows, making the absolute most of the simply breathtaking lake views. 11 months occupancy as holiday home. Furniture available via negotiation.
ACCOMMODATION A three storey, 5/6 bedroom, detached holiday home with the unique feature of being located between both Howells Mere and Swilbrook Lakes and nature reserve with uninterrupted views to both.
The house is set within the within the private and gated Orchard Village along with just 8 other homes. Parking is located directly outside the house. The private village set up means the house is always free of general foot and car traffic.
GROUND FLOOR – Large internal entrance room for coats, shoes etc. Has a door into the utility/boot room which has a shower cubicle, WC, sink, washing machine & tumble dryer. 2 twin bedrooms, one to the front of the property and one to the back of the property with its own access to the large Ground Floor sun deck and lawn. Also to the back of the property, and with access to the sun deck and lawn is a Kingsize double bedroom. The Family Bathroom has a bath with hand held shower attachment, separate tiled shower cubicle WC & wash hand basin, completing the ground floor . First floor - Two more bedrooms, one being the extremely spacious Master bedroom, occupying the back half of this floor, with breathtaking westerly views of Swillbrook lake, and with access to its private, first floor sun deck. The Master also has an en-suite bathroom with a separate shower cubicle, a bath with a handheld shower attachment, WC, and a wash hand basin. The second bedroom on this floor is currently a bunk room, great for rentals. Another family bathroom is also on this floor which has a bath with handheld shower attachment, WC & wash hand basin. Finally we have the large, unique cinema room which currently houses a sofa, projector screen and fully wired, five speaker surround sound system. This room could be used as another bedroom. SECOND FLOOR - This floor houses the spacious open plan kitchen, dining and living area. Breathtaking views from this floor of Howells Mere lake and beyond, with sun deck at both the front and rear which allows huge views to the front and rear of the property. The living area also benefits from a wood burning stove, perfect for a cosy evening, enjoying the spectacular views on offer. Opposite the house is the designated car parking space, with additional parking only a stone’s throw away. This property is also well situated for access to the spa, tennis courts, kids play area & Balihoo restaurant, all within a 5 minutes walk.
LIVING ROOM/DINING ROOM The living room is the main feature of this spectacular holiday home, where everyone can come together and enjoy 180 degree panoramic views of the lake and its unique nature reserve. A modern wood burner is the focal point for those chilly winter nights. Access through 2 large sliding glass doors lead to the top floor sun deck providing ample space for dining or just sitting and relaxing. This is the best place to privately watch the evening sunsets. This room occupies the entire top floor and provides a perfect place to sit and take in the abundance of bird life, views, and wildlife that inhabits Swillbrook lake all year round. Solid Oak flooring throughout this area.
CINEMA ROOM / SITTING ROOM - Large, unique cinema room which currently houses a sofa, electric projector screen, fully wired 5 speaker surround sound system and black out blinds. This room could be used a sixth bedroom.
HALLWAY - with space to add a double bed sofa if needed
KITCHEN The large kitchen is open plan to the living area and enjoys views to Howells Mere lake. A good range of modern kitchen units with quality, Neff integrated appliances. Solid Oak flooring throughout this area. The Dining area leads only a full sized balcony out the front, which provides enough space to position a 12 person dining table and BBQ.
MASTER BEDROOM Situated on the First floor the master room runs the full width of the property and occupies the back half of this floor, with full width doors not only making the room feel extremely spacious but also providing breathtaking westerly views of Swillbrook lake and access onto the rooms own private, first floor sun deck. A modern en-suite bathroom provides a bath with handheld shower attachment, separate tiled shower cubicle, sink and WC. Carpet flooring to bedroom & tiled flooring and half wall in en-suite. Large built in wardrobe space and separate lockable storage cupboards are in bedroom.
BEDROOM TWO This bedroom is on the ground floor, and is another Kingsize double, with access to the large rear ground floor sun deck and grassed lawns. Carpeted flooring. Built in wardrobes. Lake views.
BEDROOM THREE Also on the ground floor, a good sized twin bedroom. Carpeted flooring with access to the large rear ground floor sun deck and grassed lawns. Build in wardrobes. Lake views.
FOURTH BEDROOM Another twin bedroom, situated on the ground floor to the front of the property. Built in wardrobes. Carpeted flooring.
FIFTH BEDROOM Back to the first floor now, used as children's bedroom, with bunk beds. Built in wardrobes.
FAMILY BATHROOM 1 Again, on the first floor, this bathroom has a bath with handheld shower attachment, WC and wash-hand basin. Tiled flooring
FAMILY BATHROOM 2 On the ground floor is another family bedroom, mainly for use by the three ground floor bedrooms, complete with bath with handheld shower attachment, stand alone fully tiles shower cubicle, WC & Wash hand basin.
UTILITY ROOM / FAMILY BATHROOM 3 - An extremally useful room with washing machine & dryer, WC, fully tiles shower cubicle & wash hand basin with storage.
OUTSIDE There are three sun decks at the rear of the property with the upper two enjoying incredible west facing 180 degree lake views of Swilbrook Lake and the surrounding nature reserve. All three sun decks are of equal large size. The ground floor sun deck is accessed via either the bedroom two or bedroom three and leads directly onto a fully grassed rear lawn. The second sun deck hangs over the ground floor one, and is accessed solely from the impressively large master bedroom providing beautiful private space for owner/main guest. Finally, the second floor sun deck, hanging over the first floor deck, is perfect for a family/friends gathering and as they all do, enjoys stunning, west facing lake views. Due to the position of the second floor sun deck, this will have sun almost all day. This is where the evening sunsets can be enjoyed at their best!
One allocated parking space is opposite the house, with a visitors space located right next door. 1 minute from the house and immediately outside the gates are 3 more additional guest parking spots.
ANNUAL RUNNING COSTS: Remainder of a 999 year lease, approx. 980 years. Ground rent, linked to RPI, reviewed annually, approx. £2,500per annum. Service charge, reviewed annually, not for profit, approx. £5,500per annum. Council tax only applicable if used purely as a second/holiday home and not rented out. This property is currently a well established holiday let rental property and is very unique due to its size, private location, various sleeping options, views and additions. With these features, letting potential is proven to be in excess of £90,000 gross per annum. Currently has the standard 11 Months occupancy as a holiday home however the 12 month is available from Freeholder if wanted.
ONSITE AMENETIES - Access to onsite exclusive spa, tennis courts, kids play areas, fishing lakes, nature trails and much more.