Let’s be honest here. Winter isn’t the best time for enjoying an active outdoor lifestyle in the UK. Instead, it presents a fabulous opportunity for making the most of the great indoors. And in the four-bedroom homes at Templar Green in Cressing, Essex, there’s certainly plenty of space in which to do so.
The roomy homes come in two styles, known as the Taplow and the Lavendon, and both have been designed to provide ample space for families to enjoy spending time at home. The fact that the houses have four bedrooms is an opportunity in itself. Families who don’t need the fourth bedroom for the children can use it as a guest bedroom, a teenager’s chillout/games room, an office or anything else that fits with their interests and lifestyle.
On the ground floor, the open plan family kitchen/dining/living room is ideal for fostering family connections over mealtimes and baking adventures. With room for a sofa as well as a dining table, the versatile space affords room for relaxation, homework, craft and more, as well as cooking and eating. In the Lavendon, Velux windows flood the space with light, emphasising its position as the heart of the home.
Both the Lavendon and the Taplow include a separate living room, meaning there’s space for everyone to spread out and enjoy some me time. After all, even the closest-knit family needs a bit of space from time to time. The Taplow also comes with a study, which is ideal as a home office or a quiet space in which to complete homework after a busy day at school.
In both house styles, the main bedroom comes with an en-suite. In the Lavendon, it is located on the top floor and also includes a dressing room, providing parents with plenty of room to get ready for nights out or to simply curl up snugly in the bedroom with a book and enjoy a bit of quiet time.
Both the Taplow and the Lavendon are also superb properties for entertaining family and friends, as well as for enjoying family time. The open plan kitchen/dining/living room is a very social space with plenty of room to entertain. It also opens out onto a large, landscaped garden with patio for blending indoor/outdoor entertaining. After all, even in England it doesn’t rain all winter long, so there are still opportunities for entertaining outdoors on sunnier days. Patio heaters and blankets mean that milder winter days and even evenings can be enjoyed outside, with good food and good company. And of course children will love to experience the garden as it changes throughout the seasons, from growing their own produce and connecting with nature during the warmer months to building snowmen in the depths of winter.
The other lovely touch at these properties is how much thought has been given to convenience. There’s a utility room for hiding domestic clutter and shutting away the noise of washers and dryers. There’s a downstairs WC and a driveway with garage, with room for two to three cars. Every element of the properties has been designed to promote a relaxed lifestyle, meaning families can let their collective hair down and enjoy the stylish, ample space of their surroundings.
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