Some properties have a lot to offer but it just may not be totally evident from the pavement.
At first glance this pretty little terrace looks like a coastal bolthole to use as a base to explore Pembrokeshire, but it is actually a three bedroom property that could be a new owner’s forever home.
However the uniqueness of this abode actually begins before you even get past the front door to explore the space hiding inside.
Down a country lane near the coast there’s a housing estate that suddenly appears through the hedgerows.
The estate of about 38 terraced properties is a surprise to discover, surrounded by fields and woodland, tucked away out of sight with no neighbours except for each other.
Discover that this development is only a few miles from the beautiful Pembrokeshire coastline at Amroth Beach and maybe the assumption is it’s a holiday park.
But according to the estate agent selling the house, the properties at this site are used as permanent residential homes, as well as second homes and holiday lets.
From the estate, stroll through the countryside to the coast or hop in the car for a quick drive to nearby Pendine sands.
And as the characterful coastal town of Tenby and Pembrey Country Park aren’t too far away either, it quickly becomes clear why this house in this location can offer a number of options for a new owner.
The property hasn’t always greeted guests with a contemporary navy facade decorated with seaside referenced accessories and plants in pots swaying in the sea breezes.
Just a year ago when the property was last for sale, it was clean and tidy but many might consider it to be a ‘bland box’ with potential.
And the current owners have arguably released this property’s potential to the very maximum, from utilising the whole space to updating the interior design to create a stylish, contemporary home.
And as the furniture is included in the sale, yet another surprise, all a new owner has to do is turn up with their suitcase and move in.
But what will they find behind the contemporary front door?
The first surprise inside is just how the design has managed to create a spacious open-plan living area plus four separate rooms, currently used as bedrooms and a bathroom, within a property that looks so small from the outside.
This Tardis property seems to have more space on the inside than is possible to imagine from the outside and is even the same colour as Doctor Who’s humble abode!
The first room to find is a single bedroom, or study / office, next to the front door that looks out over the front street.
Next to this bedroom is a bathroom that can even boast a full size bath as well as a trendy new interior that features the navy external facade colour as its main visual statement.
In fact the whole house has a touch of navy running throughout its interiors, ensuring the rooms visually connect together and that the inside and outside decor is unified.
Navy is a strong choice of main colour, arguably a more ‘on-trend’ base colour combined with white that can replace grey or magnolia as the main back-drop of the whole home’s interior style.
Against this contemporary backdrop of blue and white, the chosen mustard accent tone is a successful ‘pop’ of colour that ensures the spaces look modern and bright.
Of course, the choice of blue, white and yellow also pays homage to the property’s coastal location.
Along the hall there’s a choice of a mini flight of stairs up or down, revealing how this house has managed to fool anyone from the front that it is small; the property is on a gentle slope and laid out over two floors accessed via a number of ‘half-floors’.
Take the small staircase down and a surprisingly spacious open-plan living area is hiding and once found is surely going to impress.
Outside there are stunning rural vistas to enjoy and the refurbishment of this abode has definitely made this a central consideration when transforming the property.
Gone are the small windows at the end of this living space and in their place a wall of windows and sliding doors to ensure a connection to the rear garden and the views beyond.
But of course it always helps to have lovely views of the garden if the garden is lovely too!
Where some renovation projects might run out of steam or budget by the time the garden is considered, it’s clear that updating the outside space into an extension of the modern interior was of prime importance when updating this property.
Gone is the drab, concrete patio, positioned too low to make the most of the views over the fence.
The patio has been replaced by an elevated deck that flows seamlessly from the living space one way and to the views the other.
From this height the panoramic views can be enjoyed to their maximum.
Take a few steps down from the deck into the remaining outdoor area and coastal inspired, low maintenance courtyard awaits you, another space to connect with the views over the garden fence.
Back inside to the living area and a new kitchen features a central island complete with breakfast bar, marble design worksurfaces, metallic handles and open shelving.
From the hob on the island a cook can be constantly distracted not only by the chat of the guests at the breakfast bar but the stylish lounge area beyond and the garden and countryside beyond that.
Behind the kitchen there is a hint of how the house is hiding an extra room; there is a long window on the rear wall.
Further investigation back through the hall will reveal an extra room, currently dressed as a double bedroom.
This space continues the style of the deco via the colour choices and the wallpaper that is reminiscent of the facade of a beach hut painted blue and battered by the coastal weather.
The accessories and bedding again feature a sunny yellow and the oars featured on the wall are an intriguing addition and may even be included with the furniture that comes with the sale of this home.
Up the mini stairs, past the front door, single bedroom and bathroom and up another flight of mini-stairs and there’s another surprise waiting.
The master bedroom is another stylish space, but it would be impossible not to be drawn immediately to the far wall, where the majority of the actual wall has been replaced by a set of doors leading out to a large first floor terrace that is bigger than the bedroom itself!
Gone are the old concrete paving slabs to be replaced by decking that mirrors the garden deck found below and creates an inviting space that again makes the most of the tree-top views.
Drink in the rural surroundings while you drink your morning coffee. Bliss.
Again the decor in this bedroom is bright and fresh, this time with fresh green and hot pink as the main stand-out colours.
Again the beach makes an appearance via the wallpaper, conjuring up images of a white-washed, weathered beach hut or boardwalk.
There are added touches of coastal style to notice throughout the home, such as the chunky rope used as a stair handrail and the fisherman’s lamp used as bedroom side table lighting.
The choice of natural materials for many accessories such as rattan is not only engaging with one of the current, main interior design trends but also promotes the connection to the coast and the country.
Touches of industrial design such as metallic radiators and metal chairs ensure this coastal design has a contemporary edge.
From the outside this property looks like a cute contender for a bolthole near the beach but it is so much more; a stylishly renovated permanent home in a beautiful location that is ready and waiting to receive its next owner, all they have to do is park on the drive and walk-in.
The house near Amroth is for sale for offers in the region of £169,950 with estate agent fbm, call their Narberth branch on 01834 860741 to find out more.
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