Mention the name Canford and thoughts automatically spring to the famously affluent stretch of coastline called Canford Cliffs, close to the entrance of Poole Harbour, where property prices reach £5million. There is, though, a Canford of a much more affordable nature – although still with a definite air of affluence. And you can have this Canford pretty much anywhere in Britain!
The Wessex Canford is an imposing home with a large, peaked dormer with inset lighting above its double-door entrance; unusually, the entrance is towards one end of the property rather than in the centre. Wessex describes the Canford as a ‘statement home’ and we have to agree; this is a home that will turn heads for its individuality and elegance – and that’s even before you’ve stepped inside.
The porch entrance is large, and leads into the lounge. Instantly, as you begin to explore, you realise that the lounge is entirely separate from the dining kitchen; a huge asset for buyers who don’t favour open-plan living.
The Canford is available in four standard sizes, with differing layouts. They all share the separate lounge aspect and all have studies. Three of the models have two bedrooms. These are the 50ft by 20ft, 45ft by 20ft (both of these have utility rooms) and 40ft by 20ft versions. One of the 50ft by 20ft models has three double bedrooms. Larger versions can be made to buyers’ specifications, up to 65ft by 22ft.
So, there’s a Canford to suit many needs, which goes some way to explain the popularity of this model.
In the lounge, lots of style elements combine to create a contemporary, yet also cosy, look. The overall colour palette is natural fawn hues. There’s a coffee table (with inset drawers) and large sideboard with limed oak veneer tops. Their classical style looks gorgeous. And we love the reclaimed oak mantel set above the electric log-effect fire in its tiled fireplace; a touch of cottage cosiness.
Kitchen styling is awesome, with bold aubergine as the dominant colour, mixed with white and, for the work surface, cashmere. There’s a multiplicity of cabinets and drawers; storage is definitely one of the strong points of this kitchen. Buyers going for one of the Canford layouts that have a utility room will benefit from even more storage space. The dining area has yet more storage, in the form of a stylish console table, perfectly placed as extra space to lay out everything needed for a special dinner alongside the extendable table. The Canford has style mixed with practicality in all areas!
Kitchen appliances include an eye-level electric oven, a dishwasher, a four-burner hob and, of course, a fridge/freezer.
Down the corridor from the day area, the splendid styling continues. The master bedroom has furniture in keeping with the style seen in the lounge and the stylish yet homely fabrics perfect the look, emitting a wonderful sense of calm. And storage provision is excellent, with a walk-in wardrobe to the main bedroom.
In the en suite shower room and bathroom, graphite grey half-panelled walls, fawn high-gloss tiles and lighting inset to the mirrors continue the style-packed, luxury look that’s everywhere in the Canford.
And the study? Canford studies are bright, light, simply furnished rooms with good storage space and a beautifully finished, edge-studded grey-upholstered chair.
This is a home of elegant styling, with a vibe of classic sophistication alongside the ultra-modern design of the kitchen. It’s a home of oak doors, white panelled vaulted ceilings, big, bold pendant lights, neat Roman blinds in patterns of timeless appeal, and a general feeling of spaciousness. We especially love the reclaimed oak mantel over the fireplace and the rich, bold aubergine colour of the kitchen cabinets.
Wessex Unique Lodges & Park Homes website
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