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“What is it about the English Countryside? Why is the beauty so much more than visual? Why does it touch one so?” Dodie Smith
These words by the English novelist might well have been said about another countryside “touch of beauty” – right here in the heart of the Conejo Valley. After you’ve driven through the private-gated community, then reached the home itself, the red-brick portico and acre of regal landscaping, makes one fantasize about arriving in the rolling countryside of Oxfordshire! And if that suits your fancy, then it’s time to play a game of pool in the gorgeous billiard room, complete with darkwood floors, handsome fireplace, and coffered ceiling. The elegant kitchen is another area reminiscent of the graceful lifestyle of a British manor, with its chef stove and refrigerator, custom moldings, and butler’s pantry.
But it is soon obvious we are not in an 18th century estate – this home is all 21st century, with everything designed for a life of ease and enjoyment. A large bedroom and full bath on the first level is perfect for guests, with four more bedrooms and baths on the second. The master suite is pure delight: cozy seating area with fireplace, soaking tub overlooking the pool below, and custom built walk-in closet.
Not a detail is overlooked in the interior of this property, from intricate moldings, unique ceilings, a dining room that easily holds a dozen lucky guests for dinner, a perfectly designed floor-to -ceiling fireplace in the gathering room, and six beautifully appointed bathrooms.
It is the exterior of this estate, however, where the architect let his ingenuity shine, with something for everyone! A custom sports-court will keep both kids and adults entertained for hours, and when they are ready to relax, a saltwater pool and spa beckons. The covered, outdoor living area, with cam lighting, is better equipped than most modern kitchens, with a massive dining area, several lounges, one with a fire pit, one with a fireplace, and all offering dazzling views of the surrounding mountains. Several green areas on the property are perfect for soccer or croquet, and the community also offers easy access to neighboring trails. The piece de resistance, however, might be the pool/guest house. Its large living room, elegant marble bath, bar area, and outdoor shower is the ideal space to tidy up after a swim, play a game of chess before dinner, or treat yourself to an afternoon siesta!
The beauty of an English countryside, the luxury of modern-day living, the allure of a California lifestyle – all guaranteed to touch our hearts and quicken our senses….. at Cheviot Hills Court.