The little things
Leather lined drawers and titanium granite floors are part of what makes one home luxurious, as Charlotte Pearson reveals.
Moving into a new home many of us are keen to make it our own – we decorate and design it adding those little details so it reflects our style and personality.
“I am a designer myself so I knew exactly what I wanted,” reveals Tamarind’s current owner George Micallef.
“When we viewed the house I said to my wife I need to phone the architect and see if they could do what I wanted.
“I phoned the planners as well and they said it was achievable, and this was before we had bought it.”
Admitting the original house in was not to his taste, he worked with his architects to create something that was.
“We extended out the front and back,” he says. “The back was initially a c-shape so that was filled in and we built the kitchen. The work was carried out by our company Green Amber.
“With the front sometimes people achieve the Tudor style by fixing wood on to the rendering, we have done it by using wooden batons in the traditional way.”
When creating his home George designed it with all the little details in mind.
“I designed the kitchen so you come in the front door and can see out the back for miles and miles,” he smiles.
“There are no obstructions to the view, nothing for miles around. I even designed the breakfast bar so it didn’t get in the way.”
But it doesn’t stop there.
The kitchen features handcrafted book matched burr walnut cabinets with pearlescent lacquer or liquid metal finishes and leather lined drawers.
“The work tops are not white but are pearlescent so at night under the light it shimmers,” enthuses George.
“I designed it so it is very symmetrical, with the two ovens with drawers underneath, two fridges and two dishwashers.”
Also in the kitchen is Liebherr and Miele wine fridges, a coffee station with a leather and glass back splash and a fridge nearby to keep the milk in.
Alongside the more conventional rooms you would expect to find on the ground floor, like a study and drawing room, there is also a games room and cinema with 12 leather seats, and a 110 inch widescreen 3D and HD projector with 7.2 surround sound and subwoofers.
“However mine and my wife’s favourite room is probably our bedroom,” explains George.
“It is where we can relax as it has its own sitting room and dressing room.
“The master bathroom has bespoke leather panels, and the floor is granite from Italy that I had bookmarked so there is a repeat pattern.”
It is these details that add something a bit special to the property, as even the trinket drawers are leather clad to prevent scratching.
“It doesn’t matter if it is for my own home or a project for a client, everything is checked by me,” he says.
“It is an obsession really as it is the little details that really matter.
“Every project is a labour of love.”
On the first floor there is a further three bedrooms all ensuite, and the second floor has another bedroom and what George calls a ‘bedroom suite’.
“It has its own sitting room and bathroom,” he adds. “My grandchildren have claimed the suites for themselves.”
Family is at the heart of the property, but is also partly the reason why George is looking to move.
“The house is built to have a family in it,” he says. “My children and grandchildren come and stay but at the end of the day they want to go home.
“It is a big space for myself and my wife as we only really use the kitchen and breakfast room, and then the master bedroom suite.”
He adds that he has ‘itchy fingers for another project’ and is looking for something half the size of Tamarind.
With so much on offer what will he miss most about the property?
“The view,” he answers instantly. “I just fell in love with it the moment I saw it.
“Oh my goodness, I really don’t know how we are going to find another stunning view like this in our next property.”
Etchingham is in the Rother District of East Sussex. Tamarind is on the market for a guide
price of £3,950,000 with Hamptons International, 8-20 London Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN1
1DA, 01892 281021, www.hamptons.co.uk
April 27, 2015 Interiors and Property