Bluffton Real Estate: 23 Rose Hill Drive
Rose Hill Plantation, estate side, is a community like no other. The majestic moss-draped Live Oaks throughout the neighborhood, the pastoral scenes of horses grazing lazily in pastures along the roadway, and spectacular salt marsh vistas to the Colleton River are the ideal backdrop for the home at 23 Rose Hill Drive, Chateau Bleu.
It is truly a pleasure to present a home of this caliber. Designed by John Pittman, an award winning architect of high quality custom homes, there was no detail left to chance. Creative communication between the architect, owners and builder, from start to finish, created a superior home that will delight the most discriminating purchasers.
The exterior is perfectly proportioned with multiple gables, a mixture of stone and hard coat stucco, and European style blue shutters and doors. This home is ideally situated on the 1.2 acre site and is landscaped with plantings indigenous to the Lowcountry, to enhance the natural beauty of the surroundings. The long paver driveway circles in front enriching the setting, while providing ample parking for large or small festive occasions.
Entering the home, the heavy wooden doors are indicative of the quality of the construction. The two-story entry is spacious, with a carefully turned grand staircase and travertine flooring. From here there is a preview of some of the living areas.
The dining room will accommodate large side pieces of furniture and readily seats 12 or more comfortably. The Cinnamon Maple floors are bordered by travertine edges. The wall space is ideal for art with hanging rails for paintings that do not require wall nails. The built-in directed lighting throughout the rooms will beautifully display a sizable collection.
The great room has maple floors and coffered ceilings with large doorways providing views to the ebb and flow of the tidal waters beyond. This room easily accommodates a grand piano and two large sitting areas that can be readily rearranged for large parties or special events.
Another great gathering space is the French Provencal kitchen with wooden beams, cozy fireplace, and expansive eating area. Any chef would delight in producing culinary specialties in this ideal workspace. Designed with multiple cooking stations, high end appliances, and abundant storage, it functions exceptionally well for today’s active lifestyle.
A 1,000+ bottle wine cellar is adjacent to the dining room, complete with tasting area. While maintaining the ideal temperature to preserve the collection, it can also be used to store prepared food items prior to serving a large crowd – handy space for the hostess as well as the host. A butler’s pantry and built-in server provide ample storage.
The master suite is of royal dimensions taking advantage of the exquisite view. The bedroom includes a sitting area for a special retreat when house guests are in residence with easy pool access. The sizable bath has a steam shower and sauna to warm a cold day. An exercise room and laundry add to the utility of the space. The dressing room is a must-see with loads of hanging space, shelving, drawers and a neatly tucked away luggage storage section. The long counters make packing for travel a breeze.
Adjacent to the master suite are two offices – his and hers. Each have room for a desk and comfortable reading chair. The offices can be closed off from the main house with pocket doors for added privacy, when needed, with easy access from the master suite.
The lanai and covered porch areas feature a heated oversized salt water pool and spa to create the perfect setting for an indoor/outdoor lifestyle. The views to the Colleton River yield amazing sunsets that suggest the need for a camera to be kept close at hand. A grill porch and nook for alfresco dining add to the ambiance. The outdoor fireplace extends the season and adds warmth to a winter evening.
In addition to a guest powder room, there is a pool bath next to the kitchen and doorway to the outside, eliminating the need for swimmers tracking through the house. A lift connects the garage, main floor and bonus rooms.
Upstairs, there are four guest areas plus a sitting area that can be used for a PJ party for children or visiting grandchildren. The spacious closets readily store decorations, off-season apparel, and include more than adequate storage for each of the bedrooms. An upstairs laundry has been roughed in for a second laundry.
Over the garage is a huge theater with a library, additional storage, and space for a pool table or other fun activity. Current owners have used this area to host the selection jurors for the Hilton Head International Piano Competition when they choose the musicians who will compete for the week of finals.
There is much more to say about this spectacular home but it must be seen to be appreciated. While quite spacious, it was designed to be enjoyed in every corner. Whether spending time enjoying nature at its finest or entertaining with panache, Chateau Bleu must be viewed when “Only the best will do!”