The accommodation has an abundance of original features such as high ceilings which accentuates the feeling of space throughout. With a wealth of charm indicative of a property of over 100 years old, this much loved home has also been modified over the years.
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The accommodation has an abundance of original features, with high ceilings accentuating the feeling of space throughout. With a wealth of charm recalling the easy confidence of the late nineteenth century, this much loved home has been sensibly updated for modern living.
On entering one is immediately greeted by the welcoming hallway with decorative leaded stained glass windows which allow the natural light to flood in. Off the hallway to the right is a very charming and spacious drawing room with many period features such as an impressive fireplace, high ceilings and a large bay window. Off the hall to the left is the grand dining room, again showcasing the Victorian character, in particular the archway features which are present throughout the home. There is another sitting room overlooking the garden and a kitchen which leads you to a generously proportioned utility room with access to the rear garden. The ground floor includes a cloakroom and a pantry.
There are four double bedrooms. The master bedroom has an en suite bathroom. The family bathroom featuring a roll top bath and separate shower facility is also on this floor.
The two rooms and small store room on this floor could be used for further living space or as study or hobby space.
Outside - The garden is designed to have areas of different character, more formal at the front. The back garden has a couple of rockeries, a lawn, three or four fruit trees and and intimate patio space with night light.
Location - Located in the much sought after area of Earlsdon, Coventry, the property is in close proximity to a theatre, local shops and restaurants as well as primary and secondary schools, both state and private. It is only a five minute drive to the train station from where a train to London takes just under an hour.
Vendors Interview - This large and very handsome period home occupies a superb position on a quiet avenue just a mile from Coventry city centre. It was love at first sight when we entered this house fifty-three years ago, says the owner. The generous but elegant charm of the hallway and the glimpse of the solid four-square layout had us hooked. We were told it was late Victorian, the first house to have been built on the avenue c1890, and indeed a couple of gas mantle fittings remain in place.
Alas, the house had been updated to give it a 1930s appearance, but we had ambitions to return it to its original style, so over time weve made a number of changes. For instance, what is now the utility room was two rooms, a boiler room and a larder, but its now a much more useful space, and in the kitchen an ancient coke-fuelled Aga was removed in favour of modern appliances. Now the house functions perfectly as a family home with an en-suite bathroom off the main bedroom, and a separate bath-and-shower room across the landing, and all of the bedrooms are of a generous size so our four children were well content. Its also a wonderful house for entertaining. For our very biggest parties we turned the butler's pantry, next to the kitchen, into a bar. However, for smaller gatherings our guests tend to head for the sitting room, with its open fire, or the kitchen, with its warm tinted wooden furniture; both have been places to relax and chat over a G & T.
The garden is designed to have areas of different character, continues the owner. More formal at the front with a couple of rockeries, and an 'orchard' (pear tree, apple tree, cherry tree and plum tree) at the back, plus a slightly raised lawn and a patio with night light. It's a wonderful area for special events my 70th for example, anniversaries and birthdays galore and we well remember, in our younger days, finishing our summer garden dinner parties in the early morning mist.
For my wife, the study is the favourite room, with its wide view of the garden and small arched side window with leaded lights, says the owner.
We have been lucky enough to enjoy this semi-rustic setting within a few minutes walk of all that Earlsdon has to offer a public library, good pubs and restaurants, clothes and food shops and a Post Office, says the owner. For younger families there is an excellent primary school, and secondary schools, both public and private, are within walking distance.
We have an abundance of wide-open green spaces all just a stones throw away, which is rare in a major city, says the owner. Hearsall golf course lies opposite, Stivichall woods are just yards away and we also have the large expanse of the Memorial Park with its extensive sports facilities and walking spaces.
We must move to smaller accommodation, but will we find the same feel of homely spaciousness? We'll keep looking, says the owner.
Local Authority - Coventry City Council
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly via the vendors sole agents Fine & Country
Agent Notes - All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given and that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.
Opening Hours - Monday to Friday9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Sunday 11.00 am - 3.00 pm