5th Aug 2020
21st Sep 2020
- Type: Detached house
- Bedrooms: 7
- Listing status: sale
- Country: England
A quite exceptional and beautifully appointed Grade 2 listed period residence, dating from the mid 1800's and standing within private landscaped gardens of around an acre, transformed more recently into what is undoubtedly one of the finest homes in Edgbaston. Boasting some 10,800 sq ft of accommodation including 4 reception rooms, large open-plan kitchen, 7 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, comprehensive leisure facilities including indoor pool, cinema room, games room/bar, gym, all weather-sports court.
Edgbaston is an exclusive suburb of Birmingham, rich in history and being part of one of England's largest urban conservation areas. Much of Edgbaston comes under the control of the renowned Calthorpe Estate which is committed to preserving the quality and original character of the area and the properties within it, making this a most desirable and enjoyable place to live.
Wellington Road is ideally located for access to Birmingham City Centre which lies just about 1.5 miles to the north via the nearby A38 Bristol Road. Fiveways Railway Station is less than a mile away and provides direct access to Birmingham's New Street Station which is one stop (4 minutes) down the line.
'Hedingham', 50 Wellington Road is a handsome and most impressive early Victorian residence, listed Grade 2 for its architectural and historic importance. It is understood to have original parts dating from circa 1840-50, with more recent additions, to include a magnificent indoor swimming pool complex to the rear of the house.
The property offers distinctive and attractive red brick faced elevations, principally set beneath a pitched slate roof, with relief offered by sash fenestration and large brick chimney stacks. The house is approached through electronically operated timber entrance gates, leading onto a deep set carriage sweep, and which provides ample parking for numerous cars to the fore of the property.
The current owners have carried out a most comprehensive refurbishment and tasteful modernization of the property in recent years, so as to now provide a truly wonderful family home of the highest quality, with exceptional attention to detail throughout. This exquisitely well-presented house has been completed to an exacting standard and exceedingly high level of specification throughout, so as to offer luxurious fixtures and fittings befitting a home of this stature, whilst also still retaining the character and feel of a an imposing period residence.
In total the house has spacious and well laid out accommodation extending in all to just under 11,000 sq ft, all set over 3 floors, and including the excellent leisure facilities of an indoor swimming pool complex, gym, and a 2 storey coach house.
The house is flooded with excellent natural light via large sash windows, and has many fine period style features throughout. Of particular note are high ceilings, moulded ceiling covings, dado and picture rails, an elegant principal staircase with a curved mahogany handrail, west facing bay windows within both the drawing and dining rooms, as well as splendid marble fireplaces within all three of the fine reception rooms.
Modern features include a magnificent open plan fitted breakfast kitchen/dining orangery, with underfloor heating and enjoying a superb aspect and access onto the rear terrace and gardens beyond, luxury bath/shower suites, and a recently added swimming pool complex with bi fold doors opening out onto the rear terrace, so as to make this area ideally suited for entertaining purposes.
Very rarely does such a stunning family home of this quality come on to the open market, with no expense spared on behalf of the current owner in its finish and refurbishment, so as to now offer an exciting opportunity for an incoming purchaser to acquire one of Edgbaston's most remarkable and prestigious houses.
On the Ground Floor
The house is approached via wide stone steps into the portico entrance porch, with double timber front doors opening into an entrance vestibule, and further part glazed double doors continuing into the central reception hall. This impressive hall extends to some 32'10'' in length, with a marble tiled floor and having access to the rear gardens, as well as to the three principal reception rooms.
The front dining room has a fine south and westerly dual aspect, with a large bay window with French doors set within, which lead out onto the west facing gardens, together with the central feature of a fireplace with marble surround and gas coal effect fire set within.
The generous size drawing room also has French doors set within the west facing bay window, leading out onto the side gardens, and a fine open fireplace with a marble surround.
The third front reception room is currently used as a study, but would also be suitable as a second sitting room, with a south facing sash window with shutters, central open fireplace with a marble surround flanked by fitted bookcases to either side.
An inner hall has a secondary staircase leading to the first floor, and door off to the cellars, currently providing most useful storage. Further doors lead off to the domestic offices, with 2 cloakrooms, a pantry, laundry room and door out to the secure inner courtyard.
The extensive breakfast kitchen/dining orangery, which has underfloor heating, provides a wonderful open plan area and most practical everyday living space for the family. The kitchen area is fitted with a comprehensive range of base and wall mounted cupboards, central island unit, ample work surface areas, and appliances to include a Fisher and Paykel fridge/freezer, Siemens dishwasher, Miele microwave, a Siemens oven and grill and Aga cooker. There is a fitted breakfast bar and dining /sitting area beyond, with access out onto the rear terrace via bi fold doors and a separate side door. Off the dining orangery is a further everyday living /television room, which also gives access through to the leisure facilities.
On the First Floor
From the reception hall an elegant staircase with a curved mahogany handrail, leads up to the first floor landing with doors radiating off to the main bedroom accommodation. The superb master bedroom has a fine bay window enjoying a westerly aspect over the gardens, and is also served by a luxurious and most spacious en suite bathroom/dressing room, with large walk in shower, roll top bath, twin wash hand basins and a further large bespoke fitted dressing room. Bedroom 2 is also served by an en suite bathroom, with a separate door through to the main landing.
A secondary landing leads off to a further 3 double bedrooms, with a family bathroom and a Jack and Jill bathroom (serving both bedrooms 3 and 4).
On the Second Floor
A landing gives access off to bedroom 6, a family bathroom and bedroom 7, which is ideally suited for a nanny/au pair with its own kitchenette, and which also has a small staircase and glazed roof hatch leading onto a feature roof terrace.
The remainder of the second floor has been cleverly converted into a children's loft playroom, providing fun play areas (although it should be noted that this area has significantly reduced head height).
Complementing the main house is a magnificent heated indoor swimming pool complex, linked to the house via the gymnasium. Bi fold doors open out from the gym into the secure inner courtyard. Around the pool are various seating areas, a central roof lantern providing ample natural light, and extensive bi fold doors to the westerly aspect, leading out onto the expansive rear seating terrace. There is also a steam room, sauna, shower/changing room, and cloakroom within the pool area.
The converted two storey coach house currently provides additional leisure facilities, with the ground floor laid out as a games room, sitting area and bar, and a first floor cinema room. Alternatively, this could be reverted back into additional staff /guest/living quarters if so required.
A pair of electronically operated entrance gates open onto a deep set gravelled front driveway, providing secure off-road parking for numerous cars to the fore of the house, and with mature screening giving total privacy to this area. There is also access to the timber and tiled garage/machinery store (extending to just under 400 sq ft in total) from the front drive.
The well maintained and beautiful walled gardens are a most attractive feature of the property, and have been beautifully landscaped to create the perfect environment for relaxing and entertaining .They comprise extensive level lawns, with deep well planted borders and a number of established trees .There are wide blue brick paved pathways winding down the garden, and a feature brick and tiled folly to the far end.
Directly to the rear of the house is an extensive flagstone terrace, providing an excellent al fresco entertaining space, and which can also be accessed from the kitchen and indoor swimming pool complex. In addition is a useful covered fully operational outdoor kitchen/barbeque area.
To the west of the property is a further garden area of level lawn, which also enjoys a good deal of privacy.
A full-sized all-weather AstroTurf multi-purpose sports court ideal for use as a tennis/basketball court or 5-a-side football pitch has recently been added to the side garden.
The house and gardens in all extend to around 1 acre or thereabouts.
Viewing: Strictly by appointment with the Sole Agents, Robert Powell & Co /
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