Guide price £1,025,000
Edge of city in no-through close, Victorian character family house, fascinating history, beautifully presented throughout, surrounded by colourful well stocked gardens. Grove Place is a mature well laid out no-through close, situated on the north western edge of the city. It is free of passing traffic, extremely quiet and is a green open space, which is rare for a city house. There are good local amenities at the end of Stoney Lane with Waitrose, Aldi and a parade of shops, a number of excellent schools include Weeke Primary School, Henry Beaufort and Peter Symonds Sixth Form College. A regular bus service runs into the city centre which has an eclectic range of shops, restaurants, coffee shops, theatre, cinema and sports centre. There are good road and rail communications with fast access onto the M3 London or south to the M27 and a mainline station to London Waterloo. Southampton airport and the European ferry terminal at Portsmouth are within easy reach. An incredibly pretty Victorian house, circa 1895, with a fascinating history, believed to have been formerly part of the Rockingham Estate and was thought to be the groom's house and adjoining hay barn. The house has white colour washed elevations, in part tile hung, inset small pane casement windows under a multi-pitched tiled roof. The adjoining barn has a pantile roof. The present owners bought the house in 2006 in a very poor state of repair. The house has been cleverly extended, re-modelled and thoroughly re-furnished by the present owner to create the wonderful family home that exists today. A comprehensive inventory of the works are available with the agents. Much of the architectural detailing remains including pine boarded floors and ceilings, moulded cornicing, picture rails, specialist internal doors and fascinating foothold ladders which give access to various roof spaces some of which were originally haylofts. The layout of the accommodation is extremely versatile, particularly with the use of rooms on the ground floor, either as additional bedrooms or reception rooms. A gravel path leads through the front garden to a tiled porch. There is an entrance vestibule, hall, charming drawing room, added in 1971, partly vaulted, bay window, views over the garden, with French doors, fireplace, oak bresumer beam, wood burning stove. Formal dining room, which has been used as a fifth bedroom, study, garden room, cloakroom, bedroom 4, fitted wardrobe cupboards, adjoining shower room. A most interesting kitchen/breakfast room, vaulted ceiling, a tall old pine shelved larder cupboard, panelled units, wood block worktops, Belfast sink, a range and Aga, utility room and a large vaulted family room, with a ladder up to a former hayloft. The first floor is approached by a turned staircase. There are three double bedrooms, the main bedroom has an adjoining shower room and there is a family bathroom. The house lies towards the end of Grove Place. There is a gravel parking area for two cars and a third in front of the garage which has double doors, and there is a detached outbuilding for tools and machinery. The beautiful mature gardens are a very special feature and arranged in four areas, and literally wrapped around the house. They provide private individual spaces. The garden accessed from the drawing room is partly walled, fenced and hedged. There is a terrace, flowering shrubs, fruit trees, wonderful climbers, old fashioned roses, lawn and flowering shrubs. A honeysuckle smothered archway leads through into a wide area of secure garden, perfect as a children's play area. Beyond the garage and parking there is a traditional brick and glass potting shed and wood store, pretty beds with herbaceous plants, lupins, Canterbury bells, a small area of lawn, a weeping pear tree, and there are metal railings smothered in clematis which continues round onto the wall. The garden at the front is enclosed by trellis work, entered through an archway, again smothered in climbers. There is a dense hedge of shrubs, specimen silver birch and a gravel path leads across the front of the house to the main front door. Either side of the path are lawns, fuchsias, roses, daisies and flowering shrubs. Framing the double doors of the family room is wisteria and jasmine and directly in front of the house there is a communal area of lawn with a back drop of laurel and evergreen hedging.
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