This excerpt is taken from 'The Stoke Road Conservation Area Appraisal 2007' - "Known as 'the Elms' in the 1870s and 'Bourton House' in the early 20th Century this property was originally built as one house sometime in the first couple of decades of the 19th Century. There used to be a row of mature elm trees to its south (hence the earlier name and the name of the adjacent 'Elmhurst Road'). This Regency house is set in mature grounds that include a number of protected trees that make a significant contribution to the character of the area. Important sections of the boundary wall to the site also survive. The buildings history is a little unclear although for many years it served as a private residence with an adjacent Brewery called 'Stoke Brewery': Noted on a plan when the estate was sold in the late 19th Century. Hidden discreetly within its mature grounds this complex of buildings is of particular historic and architectural importance being the oldest structure on the north side of Stoke Road and a reminder of the larger estates that once dominated the area."
The current owners have thoroughly enjoyed the space & character of this home, in particular the privacy of the gardens, a little known 'oasis' within the conservation area.
The accommodation comprises:
Approached through wrought iron double gates (also allowing access to neighbouring Number 3), there is a long driveway that courts the garden wall, with space for two cars in front of a detached garage (up and over door, power & light) that backs on to Queens Road. A garden gate provides pedestrian access across the garden to the front door:
Glazed panelled door and window, wooden flooring, dado & picture rails, dors to all principle rooms with a substantial staircase leading to the first floor, under stairs storage cupboard, glazed panelled partition doors to the latter half of the hallway that leads to the:
Living room: 14'8 x 13'3
Windows to rear, large open bay area with windows & bench seat overlooking the garden and casement door to the outside. Picture rail, wall light points, radiator, feature period styled open fireplace and hearth with surround.
Dining room: 14'9 into bay x 12'11 max
Large bay window overlooking the garden, dado & picture rails, wood effect flooring, radiator, feature period styled open fireplace and hearth with surround.
Kitchen: 13'4 x 12'1 max
Traditionally styled matching range of wall, base & drawer units with work tops over and tiled splash backs, inset one and a half bowl ceramic sink unit and drainer, space for 'Range-Sized' 5-burner gas & electric oven, matching fitted extractor canopy, plumbing for washing machine, wall mounted combination gas boiler (housed), ceramic tiled flooring, window overlooking garden, opening to small lobby with skylight, space for upright fridge freezer and door to:
Skylight, low level WC, wash hand basin, window to rear, alcove for tumble dryer.
First floor landing: 21'10 x 6'7
Twin 'skylight ceiling-hatches that allow borrowed light from the attic space, attractive galleried landing, radiator, doors to:
Bedroom one: 13'3 x 13'2
Sash window overlooking the garden with access to a roof parapet; dado & picture rails, radiator, built in double wardrobe, feature period fireplace & surround.
Bedroom two: 13'3 x 13'2
Sash window overlooking the garden, wood effect flooring, radiator, built in double wardrobe, feature period fireplace & surround.
Bedroom three: 13'5 x 8'2
Sash window overlooking the garden, radiator, wood effect flooring, radiator, built in double wardrobe.
Matching white suite comprising of a panelled bath with chrome shower mixer attachment, low level WC, double width walk-in shower cubicle with glass screen/door, ceramic tiled flooring, tiled splash backs, the wash basin set is within an alcove (with light), double radiator, obscure glazed sash window to front.
The property enjoys a very private and substantial plot, mostly walled, with various secluded seating areas, a contoured lawn is complimented by well stocked and mature planting throughout and a variety of different trees, shrubs and hedging. The timber summer-house and large garden shed will remain along with the wood-store.