Located on a quiet, no through road in the Minet conservation area, two minutes from the lovely Myatt’s Fields, is this enormous Victorian house over three floors, built circa 1880. With a grand central staircase, tessellated hallway floor, five double bedrooms (three under the eaves) and working fireplaces in every reception and bedroom, this is a generous family house with plenty of Victorian character.
The front door is stunning, with twelve stained glass panels in the top half, and the original tiles on the hall floor are equally impressive. The big front reception has three sashes, each with its own stained glass panel at the top, plus ornate coving and ceiling rose. (Note the majority of windows in the house are double glazed sashes). Behind is a second reception, again very large, with French doors to a pretty garden – about 40 foot long, it has a paved patio area, low wall and then a lawn. Across the hall from the rear reception is access to the cellar, a good, wide space, and then you enter the kitchen. Tucked behind the door is a super, long pantry, plus a tiny window. The kitchen actually comes in two halves - in the breakfast room, there’s a beautiful Aga and space for a seating area. Through a door and you have granite topped units, another sink, a hob and plumbing/wiring for the washing machine and tumble dryer (there’s also a stable door from here out to the garden). The stairs are rather grand, connecting full and half-landings and travelling around rather than straight up the house. At the first half landing is a long w.c. with a gorgeous, original stained glass window. Then you have two double bedrooms: the front has a bay window and the rear bedroom, with an original double cupboard, leads round into the most wonderful en-suite bathroom. Even with a fireplace, shower, roll-top bath and w.c. there’s space to spare. Completing this floor is a second bathroom with pretty etched glass panels in the sash, bath, bidet, basin and w.c.. Bedroom three, up on the next half landing, has a window between the eaves. Just a few more steps to bedrooms four and five, both quiet rooms under the eaves with dormer sash windows and narrow Victorian fireplaces. Finally, past a cupboard on the landing, there’s a box room with the tiniest window – the roof slopes sharply here but this is still a fantastically useful storage space.
From here you have a simple, fast commute to the City. Walk 20 minutes to the Oval (Northern line) and tube it or jump on the 40, the 35 or the 42 straight into the City (about 25 minutes in all). Alternatively, Loughborough Junction station is a ten minute walk for super quick services to Blackfriars and Kings Cross. The entertainment and social attractions of Brixton, Kennington and Camberwell are all close by and there are local shops within 100 yards of your front door. If the weather's good you're within a two minute stroll of the very lovely Victorian Myatt's Field which has been sympathetically remodelled in recent years to include a kids play area and café.
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