Property flirt: a Victorian beauty
Fancy a nose around this Victorian beauty? There are a few surprises behind that gorgeous double-fronted period facade.
Usual rules apply – look at the pics and description, guess the price and do a victory dance around the kitchen/office/dentist’s waiting room, when you get it spot on.
So, a few little factoids first… this peach of a period house is on the outskirts of Milford, near Godalming. Location-wise you’re not far from the A3, for London or Portsmouth, and there are mainline stations at Milford and Godalming for fast trains into London Waterloo. There are several good schools in the area, both independent and state, including Prior’s Field School, Charterhouse, King Edward’s, Aldro Prep School and St Catherine’s. There’s clue number one: all this means the price goes up.
The house itself, Blackhill, is the kind of family home I would have jumped at when moving out of London and into the Shires. Enough period features to make you feel countrified, combined with all the stuff you don’t want to sacrifice like a big modern kitchen, open plan flowing space and good-sized bedrooms. Plus it’s all recently been renovated, and it’s set on a huge plot of land that includes a paddock (pony anyone?).
Yes, sireeee. Blackhill certainly doesn’t scrimp on space, and that’s apparent the minute you go through those big electric gates. There’s a large driveway at the front. Inside, there’s a wide entrance hall that leads to a family room on the left and a sitting room on the right, with a mahoosive family kitchen at the back.
The kitchen, aside from being wonderfully spacious, also features a walk-in pantry – which, I gotta tell you, the domestic goddess in me is totally in awe of. And check out those sliding doors that lead straight out onto a terrace and in the the garden.
A large games room comes off the kitchen, and beyond that, there’s a home cinema. Yup – this baby even has a home cinema. Of course it probably means you’ll end up with the friends of your teenage children permanently installed at weekends – but at least you could contain them in one (or two) rooms.
The house is set over three floors – four if you count the cellar – and has seven bedrooms and four bathrooms. The master suite, on the first floor, includes a walk-in dressing room and ensuite bathroom with a gorgeous freestanding copper bath, plus views out over the garden and fields at the back.
And then there’s the garden – which appears to just go on, and on. There are purpose-built kennels within the gardens, but they could possibly be converted into stables.
So, there you have it. Time to tot up the numbers and see where you are price-wise. A faberoo family home with a ‘move in and just hang up a few pictures’ kind of standard. Brilliant if you’re not a lover of sledge-hammering walls à la Kirsty Allsop. If you’ve got a price in mind then get ready for the big reveal.