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Former Michelin starred restaurant transformed into luxury apartments

The old home of Jessica's, one of Birmingham's first Michelin star restaurants, is nearing its launch as luxury apartments

Asquith House in Edgbaston, is best known to Birmingham diners as Jessica’s, where Glynn Purnell cut his culinary teeth as head chef in the early to mid Noughties.

Now the grand old house, which was also used as serviced apartments, has been turned into nine stylish flats.

There is an event to celebrate completion of the project in July 2, but most of the apartments have already snapped up by early bird buyers, including four to Deutsche Bank staff. Five of them were sold off plan, then the show apartments were bought.

Just one two-bedroom apartment remains for sale.

Asquith House is in Portland Road in the heart of leafy Edgbaston and in a neighbourhood of large residential properties. It’s no boxy apartment block but a Grade II-listed Victorian property.

It was built in 1854 and was originally occupied by the Burt family, who had come from Gibraltar, and their servants. After 1915 it was owned by a James Jolly, who was the director of a coal mine in Smethwick and later an MD of GKN. He only lived there for a few years before he sold it to another director of the mine, Thomas Zacharay Lloyd and his wife, Gertrude.

During the 1980s it was run as a hotel owned by Lady Margaret Young (who wil be attending the launch party)

After that it was used as serviced apartments and Jessica’s restaurant.

When developers Andy and Vickie Mudie and John and Mandy Gannon bought it in 2013, the building was empty and the lead had been stripped from the roof, leaving it in a sorry state and ripe for renovation.

The Space Studio in Albion Street, Birmingham, was brought in as architects and designers with interiors being styled by SBDP of Edgbaston.

The Grade II listing meant that original features had to be respected with windows and window shutters, skirting boards and coving, marble fireplaces and the Minton-tiled floor all retained.

Advantage was also taken of the generous room proportions and heights to create quirky, spacious apartments, with the 11 serviced apartments and the empty restaurant turned into nine separate homes.

There is allocated parking for the apartments, a private courtyard and enclosed back garden.

It is just a short walk from Edgbaston Reservoir. Entertainment is right on the doorstep with fine dining restaurants, bars and bistros.

The two-bedroom apartment up for sale has a guide price of £179,950 and is available through Wolfs on 0121 633 4455.

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