Mearse Lane in Barnt Green is one of the premier roads in this exclusive area – and Brookdale, a late Victorian house, stands out as one of its foremost properties.
Sitting in about 1.5 acres of grounds, complete with an all-weather tennis court, this elevated five-bedroom family home has more than 4,500 sq ft of elegant living space, plus an adjoining two-bedroom annexe.
It is located just two miles from junction 1 of the M42 and three miles from junction 4 of the M5, making it ideally placed for those who want to enjoy a tranquil home life in rural surroundings, yet have easy access to the surrounding towns and cities.
The marketing agents describe the property, with its mellow brick, stone detailing and tall chimney stacks, as beautifully presented. While there is no doubt that this is a house of Victorian heritage and style, inside it has been transformed by the current owners.
You’ll find a calming palette of taupe with accents of black and bright white throughout the house, creating a very modern style that complements the historic backdrop. The clean lines sit comfortably alongside the ornate fireplaces, resulting in a wonderful blend of old and new.
Brookdale is reached via a long in-and-out drive that sits behind two sets of electrically operated timber gates with intercom entry system.
The arched black front door with large carriage light opens into a tiled vestibule with part glazed door into the impressive reception hall that has a grand feature staircase, plus an under-stairs cupboard, butler’s pantry and a cloakroom.
The two formal reception rooms – the drawing room and dining room – are off the hall and provide generous, comfortable living accommodation.
The drawing room is spacious. It has an oak floor, moulded cornice and ceiling plasterwork, feature open fireplace and French doors that open directly on to the garden terrace, while the dining room comprises oak-strip floor, ornate cast-iron fireplace and contemporary plasterwork.
However, it is the large, open-plan kitchen with family room and dining area that stretches across the back of the house that will no doubt prove to be the hub of the home.
This room is large at 39’6” x 14’5”, providing ample space for a family to enjoy together. It has underfloor heating to keep everyone warm and cosy and the area is flooded with light, thanks to the numerous windows and two sets of French doors – fitted with white colonial-style shutters – that open on to the terrace.
The kitchen is dominated by a large central island with Corian worktop, inset sink and breakfast bar. There is also a range of fitted white wall units and base cupboards, a black four-oven AGA set in a tiled recess, plus appliances including a wine refrigerator, electric oven, induction hob, griddle and dishwasher.
Extra space for food and other kitchen items can be found in the walk-in cold pantry.
The current owners use each end of the kitchen as a family sitting area with playroom and a dining area, but the space is adaptable to suit the new owners’ needs. Off the kitchen/family room is a study, which has French doors to the garden and the connecting door to the two-bedroom cottage.
All the bedrooms are located on the first floor, off the long landing.
The master suite is particularly impressive, having a feature fireplace with cast iron insert and carved surround.
There is a contemporary-styled en-suite bathroom with freestanding bath, twin carved stone basins and wet room style shower and the current owners use a room that is connected to the en-suite as a dressing room, but this could easily be used as a good-sized fifth bedroom.
There are three further bedrooms, the smallest of which and has a walk-in store that could be converted into an en-suite facility.
The family bathroom is beautifully finished and has traditional roll top bath, separate shower, wc and hand basin.
The adjoining cottage provides extra accommodation for a teenager, student, staff or dependent relatives – or could be further living space for the main accommodation.
The ground floor has a good sized sitting room and a fitted kitchen, while the first floor has two double bedrooms and a shower room.
The 1.5 acres of grounds and outdoor space at Brookdale are as remarkable as the house itself. Around much of the house is a tiled, stone balustrade terrace, which provides areas for sitting and relaxing, and a place from which to enjoy the views of the grounds and the woods.
From the terrace are wide flights of steps that lead to lawns, around which are mature trees and shrubbery.
The enclosed all-weather tennis court, which has recently had a replacement surface, is reached via a gravel path.
The outside has plenty of space for vehicles, although there is also an integral double garage with electric doors.
Agent – Fisher German
Telephone – 01527 575525
Guide price - £1,650,000