Little Aston Park, in Sutton Coldfield, is one of the region’s most prestigious residential areas. With substantial homes tucked behind large gates on private roads – and an average of value of £1.4million – it’s no surprise that this is Premier League football player territory.
Tennal House on Roman Road is one of the original homes at Little Aston Park. Built in the Arts and Crafts style, it has recently undergone significant refurbishment, so the new owner barely has to do anything except unpack and relax with a cup of tea made using the boiling water tap in the expensively appointed kitchen.
The six-bedroom, three reception room property with stunning orangery is situated at the gateway of Little Aston Park and sits behind electronic gates that open on to an impressive sweeping gravel driveway.
While the exterior retains the original design features and influences, inside has been remodelled and offers deluxe modern living, yet is sympathetic to its history.
The hard, messy work has been done for you: there are new internal doors and joinery, new hardwood double-glazed windows throughout, a new gas fired central heating system, underfloor heating to the ground floor, and it has been completely re-plumbed.
So, what does it have to offer? The enclosed porch opens on to a generous reception hall with stone flooring. The principal reception rooms are reached from here and there is also a guest cloakroom with wall-mounted washbasin and wc.
To the right of the hall is the drawing room, which has a beamed inglenook and open marble fireplace. This cosy space overlooks the gardens at the side of the house and doors also open on to the garden.
Double doors open on to the dining room, to provide a large reception space, if required. This room retains the original marble fireplace and has a beamed inglenook.
The piece de resistance on the ground floor, however, is the huge open-plan family kitchen and orangery.
At 32’0” x 14’5”, the orangery is generous in size and comprises a stone floor, two atriums, and no less than six pairs of French doors that open on to the rear garden.
It opens on to the kitchen, which has been lavishly fitted with bespoke Charles York kitchen, polished stone work surfaces and integrated Neff appliances. An island unit has a breakfast bar and inset one-and-a-half bowl sink and there is an inset five-burner hob, pan drawers, wall units, built-in oven and steam oven, coffee machine, combination microwave/oven warming drawers and twin fridge/freezers. And because it has a boiling water tap, no kettle is required.
The kitchen leads directly to the large family room that overlooks the front gardens.
Of course, one kitchen may not be enough for your needs, so Tennal House also has a second kitchen with utility. It is also well sized and is fitted with bespoke Charles Rennie Mackintosh cabinets in light oak, polished stone work surfaces, twin bowl Belfast sink, floor cupboards and drawers, wall units, built-in Rangemaster cooker and built-in fridge/freezer.
The ground floor also has a study, and a rear hall and boot room/wc that leads to the three-car garage.
The first floor houses an impressive first floor office, which could easily be used as a suite for an older child/teenager. It’s large and has an en-suite shower room.
There are also four large bedrooms on the first floor. The first has a square bay window overlooking gardens at side, a dressing room and en-suite bathroom with bath and inset Tilevision TV, shower enclosure, basin and wc.
The three remaining bedrooms are all doubles and each has an en-suite shower room.
Two further bedrooms are found on the second floor off the gallery landing with study area and cupboard.
Bedroom five has an adjoining box room/store, while the sixth bedroom has a small built-in cupboard. These two bedrooms share a shower room.
Outside there is an integral three-car garage, which has electric up and over doors, light, power and a door that leads directly into the house, and plenty of room for further vehicles on the large driveway.
The gardens are where you could really put your mark if you wanted to remodel. The land extends to one acre with lawns, and includes borders, mature trees and shrubs. There is also an elevated York stone terrace with inset borders and a new summer house with clock tower.
Agent – Quantrills
Telephone – 0121 354 9229
Guide price - £1,950,000