Dust off your crimpers, your thick black eyeliner and your winklepicker boots. To mark last week’s World Goth Day Jayne Howarth rounds up six of the best Victorian / Victorian Gothic homes on sale.
The Park and Park Cottage
Cross Street, Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire
Set behind a gated driveway, this detached Victorian, four/six-bedroom, three-storey home also comes with a separate two-bedroom, self-contained cottage.
The Park – the main house – has three spacious reception rooms and a study, plus guest cloakroom and well-appointed kitchen. On the first floor there are four double bedrooms and a fully fitted bathroom.
The lower ground floor can be accessed via the main house and from a separate entrance and has a fifth bedroom, bathroom, lounge and kitchenette. A large unused store area could be converted into further living accommodation.
Park Cottage has its own entrance and front courtyard.
Access is through a porch, which leads directly to the fitted breakfast kitchen. There is also a lounge with beamed ceiling and feature fireplace, plus conservatory. An integral garage offers opportunity for a further reception room, subject the planning consent. On the first floor there are two double bedrooms and a main shower room.
Outside The Park and Park Cottage there is plenty of space for several vehicles to park, plus a detached double garage and landscaped gardens and paved courtyard.
* Agent: Paul Carr Exclusive and Rural Homes
* Telephone: 0121 308 5511
* Guide price: £650,000
Church Road, Yardley
This Victorian house offers plenty of space, with more than 3,000 sq ft (including obligatory cellar) at residents’ disposal.
The ground floor has three spacious reception rooms plus a kitchen with walk-in pantry.
Climb the stairs to the first floor and a large window frames the rear garden beautifully, and continue up a further short flight to four of the six bedrooms, the master bedroom measuring a generous 15’ x 14’. The first floor also houses the family bathroom with bath and separate shower.
Climb another flight to the second floor, where you’ll find two bedrooms, a storage/box room and a shower room.
There’s off-road parking, a garage, plus a good sized rear garden.
* Agent: John Shepherd
* Telephone: 01564 771 186
* Guide price: £450,000
What Goth wouldn’t want to live in a converted church, built in 1882 in Victorian Gothic Revival style? Trinity House is a Grade II listed building, designed by renowned architect John Cotton. It underwent a full renovation in 2009, with the old hall retaining its original aesthetic character and an extension providing exceptional accommodation with all 21st century comforts.
Once you are through the church door into the porch, you find full height open plan living accommodation with vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows, plus a kitchen, which is located on the former altar and features high gloss contemporary cabinets incorporating quartz work surfaces and Neff appliances. The bell tower is a storage area, while the former vestry is a guest bedroom with shower room.
The master bedroom suite comprises a sitting room, which opens on to the garden, a dressing room, deluxe en-suite bathroom and large bedroom area. A second bedroom is also on the ground floor.
Head to the first floor and you’ll find two further bedrooms and a bathroom that has retained the church’s stone wall.
Outside there are south-facing, landscaped gardens, seating terraces and a gravel driveway that can accommodate several cars.
* Agent: Andrew Grant
* Telephone: 01527 579977
* Guide price: £895,000
See more on Trinity House here.
Farquhar Road, Edgbaston
Any Goth worth his or her salt needs a cellar and this superb Victorian property has a basement that extends to a generous 487 sq ft.
This seven-bedroom home in desirable Edgbaston is packed with period features and its 6,000 sq ft of well appointed living accommodation includes three light and airy reception rooms, a garden room, plus large breakfast kitchen.
As befits a property of the period, even the entrance is impressive, with solid wood double front doors with a glazed Gothic arch above opening into an enclosed porch where a refurbished Minton tiled floor sets off the large reception hall.
The grand dining room has a large triple sash bay window and an original open fireplace with marble surround and hearth. Off this room is the garden room that opens on to the garden, and includes a well-established grapevine that lines the glazed ceiling.
The rear reception room has a parquet wood floor and a fireplace with marble insert and hearth and a painted carved wood surround, while a third reception room has fitted book shelves and cupboards to one wall in which to keep the Horace Walpole and Bram Stoker.
The first floor accommodates four bedrooms (one en-suite) and a further bathroom, while the three remaining bedrooms are on the second floor, the largest of which has been used as an office and is fitted with desks, bookshelves and drawers.
Outside there is a coach house apartment above the garage, which comprises large kitchen/living room, double bedroom and bathroom, plus 0.54 acre of garden, with outdoor swimming pool.
* Agent: Robert Powell
* Telephone: 0121 454 6930
* Guide price: £2,295,000
See more on West Grove here.
Shepley Road, Barnt Green
This imposing Victorian home is architecturally quirky and has been restored to an extremely high standard.
With nine large bedrooms – the smallest of which measures 14’7” x 9’0” – five en-suite bathrooms, and four very generous reception rooms, it provides about 6,243 sq ft of living space.
As you’d expect from a home of this quality, it has many original features but also has a host of modern comforts and styling, including a kitchen bespoke-designed by Smallbone of Devizes.
Accommodation is on three floors and there is a superb basement with three rooms. Outside, there is a plethora of space, approximately 1.75 acres, including an orchard and a not very Goth-friendly tennis court.
* Agent: Robert Oulsnam and Company
* Telephone: 0121 445 3311
* Guide price: £1,795,000
3 Woodview Drive, Edgbaston
If you love Victorian homes and fancy undertaking a doer-upper, this home on the Calthorpe Estate could be ideal.
Believed to date to the 1880s, this eight-bedroom home, set in 0.13 acres, is set over three floors and has been partly restored by the present owners, who have also installed new double-glazed windows on the first and second floors.
It’s big (about 4,000 sq ft) and light, and offers plenty of scope for improvement. While the main sitting room has been refurbished with oak wall panelling and exposed floor boards, and the dining room has been completed, other parts of the living space need TLC, including the open plan kitchen, which is not fitted.
On the first floor there are four bedrooms, an en-suite shower room and a family bathroom, and on the second you’ll find two/three bedrooms, a store room and family bathroom.
Buyers also have the chance to buy the adjacent Coach House (address, 15 Woodview Road), which is on the market separately but owned by the same vendor.
This Victorian-style two-storey property was virtually rebuilt in 2009 – only one original wall is believed to exist – and comprises two bedrooms, sitting room, fitted kitchen/dining room, computer room/study, and utility/laundry room.
* Agent: Robert Powell
* Telephone: 0121 454 6930
* Guide price: House – £595,000; Coach House – £295,000