At just shy of £3million, The Rose Revived in Edgbaston, is the most expensive home currently for sale in Birmingham.
But that £2,995,000 buys a lot.
The three storey Edwardian home, which is in Farquhar Road, offers nearly 10,000 sq ft of space and seven bedrooms, all set in secluded grounds.
Built at the turn of the 20th century, it is a grand example of Edwardian architecture . An early occupant of The Rose Revived was a respected local glass merchant, so it is not surprising that it has some beautiful windows with coats of arms in stained glass.
The current owners of the house have completely renovated it but have tried to keep the work sympathetic to the era the property was built in.
However, there are areas where they have gone “high tech” – to stunning effect.
A stone arched entrance over a handsome oak and stained glass door that depicts “The Rose Revived”, makes an impressive introduction to the house.
Many original features have been kept inside, including panelled walls and parquet flooring.
There are also some particularly fine fireplaces. The owners sourced reclaimed ones for use in the dining room, hallway, sitting room and study.
The ones in the hallway and living room are made from pewter, while in the family room a wood-burner is set in a limestone inglenook. In the front study, affectionately known as the Scottish Room, an imposing mantelpiece flatters the lovely colours of the patterned tiles that frame the fire.
In a home of this size, it is no surprise to find that the kitchen is huge.
It has a flagstone floor with hand-built Watts and Wright English oak kitchen units above, topped by marble work tops.
A butler’s pantry still remains while a free-standing dresser is the perfect place for storing kitchen necessities.
The original coach house has been absorbed into the main house and turned into a family room with high vaulted ceilings and a Victorian skylight .
The basement is, quite frankly, the stuff of dreams for wine connoisseurs
Blue brick steps and a rope handle lead down to a specially constructed cellar. To the front there is a private bar and dining area in American oak, the walls decorated with merchants wine boxes.
Behind large glass panels and double oak doors is a temperature controlled area complete with tasting bar, storage space for bottles and pull out oak shelves.
On the first floor there are three bedroom suites and a fourth double room with the use of one of the en suites which can also be accessed from the hall.
The property boasts not one but two original – and now much sought after – Thomas Crapper toilets.
A luxury addition on the first floor is a soundproofed cinema room with giant screen and remote-controlled blinds.
On the top floor there are three more double bedrooms, another bathroom and a dressing room.
It also has a Neville Johnson oak veneer office, complete with filing cabinets, drinks fridge, coffee bar and even a reception area. Outside, superb gardens are filled with sweeping lawns and an abundance of trees and shrubs.
A large conservatory gives access to pretty side gardens, and a lovely grassy area interspersed with buxus borders and rose beds, leading to a charming summer house and raised vegetable beds.
Sitting beneath a pergola is a sizable hot tub where grapes hang from the mature vines overhead.
It is for sale with Fine and Country Call 0121 746 6400 or click on www.fineancountry.co.uk
AGENT: Fine and Country
TEL: 0121 746 6400
GUIDE PRICE: £2,995,000