An open day is being held at this fine country house in Lapworth , this Saturday from 11am to 1pm.
Windward House proved to be the perfect property for the people that bought it back in the mid-50s – it was to remain the family home for the next 60 years.
Though it has clearly been much loved and well cared for, the fresh eye of new owners could see where it could benefit from modernisation.
Located in Lapworth Street and enjoying lovely views over fields, it was built back in 1912.
Inside there is an abundance of original features throughout such as the iron window furniture on the oak-framed, leaded windows.
A spacious central reception hall has oak strip flooring.
The principal reception rooms include a particularly large and attractive sitting room with an ornate fireplace and windows to three sides.
To the other side of the hall there is a formal dining room with another ornate fireplace. Wood panelling makes the study a very cosy space .
The fitted kitchen is positioned off the morning room and boasts a cold-larder, perfect for stowing dry groceries. Additionally there is a butler’s pantry with original china cupboards and a flower-sink. There are further crockery cupboards fitted between the morning room and butler’s pantry.
The wide oak staircase leads up to six bedrooms and two bathrooms. Some of these could be reconfigured and have en suites added (subject to planning permission).
There is a large master bedroom which not only has fitted wardrobes but also access to another room that has been used as a dressing room. In addition to wardrobes, it has a vanity basin plumbed in. Bedrooms three and four also have sinks in the rooms.
Four of the other five bedrooms have fitted wardrobes.
There are two good-sized house bathrooms, both with four piece suites. One has a bath, separate shower, vanity basin and toilet. The other has been upgraded recently and includes a bath, basin, bidet and toilet.
Adjoining the main house, a generous garage block is partially sheltered behind an internal courtyard , providing plenty of parking for either the family cars, or for a car enthusiast’s collection.
The house stands in some 3.9 acres. Delightful gardens are mostly laid to lawn and stocked with an abundance of mature trees and flowering shrubs.
A long pergola leads along one side of an extensive vegetable garden which could be an invaluable source of fresh produce.
A charming loggia at the back of the house provides a sheltered spot to sit in and enjoy the views.
There is a paddock with a small timber stable just beyond the formal gardens, and an additional paddock of some 1.4 acres situated just across the lane, bringing the total land-holding to just over five acres in all .
Lapworth has local shops, pubs, a railway station, village hall, parish church and a junior and infant school. Surrounding Lapworth is lovely greenbelt countryside with many rural, canalside walks and bridle paths.
It is only a few minutes drive from the larger villages of Knowle and Dorridge.
AGENT: John Shepherd
TEL: 01564 783866
GUIDE PRICE: £1,300,000