There are more levels to this Victorian house in Birmingham than first meet the eye.

It may look like a three-storey house at first glance but in fact it is four.

There is a lower ground floor that is dedicated to leisure, complete with an indoor swimming pool and hot tub , gym, bar, sauna, wine cellar and conservatory.

The house in Farquhar Road, Edgbaston, was built around 1898 in the Arts and Crafts style.

Remarkably, though it is more than 100 years old, it has only had three owners.

The exterior has a lot of charming features, including tall chimneys, bay windows, dormers, contrasting brickwork and fan lights above the portico porch.

This richness of character continues inside with fine fireplaces, oak flooring, ceiling coving and stained glass inserts.

It has a central reception hall with cloakroom and understairs storage.

The main drawing room is an impressive 22ft 8in in length with an open fireplace to one end with marble hearth and sides, and a carved timber surround.

A bay window leads out to a railed balcony that looks out over the garden.

The dining room is almost its equal in size and also has another splendid fireplace with tiled inserts and a bay window.

For morning meals there is a pleasant breakfast room with views of the garden, a dresser and display cabinets. It leads into a fitted kitchen complete with a Rangemaster cooker and a Smeg dishwasher.

Stone steps lead down to a garden room with French windows to a seating terrace.

There is also a laundry just off it.

A quarter-height landing leads to an area of the house suitable for use as an annexe, guest suite or home office.

An inner landing continues to a bedroom and a living room/kitchen that is being used as an office.

On the first floor there are five double bedrooms. The master bedroom and bedroom two both have en suite bathrooms. Bedrooms three and four have en suite shower rooms. The fifth bedroom makes an excellent dressing room.

On the second floor there are four more bedrooms, two kitchenettes and two shower rooms.

There are beautifully laid-out gardens at the back with a flagstone terrace. Wide stone steps with stone balustrades lead down to a lower terrace which can be reached via French doors from the swimming pool.

A large central lawn features a magnificent copper beech tree. It leads down to a wild meadow with a variety of fruit trees, including apple, pear, greengage and plums.

There is also a fishpool with waterfall and gravel walkways.

VIEWING INFORMATION

AGENT: Robert Powell

TEL: 0121 454 6930

WEB: www.robertpowell.co.uk

GUIDE PRICE: £2,350,000