It was a case of served by the bell rather than saved by it in this house in Abbey Hill, Kenilworth.
The old bells that used to call the staff to attend to those above stairs are still up in the house overlooking Abbey Fields .
It is a Grade II listed detached property that dates back to the 16th century, though it has been refined by subsequent owners over the years.
At first glance it seems to be a double-fronted Victorian cottage. Inside its 16/17th century origins are more apparent in the 17th century oak panelling, exposed beams, period fireplaces, decorative plasterwork, wavy balusters, panelled doors and beautiful wooden flooring
The entrance hall introduces the beams and panelling that will be a feature.
A door to a covered area at the end means there are views right through to the garden.
The house is opposite Kenilworth’s famous Abbey Fields and the large bay sash window in the dining room overlooks the parkland. It also has a lovely open fireplace.
A stunning ornamental carved wooden fire surround from 1632 dominates one wall in the sitting room. It also has wood-panelled walls and beams to the ceiling.
At one end there are French doors and at the other a Venetian sash window that gives views across Abbey Fields and west towards Kenilworth Castle. At the side of the fireplace there is a butler’s pantry.
The kitchen/breakfast room has access to the garden and a dining area . It is heavily beamed with slate flooring, granite work surfaces, Bosch gas hob and electric oven, cupboards and a tiled fireplace with stove.
There is also a cloakroom/utility with toilet, washbasin, space and plumbing for washing machine and drying facilities
Older period features of the house can be seen on the first floor too. There are three light and airy bedrooms (two large double rooms and a good-sized single).
The master bedroom has windows overlooking the fields at the front and the walled garden at the back. It has extensive beams, storage spaces, wooden flooring and a period fireplace with ‘Delft’ tiles.
Bedroom two has a wonderful floor to ceiling large bay sash window with superb views across Abbey Fields and a period fireplace. The third room is currently a study but could be used as a bedroom.
In the family bathroom there is both a bath and separate shower.
Need another bathroom? Not a problem. There is enough space for an en suite to be created on the landing, subject to listed building consent.
A landscaped walled garden contains a variety of trees, shrubs and herbaceous beds, including blossom trees, roses, clematis, honeysuckle, hydrangeas, a magnificent Magnolia grandiflora, box parterres and a yew hedge.
There is a paved area next to the house suitable for al fresco dining and enjoying the sun.
Meandering gravel paths lead around the lawned areas and there are three pretty seating areas in the garden. Private car parking for two cars is located in Priory Road.
Kenilworth is an historic town in Warwickshire with a famous ruined castle and Elizabethan gardens.
It has lots of shops, restaurants, pubs and leisure facilities all within walking distance.
Kenilworth railway station is due to re-open in 2016 and is just a short walk from the property.
AGENT: Knight Frank
TEL: 01789 297735
GUIDE PRICE: £695,000