A stunning house featuring the Midlands’ most famous “nudist” in stained glass has gone on sale for £2,450,000.
Claremont, in Farquhar Road, has shot to the top of lists of the priciest residences for sale in Birmingham .
The nine-bedroom Victorian home has some striking stained glass windows, including one in the stairwell showing (a clothed) Lady Godiva and her husband.
Claremont was built in the 1890s for the Elliott family, affluent hoteliers who were linked to the Cadburys.
In the late 1960s it was split into apartments. Over the last five years the owner has restored it to its former splendour.
Claremont is at the quieter north end of Farquhar Road in Edgbaston, widely regarded as Birmingham’s most prestigious location.
Edgbaston is not short of large Victorian houses. What makes this one stand out particularly is the stunning glass in the restored entrance hall.
The front door is a beauty with pictoral panels in the middle, to the sides and above it. The enormous Lady Godiva window dates back to the 1700s.
The hall itself is quite lovely with its Burma teak staircase and oak parquet floor with Burma teak marquetry.
The refurbishment has mixed old and new. It has a glossy black kitchen and bathrooms and original features such as ornate plasterwork to the ceiling, detailed cornicing, Art Deco fireplaces and columned archways leading to the dining room.
The house offers 9,000 square feet of accommodation over four floors.
There are nine bedrooms, three principal reception rooms, a vast kitchen/breakfast room and a second kitchen and living rooms in what could be annexe accommodation (which would include two of the bedrooms). In the basement there is a leisure suite with spa, gym, wine cellar, bar, safe room and study.
The dramatic black Poggenpohl kitchen has Gaggenau appliances. There are five bath/shower rooms, two of them, en suite, with Porcelanosa suites
Lighting, central audio and fitted HD televisions can all be controlled by iPad, as can the security lighting, CCTV cameras, gate access and heating.
Outside the house, a York stone terrace leads down to the restored Victorian formal gardens with lawn and meandering path down to a pond.
Beyond this there is shared private parkland.
The delights of Edgbaston, including the Victorian Botanical Gardens, are all within easy reach.
AGENT: Fine And Country
TEL: 0121 746 6400
GUIDE PRICE: £2,450,000