One often hears the phrase “brings the garden into the house”.
It is usually applied to a garden room or conservatory or even the end of a living room with full-length glazed windows that reveal the whole of the great outdoors.
In this rather special house in Farquhar Road, Edgbaston, one can literally sit beneath a canopy of green within four walls .
A well-established grape vine lines the glazed ceiling of the garden room of this Victorian gem, to stunning effect.
West Grove is a very fine example of a 19th century house, built in a suburb of the city which positively boomed during that period.
It is for sale at more than £2 million, but for that buyers will get just shy of 6,000 square foot of space in a half acre of plot – the beautiful gardens including a heated swimming pool.
The red brick house has been both maintained and improved by the present owners.
Inside it has high ceilings, impressive room sizes and large sash windows.
Solid wood front doors sit beneath a glazed Gothic arch.
An enclosed entrance porch has beautifully refurbished Minton tiles that run through into the large reception hall.
At the front is a grand dining room which has a large triple sash bay window and an original open fireplace with marble surround and hearth. Glazed double doors open off into the garden room with its doors to the garden, and the mighty grape vine.
The main rear reception room has decorative cornices and roses to the ceiling, parquet wood floor and a fireplace with marble insert and hearth and a painted carved wood surround. This also has a lovely bay window with glazed door to the rear.
The third reception room could be a study or perhaps a television room and has bookshelves and cupboards to one wall, light oak parquet floor and sash windows overlooking the back garden.
Cream painted wooden units with black granite work surfaces have been fitted in the kitchen which also has a central island unit.
There are two integrated double fridges and a dishwasher, as well as an electric oven, gas-fired Aga and a four-ring induction hob, while the floor is covered in natural stone tiles.
A utility has more units and work surface.
There are also two guest cloakrooms on the ground floor, one off the reception hall, the other next to the kitchen.
Spacious cellars have been painted and would be useful for storage or perhaps for starting that wine collection.
On the first floor there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms.
The master bedroom has a bay window to the front and overlooks Farquhar Road. It has parquet-style flooring, a marble fireplace with coal-effect gas fire, decorative ceiling cornices and roses plus a door to the house bathroom.
The second bedroom has three sash windows set in a bay to the back. It has fitted furniture to one wall and an en suite shower room with large walk-in shower, toilet and basin on a vanity unit.
On the second floor there are three more bedrooms. The largest of these has been used as an office and is fitted with desks, bookshelves and drawers.
Another of the rooms has fitted wardrobes and an en suite bathroom with toilet, basin and bath with shower over. The other bedroom also has fitted furniture and an inset wash basin.
Extra accommodation can be found in the apartment in the coach house.
On the ground floor there is garaging and garden storage.
Above it is a self-contained flat with stairs leading up from the side courtyard.
Modern and well-presented, it has a fully fitted kitchen with solid granite worktop.
An inner hall leads to the double bedroom with extensive fitted furniture, while the smart bathroom has a bath, toilet, wash basin and a corner shower enclosure with multi-jet shower.
At the front of the house there is a wide driveway behind a low brick wall and hedgerow .
Overall the grounds are well-established with camellia japonica, Rhododendron bushes, cherry blossom trees, magnolia trees and Japanese maples creating colourful displays at different times of the year.
Behind the house, a raised terrace runs the full width of it.
Central steps lead through rose beds to the substantial lawn which is flanked by borders stocked with mature shrubs and trees.
Part way down the garden is an outdoor heated swimming pool with paved surround.
AGENT: Robert Powell
TEL: 0121 454 6930
GUIDE PRICE: £2,295,000