Oasis of calm
Stunning inside and outside, Charlotte Pearson finds out more about a Victorian property in Southsea.
In the heart of Southsea, a short walk from the esplanade and a stone’s throw from the vibrant Castle Road, is an outstanding Victorian villa.
Situated in one of the oldest conservation areas it is easy to see what attracted the current owners seven years ago.
“It has loads of curb appeal – the symmetry, bay windows and beautiful porch,” Cat Rendell explains. “My husband is originally from Poole, so not too far away, and we were attracted to the quantity and quality of period properties in the area.
“We love the fact we’re ten minutes walk from the beach yet also have all the amenities on our doorstep.”
Now lovingly restored, the property was completely gutted by Cat and her husband before being put back together again.
“We put in new heating, electrics, floors, and ceilings. We reinstated timber French windows, installed fireplaces, opened up the kitchen as well as re-plastered and re-decorated throughout,” she adds.
And it seems the hard work paid off as the home was featured in the magazine ‘25 Beautiful Homes’ in 2012.
“We were very proud to have been chosen by such a prestigious magazine and it made us feel like all the blood, sweat and tears had been worth it,” Cat smiles.
After admiring the outside the porch leads to the welcoming hallway.
The dining room is to the right of the entrance hall, with its high ceilings complete with coving, and a full height sash-style bay window overlooking the front garden. To the left is the study, which has a door out to the garage.
Back into the split level hall and up the stairs you are led to the living room, dining area and kitchen, which has a utility.
The living room is wired for surround sound, and has a fire with arched cast iron inlay with an open grate and granite hearth.
“My favourite room would have to be the sitting room as it feels cosy and mellow in the winter with the fire blazing away yet light and airy in the summer with the French doors open on to the garden. Whatever the season it’s a great entertaining space,” Cat explains.
Into the kitchen and breakfast room, which has tile flooring throughout, the light and airy space has a central island with breakfast bar to one side and drawers and storage cupboards the other.
With a range of white gloss fronted units, dark woodwork surfaces and a one and a half bowl stainless steel sink unit there is everything a keen cook could need.
The freestanding ‘range’ style stainless steel cooker has an oven, grill and four ring gas hob, with matching stainless steel splashback, canopy hood and light.
There is also underfloor heating for those cold winter months, and space for a freestanding fridge/freezer.
The space is flooded with light from the vaulted ceiling with three skylight windows, which is supported by ceiling spotlights.
Upstairs there are four bedrooms.
The master room overlooks the garden, has an ensuite shower room and its very own walk in wardrobe with hanging rails and built in shelving with chest of drawers.
Alongside the other three bedrooms there is the family bathroom with panelled bath, heated towel rail and shaver point.
But the attraction doesn’t stop with the inside.
To the front is a low retaining wall with curved coping stones leading to a forecourt style garden laid with shingle with raised painted planters and mature hedges.
To the rear is an enclosed city style garden with a raised decked area, and painted and rendered planters.
So what will Cat miss most?
“You would never guess we live in the middle of a city as it’s such a tranquil home – I’ll miss the sense of calm I feel as soon as I open the front door,” she says. “It’s a fabulous family home in a central yet peaceful location.”
For anyone searching for an oasis of calm, Southsea may just have the answer.
46 St Edwards Road is on the market for a guide price of £700,000 with Fine & Country Drayton, 141 Havant Road,
Drayton, PO6 2AA. 02393 277277, wwwfineandcountry.com
April 4, 2014 Interiors and Property