5 Bedroom House Sold
Ravishing GII listed Georgian heirloom c.1785. 5 (double) bedrooms, 2 receptions, 3 bathrooms, basement apartment, splendid original features and Alan Bennetts previous bath! Walk to Kennington tube in 3-minutes, Westminster in 30.
In the right hands, a fine antique is not only celebrated, but carefully preserved. This home is likely the only in the area with an original Georgian pantrycomplete with Lambeth Delft tiles and marble shelves. Admirable enhancements are ubiquitous: the lifting of flagstones in the basement (and where appropriate, the addition of reclaimed stone), to lay underfloor heating. The sourcing of skilled plasterers to lime plaster ceilings, of 1950s Italian tiles to match the basement bathroom and of reclaimed Georgian timber to lay in the main reception. A particularly elegant room of regal proportions, the reception has intricate cornicing and a beautifully crafted, hinged sash window that swings open to a flat roof.
Cast iron radiators are fitted throughout the house and, quite remarkably, the many original shutters are in working order. Youll discover antique fireplaces, sash windows and exposed floorboards galore. Inside the house, walls and wood have been rubbed back to reveal decades of décor; quite deliberately distressed. The back of the house has a magnificent curved bay extending over three floors.
The basement has its own entrance, lending itself brilliantly as a rental opportunity, granny flat, or au pairs quarters. A simple conversion has created a studio apartment in the attic, which reveals a high mansard roofline. Peppered with windows, this is an exceptionally bright space with the flexibility to use much like the basement. There's a kitchen corner and a separate loo and shower behind reclaimed doors. Two of the double bedrooms have hidden vanity basins while the master has handmade wall-to-wall wardrobes made from reclaimed doors, complete with linen storage. One second-floor bedroom has windows that open to a second flat roof. Youll find Alan B's bath in the main family bathroom (roll-top, ball-footed, cast iron), a talking point were rather keen on. The Terrazzo floor in the basement shower room has a lifetime ahead of it alongside accompanying Crittall windows.
Fine specimens have settled in the garden; wisteria winds its way up the back of the house, and borders include Fatsia japonica, clematis, Fuchsia and a mature bay tree. The pond is deep and the garden is entirely walled.
Walk to Kennington tube in just 3-minutes for Northern Line links (Waterloo, the West End, the City and Kings Cross) or hop on a bus for a scenic trip into town. The Northern Line extension should be open by next spring, connecting westwards to Battersea. Walkers can reach Westminster, Tate Britain, Tate Modern or Waterloo in around 30-minutes.
Local primary schools include Henry Fawcett and Crampton (both Ofsted outstanding) and Keyworth (good). Older children can apply to Lilian Baylis (outstanding) while across the River is the Grey Coat Hospital (outstanding).
One of the most successful fringe theatres is right opposite the house as is a good pub. Within 10-minutes' walk are Southwark Playhouse, Newport Street Gallery (Damien's Hirst's London HQ), Blue Elephant Theatre and The Oval cricket ground.