Significant period building with approved planning to return to substantial residential home.
For the first time in over 100 years, Calleva House has been brought on to the open market. Calleva House is a grade II listed, early 18th century, Baroque style former home that is believed to have been built for the Whig politician who was elected Member of Parliament for Wallingford in 1715, William Hucks. Of particular architectural note are the numerous 24 pane tall sash windows at the front and rear. This is the first time for 50 years that the building is available for sale. Having been operating as a very grand and renowned antiques store, the current owners have now successfully gained planning permission to convert the building back to full residential use.
With 4 storeys including the basement, the current layout has been focused on each of the grand rooms essentially acting as individual show rooms to display antiques and furniture on the ground and 1st floors, whilst the 2nd floor is configured for residential use, albeit in need of updating.
The entrance hallway from the tall front door on High Street is typical of this era of build, running centrally through the ground floor with grand reception rooms off to the left and right, a rear door leading to the courtyard at the far end and a wide, sweeping, Oak staircase positioned to the left hand side. Access to the basement is via a door under that staircase with a number of steps leading down. The basement provides three distinct storage areas with practical ceiling height and could benefit from being fully waterproofed and developed for alternate uses.
The first floor contains five distinct rooms off a wide landing with impressive ceiling heights, period fireplaces or which three are very similar in size. Like the main reception rooms downstairs on the ground floor, these rooms contain floor to ceiling, original wooden paneling and in some instances, detailed ceiling plasterwork mouldings. Immediately apparent is the amount of natural light from both the front and rear of the building provided by tall sash windows; a row of five at the front and four at the rear including a very distinct arched window over the staircase and landing. Subject to the necessary consents and permissions, this first floor already lends itself to potential bedrooms and bathrooms.
Accessed via a smaller side staircase off the 1st floor landing is a sizeable four bedroom apartment, with large kitchen / diner, family bathroom and spacious sitting room with views to Wallingford Castle Grounds and the river. Removable steps rise from the rear wall of the sitting room to the roof above. Here there is a large flat area approximately 30ft x 15ft, where a previous occupant installed a roof garden complete with green house. The panoramic views from the roof are impressive, in particular, to the South, looking directly over St Peter's Church to the River Thames beyond. This is one of the highest vantage points in the town and affords a unique opportunity to create a special and private rooftop terrace. We would of course recommend a professional assessment of access and potential use.
To the rear of the property lies a secluded courtyard garden with pedestrian access onto Thames Street. The former Coach House, located to the South side, faces on to Thames St, currently affording garaging and storage with two rooms above. This building is included within the scope of the residential planning permission recently granted. There is also a long single storey timber framed workshop extending to over 500 sq ft.
In addition to the onsite parking there is an extensive driveway belonging to Calleva House, lying directly opposite, on the other side of High Street, affording parking for multiple vehicles, accessed by impressive gates with turreted pillars.
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