An exceptional two storey City residence.
Austen House dates back to the late 1800's and was formerly a school and the city public reference library. The property was acquired by Beechcroft and resorted to its former glory in 2010 into 12 appealing apartments and this fabulous property which is located to the rear of the building. A perfectly situated home, set back away from the usual fanfare of the City's day to day, the property is approached via secure gated access from the North Walls. The property interior has been superbly appointed and is of an excellent decorative order throughout. From the welcoming and spacious feeling of the entrance hall, the interior is arranged across two floors, in the same manner of a conventional house, and offers a well-balanced accommodation. On the ground floor there is a large and fully fitted kitchen, with a dinning and seating area, a study, cloakroom and a wonderful drawing/media room with access to a private South facing garden courtyard.
The first floor has three bedrooms, two large double bedrooms each with an en suite and built in wardrobes, a further separate shower room, laundry and utterly brilliant additional living space named the Pod'. The Pod, as the 2016 national award winning extension is affectionately known, has added a new dimension to the house with its light, bright all day long sunny location. As the Daily Telegraph said: If it's this type of bespoke, cunning solution you're after, look to Austen House in Winchester - winner of the Daily Telegraph Home building and Renovating Awards for best extension - for inspiration. The property also has means to use a side access as an informal terrace garden overlooked from The Pod and is accessible from the ground floor of the property.
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An outstanding opportunity, perfectly located for all the City's culture and amenities, plus an ideal lock up and go'.Jon Lacey