Spacious city living with easy rural access
An immaculate and spacious period house with highly adaptable accommodation, De Vaux House combines contemporary living with period charm.
The gothic arched front door leads to a welcoming hallway with oak floorboards and a useful under stairs storage cupboard that makes an ideal place for storing wine. The drawing room, which runs the full depth of the house, has triple aspect windows and features a striking inglenook fireplace with a tiled hearth and a Chesney wood burner.
Across the hall is a fully-panelled study which, like the drawing room has original pine flooring and a corner fireplace. Beyond the study is large reception room that can be used as a formal dining room, library or family/room. It features a Jacobean fireplace, a range of built-in bookcases and a medieval door complete with carved angel. The bespoke kitchen/breakfast room has an extensive range of wall and floor units with Brazilian granite work surfaces. Integrated Neff appliances include an electric oven, a steam oven, a gas hob with extractor hood, washing machine and dishwasher. The breakfast area provides ample room for informal dining and has direct access to the garden through French windows. There is also a useful office area with its own storage. A boiler/boot room, a cloakroom and a cupboard complete the ground floor configuration.
A shallow rise and turn staircase, with its 17th century window, leads to the first floor landing which has original elm floorboards and a peaceful sitting/reading area overlooking the garden. Off this landing, the well-proportioned master bedroom suite features an attractive fireplace and leaded windows. A small lobby leads to a walk-in closet and to the bathroom, which has a bath, a separate shower cubicle, twin basins with a marble surround. A Tudor window looks over the rear garden. A guest bedroom with an adjoining shower room also features an eighteenth century powder closet that is currently used for storage. This room, when combined with an adjacent panelled bed/sitting room with fireplace, could constitute a private suite, if needed. Also on the first floor is another double bedroom and a family bathroom.
The second floor has a landing with a seating area similar to that on the first floor. The spacious fifth bedroom has a vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers and painted floorboards. In addition to front and rear windows, there are two skylights with views of the Cathedral spire. A further double bedroom on the second floor, which is also dual aspect, has been designed as a studio, but could be used as bedroom six. A contemporary shower room, which is accessed from the landing, serves both bedrooms. This floor has the potential to offer independent accommodation. The house has sympathetically-designed secondary glazing throughout. Heating and hot-water systems are zoned for energy-efficiency.
De Vaux House has a small, but lush and private front garden which is surrounded by a low brick wall topped by wrought iron railings. On-street, permit parking is available in front of the house (parking throughout De Vaux Place is reserved for permit-holding residents and their guests). The fully-walled, secluded rear garden is open to the sun throughout most of the day and has a predominantly westerly aspect. It has a formal lawn surrounded by flower and shrub borders and an attractive terrace ideal for alfresco dining. A fountain and fish pond is set within an alcove. Trees include fig, cherry and quince. A lean-to greenhouse and insulated shed with mains power are additional features.
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Contemporary living with flexible accommodation in a city-centre family housePatrick Brady