This beautiful Grade II Listed Georgian semi-detached home is situated within the gentrified Conservation Area of Britannia Square, on the eastern side, enjoying a quiet setting with the convenience of its central City location. This cherished home has conserved a number of original Georgian period details, proportions and conveys a genteel quality throughout. The property has the benefit of parking access at the rear within a private rear courtyard, and has a delightful part walled south west facing garden at the front. The property has fabulous panoramic views from the frontage across the leafy Square.
Britannia Square Residents Association is an established voluntary neighbourhood initiative dedicated to the care of this special part of the City of Worcester, its unique historic character and the interests of all the Residents of the Conservation Area. A fascinating insight and further information of this neighbourhood can be found by visiting the website: http://britanniasquare.org
Britannia Square is considered the most sought-after address and residential neighbourhood of the burgeoning university City of Worcester, comprising a fine array of Georgian and Regency houses having Grade II listed status within a Conservation Area.
This excellent location is close to a multitude of local neighbourhood and City amenities including Worcester Racecourse, Swan Theatre, innovative Hive Library, highly regarded state sector and independent schools, including RGS Worcester and Kings Cathedral School, and cosmopolitan shopping, leisure and entertainment facilities all conveniently close by.
Worcester Foregate Street railway station is a 10 minute walk, and Shrub Hill station 5 minutes by car, both connecting the Birmingham and Hereford mainline to London, and faster direct trains readily connecting to the wider network including Bristol and Cheltenham via the new Worcester Parkway station, within 15 minutes’ drive, M5 Motorway Junction 6 (North) is 4.5 miles and Junction 7 (South) 3.5 miles.
Holly Lodge, has been in the same ownership for the past 47 years. During their custodianship the owners have created a comfortable home that has been well maintained, and a number of the original circa 1820s details and décor sympathetically enhanced.
Attractive ironwork railings and Laurel hedgerow frame the entrance to the gravel pathway, which leads along a small lawn with beautiful shrub and herbaceous borders, and delightful paved seating area to the front of the property. Steps rise to the striking Portico porch entrance encasing the substantial front door, with polished brassware and fanlight details, and balcony above, with decorative ironwork balustrade. The property has an impressive Stucco front elevation with original shuttered sash windows, and lower ground floor apertures below.
Ground Floor Accommodation: Entrance Hallway, Drawing Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, WC
Lower Ground Floor Accommodation: Laundry, Snug, Office/Guest Bedroom, Wine Store
First Floor Accommodation: Three Double Bedrooms, House Bathroom
On entering, the Reception Hall immediately conveys period antique charm with numerous details and a particularly fine turning staircase with mahogany crossbanded handrail rising to the first floor, passing a high arched sash window allowing the light to flood in from the rear aspect, and with views out over the courtyard.
The bright and airy principal Drawing Room is a delightful entertaining room, complete with high ceilings, moulded plaster cornicing, decorative frieze and picture rail, deep skirting, exposed floorboards and a pair of fine sash windows, with internal shutters, and having low sills to enjoy the backdrop of the Square. A Regency marble mantelpiece surrounds a decorative open fireplace with tiled inset.
The Dining Room has a full height sash window, with internal shutters, and a view into the rear courtyard. A Regency marble mantelpiece surrounds an open fireplace. Bespoke cabinet antique oak shelving with fitted cupboards below span the recesses eitherside of the chimney breast. A decorative moulded plaster alcove, dado, deep skirting and exposed floorboards complete the period details.
A short passageway leads into the current small galley style Kitchen which, whilst functional, would certainly benefit from reconfiguring and to make more of the glazed rear extension with door access directly into the private rear courtyard Garden.
Leading off the Hallway is the Cloakroom with WC and wash hand basin.
A stairway descends to the lower ground floor basement level which has considerable potential to provide further accommodation needs. Currently divided into four separate areas this level is utilised as a Snug, Storage/Workshop, Office/Occasional Guest Room, and has the benefit of Bathroom/Laundry facilities. This was the original Kitchen/Scullery, with remaining brick chimney surround once housing the range, and is where the mains connected Gas fired boiler is now situated. Original quarry paviors have in the most part been carpeted over. The apertures of each of the three windows having been enlarged to allow in more light and, it retains practical ceiling heights, and is well ventilated.
The first floor bright gallery landing area leads to three double Bedrooms and house Bathroom.
The Bedroom to the rear of the property is a spacious bright double sized room with high ceiling, chimney breast and marble mantlepiece with cast iron fireplace and decorative tiled hearth, and sash window with view over the rear courtyard.
The house Bathroom features a 1960s blue suite including 6ft cast iron bath, matching coloured WC and wash hand basin. With high ceiling, large sash window, there is also access into the roof space.
A second double sized Bedroom to the front aspect is also a lovely bright and airy room, with high ceiling and picture rail. A pair of built-in storage cupboards eitherside of the chimney breast, with marble mantlepiece surrounding an open fireplace with decorative tiled hearth. The sash window takes in the glorious views across the Square.
The third double Bedroom, also to the front, is a similarly bright and airy room, having high ceiling, picture rail, and sash window. In addition is a most attractive feature French Window that leads out to the balcony above the Portico with decorative cast and wrought iron railing surround. This is a perfect and favourite elevated spot to sit and enjoy the afternoon sunshine and an evening sundowner, whilst marvelling the splendid panoramic views across the Square.
The rear of the property is accessed from Back Walk, with secure pedestrian gate and double gate for vehicle access. This opens into a paved courtyard, the full width of the property, which also has a carport area. An established trimmed Laurel and magnificent mature Wisteria frame this delightful, private and ideal setting for alfresco dining during the summer months.
Vendors reflections: “Holly lodge was bought almost on the strength of a photograph in the agent’s window! This house has, for 47 years, been the source of great joy for us to live in and look after. It has merited great care, following the principles of conservation. It’s a happy house, easy to run and to live in, most conveniently located for all usual facilities yet within a setting more bucolic than urban. We have always enjoyed the open parkland views into the Square, ever changing with sun, light, weather and seasons.
This is one of the few houses to retain an abundance of original features - in fact, it seems very little altered. The two lovely formal Reception Rooms, both beautiful, are distinctive as to their functions and invite gracious living and entertaining. The lower ground -floor, originally Kitchen and service quarters, remains highly adaptable and available for a variety of informal uses. The two front Bedrooms make full use of the fine views and the back is warmest. I shall miss all the foregoing and the pleasure of careful thought and application of personal efforts and skills to conservation, repair and discreet little alterations to house and garden, together with having intimate knowledge of such a lovely house.
Holly lodge fitted all our requirements, desires and much more: beautiful rooms, stunning views, location within an extraordinary, unique all-residential square - qualities which engender a loyal sense of community. There was no hesitation in grasping the opportunity to buy."
Local Authority: Worcester City Council, Band: G
Services: Mains Gas, Electricity, Water and Drainage.
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