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Cedar Villas, Mauldeth Road
Property SummaryA substantial Victorian Villa with many period features and accommodation over four floors accessed via a stunning staircase. Delightful woodland garden to the front and off road parking, detached garage and south west facing garden to rear. Close to schools, park and transport links. NO CHAIN
CEDAR VILLAS AND THE LIVES OF OTHERS Cedar Villas is a classic Victorian Villa built in 1867. Period property elicits strong emotional feelings amongst a high percentage of the home buying public. Understandably, people are fascinated by period property, by who lived there and the story of their lives and aspire to make their own contributions to the history of the house.
Twenty five years ago this unique home was bought by the current owners and occupiers from Joules. I was told that the decision was made to buy was made almost instantly as they walked up the 51 foot stone paved pathway, through the woodland garden and up the entrance steps into a dramatic hallway with its walnut newel posts and crafted spindle balustrade staircase turning through its galleries to the garret. They noticed deep skirtings and intricate corniced ceiling detail which spoke of the grandeur of this home but there was also the intimacy of a cottage with the dwarf staircases and lowered ceilings. It was a winning combination.
This same character abounds throughout the home and the nooks and crannies that lead to captivating living rooms and elegant gabled ceilings all speak of the architectural inspiration that created this home.
As much as anything though its about the lives of others who lived here before and there is indeed a rich heritage with Cedars Villas.
Richard Cawley acquired the land known as 'The Smedle' from John Pollard, within this acre plus piece Cedar Villas was built and he took the decision to move into the property. Then the Manners family took occupation in 1881 and this home passed through the family. They became more and more successful with the son working as a Velveteen merchant and employed with HB Manners patenting a Velveteen lined tap. The family prospered and by the time of the 1901 Census, the house was occupied by the Newby's and research by the current owners has found how, like all families of the time, they made their contributions to the war effort at home and abroad.
Charles Bertram Brockbank then marched into Cedars Villas in 1922 also carrying a burden from the Great War as he participated in the 1914 Christmas Truce where a group of German and English soldiers famously played a football game in no-mans land. Charles was a spectator but recorded the events in his diary which is on display at the National Football Museum.
The house has seen a wide range of occupants among its owners, merchants, electrical engineers, printers, architects, psychologists, nurses as well as an eminent anthropologist. Our client has it that we may be notionally owners but in reality are merely custodians until the next generation comes along. So, as you visit Cedars Villas you will not just admire this home but you will walk in the steps and lives of others and like our clients, you may realise you are not buying just a property but a piece of history with more in the making.
THE ACCOMMODATION COMPRISES
ENTRANCE HALL 18' 7" x 8' 10" (5.66m x 2.69m) Dado rail. Deep corniced ceilings with ornamental mouldings. Access to cellars via a stripped hardwood door. Spindle balustrade staircase with walnut newel post. Double panel radiator. Secondary glazed sash window.
LOUNGE 17' 6" x 12' 11" (5.33m x 3.94m) Ornamental cast iron fireplace with tiled inserts, grate and hearth. Deep skirtings, picture rail, detailed cornicing and ornamental ceiling boss. Stripped hardwood door. Secondary glazed window in front of original Victorian sash bay window.
DINING ROOM 15' 10" x 11' 10" (4.83m x 3.61m) Deep skirtings, picture rail, detailed cornicing and ornamental ceiling boss. Original pelmet. Stripped hardwood door. Single panel radiator. Secondary glazed east and west sliding sash windows.
KITCHEN/DINER 13' 11" x 13' 0" (4.24m x 3.96m) A range of base, wall and drawer units with granite worktops and tiled splash backs. Inset stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap. Britannia 6 ring gas hob with Britannia stainless steel extractor hood. Oven. Integrated dishwasher, microwave, fridge and freezer. Original built in cupboards with stripped and stained doors. Inset spotlights. Tiled floor. 2 x vertical radiators. Window.
REAR CLOAKROOM 11' 8" x 4' 10" (3.56m x 1.47m) Fitted shelving. Tiled floor. Double panel radiator. Original sash window.
CHAMBER ONE 17' 6" x 12' 11" (5.33m x 3.94m) Fitted shelving. Light and power points. Gas and electric meters. Rustic brick formed floor. Window.
CHAMBER TWO 9' 1" x 7' 0" (2.77m x 2.13m) Original cold room with stone shelving.
CHAMBER THREE / UTILITY 11' 0" x 10' 2" (3.35m x 3.1m) Worcester gas central heating boiler. Belfast sink. Light and power. Plumbed for automatic washing machine. Rear exit door to the rear garden.
CHAMBER FOUR 9' 0" x 5' 0" (2.74m x 1.52m) Old coal store.
CHAMBER FIVE 12' 9" x 4' 4" (3.89m x 1.32m) Store room.
ANTE CHAMBER 9' 1" x 9' 0" (2.77m x 2.74m)
LANDING 8' 8" x 3' 11" (2.64m x 1.19m) Spindle balustrade staircase. Original Victorian sash window.
BATHROOM 13' 11" x 8' 5" (4.24m x 2.57m) Measurement excludes recess.
Wood panelled enamel bath with mains fed shower above. Pedestal wash hand basin. Deep corniced ceiling. Walk in airing cupboard with shelving and insulated hot water cylinder. Feature vertical radiator. Laminate flooring. Track spotlights and wall lights. Built in storage with cupboards and shelving. Stripped hardwood door. Original Victorian sash window.
WC 6' 6" x 3' 11" (1.98m x 1.19m) Corniced ceiling. Laminate flooring. Window.
BEDROOM ONE 15' 0" x 12' 11" (4.57m x 3.94m) Measurement is into chimney breast.
Deep skirtings, picture rail and detailed cornicing. Pyramid pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splashback. Double panel radiator. Stripped hardwood door. Sash window.
BEDROOM TWO 15' 10" x 11' 10" (4.83m x 3.61m) Deep skirtings, picture rail and detailed cornicing. Stripped hardwood door. Single panel radiator. Original Victorian sash window.
MIDDLE LANDING / STUDY DECK 8' 10" x 4' 9" (2.69m x 1.45m) Corniced ceiling. Dado rail. Walnut newel post and spindle balustrade staircase.
LANDING 12' 1" x 4' 4" (3.68m x 1.32m) Fitted wall lights. Eaves storage. Bulkhead cupboard. Double panel radiator.
SHOWER ROOM 7' 4" x 5' 3" (2.24m x 1.6m) Shower cubicle with shower. Low level WC. Pedestal wash hand basin. Extractor fan. Heated towel radiator. Extractor. Laminate flooring. Stripped hardwood door.
BEDROOM THREE 17' 9" x 11' 10" (5.41m x 3.61m) Pine panelled gabled ceiling with roof lights. Fitted spotlights. Doorway to L shaped dressing / storage room with light point. Stripped hardwood door. Single panel radiator. Secondary glazed Victorian sash window.
Please note: a section of this room forms what is called a flying freehold.
BEDROOM FOUR 9' 4" x 9' 3" (2.84m x 2.82m) Picture rail. Stripped hardwood door. Double panel radiator. Original Victorian window.
FRONT Woodland garden with classic Magnolia tree. A wide variety of mature trees and plants. Raised bedded area with ornamental stone boulders. Stone paved pathway and steps to main entrance.
REAR South west facing rear garden, Large lawn with plant borders. Slate hung rear elevation. Brick formed patio with stone soak away and raised beds.
GARAGE 16' 0" x 8' 0" (4.88m x 2.44m) Detached garage with up and over door. Driveway in front of garage accessed via a private drive.