This architect-designed home retains many of its original features and is a charming example of its period. It featured in the Daily Mail Book of House Plans 1957 where it was praised for its quirky turret entrance, extensive use of wood and curved lines in walls and central staircase, all of which remain today. The current owners have added modern comforts to the kitchen and living space with a large outdoor entertaining area. Surrounded by 1.2 acres of landscaped garden, and set back at the head of a tree-lined driveway, this is a country haven on the edge of town a perfect spot for peaceful living with easy access to local amenities, the motorway and the London train. The house has a charming turret entrance hall, with something enchanting about both the architecture and the setting which is peaceful and the garden is an array of colour all year round. The house has been recognised as a classic example of the best architecture of its day. Read more
PROPERTYSUMMARY This architect-designed home retains many of its original features and is a charming example of its period. It featured in the Daily Mail Book of House Plans 1957 where it was praised for its quirky turret entrance, extensive use of wood and curved lines in walls and central staircase, all of which remain today. The current owners have added modern comforts to the kitchen and living space with a large outdoor entertaining area. Surrounded by 1.2 acres of landscaped garden, and set back at the head of a tree-lined driveway, this is a country haven on the edge of town a perfect spot for peaceful living with easy access to local amenities, the motorway and the London train. The house has a charming turret entrance hall, with something enchanting about both the architecture and the setting which is peaceful and the garden is an array of colour all year round. The house has been recognised as a classic example of the best architecture of its day since it was built in the late 1950s. It featured in the Daily Mail, where there was a write-up and photographs of the house, describing and illustrating many of the individual original features that remain today. The majority of the downstairs has the original wooden flooring, and there's a great deal of lovely warm wood throughout the house, from the dividing doors between the sitting room and dining room, to the wonderful cupboards in the bedrooms. A favoured feature is the curved wall of the staircase, which spirals up, seeming to open up as it does so and culminating in a wonderful circle of the same wood that features throughout in the arched doors. The only feature that has really changed since the 1950s description is that you can no longer see right out to Farlington marshes and the Solent from the property, as the mature trees have grown up to make this feel like a secluded and private space that's tucked away in the country. Old Bedhampton has a great feeling that you can be anywhere in the countryside, yet you are close to all local amenities should you need them. The area has a real rural and village-like feel with its stream and peaceful atmosphere, once you drive out to the main road though, you can reach Havant in a couple of minutes with its shops, schools and the train to London which takes just over an hour. The grounds of Bidbury Lawn stretch to over an acre, with the eponymous lawn sweeping out to the front of the property to the side of the impressive driveway, which is reached by remote controlled gates and lined with eucalyptus and palms and a even a carved owl out of the cherry tree, ample parking and a turning area at the top as well as a detached double car port, there is also a working garden, a greenhouse and plenty of storage in two garden sheds, this working garden is hidden from the newly added entertainment area by a rosy brick wall, which also provides shelter, allowing guests or family to focus on the main garden when dining or sitting out, or when using the hot tub.
ENTRANCE Double remote controlled wrought iron gates with name plaque, video security entry system and letter box with railings to either side, leading to long driveway measuring approximately 250' in length and leading to car parking, turning area, mature avenue of trees of different varieties, evergreens and bushes enclosed by wrought iron fencing and soldier railings to all aspects. Herringbone slate borders to driveway on one side with mature wild gardens, including a variety of wild flowers, tulips and evergreens. Mature hedge with gate leading to allotment style raised kitchen garden, brick retaining wall with semi-circular arched access to an outside entertainment area, curved decked and flagstone paviour area leading to flagstone patio to the front of the property and access to main front door via curved turret entrance. Herringbone brick paviour driveway leading into an open fronted car port.
ENTRANCEHALL Main front door leading to semi-circular entrance hall with vaulted moulded coved ceiling with feature leadlight wood surround window to front aspect. Wall light, wooden flooring with coir matting area, glazed door with 'bulls eye' glazed panels with matching panels to either side, leading to:
SITTINGROOM19' 6" x 15' 0" (5.94m x 4.57m) Measurements do not include feature double glazed bay windows to front and side aspects. Two glazed sliding doors leading to dining room, matching stripped, stained and polished floorboards and skirting boards, four feature pillars with original matching cornicing and coving, double glazed bay window to front aspect overlooking the lawn with low level seating area, matching double glazed window to side aspect, built-in storage unit with fretwork frontage, shelving and control for T.V and surround sound system. Two feature ornate arched inlays to either side of chimney breast with wooden surround and curved wood fronted doors with glazed shelf over, wooden mantle with marble hearth and log burner (not tested), wall mounted bracket and wiring for T.V, two radiators with matching covers, power points.
DININGROOM15' 2" x 10' 7" (4.62m x 3.23m) Original stripped, stained and polished floorboards, ceiling coving, wall lights, radiators, double glazed window to front aspect overlooking lawn, feature curved wall with wide step staircase rising to first floor. Square opening to sitting room via twin doors, twin arched top doors leading to separate cloakroom and kitchen/breakfast room, power points.
CLOAKROOM Feature arched door leading to dining room, curved walls with central circular pillar, access into understairs storage area / wine cellar, window to rear aspect, pedestal wash hand basin with mixer tap and glass tiled splashback, stripped and stained original flooring and skirting boards, door to:
W.C. Low level w.c., matching flooring, radiator, frosted glass window to rear aspect with glass topped window sill, wall light.
KITCHEN23' 0" x 9' 8" maximum (7.01m x 2.95m) Decreasing to 6'8" to front of built-in pantry. Comprehensive range of cream fronted wall and floor units with wall and floor units under unit lighting, corner unit work surface incorporating 'Corian' moulded sink unit with mixer tap, 'Franke' hot & cold tap and drainer to one side and cupboard space under. Integrated dishwasher with matching door, range of storage cupboards and drawers with soft close mechanism, large pan drawer, 'Corian' splashback, dual aspect double glazed windows to front and side with glass topped window sills. Curved and moulded ceiling with spotlights, free standing 'Rangemaster' Aga style range cooker incorporating five ring gas hob with two ovens and grill under, matt black matching splashback with 'Rangemaster' black extractor hood, fan and light incorporating stainless steel fender. Matching original stripped, stained and polished floorboards, power points, feature arched door leading to dining room. Double glazed window to rear aspect with tiled sill, matching floor, video entry phone system, power points, ceiling spotlights, space for American style fridge/freezer with cold water supply, two built-in storage cupboards, one housing range of shelves, the other being the pantry with small window and shelving. Dresser style unit with wall mounted central units and cupboards to either side with glazed panelled doors and drawers under, further range of drawers, low level electric floor heating, cupboards include a narrow storage cupboard, inset 'Neff' microwave with basket style drawers under and storage cupboard over, small window and shelving, square opening with automated ceiling lighting leading to:
LOBBY6' 11" x 6' 1" (2.11m x 1.85m) Stable style double glazed doors to front aspect with tall double glazed window to one side, tall contemporary style radiator, 'Karndean' flooring, boot rack, alarm panel, built-in narrow cloaks cupboard with electric consumer box, door to games room, door to utility room.
UTILITYROOM7' 10" x 6' 6" (2.39m x 1.98m) Butler style sink with work surface to one side, washing machine point, wall mounted 'Vaillant' boiler supplying domestic hot water and central heating controlled by HIVE syatem (not tested), window to rear aspect, free standing 'Megaflow Heatrae Sadia' hot water tank and pump system, vinyl flooring, cloaks hanging area, power points.
GAMESROOM16' 7" x 14' 11" (5.05m x 4.55m) Black and white check style tiled flooring, ceiling spotlights, work surface to one wall with low level storage cupboards, integrated glass fronted drinks fridge, ceiling power point for projector, twin double glazed doors with blinds to side aspect overlooking entertainment area, radiator, power points, dimmer switches.
FIRSTFLOORLANDING Feature curved staircase leading to large landing with curved balustrade and turret style semi-circular wall to rear aspect with curved window and matching window to one side, access via a pull down ladder leading to large loft space, wall lights, radiator, doors to primary rooms.
BEDROOM119' 7" x 15' 1" (5.97m x 4.6m) Double glazed window to front aspect overlooking the lawn and driveway, double glazed window to side aspect, range of built-in bedroom furniture incorporating four double doored wardrobes with storage cupboards over, power points, ceiling coving, double radiator, further storage cupboard with mirror fronted door and range of shelving, wall lights, arched doorway leading to:
EN-SUITEBATHROOM9' 0" x 8' 10" (2.74m x 2.69m) White suite comprising; panelled bath with tiled panel and shelf to one end, hand grip and mixer tap, curved ceiling with spotlights over, extractor fan, ceiling mounted 'Sonos' speaker, close coupled w.c., vanity unit, with moulded wash hand with mixer tap and cupboard space under, mirror with lighting over, chrome heated towel rail. High level feature leadlight bay window to front aspect overlooking driveway and lawn, large corner shower cubicle with curved sliding doors and multi jet style shower system and separate canopy shower head.
BEDROOM221' 3" x 12' 8" (6.48m x 3.86m) Double glazed windows to front and side aspects, double radiator, power points, slight eaves to ceiling, twin built-in wardrobes to one wall with hanging space and storage, 'T' bar handles, soft close mechanism, chrome fronted wall lights, arched door to landing.
BEDROOM39' 9" x 9' 2" (2.97m x 2.79m) Arched door to landing, radiator, power points, double glazed window to front aspect overlooking lawn and driveway.
BEDROOM49' 2" x 5' 10" (2.79m x 1.78m) Double glazed windows to front aspect overlooking lawn and driveway, arched doorway to landing, built-in storage cupboard with hanging space and shelving, power points.
FAMILYBATHROOM9' 8" x 6' 6" maximum (2.95m x 1.98m) White suite comprising; 'P' shaped panelled bath with curved shower screen over, mixer tap and separate shower over, vanity unit with wash hand basin and mixer tap, concealed cistern w.c. with shelf over, ceramic tiled surrounds, storage cupboards, chrome heated towel rail, ceiling spotlights, dormer leadlight window to rear aspect, arched doorway to landing.
OUTSIDE To the front are twin 'Videx' remoted controlled gates leading to long driveway with lawned areas to either side with mature trees, evergreens and bushes. Large front garden laid to lawn with flowering borders, enclosed by fence panelling and soldier railings. Car parking facilities and turning area, wide gate leading to hidden garden and entertainment area.
To the right hand side of the property is a further lawned area with raised rockery and path.
To the rear of the property is a garden, accessible via steps from the entertainment area with brick retaining walls leading to further lawned garden with rotary line, mature trees, evergreens and bushes. Wooden built chalet style summer house.
SUMMERHOUSE9' 7" x 9' 7" (2.92m x 2.92m) Twin doors to front aspect, windows to either side, electric lighting.
ENTERTAINMENTAREA To the left hand side of the property there is a large entertaining area which is laid to paving with low retaining wall to front, external power points, central pathway with sleeper borders leading to rear garden, brick built BBQ area with chimnea, curved steps leading to decked semi-circular play area with external power points, high retaining walls with arched opening, wiring and plumbing for hot tub, from this area is a curved decked area stepping down to a further deck, outside cold water tap. Raised decked platform leading onto concrete pathway, to greenhouse, two sheds, compost area and chicken coop enclosed by hedges and mature trees.
HOMEOFFICE/GYM20' 3" x 9' 9" (6.17m x 2.97m) Log cabin style with twin glazed doors, power points, and lighting, windows to front aspect, CAT5 wiring and internet access.
SHED9' 3" x 9' 3" (2.82m x 2.82m) Sliding door to front aspect, with storage for garden equipment.
WORKSHOP19' 8" x 9' 11" (5.99m x 3.02m) Twin doors to front aspect, windows to side.
DOUBLECARPORT19' 10" x 17' 2" (6.05m x 5.23m) Pitched roof and electric lighting, power points, central pillar, built-in store (17'2" x 4'7") to one side with open wood store to the other side.
Property at a glance
An Individually Designed 1950s Built Detached Home