Mr Clarke thinks :
The staircase and its commitment to modernist, industrial living, brings the funk.
The clue for this home is in the street name, ‘bold’. Taking its 60s roots and running wild, this house has been transformed, every inch of the space, into an urban, industrially-accented, modernist home of excellence.
When you think of Leamington Spa, the mind instantly wanders to thoughts of regal Regency splendour, and that contrast in the local, more prominent vernacular, is what gives this home its cool edge. Between architect, interior designer and home owner, this home has taken the humble bungalow and morphed it into a modernist marvel. It is escapism from the thrum of life outside, a hub, a hive, a home.
Exploring this space, with its dark, moody palette excites every sense, which also plays with green living in its abundant use of potted plants. Of course, this is up to you entirely, but what is a home without flora and fauna to breath life and vitality into it? George Clarke certainly agreed that this home rocks big time, when it featured on his Channel 4 series, Ugly House to Lovely House.
It should be noted that the footprint has been extended in an architecturally grand way, but has been cleverly delivered, not clinically, but with warmth, to establish a floorplan that makes living easier, more comfortable in this home. The expanses of glass on every aspect, front, back and skyward, elevate the home and cast a light on its dramatic, yet equally casual features.
This is the kind of setting you imagine Modernist greats to reside in themselves. Not because is it a slave to the movement, but because Newbold Terrace has been renovated and reconsidered to tap into the very best of modern living, where style does not impede on comfort and where ‘statement making’ can be fun yet practical.
Standing proud in its open plan layout, the blended space is an individualist’s dream. Herringbone flooring flows throughout, a soft, natural touch to contrast the design-forward blackness of the walls, the deep skirting and architrave and THAT staircase. Industrial, heavy-duty, yet elegant, the staircase and railing stands as a metal strand of DNA to the home, taking you from ground floor to gallery landing.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The fact that this home defies tradition in its layout but is welcoming, stylish and so charming in its appeal.
The nod to Scandinavian living is accented by black shades in a symphony of textures throughout, noted most prominently downstairs. Take note of the doors and their architrave, plummeting into deep metal skirting. The feature suspended rotating log burner is a centrepiece in the elongated lounging zone; you can chill fireside, you can dine, or you can sink into a Netflix series (A Scandi crime noir, perhaps).
A bespoke matt black kitchen conceals cupboards with slick attitude, allowing the tiled pantry space and utility to house the practicalities of life. The ground floor is home to bedrooms two, three and four with en-suite to one and a main bathroom that continues this very cool, modern interior. White tiles and a ‘school gym’ style shower add quirk and interest, never diverging from the overarching theme of this home.
The main bedroom sits in the lofty heights of the top floor, indeed, the whole floor to itself makes for a private and spacious boudoir with only the gallery landing and study space as neighbour. Again light is given to the rooms, both open and more secluded, through the smart use of windows in every shape and size. The en-suite bathroom to the main bedroom features a metal tub below the window with geometric tiles adorning the walls. Such design details are a delight to discover on entering this home.
Outside, galvanised metal drainpipes and guttering, larch cladding and rooflights demonstrate how every inch of this home has been considered, down to the smallest detail. The garden, a large, open and yet established space to roam, feeds the soul of the rear façade, reflecting green and luscious planting back at the home. Inside meets outside beautifully here. Grab an oversized lounging cushion for drinks and entertainment or pick up your yoga mat for an hour of meditation among the trees - you have the space and the inspiration to do so here. Out front there is a gated courtyard, ensuring you are welcomed home with trendy, open arms from the get-go.
Positioning is everything, and, as well as drawing the natural light from every angle, this home sits opposite a green belt, five minutes from the country, five minutes from the town. Returning home, you’ll be delighted to look upon this house, feeling that it stands proud on Newbold Terrace East as an example of something modern, industrial and unique to its neighbours.
- Design features : While the staircase holds court, it is the finer details, like the door frames and the skirting, that really impress.
- Setting : Lovely Leamington Spa with all the cool coffee spots on your doorstep.
- Three words : A Modernist Marvel.
Our favourite part
Settling down by the suspended rotating fire after a cool evening spent in the garden is the dream scenario here.
Local Life in Leamington
Royal Leamington Spa, or Leam as we Leamingtonians like to call our beloved town, has the lot... tree lined avenues, hip and happening social scene, pretty parks, great schools and great coffee shops. Leam has it all.
Leamington’s streets of Regency town houses, which equal those of Cheltenham’s or Brighton’s in my humble opinion, are full of gorgeous homes and friendly people. There is a grand sense down every street.
Well connected? Leamington is super well connected. The M40 nips past to Birmingham, Oxford and London; Stratford-upon-Avon and Coventry are a 20-min drive away; Birmingham 40 mins.
The town has emerged as one of the Midland’s most highly regarded places to live for families who love the schools and activities, as well as young singles and couple who love the bar, restaurant and cultural scene.
If you like shopping, you will love the town centre’s mixed independent shops and High Street chains.
Mrs Clarke loves the boutique feel of the town centre, with its mix of hipster coffee shops like The Larder and the gorgeous shops like Collective and Farrow & Ball. The High Street has all the big names and then there is the M&S food hall.
Mr Clarke has a few favourites of his own. His personal tailor at Clements & Church, a pint at The Pug; breakfast at Haddie & Trilbie when they reopen; lunch at Nana's when he needs to impress Mrs C.
For a bit of fresh air you have lots of options; Jepson Gardens is wonderful and the Aviary coffee shop is the icing on the cake. Art in the Park happens each year and is a great family day out filled with curiosities. Victoria Park and Newbold Comyn are other spots you should go for a picnic.
Education options include Arnold Lodge & Kingsley School For Girls, which are good independent schooling options, and excellent state primary (St. Peter's) close by. Secondary schools (Myton, Trinity, North. Leam). Leamington College and Warwick University are also here.
Tree lined avenues, great shops and a buzzing social scene. What more could you want?
- Closest village/town: Lots of lovely countryside on your doorstep
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Lots of great independent shops and great High Street names
- Supermarket: All of them!
- Pubs: The Fat Pug and The Star & Garter are our favourites
- Walks: Along the river Leam and through the leafy parks
- Tech Spec: Polypipe Smart Underfloor Heating, CCTV and alarm system and Velfac airtight windows. Top spec appliances in the kitchen, naturally.
- Kitchen: Meile appliances, Steam oven, custom made cupboards and a breakfast bar. Siemens ceiling extractor fan. ‘Quooker' boiling water tap so need for a kettle. Cupboards and worktops are black in keeping with the rest of the home. A cleverly hidden area on the walkway to the Siemens fridge freezer and more storage. Leads to Utility Room.
- Living Spaces: Wooden Parke flooring throughout. Living Room has feature window, floating log burner for cosy evenings by the fire. Dining Room has large floor to ceiling windows and lots of shelving for storage.
- Bedrooms: Ground floor 2 double bedrooms. Upstairs has 2 double bedrooms and a dressing room.
- Bathroom: Upstairs wetroom style bathroom, spa like feel with luxury freestanding bath, separate shower cubicle.
- Heating: Heating is in 4 zones. Underfloor heating throughout apart from downstairs 2 bedrooms.
- Local Authority: Warwick Council.
- Council Tax Band: F.
- Tenure: Freehold.