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Oakleigh House, Lichfield

For sale
£899,000

Lichfield
Local life

Pure Elegance

Paul Clarke

If you are a fan of grand Edwardian residences oozing with original period features and charm then Oakleigh House, St Chads Road ticks all those boxes. This striking 5 bed roomed detached house sits next to the beautiful tree lined path of Stowe Pool which leads you in minutes to the centre of Lichfield and all its array of independent shops and restaurants.

This is a landmark property and for those of you who are from Lichfield will remember it as a small boutique style hotel and restaurant. However, it didn’t start its life as a small hotel as it was originally built by a renowned Lichfield Builder as his family home to his exacting specifications. Hence all the characterful features and he even had an inn built in the back yard to entertain his guests, well he would have, it is Lichfield after all, a mini City bursting with pubs! With all this in mind you can understand why the current owners underwent a comprehensive and incredibly sympathetic refurbishment 10 years ago to make this stunning house a fabulous family home again. 

All the rooms are of generous proportions and jammed packed with architectural details from Minton tiled floors, ornate plaster ceilings to the most beautiful stain glass windows and let’s not forget the incredible staircase sweeping all the way up to the second floor. So, let’s look inside. You approach the front of house following the York stone path leaving the Edwardian railings behind you and enter a delightful entrance porch, featuring some of the gorgeous stain glass windows we spoke of, which then leads into the hallway with its splendid Minton Tiled Floor. 

The main sitting room is a vast space with an oak timber floor, deep skirting boards and decorative plaster cornice, all adding to the drama of the room. The original sash windows are still in place to the front and back of the room which fills the space with light which is complimented by the light from the large conservatory, cleverly divided into a sitting and dining area. Across the Hallway is a further sitting room, it’s the perfect room for entertaining and to show off some of the best period features in the house, with its original decorative ceiling, reclaimed pewter fireplace and polished timber floor. There’s even an original recessed cupboard to keep your gin collection on display.

Past the large cloak room and down a corridor you find a super large utility and then the splendid kitchen diner. This room has been purposely designed in contrast to the rest of the house with contemporary high gloss units, stainless steel tiled splash- backs and granite worktops. A stable door takes you onto a pretty patio area, perfect for your mid-morning croissant and flat white. From here you get the first glimpse of the gated garden area across the driveway but more of that to come. 

This is an incredibly unique property in Lichfield and one which will be a privilege to show people around. For the details about and the rest of the house and why this is a very special home visit mrandmrsclarke.com or call us to arrange a viewing.

  • Mr Clarke says : Can I open a pub again in the garden?
  • 4Living Spaces
  • 5Bedrooms
  • 3Bathrooms
  • Mrs Clarke says : Lichfield is the ideal place for me and my family
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Back into the grand hallway and up the impressive stairs with its white spindles and polished wooden balustrade until you reach the first floor with 3 spacious double bedrooms, all with ensuites. The master suite is a collection of rooms including a dressing area, a huge bathroom with freestanding clawfoot bath and walk-in double shower and a little surprise of a large balcony with room for plenty of seats and views over to Stowe Pool. The balcony is a real highlight with it being a great sun trap, making it the perfect spot to sit and relax after a hard day at the office and the spiral staircase makes life easy to top up your favourite tipple in the kitchen below.

Continue up the stairs again to find a further 2 double, 1 with an ensuite and views over to the cathedral through the leaded bay window. Outside the decadent Edwardian features continue with an extensive lawned garden bordered on 3 sides by mature tress and elegant railings. You’ll find several private areas in which to sit but the prominent feature here is the delightful Edwardian Summerhouse with its own elevated paved patio and pretty French doors. It’s the perfect place to take afternoon tea as you gaze across the lawn, but it would make a fantastic home office. The grandeur of this garden is such it’s like having your very own private park.

There’s parking at the rear of the house for 2 cars and a detached double garage constructed of brick and timber to park a further 2 cars. The rear of the property is accessed via electric gates leading up a leafy driveway which provides access to 2 neighbouring properties.

Summary

  • Style : Edwardian grandeur at its best
  • Lifestyle : a beautiful setting within minutes of modern urban life
  • Three words : Unique. Grand. Home
  • Our favourite part This house is stunning with its wealth of character. Its large and spacious making it a unique family home.
Oakleigh House, Lichfield

Location

An independent vibe with serious history

Foodie Heaven

Lichfield is a stunning little city with a magnificent cathedral, loads of history, jam packed with pubs, a great park and a festival almost on every month, and then there’s the Morris Dancers – it’s that English and we simply love it, it’s got everything here you could possibly need.

It’s always been a bit of a destination for a night out as there loads of top notch restaurants, many independent, be it the Wine House or a few miles out The Boat at Summerhill, you’ll always have a great selection to choose from and many a bar to go to before or afterwards. It really is fast becoming a real foodie town with 2 food festivals a year packing in the crowds. And if you like your entertainment a little more highbrow the music and literature festivals will suit you fine as well as the odd fringe festival throughout the year.

The youngsters are well catered for with a superb park right in the centre of the town, its so convenient you can grab a flat white from one of the many funky coffee shops before you exert your energies on all Beacon Park has to offer: tennis courts, pitch and putt, bowling green, a creative play area for the tots as well as beautiful gardens to admire. There’s a theatre too named after one of Lichfield’s many famous residents, David Garrick and the medieval Guildhall is a superb music venue.

Great schools, lots of culture and lovely people

Around the town there’s also a strong independent vibe of shops, our personal fav’s being Worth Brothers Wine Merchants and the Kitchen Shop full of every gadget you didn’t realise you needed. Of course, there’s a Waitrose in Lichfield and its huge – perfect! If you’re in need of the bigger named chains, the out of town shopping area in Tamworth is just a couple of miles away and it even has the holy grail of shops, John Lewis.

If you feel the need to get active there’s loads of sporting clubs and health clubs to join or simply get out in the fresh air with your pooch on one of many lovely walks right on your doorstop, be it along the canal towpaths or meandering around the beautiful streets you’ve got it all. For the more adventurous the Derbyshire Dales isn’t too far away for some serious hiking in the great outdoors.

There’s a great community spirit here, many residents never move and if they do they usually can’t wait to move back. The schools, both State and Independent are all good and this little City is incredibly well connected. Two train stations, with trains to London Euston in less than 80 minutes and Birmingham in 35 minutes – what could be better? If you’re driving the M6 Toll is close by, just over half an hour to Birmingham, with Leicester and Derby an hour.

Lichfield really is a perfect little City.

  • Post Office: 1
  • Stores: Loads of independent shops from Worth Brothers Wine to Bore Street Bakery
  • Supermarket: lots in Lichfield but our favourite - Waitrose of course
  • Pubs: The Boat at Summerhill is our favourite & The Horse and Jockey intown
  • Walks: The pretty streets of Lichfield or The Derbyshire Dales

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