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.