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9 bedroom house for sale
St. Johns House, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 6PB
- 4 principal reception rooms
- Kitchen & garden room
- 9 bedrooms & 4 bathrooms
- 4 guest suite with 5*AA rating
- Cobbled court yard & parking
St Johns House stands within the centre of Staffordshire's premier heritage city, Lichfield, close to its stunning Medieval Cathedral with its three spires and Minster pool. The house is close to excellent shops and amenities while being well placed for commuting to Birmingham, London and Midland business centres. Lichfield is a Cathedral City with a strong cultural base and a fascinating history. It boasts 230 listed buildings within its historic streets, hosts a number of year round events varying from Lichfield Festival including Jazz and Blues, Cathedral concerts and the theatre offers a varied repertoire from Shakespeare to comedy. It is also noted for its highly regarded schools including the Lichfield Cathedral School and is within easy daily travelling distance of Repton, Denstone, Abbots Bromley and Birmingham schools. St Johns House is exceptionally well placed for easy commuting to Midland business centres, with the M6 toll being within 3 miles connecting to the national motorway network, while Lichfield has 2 train stations. Lichfield Trent Valley Station offers an hourly service to London Euston with some trains taking just over an hour whilst Lichfield City station offers a regular service to Birmingham and Manchester. There are international airports at Birmingham, Manchester and East Midlands.
St Johns House is a handsome Grade II listed Regency town house of great standing. The house embraces a traditional cobbled courtyard with converted stable block,a two room bothy and a walled garden. While an attractive family home, the house is being run as a successful boutique bed and breakfast business utilising the converted stable block and has great potential for further commercial use.
It is thought that St Johns House was formerly a coaching Inn known as the Bear Inn first appearing in records in 1698. Bought by a local business man in the early 19th Century, the house was completely renovated in Regency style in a time when great wealth was being generated in the City through its coaching trade. Its elegant portico, decorative stucco faĆ§ade, pedimented first floor windows and decorative cornicing and plaster works were all carried out at this time. The house become a private residence of great standing within the city and belonged to various wealthy merchants. In 1902 it became the home to local colliery owner, a Mr Peake, whose family owned it for over fifty years and for a short time it became known as Peake House.
In 1958 the house became St Johns Preparatory School until relocated late in the early 2000's after which time it remained empty. Bought in 2003 by the current owners, they set about renovating and restoring the property to create a family home offering bespoke guest accommodation in the Coach House which they have been running as a successful boutique bed and breakfast business with 5* AA rated guest accommodation.
The property has a beautifully balanced stuccoed brick faĆ§ade with a columned portico and ashlar dressings under a parapet roof. Internally, it has well preserved period features and includes a striking encaustic tiled floor in the reception hall, intricate plasterwork and friezes, and fourteen fireplaces throughout the house, many with their original surrounds. The formal reception rooms have high ceilings and are lit by deep sash windows with architraves and shutters. The drawing room is particularly notable with its striking ceiling friezes and black fireplace with Tuscan columns and 19th Century iron grate. The former billiard room is now utilised as a dining room and has a glazed walkway linking it to the traditional kitchen with its adjoining larder and laundry. The original butler's pantry is now an office.
An open well staircase leads to the first and second floor.The first floor has been partially restored with a well presented master bedroom with en suite dressing room and bathroom, and four further bedrooms each with high ceilings and sash windows and plumbing in place for four further bathrooms. The second floor has been completed to a high standard to provide 3 elegant suites with bathrooms, one with a copper slipper bath.
The house has undergone considerable restoration works over the last 9 years which include the roof being restored; rewiring, re-plumbing and newly installed gas fired central heating. It does however require further decorative and installation work to complete it to a consistent standard.
The Stables were initially converted in 2004 to an attractive and well laid out house as secondary accommodation for a family member. In this format the house offered two reception rooms kitchen and two en suite bedrooms. The house has more recently been adapted to provide four high quality guest suites each with well fitted bathrooms and eye catching bedrooms. The two ground floor suites have French windows opening to private gardens and one has a wood burning stove. They have been awarded 5* AA accreditation.
The courtyard and walled garden
The traditional cobbled courtyard is to one side of the house and offers secure off street parking with a two room two storey bothy to one side and the Stables to the end. There is potential to extend the parking area (subject to planning permission being obtained) into the walled garden behind the house.
The garden is laid to lawn and extends to about 0.247 acres approx. The whole site extends to about 0.4497 acres approx.
St Johns House is Grade II* listed.
From the M6 Toll Road take A5127 following signs to Lichfield City Centre. Continue straight on at all the traffic lights and on entering St Johns Street, the house is on the left after approximately 100 metres. The gateway to the courtyard with parking is to the near side of the house. From North (Rugeley and Stafford) From the A51 Constitution Island (island that meets the A515 from Ashbourne) follow the signs for Lichfield City Centre (straight across the island) and at the first set of traffic lights at the Hedgehog go straight on until you reach the next large island. Take the first exit past the clock tower towards the city centre and at the next island take the second exit (straight on). The road then turns sharp right at pedestrian lights. After approximately 150 metres, immediately after pedestrian crossing, St. Johns House is on your right, the gates to the courtyard are to the far side of building.