4 bedroom semi-detached house for saleMudeford, Christchurch, Dorset
An exceptional Grade II Listed attached family home in a stunning waterside position with south facing gardens, harbour frontage, moorings and views across to the iconic beach huts on Mudeford Spit and Hengistbury Head. The house has been completely renovated by the current owners who have created a beautiful, stylish home whilst retaining the property’s character and period features. Energy Efficiency Rating: Not Required As Listed
Mudeford on the edge of Christchurch Harbour is an old fishing village and an unspoiled haven with nature reserves, a range of water sports and Mudeford Quay with its fishing boats and ferry across to peaceful Mudeford Sandbank and Hengistbury Head. Local facilities include Christchurch Harbour Hotel and Mudeford infant and junior schools, rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. The picturesque and historic town of Christchurch is nearby with a railway station and an excellent selection of banks, shops, restaurants, cafes and pubs as well as a lively events calendar including regular markets and festivals. Mudeford is also well positioned between the New Forest National Park with its vast expanses of heathland and woodland, and Bournemouth with miles of sandy beaches, thriving shopping centre and popular grammar schools.
It is thought that this elegant period property was built over a hundred years ago at the turn of the twentieth century. The impressive portico entrance has a pair of glazed doors with bespoke French handcrafted wrought iron screens and original shutters. The doors open onto a spacious reception hall with Travertine stone flooring.
Throughout the property are features such as high ceilings, sash windows, original wide panelled internal doors and lovely period detailing such as cornicing and picture rails. The owners have complemented the property’s character by sourcing items such as cast iron radiators, old and handcrafted fireplaces, and artisan craftsmen to create bespoke furniture.
To the right of the hallway is a large study with original shutters, sash window, fireplace with gas fire and parquet flooring. Across the back of the house are the two principal rooms: the drawing room/dining room and kitchen/breakfast room which both face south. The drawing room/dining room features parquet flooring, working fireplace with stone surround and spectacular bay window with window seating and lovely views over the gardens to Christchurch Harbour.
The kitchen/breakfast room has two pairs of glazed full-height doors with original shutters which can open back fully onto a wisteria-covered verandah with original tiled floor. The kitchen includes a Falcon range cooker and is furnished with
hand-painted cupboards especially imported from France with integrated fridge and dishwasher, marble worktops and extra wide marble sink. A hand-crafted and hand-painted island unit incorporates pull-out fridge drawers, deep storage drawers and wine racks. The kitchen has cream-painted original boards and underfloor heating which also runs under the hall and cloakroom.
Off the hallway, the cloakroom includes a French marble washstand, traditional Edwardian-style sanitary ware and window seat. The utility room has space for a full range of appliances. Handcrafted furniture complements the period of the property and includes a range of cupboards, plus classic butler’s sink set into Granite worktop and ceiling clothes airer.
A door leads down to a dry cellar consisting of three good-sized rooms with external windows, one of which is currently used for storing kayaks, and two storerooms.
At the other end of the hallway a turning staircase leads upstairs to the bedroom accommodation. This includes a fabulous master bedroom suite with painted original boards, handcrafted fitted wardrobes, plus walk-in wardrobe, and en suite bathroom with spacious shower and French marble-topped washstand with double basins. A particular feature of the master bedroom is the large, sunny semi-circular tiled balcony with stunning views; this is where the owners often enjoy breakfast.
A second bedroom with similar views features an old fireplace and original painted boards. There are two further double bedrooms, one used as a guest bedroom and another as a playroom. The luxurious family bathroom features a slipper bath tub decorated with dramatic painted marble effect and freestanding taps, painted boards, French marble-topped washstand, traditional Edwardian-style sanitary ware and a separate walk-in shower.
The landscaped gardens are mostly laid to lawn with well established borders of shrubs and trees giving the garden considerable privacy. The gardens are approximately 30 metres long running down to a kitchen garden area, Wendy house, greenhouse and two sheds, and an area beyond a stone wall, reached over a bridge, beside a sheltered inlet where a boat can be kept. At night the gardens are lit by hidden spotlights. This is an exceptional house that is beautifully presented and combines classic country house style with French chic and contemporary luxury living, as well as offering an idyllic lifestyle for those who love waterside living and boats.
Property ref: 121_964_3785227
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