5 bedroom house for saleMount Gardens, London, SE26
Guide Price £2,000,000
- spectacularly beautiful
- over 3600sq.ft
- 5 double bedrooms
- 2 receptions, 2 studies
- designer kitchen/diner
- 3 bathrooms, downstairs cloakroom
- elegant period features
- detached garage
- enchanting location
- close to superb amenities
The front of the house faces south, lending its fortunate aspect to a curved seating area and veranda that wraps around the house.
Entrances are rarely as breathtaking. You climb steps up to the house to reach a curved seating area and a veranda that wraps around the side of the house. Fortunately, this all faces south and overlooks an established garden planted with Euphorbia mellifera, tree ferns, calla lilies, silver birch, a large Trachycarpus fortunei palm and a mature California ironwood. When the trees in the lane drop leaves, you gain far reaching views.
Beyond the original front door is a super-wide hallway with leaded stained glass windows and a period fireplace with hand-painted tiles. Wood panelling remains under the staircase concealing under stairs cupboards and where windows don't have stained glass, they have casement openings. The Victorian fireplace in the sitting room is working, has a solid marble surround, two matching arched windows with stained glass are either side of it, the ceiling is panelled and there's a further casement window. Parquet flooring remains in the rear hallway, there's a good-size study/office room but the dining room is, quite simply, enormous. A west-facing bay window makes a perfect evening entertaining spot and you'll find one of the most ornately carved fireplaces one could chance upon.
If you've not heard of Roundhouse, do look them up. This design practice (founded by architects) designed and fitted the kitchen around 3-years ago. Appliances include a 5-ring Siemens induction hob, American style Fisher and Paykel fridge/freezer, Miele dishwasher and Siemens column-fitted combination microwave, oven and warming drawer with storage. Kitchen units are handleless, the worktop is a superior composite stone and engineered oak flooring is laid in here and the dining area. One rear door opens to a walk-in larder with a back door, the other to a useful utility room. You can reach the detached garage, rear path and wood store from the back door in the hall and there's also a downstairs cloakroom.
Four of the bedrooms are colossal yet the fifth is hardly tiny. You'll find the first floor has a pleasantly wide hall, high ceilings, original fireplaces and a great deal of natural light. Between the two front-facing rooms is a balcony reached from one bedroom and the second study/office. There's a shared bathroom with a traditional suite, bath with body jets, shower cubicle and basin recessed into a vanity unit. A full en suite bathroom serves one double bedroom while the current master bedroom has an elegant en suite bathroom provided and fitted by Fired Earth (walk-in double shower with rainfall shower rose, freestanding roll-top bath, bidet and recessed basin with vanity unit). Needless to say the loft is huge, should you need more space than the current 3611sq.ft.
Forest Hill train station has regular services to London Bridge and Victoria plus London Overground links to Canada Water, Shoreditch, Hoxton, Dalston Junction and Highbury & Islington - Sydenham is on the same line. Both town centres have a good selection of shops, Forest Hill has a recently revamped swimming pool and gym, two delicatessens, a Sainsbury's, various coffee shops, galleries, artists' studios and some very good pubs. Your local bookshop on Kirkdale is excellent as are the neighbouring antique outlets. Local state schools include OFSTED "outstanding" Elliot Bank and Kelvin Grove for small children while older kids fare well at Kingsdale, Forest School or Sydenham School. Some of the UK's top independents are within 10-minutes' drive and include Alleyn's Dulwich College and JAGS.
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