Doorsteps are pleased to bring to the market this large, detached house with a garage, family-sized garden and 48ft of permanent brick and concrete end-of-garden mooring on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. Twenty minutes’ walk along the canal takes you to the thriving City Centre and, in the other direction, beautiful parks, a large sports centre, a brand new swimming pool, a golf course and open countryside. Highly regarded schools of all types (secondary, primary, state and private) are a short walk away.
The house dates from approximately 1815, coinciding with the construction of the canal that it overlooks from rising ground. Its position has the advantage of commanding views from the master bedroom over the rooftops to the Malvern Hills. The age of the property means that it pre-dates the road now running along the front of the property, resulting in an intriguing ‘back-to-front’ effect. The front door is now accessed through what would have been the back yard, complete with a perfectly preserved water well currently protected by a man-hole cover. The rear of the property would have been the front when it was built, but now overlooks a quiet and secluded garden.
Entering the property through the front door will bring you into a brightly-lit entrance hall, with a downstairs toilet to your left and an alcove for coats next to it. The solid structure and interior brick walls of the house mean that you only have to close the door behind you to enjoy a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. The downstairs rooms are laid out either side of a long hallway, decorated in period style and with a polished woodblock floor, which leads through to the garden.
Two main family rooms overlook the garden. The open fireplace in the lounge (12’x12’), with solid marble mantelpiece, has seen regular use over the years, and is equipped with an air-flowed grate that draws very effectively from the cellar. Alcoves either side of the chimney stack provide convenient space for larger pieces of furniture, and a lit, arched alcove with matching woodblock floor is currently home to the family piano (not included!). Spacious as well as cosy, it is the perfect space for a variety of uses.
Its counterpart on the north side of the property functions very successfully as a dining room (12’x11’), as a hatchway has been levelled to table-height to allow family meals to extend in from the kitchen. The possibility of opening up both rooms with another archway is perfectly feasible, and if desired would create an open-plan effect spanning the entire length of the house. The tiled fireplace in the dining room currently houses a gas fire, with the chimneystack being on the outside of the property.
The kitchen (11’x8’), still in its original location overlooking the yard and well, has been well-designed to maximise storage whilst still offering space to dine. The sink is situated in front of the large window that allows plenty of natural light, and there is an adjacent gas cooker and oven with extractor fan above. The black tiled-effect floor is a relatively recent addition to the house.
The other rooms on the ground floor continue the charmingly characterful theme running through this property. The utility room (8’x6’), for example, not only has space for a washing machine, sink, tumble dryer, shelving and an overhead airer, but also a quirky laundry chute allowing clothes to be dropped down from the bathroom. Behind another door there are stairs leading down to a large, dry cellar (11’6 x 11’6, headroom 5’ 11”) under the lounge, where the walls have been painted and the ceiling plastered to create a highly useful space with some natural light, recessed lighting and electric sockets. The original coal chute stands as a reminder of how things used to be.
Another door off the main entrance hall leads to the workshop (8’x8’), which also currently serves as bicycle storage. The tile flagstones and angled chimney stack in the corner are original features dating back to when this room was added as an extension of the house not long after it was built. The room also serves as an access point to the garage (19’x9’), precluding any need to go outside to reach your vehicle. There is storage space in the tiled roof-section of the garage, and an additional extension (7.5’ x 9’) towards the garden provides additional space for practical projects or garden equipment. A steel frame mounted above this extension has housed everything from canoes to ladders over the years.
The westerly facing garden is wonderfully warm and sheltered in the summer. The main garden (approx. 35’ square) comprises a gently-sloping central lawn surrounded by mature shrubs and borders, with a paved area for sitting around a barbeque. At the end of the lawn a set of stone steps curve down through the fence and original iron gate to the wharf, which is built along the bottom of a terraced bank covered with shrubs, flowers and fruit bushes.
The stairs to the first floor rise from the centre point of the house to a dual level landing, from where you can access the first four bedrooms, the bathroom and the shower room. The large, family-size bathroom (10’x8’) easily accommodates a bath, basin and full-height airing cupboard heated by a large hot water tank. There is also an extractor fan and electric heater, as well as a radiator below the towel hooks. The shower and upstairs toilet are in a separate room opposite, with an additional extractor fan and heater.
The master bedroom (15’x12’) is a large, peacefully-decorated room with stunning views over the city as far as the Malvern Hills. It has an original fireplace that is a beautifully preserved period feature, with alcoves either side of the chimney stack matching those found in the lounge below.
The second bedroom (11’x12’) has similarly expansive views, even catching a glimpse of Worcester Cathedral in the distance. Both rooms also look down on the narrowboats winding their way along the canal. Once again, the solid walls cut out any noise from other areas of the house or outside, allowing the occupant a very peaceful night’s sleep.
The remaining two rooms (8’ x 8’) on the first floor are of good size and well-proportioned, one with its own basin, with potential as guest or children’s rooms or offices. Large windows offer plenty of natural light. All bedrooms on the first floor are equipped with radiators.
The attic has been converted into two extra bedrooms (10’x8’ and 11’x8’, 6ft 2” max headroom) and extensive storage space. The larger room is brightly lit with wooden laminate flooring, whereas the second bedroom is cosier but with ample space for a double bed. There is a velux window on the west side that exposes the upper landing to natural light and provides a wonderful view across to the hills from the highest point of the house.
The secure 48ft mooring is a perfect addition for narrowboat owners, and is supplied with mains electricity. Steer an hour south and pass through the city centre to lock onto the River Severn for access to Stourport, Upton-on-Severn and the River Avon. Travel north to explore the midlands waterways network, with the recently-opened Droitwich canal a short hop away, and Birmingham at the top of the famous Tardebigge flight.
The house is double-glazed throughout, with gas central heating powering radiators on the ground and first floors.
Viewing by appointment.
Energy performance certificate, electrical certificate and structural survey available on request.
Disclaimer: All information is given in good faith but should be verified by the buyer. The mooring is subject to approval by the Canals & Rivers Trust, but we currently moor our narrowboat there.