Guide Price £900,000
There are many distinctive and interesting homes in Southsea, the Taswell Arms is certainly one of those properties, originally built by Pike Spicer & Co as a community public house in the late Victorian period. The public house ceased trading some years ago and was bought by an entrepreneurial gentleman who could see the potential in converting it to form a unique five bedroom home, a journey that has been recorded in a hardback book, illustrating its development from purchase to completion of major works including the progression and extent of the refurbishment. The accommodation is laid out over four floors including a basement area and provides 4069 sq ft of living space, the ground floor is laid out in a U shaped living area with family/dining and seating areas incorporated within the main living space along with a well fitted kitchen, small bar area and music room with Sonos surround sound music system with ceiling mounted speakers.
PROPERTY SUMMARY There are many distinctive and interesting homes in Southsea, the Taswell Arms is certainly one of those properties, originally built by 'Pike Spicer & Co' as a community public house in the late Victorian period. The public house ceased trading some years ago and was bought by an entrepreneurial gentleman who could see the potential in converting it to form a unique five bedroom home, a journey that has been recorded in a hardback book, illustrating its development from purchase to completion of major works including the progression and extent of the refurbishment. The accommodation is laid out over four floors including a basement area and provides 4069 sq ft of living space, the ground floor is laid out in a 'U' shaped living area with family/dining and seating areas incorporated within the main living space along with a well fitted kitchen, small bar area and music room with 'Sonos' surround sound music system with ceiling mounted speakers combining to make the emphasis on great entertaining space. On the first floor is a substantial main bedroom with en-suite shower room with three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. On the top floor is a large open plan bedroom with seating area to one end. Gas fired central heating throughout.
The ground floor has underfloor heating, with the upper rooms having wall mounted radiators (or electric underfloor in the case of the two bathrooms), there is a four/five room basement incorporating the former air raid shelter and wine store. The grounds are enclosed by a retaining wall with a number of original restored features such as etched glass windows (these are copies of the original etched glass), a good sized courtyard garden providing secure car parking facilities, with remote controlled electronic gates, a brick built shed. The exterior of the property is covered by a CCTV system. Ceiling mounted speakers and double glazing. Located in the heart of Southsea, adjacent to Wimbledon Park recreation ground, yet within easy access of the Victorian waterfront, Palmerston Road shopping facilities, junior schools and within easy access of high regarded private schools, such as St Johns College, Grammar School, High School and Mayville, early internal viewing is strongly recommended in order to appreciate both the accommodation and location on offer.
ENTRANCE Brick retaining wall with painted coping stones over, pillared entrance, quarry tiled pathway with wall to one side, shingled area with shrubs and bushes, canopy style porch with lighting, twin pub doors with frosted glazed panels and brass locking handle, leading to:
FOYER Quarry tiled flooring, radiator, ceiling spotlights, twin glazed doors leading to family room, zoned Lutron programmable lighting, internal part-glazed door leading to cloakroom, cloaks hanging area, skylight window, ceiling spotlights, tiled flooring, radiator.
CLOAKROOM Close coupled w.c., ceiling spotlights, extractor fan, contemporary style wash hand basin with mixer tap and cupboards under, tiled flooring and skirting.
FAMILY ROOM OPENING TO DINING AND SEATING AREA 27' 2" x 13' 7" (8.28m x 4.14m) Overall width of room 45'0" wrapping around central area with staircase and music room. Family area; ceiling spotlights with ceiling speakers running from a Sonos sound system, twin part-glazed doors leading to entrance, double glazed sash windows with etched (copies from original design) glass 'Pike Spicer & Co' to lower section, matching oak flooring & skirting boards, underfloor heating, original tongue and grove panelling to some walls, power points, matching sash style window facing Wimbledon Park Road, opening directly to dining area, small bar, kitchen and living room. Twin half glazed doors leading to:
STUDY / MUSIC ROOM 15' 11" x 10' 8" (4.85m x 3.25m) Matching oak flooring and skirting board, double glazed sash windows with etched glass to the bottom section facing Wimbledon Park Road, original twin doors, stripped and stained skirting boards, power points, underfloor heating.
DINING AREA 19' 2" x 11' 9" (5.84m x 3.58m) Matching oak flooring and skirting boards, ceiling spotlights with ceiling speakers, underfloor heating, power points, opening into:
BAR AREA Maximum depth 17'1" with range of shelving, bar and drop down bar top, rectangular opening leading to kitchen, matching oak flooring and skirting boards, power points, ceiling spotlights, hidden manifolds for underfloor heating (not tested).
LIVING AREA INC. KITCHEN 32' 8" x 16' 6" (max). (9.96m x 5.03m) Double glazed sash window overlooking Wimbledon Park with etched glass to bottom section, ceiling spotlights, twin double glazed wooden doors leading to garden and parking, matching oak flooring and skirting boards with underfloor heating, ceiling speaker and spotlights, black and cream tiled hearth with log burner and liner flue. Kitchen area: polished concrete work surface with storage cupboards under, matching wooden flooring, double glazed wood framed door leading to garden, door to utility room, comprehensive range of cream fronted wall and floor units with brushed steel 'T' bar handles, 'Baumatic' eye-level built-in microwave, three skylight windows, spotlights, range of drawer units, inset 1½ sink unit with mixer tap and cupboard space under, integrated dishwasher with matching door, free standing Rangemaster five ring gas hob range with ovens under, peninsular style polished concrete divide with matching shelving, ceramic tiled surrounds, power points, under unit lighting, curved end, door to:
UTILITY ROOM 9' 2" x 8' 10" (2.79m x 2.69m) Double glazed windows overlooking garden, cold water supply for American style fridge/freezer, pitched roof with ceiling spotlights, ceiling airer, extractor fan, tiled flooring, power points, plumbing for washing machine, tall larder style unit, space for tumble dryer, shallow butler style sink with mixer tap over, built-in storage cupboard housing 'Worcester' boiler supplying domestic hot water and central heating, water softener, door from dining area leading to:
INNER HALLWAY Matching oak flooring and skirting boards, balustrade staircase rising to first floor, door leading to inner lobby with built-in communications cupboard housing consumer electric boxes, CCTV system and media system, door to side aspect leading to Wimbledon Park Road with glazed frosted panels to either side, coir matted area, doorway leading to basement/cellar.
FIRST FLOOR Mezzanine landing with wooden flooring, frosted double glazed windows to side aspect, steps to main landing, balustrade staircase rising to top floor, radiator, stripped floorboards, archway, ceiling spotlights, doors to primary rooms.
BEDROOM 1 27' 3" x 14' 8" (8.31m x 4.47m) Triple aspect Sash double glazed windows, two roll top radiators, original wooden flooring, panelled door, power points, original marble surround fireplace and cast iron arched insert, black and white tiled hearth, door to:
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM Tiled flooring with underfloor heating, shower area with drying area to one end, wall mounted taps, large glazed panel, concealed cistern w.c., with shelf over, moulded wash hand basin with mixer tap and cupboard space under, wall units, mirror with pelmet lighting over, sash style frosted glazed window to rear aspect, radiator, ceiling spotlights, panelled door, extractor fan.
BEDROOM 3 14' 10" x 10' 6" (4.52m x 3.2m) Double glazed sash windows with radiator under, stripped floorboards, 1940's ceramic tiled fireplace with matching hearth, panelled door, power points.
BATHROOM 12' 4" to front of chimney breast x 9' 0" (3.76m x 2.74m) Chimney breast with original marble surround fireplace and cast iron arched insert with built-in cupboards to either side, further built-in storage cupboard housing large hot water cylinder (not tested), heated towel rail, panelled door, tiled flooring, frosted sash window to side aspect, low level w.c., with twin flush and shelf over, moulded rectangular hand basin with mixer tap and cupboard space under, mirror with pelmet lighting over, wall units, panelled bath with shower screen over, wall mounted controls, ceiling spotlights.
BEDROOM 4 14' 4" x 13' 4" (4.37m x 4.06m) Panelled door, stripped and stained floorboards, sash window to side aspect, radiator, original marble surround fireplace and cast iron arched insert and green and blue tiled hearth, power points.
BEDROOM 2 14' 5" x 13' 5" (4.39m x 4.09m) Sash double glazed window to side aspect with radiator under, power points, original marble surround fireplace and cast iron arched insert, cream and black tiled hearth, stripped and stained floorboards, power points, panelled door.
TOP FLOOR Staircase with balustrade opening directly into:
BEDROOM 5 31' 1" x 14' 3" (9.47m x 4.34m) Measurements taken from approximately 4'1" off floor level with slight eaves to front and rear ceiling, maximum ceiling height 7'6". Bedroom area; Sash dormer window overlooking Wimbledon Park Road, stripped and stained floorboards, access to storage eaves, radiator, power points. Bedroom area, radiator, sash window to rear aspect, built-in wardrobe with panelled door, matching stripped and stained floorboards, door with arched top leading to:
WALK IN STORAGE CUPBOARD / DRESSING ROOM 15' 11" x 11' 2" (4.85m x 3.4m) Eaves to ceiling, fluorescent tube lighting, power points, access to storage eaves, wall mounted controls for 'Aurora' solar panels running off a high rate tariff.
CELLAR Stairs from rear hallway leading down to store room with sloping flooring with fluorescent tube lighting, leading to further store rooms.
CELLAR (ROOM 1) 14' 6" x 8' 3" (4.42m x 2.51m) Ceiling height to beams approximately 6'8" Double glazed frosted windows to front and side aspect, raised plinths, square opening leading to:
FORMER AIR RAID SHELTER 6' 3" x 4' 10" (1.91m x 1.47m) Escape hatch area, original acro and metal support with corrugated metal roof.
WINE CELLAR 5' 9" x 5' 5" (1.75m x 1.65m) Sloping brick floor, range of wooden shelving.
CELLAR (ROOM 2) 15' 0" x 10' 3" (4.57m x 3.12m) Raised plinths, fluorescent tube lighting, frosted double glazed windows providing natural light, water tap, electric meter.
OUTSIDE Wrapping round the property on two sides from Taswell Road and Wimbledon Park Road is a brick retaining wall with coping stones over, flowering shrub borders and shingle base, accessible from Wimbledon Park Road are automatic double gates providing vehicular access with a separate pedestrian gate leading to brick paved garden/courtyard and parking area, measuring approximately 27'5" x 22'4" maximum enclosed on all aspect, brick built shed (7'5" x 5'11") with pedestrian door, log store, external lighting, outside tap and power.
AGENTS NOTES The property has gone through a complete conversion and renovation with building works complying with planning and building regulations to form a private house, capitalising on the open space. A full history of the refurbishment works that have taken place from being a former public house to today are all recorded in a hardback book called the 'Taswell Arms the Journey'. The house has been re-wired, re plumbed, re roofed and has a new 'A' rated double glazed windows fitted throughout, there is oak flooring to all of the ground floor. Original stripped pine floor boards to the upper floors.
- A Professionally Converted Former Public House
- 4069 Sq Ft of Living Space
- Five Bedrooms
- Gated Car Parking
- Open Plan Reception / Kitchen / Dining & Entertaining Areas
- Separate Music Room
- Enclosed Courtyard Garden
- Double Glazing & Zoned Underfloor Heating