Guide Price £650,000
Old Portsmouth, Hampshire
In 1842, according to the ‘Charpentier’ guide to Portsmouth this section of High Street comprised three houses and a piece of waste ground. Of the three properties, Bellerophon, No 130 has been completely rebuilt since that time, No. 131 has survived largely intact and No. 132, is intact but later incorporated the waste ground as 132½ (132a, b and c in 2011), also known as Cambridge House. All of the properties would have been primarily residential accommodation throughout their existences but also at times offices for professional services such as solicitors and dentists. No 131 has a strong resemblance to the No. 130 shown in the Charpentier drawings fo that time, the evidence we have uncovered suggests that this is the building that stood here in 1860. The whole, or part, of the facade may have been rebuilt at some stage, confirmation for the proposal that the render is a late addition comes from the pillars either side of the door.
PROPERTY SUMMARY In 1842, according to the 'Charpentier' guide to Portsmouth this section of High Street comprised three houses and a piece of waste ground. Of the three properties, Bellerophon, No 130 has been completely rebuilt since that time, No. 131 has survived largely intact and No. 132, is intact but later incorporated the waste ground as 132½ (132a, b and c in 2011), also known as Cambridge House. All of the properties would have been primarily residential accommodation throughout their existences but also at times offices for professional services such as solicitors and dentists. No 131 has a strong resemblance to the No. 130 shown in the Charpentier drawings fo that time, the evidence we have uncovered suggests that this is the building that stood here in 1860. The whole, or part, of the facade may have been rebuilt at some stage, confirmation for the proposal that the render is a late addition comes from the pillars either side of the door which are partially buried in the render whereas one might assume they originally stood proud of the brick face. Today, and after many improvements the property offers 2671 sq ft of living space living space arranged over five floors including a two room basement and two loft rooms. On the reception level is a long hallway running to the rear of the property with a sitting room, cloakroom, dining room, kitchen and orangery, on the first floor is the drawing room / bedroom with twin windows to the front, a double bedroom with en-suite shower room and a separate utility room / shower room, on the second floor are two further double bedrooms and shower room. To the rear of the property is an enclosed courtyard with flagstones and decking.
The property is deceptive with light and spacious rooms, some exposed brick fireplaces, wooden panelling and cast iron fire surrounds, this property represents a rare opportunity to purchase a unique and historic Grade II Listed townhouse which dates back to at least the late 18th century. The house is named after Bellerophon a hero in Greek mythology, one of the ships in the line of the Battle of Trafalgar and the ship aboard which Napoleon Bonaparte surrendered. It sits within walking distance of the historic maritime harbour of Old Portsmouth an area best described as a 'village within a City' with the Sailing Club, Camber Dock, many restaurants and public houses as well as the fortified Napoleonic sea defences, the highly regarded schools including The Portsmouth Grammar School and the Portsmouth High School are both nearby, early internal viewing is strongly recommended in order to appreciate both the accommodation and location on offer.
ENTRANCE To right of the front door is a further doorway leading to a bicycle store, main front door with security spy-hole and leadlight stained glass panel over depicting house number leading to:
LOBBY Parquet flooring, internal door with leadlight stained glass panel with wooden panel to one side leading to:
HALLWAY Wooden parquet flooring with panelling to internal walls, door to basement / cellars rooms, opening with feature arched top pillars providing access to staircase rising to first floor, radiator, textured ceiling and coving.
SITTING ROOM 12' 11" x 12' 8" (15'0" max) (3.91m x 3.86m) Twin sash windows to front aspect with low sills, wood panelling to all walls, ceiling coving, wooden parquet flooring, exposed brick fire surround with slate tiled hearth, built-in cupboard to one side, double radiator, central heating control switch, power points, recessed cloaks cupboard with hanging rail, tongue and groove panelling to ceiling, parquet flooring, door to:
CLOAKROOM Tiled to half wall level, leadlight window to rear, low level w.c., wall mounted wash hand basin, tongue and groove panelling to ceiling, parquet flooring.
DINING ROOM 15' 8" x 11' 9" (4.65m x 3.51m) Ceiling coving, wood surround fireplace with cast iron inlay and slate hearth, built-in cupboard to one side, door with leadlight stained glass panels leading to hallway, matching parquet flooring, built-in corner shelving, twin full height glazed doors leading to orangery, tall narrow built-in storage cupboard, door to built-in larder with range of shelving.
KITCHEN 9'0" x 8' 10" (2.72m x 2.64m) Range of wooden fronted units with eye-level double oven and grill with storage cupboards over and under, T bar brushed steel handles, inset Neff five ring gas hob with cupboards under, oak work surface with extractor hood, fan and light over, tiled surrounds, door leading to rear garden, inset single drainer sink unit with mixer tap and cupboard space under, dishwasher point, range of drawers, power points, space for fridge/freezer, window to rear aspect overlooking garden, oak block work surface with square opening and spotlights leading to:
ORANGERY 9' 9" x 9' 4" (3.05m x 2.74m) Decreasing to 6'6" at narrowest point, wedge shaped. Slate tiled flooring, glass apex roof with hardwood supports, radiator, power points, wall lights, range of shelving.
LOWER GROUND FLOOR / BASEMENT ROOMS
HOBBY ROOM 15' 2" x 11' 6" (4.62m x 3.51m) Approximate ceiling height 6'2". Range of storage cupboards with work surface over, arched recess into chimney breast, power points, lighting, opening leading to:
GAMES ROOM 15' 9" x 12' 9" (4.8m x 3.89m) Approximate ceiling height 6'4", exposed bricks on all walls with feature arched chimney breast with storage recess to one side, brick flooring, original coal shute, windows to front aspect, wall mounted gas and electric meters, power points.
FIRST FLOOR Landing, doors to primary rooms, high level leadlight stained glass panel, staircase rising to top floor.
DRAWING ROOM / BEDROOM 16' 6" x 12' 11" (4.98m x 3.78m) Twin sash windows to front aspect with shutters, wooden parquet flooring, narrow built-in book shelf, radiator, high ceiling with coving, fire surround with brick exposed inlay and tiled hearth, arched recess to one side with shelving, power points.
UTILITY / SHOWER ROOM To one end is a shower cubicle with panelled door, slate tiled flooring, radiator, to the other end is a washing machine point, wall mounted sink, work surface and window to rear aspect, power points.
BEDROOM 2 15' 9" decreasing to 11'9" x 11' 8" (4.75m x 3.53m) Storage into chimney recess with built-in cupboard to one side, high ceiling with coving, sash window to rear aspect with views towards Spinnaker Tower, double radiator, power points, door to:
EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM Shower area with rail and curtain, low level w.c., wall mounted wash hand basin with tiled splashback, extractor fan, shaver point and light.
SECOND FLOOR Landing with radiator, wooden parquet flooring, window to side aspect, doors to primary rooms, staircase rising to top floor.
BEDROOM 1 17' 6" x 14' 11" (5.26m x 4.47m) Twin sash windows to front aspect, radiator, some painted panelling to wall, fire surround with cast iron inlay and coal effect fire (not tested), built-in wardrobe to one side, panelled door, power points.
SHOWER ROOM Large shower with drying area to one end, wall mounted Mira, extractor fan, double glazed frosted window to rear aspect, corner wash hand basin with mixer tap, tiled flooring, low level w.c., heated towel rail, ceramic tiled to half wall level.
BEDROOM 3 13' 4" x 10' 11" (4.01m x 3.28m) Sash window to rear aspect with views towards Spinnaker Tower, built-in wardrobe to one side of chimney breast, painted panelling to one wall, fire surround with cast iron grate and inlay, power points.
TOP FLOOR Restricted landing area with lowered doors leading to:
HOBBY ROOM 12' 11" x 11' 6" (3.84m x 3.4m) Measurements taken from approximately 2'4" off floor level with restricted ceilings to either side reducing headroom height, central head height 6'1", dormer window to front aspect, wood laminate flooring.
SPARE ROOM 10' 10" x 10' 10" (3.45m x 3.23m) Measurements taken from approximately 2'4" off floor level with slight eaves to side ceilings restricting headroom, central ceiling height 6'0", dormer window to rear aspect with views over rooftops towards No.1 Building and Spinnaker Tower, recess with shelving.
OUTSIDE To the right hand side of the main front door is a further built-in bicycle store/cupboard, to the rear, accessible from the kitchen and orangery is a garden enclosed by brick retaining walls on all sides, laid to paving with patio/decked area and fish pond.
- A Five Storey Character Townhouse
- Four Bedrooms
- One / Two Reception Rooms
- Close to Local Amenities & the Historic Maritime Centre
- Two Loft Rooms
- Two Basement (Hobby & Games) Rooms
- Grade II Listed
- Viewing Recommended