Caroline Place, Oxton, CH43
5 Bed House - Detached For Sale
Reception Rooms: 4 | Bedrooms: 5 | Bathrooms: 3
Guide price £650,000
First and foremost Springfield Lodge is a detached period home offering four entertaining rooms; this includes a large combined family kitchen dining room and and cloakroom facilities on the ground floor. There is a converted basement suite which includes living room, 'gym' (with shower); a second cloakroom and a utility room. At first floor are two double bedrooms and large bathroom with shower and bath; (the loo is separate and at mezzanine landing level) and with three further double bedrooms serviced by a four piece family bathroom at second floor level....
- Five Double Bedrooms
- 2 Bathroom & shower cabinet
- Four Reception Rooms
- Basement Conversion Suite
- Listed ll, Circa 1842/3
- Of Significant Local History
So that's the basic layout for you, as shown within our floor plan below. All else with reference to its beauty and authenticity; its architecture and design; the detail features and its history follows from that introduction. (Although we would also like to point out that this listed building also comes with the benefit and totally replaced and well insulated new roof; carried out approx just six years ago).
Built 1842 /43 (architect Charles Reed, note Reedville, a road a little further away) at the same time as the similarly handsome house next door; Aston Lodge, for a couple of Liverpool shipping merchants as their country holiday/weekend retreat (for in the day this district was nothing less than rich open countryside - ideal for a weekend of grouse shooting apparently). So it is then that these two homes represent the first by far of number of merchants' residents that consequently spread up and towards Oxton Village.
Springfield Lodge is very special indeed. And we're pretty confident that our slide show of photographs give that impression - or at least we certainly hope so. It is a hugely attractive double fronted period home and does, fortunately, still carry an immense amount of detailed design and finish of the original. Windows, for example. Architraves, fireplaces, doors, sandstone slabs too. Decorative and ornate modillion and cornices still stand proud amidst both reception rooms and the entrance hall which also inevitably comes with the most beautifully carved and turned oak stair rail.
Either side of this entrance hall are two charming reception rooms, each with their own feel, their own ambience; both beautiful rooms. A few stone slab steps down at the end of the hall and the house opens up to a rather magnificent although very understated, welcoming of family kitchen dining areas with a triple Aga kitchen oven, centre stage.
Now this room, together with the adjoining room were added around the 1900's. The room adjacent is spectacular. It was first commissioned for the resident artist, Will Penn: William Charles Penn 1877-1968. Spectacularly useful and endearing for latter day fiftieth birthday parties; perfect too for said artist and his paintings, given the amount of natural light he required. Fun space, useful space, quirky space.
Neat stairs take us down to the conversion of what would have been the original kitchens to the house. A savvy conversion, we say. Perfect for, let's say parties for younger members of the family - here anyone can have a go on the drums. A second room, currently commandeered as the gym (together with a relaxing post work out steam shower); a fully operational utility room and separate cloakroom facilities completes this rather cool yet highly practical suite.
Actually in fact there's a loo on each floor (one at that half landing). Up at first floor and you will find an extraordinary large, and for that we say decadent bathroom. Centre stage here is a free standing 'period' bath, separate from a highly functional and contemporary double shower cabinet. (the decision not to install a loo here makes clear sense). Across the landing and to one charming 'master' bedroom - more beautiful windows, another period fireplace together with a walk in dressing room.
So, there are five double bedrooms in all which have well accommodated this family of, well five, (plus family friend and dog who insisted in being in at least one of our photographs). Rather enviably for any teenagers who are helping parents to move house and thus searching property details on the net, is a thoroughly smart, again large, four piece bathroom suite at second floor level. With one of these three second floor bedrooms split into study and bedroom space (note period radiator and original circular window); said offspring could justifiably fantasise this as their own pied a terre, miles away from pecking parents...
There are a couple of paintings or pictures of paintings of Will Penn's family and friends; of the statue (one of which still remains tucked to the east side of the front garden; an original water feature set to the front. This is private front garden space protected by trees including one very handsome Copper Beech to the side of the secured (remotely) gates and drive. Look out for the a decorative urn which was also sculpted by Will Penn too. Over the sandstone wall is an enclosed court yard area with access back through the house via the kitchen.
Tucked away between Devonshire Road and Charlesville amidst later built but also attractive grand Victorian housing, Springfield Lodge stands on Caroline Place a considerably quiet district of Oxton. The village itself is but a few minutes drive or a ten minute walk. Birkenhead Park Station is a twenty minute walk across the park (Birkenhead Park) for trains to Liverpool; likewise the tunnel is also five mins away by car. And once you've prised the children from their top floor suite or games/tv room in the basement, send them off on foot to either St Anselm's, BHSA (girls), Birkenhead School (co-ed) or Birkenhead Sixth Form College; all within walking distance.