Spacious art deco charm is ready to impress with a pool
I T WAS easy to spot the house I was looking for as I drove down an unadopted lane flanked by fields on one side and woods the other because this property is named after just one of if its many remarkable features.
Green Roofs, off Chase lane, Tittensor, is so called because of the colour of the glazed tiles on its roof, placed there when the house was built in 1933. Current owners, Stephen and Susan Bloom, have retained them and so many other of the period features during their 25 years here while also doing limited modernisation and the result is a stunning home.
With their children now grown up they are looking to downsize and say the house will be ideal for a family and it is easy to see why.
Green Roofs has an extraordinary amount to offer. It is in a superb semi-rural location with great road links, is quiet and private, extremely spacious with some quite stunning rooms and perhaps most of all it is blessed with that indefinable element, character. There are plenty of big houses around and quite a few in good locations too, but not many which have the charm or interest of Green Roofs.
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The reception hall sets the tone for what to expect because it has stained glass windows at the foot of the elegant staircase and it is obvious that wood was used extensively with oak panelling on the wall, a theme repeated in the lovely snug off it.
T his is a lovely room, cosy, with a real working fireplace and a superb view of the gardens framed by an archway leading out through patio doors to a covered veranda.
Although the house is essentially the same as when built, Stephen and Susan have made some changes including converting what was a downstairs cloakroom into a really nice and decent sized office off the hallway and making a newer cloakroom/w.c.
If the snug is cosy, the lounge and dining room are spectacular, partly because of their size and partly because of the decor. They are currently linked by an open archway but can be separated if needs be.
Stephen says: "We had a designer in to update it in an art deco style. There was a partition between the rooms which we had removed but we kept it just in case anyone wants to put it back in again.'' There is no doubting the 1930s theme here and I loved the huge fireplace in the lounge and the lovely bay window overlooking the garden.
However the dining kitchen comes as something of a contrast because moving into it from the art deco rooms is akin to walking from one era to another because this has a contemporary feel with high end appliances and flooring and an oil-fired Aga. Susan says: "We have modernised just two rooms in the house, the kitchen and main bathroom, because they are two of the most important ones.''
Off the kitchen is a big utility room where there is a new oil fired boiler and a rear lobby area with a door to the integral double garage – there is an even bigger one further in the grounds – and which Stephen says could be converted into an annexe.
Moving up the wooden staircase to the first floor takes you past the art deco stained glass windows and to the bedrooms. Walking into the master one takes the breath away because it is absolutely huge, some 18 feet by 16, and with dual aspect windows is very light. It has been fitted with four double wardrobes and next to it is a very special en suite bathroom with a steps down into a sunken bath. Bedrooms two and three are scarcely much smaller and both have fitted wardrobes and the second has a lovely balcony overlooking the garden. Bedroom four is the only one that can be classed as a single and the family bathroom is another stunning room, modernised with fully tiled ceramic walls and flooring and an illuminated step up to the double ended free standing bath with central taps. It has a separate shower cubicle with electronic controls, dual aspect windows of which the one at the front is an art deco stained unit similar in concept to the ones on the landing. Moving up to the second floor there is a great fifth bedroom, large and with an interesting roof shape and plenty of loft storage too.
The property sits in a plot of about 1.5 acres and in the grounds is a triple garage and a swimming pool measuring 38 feet by 16. It hasn't been used for a while and would probably need updating but as Stephen says: "All the basics are already there.''
With so much space there is ample garden, from a sunken lawn "big enough to play five-a-side football'' to an ornamental pond and woodland.
By any measure this is a remarkable place and will make a delightful family home. It has so much going for it in location, the amount of room inside and out, the quality of the workmanship everything – and character.
Susan says: "There are just the two of us here now and it needs a young family. We have had many happy years at Green Roofs and I just know that another family will love it as we have done.''