House For Sale

Acremead, 9, St. Johns Road, Rowley Park, Stafford, Staffordshire

Guide price £995,000 Sale Agreed

A handsome 5 bedroom detached family home dating from 1942 retaining original features, with gardens extending to 0.47 acres located within the desirable Rowley Park private estate.

  • Entrance hallway and guest cloakroom
  • Living kitchen, boot room & utility room
  • Dining room with glass atrium
  • Sitting room, cinema room and study
  • Four double bedrooms, three with en suite
  • Family bathroom
  • Master suite
  • Garage and parking for several cars
  • Formal gardens
  • Breeze house and outdoor snug

This substantial family home is situated within the highly regarded residential area of Rowley Park occupying a substantial plot with beautiful established gardens. The property enjoys an enviable position with westerly views to the rear of Rowley Park and has the benefit of having the county town of Stafford within easy reach offering a range of amenities including national and local retailers, leisure facilities, pubs, restaurants, theatre and cinemas.

The property is well placed for access to the regional road network with junctions 13/14 of the M6 being within easy reach and providing a link to the M6 Toll, M42, and M1. Stafford inter-city mainline railway is just over a mile from Acremead and allows for a fast commute into London in just over 1 hour and 20 minutes. There is an excellent range of independent schooling within the area including Yarlet School, Stafford Grammar and Denstone College whilst there are an abundance of state alternative including Leasowes Primary School, Walton High School and Blessed William Howard Catholic High School.

Description and History
Acremead is a handsome and spacious detached family home retaining many original features and stands within circa 0.47 acres of delightful gardens. Constructed between 1942 and 1943 by a local builder, Acremead is set on the highly regarded St. Johns Road alongside several other substantial period homes. The house itself retains many character features, including half height panelling, high ceilings, coving and deep skirting boards as well as some original doors and parquet flooring. A variety of modern additions have created the versatile, high specification family home that exists today.

The history of Rowley Park dates back as far as the 13th century, when a group of families settled on land between Burton Manor and Stafford, creating a hamlet called Rowlowe. In 1529 a tenant of Rowlowe, Thomas Stanford, was elected as MP for Stafford and started acquiring all of the land and hamlet that is now Rowley. Stanford leased Stafford Castle for a number of years from Lord Stafford, and in the mid-16th century built Rowley Hall, with the Rowley Estate then running from Forebridge Green to Rising Brook and as far north as what is now Friars Terrace. In 1808 the Rowley Hall Estate was auctioned at The Swan Hotel on Stafford high street, and the successful bidder was local solicitor William Keen. Keen demolished the old hall, and replaced it with the Regency style hall that stands today. Dying suddenly in a riding accident, Keen’s inheritor was his son-in-law Robert Hand, who needed to raise capital if he was to continue to develop the estate. He devised a plan to section the estate into smaller plots, selling it to his own development company.

In 1867, the Staffordshire Land & Building Improvement Company started to construct the homes that stand today with local shareholders as diverse as Michael Bass (Brewers from Burton) and Maria Butler (Laundry maid at Tixall Hall).

An arched entrance door leads to the welcoming reception hall displaying wood panelling and parquet flooring with a guest cloakroom to the right. Accessed from the hall, the grand living kitchen features fitted wooden cabinetry below welsh slate worktops and a breakfast bar provides seating. There are full integrated appliances including fridge, dishwasher, microwave grill, warming drawer, oven and a six-ring gas burner with extractor above. Off the kitchen is a boot room and a butler’s pantry providing further cabinetry and access to the garden. The rear of the kitchen houses a seating area and doors to the stunning orangery with glass atrium which was added by the current owners and which is currently utilised as a formal dining room. Both rooms enjoy double doors leading on to the terrace and gardens.

An extensive and characterful formal sitting room at the rear of the house features a grand bay window with door to the terrace, a half hexagonal feature wall with a multi fuel stove whilst floor to ceiling cabinetry provides ample storage. In the newest part of the property, a further reception room is used by the current owners as a cinema room, and a study accessed from the garage has double doors to the garden.

The original wood panelled staircase rises to the first floor which houses four generous double bedrooms, three of which are en-suite, along with a luxurious family bathroom with roll top bath, feature lighting and walk in linen cupboard. Further stairs lead up to the second floor which houses the wonderful master suite comprising of dressing area with built in hanging rails which opens onto the dual aspect bedroom and is served by a four piece en suite with sky lights.

Acremead is as impressive on the outside as it is internally. To the front of the property wrought iron electrified vehicular gates set between laurel hedgerows open onto a wide gravel driveway providing parking for several cars and give access to the canopied porch and electric garage door.

The gardens to the rear take in a westerly aspect, being mainly laid to level lawn and are immaculately presented and back on to Rowley Park itself. A raised terrace flanks the rear of the property and stunning wisteria frames the handsome rear of the property and the shuttered windows to the first floor. Below the pergola, a gravel pathway leads through to a Breeze House with covered outdoor kitchen with gas flat iron grill, bespoke wood fired pizza oven, fridge, freezer and dishwasher, and circular seating with heating and lighting which can be covered in cooler weather and opened up in the summer and provides an excellent place to entertain.

To the rear of the Breeze House is a raised vegetable bed and a chicken coop, as well as an ornamental pond. There are three sheds towards the rear of the garden dotted between mature trees and an outdoor snug with bench seating, power sockets and lighting as well as a log burner.

The property is connected to mains water, gas, electricity and drainage. There is gas central heating. None of the services, heating installations, plumbing or electrical systems have been tested by the selling agents. Interested parties are advised to make their own investigations.

Freehold, with vacant possession.

Public rights of way, wayleaves and easements
The property is sold subject to all rights of way, wayleaves and easements whether or not they are defined in this brochure.

The small copse located at the end of the garden contains a number of mature trees, which are protected by a restrictive covenant.

All properties on the Rowley Park Estate are effected by a restrictive covenant which prevents change of use from residential to commercial.

There is an annual management charge of £150 per annum.

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