The splendour and history of this property becomes immediately apparent upon entry, as you are warmly greeted in the striking entrance hall with lofty double-height ceilings, an ornately carved staircase to the first floor, oak parquet flooring and a plethora of period features.
The glass panels of the wide main door and the stained glass window opposite, above the first landing, bathe the entrance hall with ample welcoming light.
Three of the substantial reception rooms on this floor fully enjoy the property’s beautiful bay sash windows, saturating the vast spaces with an abundance of warming natural light. These windows still have their original wooden shutters that are fully usable when desired.
All the ceilings are beautifully ornate in the neoclassical style with a wealth of decorative castings and ceiling rosettes.
Imposing feature fireplaces in these quarters also draw the eye, with a white marble surround in the drawing room and an eye-catching red marble fireplace bearing the coat of arms of the residence in the dining room. This room has the space to sit thirty people for truly grand dinner parties and features the original serving hatch, now utilised as a cupboard, as well as an array of bespoke shelving and the original call bells for staff. Another red marble surround can be found in the considerable library, with marble corbels and side panels of original tiling with red acanthus leaves, as well as bespoke integrated book shelving to either side.
Adjacent to the dining room you’ll find the sizeable kitchen, with ample space for a large central island and immediate access to a walking in pantry, and also access through to the utility room, which incorporates both a washroom and a long laundry room.
Flowing through from the kitchen is the handsome day room, providing a stunning vista of the manicured gardens and offering the ideal setting to while away the hours simply enjoying the peace and sunshine.
French doors lead directly onto the gardens, with the day room also having access to the entrance hall and the handy cloakroom alongside.
The lower ground floor of Arcadia provides an extensive selection of cool, adaptable cellar chambers of normal ceiling heights which could serve an array of potential purposes subject to necessary consents. These rooms currently comprise a purpose-built wine cellar, coal store, log store, house the meters, the boiler.
From the impressive entrance hall the magnificent staircase leads you to the first-floor hall which houses a most beautiful stained-glass window depicting the main historical houses of the area (Warwick Castle, Kenilworth Castle, Charlecote Park and Guy‘s Cliff) and the property’s coat of arms, featuring an antelope and anchor with a rope, signifying peace, harmony and hope.
The hall naturally branches off to the four impressively - proportioned bedrooms, all with tall ceilings, decorative period touches and bespoke fitted wardrobes. All of the wonderful bedrooms enjoy sash windows with elevated views.
There are two sumptuously marble-tiled bathrooms with underfloor heating, with the main family bathroom having an original Art Deco bath and shower, as well as a separate walk-in double Matki shower and two Fired Earth marble hand basins.
From the lobby to the bathrooms, there is access to the loft.
Flowing through from the staircase’s first landing is a balcony terrace spanning the entire length of the day room and cloakroom, with panoramic views of the delightful rear gardens and Cricket fields beyond.
Arcadia sits in almost half an acre of beautiful grounds, with gardens to the front, side and rear.
A red tarmac in and out driveway from Kenilworth Road provides principal access, with the rare benefit of a private frontage along the unadopted side of Woodcote Road offering ample parking for a great number of guests in addition to those that could park in the large drive
There are two brick built single integral garages.
A selection of well-established mature trees and neatly manicured hedging surround and enclose the grounds to all sides, whilst a semi-circular formal level lawn sits at the front of the drive. The considerable and attractive rear gardens have been fastidiously maintained by the current owners over the years, with a fine terrace overlooking the well-stocked grounds with their generous section of landscaped level lawn, pergola, bower, original well, diversity of colourful flowerbeds and shrubbery and variety of well-chosen trees.
A porch beneath the first-floor balcony leads to one of the property’s two garages with vehicular access from the private part of Woodcote Road, alongside which is a raised tranquil pond with two ornamental fountains. The second garage can be located alongside the property, with access through to the utility room, while additional outbuildings include a substantial brick-built log shed and a cedar greenhouse.
An automatic watering system has been installed for the front and back gardens. The water connections of the garden and the main house are separate so that the main house water may be turned off at times of absence for holidays whereas the garden will continue to be watered. There are permanent lights fitted on the holly by the entrance door and an old willow by the pond and flood lights around to illuminate the grounds on approach or permanently by switching them on in the evening when desirable.
Mains Gas, Electric, Drainage & Water.
Fast Broadband available in the area.
Only those items mentioned in these particulars are included in the sale. All others are excluded but certain items may be made available by separate negotiation.
Warwick District Council Tel: 01926 450000
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We were looking for a bigger house for two years. We had almost decided on one Victorian Villa on Kenilworth Rd that we had even surveyed, but we were not very happy about it (too dark, not so airy).
We were told by a friend that no 38 Kenilworth Rd. was coming to the market.
A viewing was arranged.
On approach we liked the corner airy position, the greenery and space of the side road (Woodcote Road), the space, ease and beauty of the in and out drive and the front garden.
When we stepped in the hall, we loved what we saw!
Light was streaming in and there was ample quality space. The period neoclassical features (ornate ceilings, marble fireplaces, imposing staircase, etc.) appealed to us enormously.
We decided to buy it immediately, although its price was almost double than that of the previous one.
In January 1979 we moved in. There was snow for three months.
In the spring we were delighted to discover the multitude of flowers and flowering trees in the garden. The pond with the fountain/statue of a beautiful little girl pouring water out of a small vessel, the sizeable, numerable fishes, the water lilies completed the magic.
As a family we have been enjoying the perfect quiet and clean air of the garden and the multitude and variety of birds visiting. It felt as if we were living in the country.
The greenhouse gave our children some experience in raising plants and gardening.
Over the years we have had many grand parties using the very spacious reception rooms and the garden. The Day room with its bar and perfect parquet proved excellent for dancing.
We have been enjoying the beauty of the town, the quality of shopping and all the cultural facilities of RSC in Stratford, Birmingham, Oxford and London (1hr by train).
Our children received excellent schooling.
Now in our eighties we do not use the house in the same way and although we will miss all the above and we will reminisce with nostalgia, we still wish to move closer to our children.
The property occupies one of Royal Leamington Spa’s most sought after addresses, renowned for its grand regency homes and Victorian stucco villas. Much of the original charm of nineteenth-century planning can still be seen in and around the thriving and historic town, which is known among many as the Bath of the Midlands and was voted as the happiest place to live by the Times in 2017.
Situated within walking distance of the Parade Royal Leamington Spa, the property has easy access to an extensive selection of independent shops, restaurants and bars, as well as excellent educational facilities such as Warwick Prep and Warwick School for Boys, Kings High School for Girls and the world-famous Warwick University.
The Midland motorway network including the M40 and M42 is close at hand, with junctions 13 and 15 within easy reach, whilst Leamington Spa station offers frequent services to London Marylebone (1 hr to London), Birmingham International Airport is also just a short drive away.
An abundance of picturesque surrounding countryside coupled with several key parks including Jephson Gardens, Victoria Park, Royal Pump Room Gardens, Mill Gardens, The Dell, Newbold Comyn, the public footpath from Northumberland Rd to Saxon Mill through the fields, provide plenty of opportunities to exercise and bask in nature’s splendour.