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The imposing property stands in half an acre of grounds

Victorian home in historic setting Paul Baker on a magnificent and roomy Grade IIlisted property


HE historic village of Oxton, Wirral, is a very pleasant area and one that is extremely desirable for prospective homeowners. Stroll the streets and you’ll find a host of quaint and cosy pubs, along with village churches, fantastic shopping and eating too, with Merseyside’s first Michelin starred restaurant, Fraiche, located here. Filled with fine houses, much of Oxton is a designated conservation area, due largely to the amount of Grade II-listed buildings in the area. This particular featured property is a listed building. A detached home, it boasts seven bedrooms and three generous reception rooms. This Victorian house

One of the reception rooms was built in 1876 and boasts a wealth of character throughout. The dining room was re-designed in 1902 and the main bedroom in 1904 by Charles Voysey, the celebrated arts and craft architect. In addition to the reception rooms there is a kitchen. The dining room has a magnificent arched feature window and a door leading into the conservatory. Double doors then

The luxurious dining room open out onto the large rear garden. There is also an indoor swimming pool with adjoining patio area, while steps lead down onto the lawn. The property is spacious, light and very homely. The kitchen has a ‘hub of the home’ feel, with fully-fitted units and a built-in Aga. Off the kitchen, there is a small courtyard with stables. There is also a utility room, a

cloakroom and basement. To the first floor there are four large bedrooms. There is also a dressing room, one en-suite bathroom and a family bathroom. To the second floor there are three further bedrooms, plus a dressing room which could be converted to an en-suite bathroom. The property sits in approximately half an acre of land, enjoying a


sunny aspect. There is a double garage, ample off-road parking and the private enclosed courtyard with stabling. Beautiful mature gardens complete this outstanding Grade II-listed property. ■ OXTON, £725,000; Karl Tatler, Heswall, 0151 342 2300


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Managing director Graham Swann and customer service manager Gemma Thompson with their gold award

David Wilson Homes – Claremont Gardens, Kirkdale, Liverpool DAVID Wilson Homes North West is celebrating after receiving the Gold Award for customer satisfaction from an independent national survey. More than 200 customers of the Cheshire-based housebuilder, currently building the Claremont Gardens development in Liverpool, were surveyed over a 12-month period through telephone interviews conducted by In-house Research. Every customer questioned recommended David Wilson Homes North West, equating to a score of 100% for customer satisfaction. This gives David Wilson Homes North West double cause for celebration, after recently receiving the maximum five star housebuilder

rating for the third consecutive year in an annual customer satisfaction survey run by the Home Builders Federation (HBF). Graham Swann, managing director at David Wilson Homes North West, said: "We are delighted to have been presented with another award. It is testament to our commitment to offer the best customer service to all of our purchasers, and to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible during a move." Malcolm Pitcher, managing director of In-house Research, explained: "It is evident that David Wilson Homes North West has invested a lot of time and effort in making the customer experience special, and they are now starting to reap

the rewards with high recommendation levels." Claremont Gardens at St John's Place in Kirkdale comprises two, three and four bedroom homes starting from £99,995, and benefits from excellent transport links for commuters, while enjoying a quiet, suburban location. On the doorstep is Walton Road, with its range of local shops and amenities, including a Somerfield and Co-operative supermarket and several chemists. For further information about any of the properties available from David Wilson Homes North West at Claremont Gardens at St John's Place, call the sales team on 0844 811 3366 or visit

David Wilson Homes' St John's Place development in Kirkdale

A typical interior

Lovell – Granby, Liverpool

A Lovell interior

NINE newly refurbished homes will go on sale later this year from Lovell, who are playing their part in the continuing regeneration of Liverpool. Breathing new life into Granby, Lovell is undertaking a major £4m project, which involves the construction of new homes and the renovation of existing terraced housing, for both sale and rent. Bruce Lister, regeneration manager for Lovell, said: "Technically, this ambitious project has presented a huge challenge for us. The renovation aspects have been planned to retain the special character of the Victorian street frontage while completely overhauling the properties behind to create contemporary new homes built to

modern standards." The nine private sale homes form part of a row of terraced houses on Beaconsfield Street, which will go on sale in late summer. This venture will offer homebuyers affordably priced homes finished to a high standard, and all featuring brand new interiors. Elaine Taylor, regional sales manager for Lovell, said: "We're proud to be part of such an impressive project to revitalise the Granby Triangle neighbourhood, and we look forward to providing outstanding quality new homes for the local community." The project is scheduled for completion mid-2013. For more information on the homes for sale, call the Lovell sales hotline on 0161 905 8652, or visit

Elaine Taylor, regional sales manager for Lovell


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sixofthebest Aughton, £612,500

Ness, £499,000

THIS four bedroom, detached family home offers a chance to buy in a sought-after location. The accommodation comprises a spacious entrance hall with security video entry system, a lounge with beech flooring, family/sun room, which is cooled by an air conditioning unit and has French doors to the garden’s decking area, a lovely bright kitchen/diner with quality fitted base and wall units and granite work surfaces, a utility room and wc, all to the ground floor. To the first floor there are four double bedrooms, the master having an en-suite, and a family bathroom. There is also a large double garage with study area. Externally, to the front

OCCUPYING a good-sized plot in a very sought-after location, this five bedroom house has views across the Dee Estuary and the Welsh hills beyond. Inside there is a hall, a cloakroom/wc and a raised gallery/study area with windows to the front and side, balustrade and steps to a lounge, which has a brick fireplace. There’s also a dining room, a study, a conservatory, a utility room and a kitchen/ breakfast room. The kitchen has an integrated oven and hob, a dishwasher, fridge and freezer. The first floor has a bathroom and five bedrooms, the master having double doors onto a balcony, plus an en-suite bathroom and a raised dressing area.

there is a private, blockpaved front garden secured by electric gates while to the rear, a landscaped garden creates a perfect entertaining

space with Indian stone patio, decked areas and summer house. ■ Halsall Estates, 01704 533766

There’s also a family bathroom and a shower room. Outside, there’s a garage, workshop area, parking and

Melling, £249,950

Aigburth, £525,000

THIS four bedroom, detached house has been finished to a high standard. Inside, there is a hall which gives access to a separate wc and a lounge with a hand-made Cotswold stone fireplace and wood floor. The dining room features French doors to the rear and there is a study, conservatory and a contemporary kitchen with Belfast sink, granite work surfaces, a duel fuel range cooker and integrated appliances. Upstairs, there is a master bedroom with an en-suite shower room, plus three further bedrooms and a bathroom with free-standing bath. The property benefits from gas central heating and double glazing, and is under NHBC guarantee until 2014.

THIS colonial-style, double-fronted detached house is well presented with a high quality of workmanship and finish, along with spacious accommodation throughout. On the ground floor a portico entrance leads to a reception hallway and a spacious lounge with a bay window and attractive living flame gas fire. The fully fitted solid oak kitchen has a range of fitted units, worktops, a ceramic hob, fitted double oven and grill. There is also a dining room, morning room, study, conservatory, utility room, wc and garden room/studio. Upstairs, the master bedroom has fitted wardrobes and an en-suite bathroom. There are also two further

To the front of the property there is a driveway and garage. There is also an attractive

rear garden. The sale benefits from having no chain attachment. ■ Loc8, 0151 526 0021

bedrooms and a shower room. There are lawned areas to the front of the property and a block-paved driveway. There is also a garage and

Oxton, £649,950

Southport, £425,00

SET within a conservation area, this grand semidetached Regency villa retains many original features and has been extensively refurbished to a high standard throughout. Inside is a porch, a hall and a drawing room with marble fireplace. There is then a study, lounge, utility room and a kitchen/breakfast room. The kitchen offers a cooking range, gas hob and dishwasher. A passage from the kitchen provides access to the rear, cloakroom/wc and cellars. The first floor has a wc and four bedrooms – the master enjoying an en-suite bathroom with cast iron bath. The second floor has three further bedrooms, a tank room and a recently refurbished bathroom with power

THIS double-fronted, seven bedroom, detached property boasts high ceilings and a range of attractive, character features and is situated in a much sought-after residential area in Birkdale. The ground floor accommodation comprises a grand entrance hall, two spacious reception rooms, a downstairs wc, cloakroom and utility room. The spacious kitchen/ diner is fitted with a large Rangemaster cooker, a fridge/freezer and dishwasher and has double doors leading out to the spacious rear garden. To the first floor, there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms. On the second floor, there are three bedrooms and a bathroom.

shower and roll top bath. Outside there’s a sweeping drive, parking and beautiful gardens. The property

should certainly be viewed to be truly appreciated. ■ Fine & Country, 0151 334 2200

To the front of the property there is ample off-road parking, while the rear garden is mainly laid to lawn. Viewing of this property is

beautiful gardens. Early inspection is recommended. ■ Clive Watkin Partnership, 0151 336 7070

workshop area. To the rear is a good sized garden with lawn, borders, rockery, patio and pathway. ■ Sutton Kersh, 0151 734 0666

highly recommended to fully appreciate the high standard of accommodation that is on offer. ■ Andrew John Estate Agents, 01704 500400


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Monochrome magic can Gabrielle Fagan shows us how to see life in black and white with the classic alternative to the new bold colour trend


AZZLE-DAZZLE colour may be having its day in interiors, but do you really want to wear sunglasses to avoid the glare whenever you enter your home? For those secretly yearning for calm, peaceful spaces and soothing neutral schemes, a little monochrome magic could be the answer. Black and white’s always been a classic decor choice – it’s the equivalent of that wardrobe staple the LBD (Little Black Dress) – and can be similarly dressed up or down to suit your mood. “Monochrome continues to stand the test of time for the simple fact that black and white is a simplistic pallet but can be combined with dashes of colour for a dramatic effect,” says Sally Chamley, founder of Black Orchid Interiors. “You just have to plan extremely well to achieve the correct balance of black and white. I prefer a smart, tailored, modern look, allowing white or neutrals to dominate.” That said, there are many more interpretations including a rococo style with elaborate pattern and detail, creating a moody Gothic feel by allowing black to dominate, or a glamorous art deco style featuring light-reflecting mirrored surfaces and glossy black finishes. “Capturing a 1920s look using monochrome can be a smart way to achieve affordable eye-catching opulence,” says Chamley. “Mirrored finishes were popular in the Twenties and these combine so well with black. “Also, classic art deco shapes are all about interesting silhouettes and black depicts this perfectly.

Blend light and dark with this stylish wall light, £1,166.50, from House Couturier

This Girls on Film wallpaper, £19.99 per roll, from Wallpaperdirect, effortlessly mixes 80s retro with James Bond-style cool

Relax with a Luxe buttoned headboard double bed, £2,000, from Occa-Home “Use symmetry to enhance a feeling of order and calm.” Black and white, by their forceful contrast, tend to lean towards a smart, formal atmosphere, so consider interesting fabrics with a pattern and texture to create a more playful effect, advises Simon Cavelle, interior designer of fabric specialists, JAB Anstoetz. Its Black & White fabric collection starts from £93.80 a metre. “The scale of a room or piece of furniture should also be considered when choosing the size of patterns,” he says. “Often it’s safer to use the boldest monochrome patterns on things like cushions as these can be removed or replaced at the least cost.” Warming colours used in accessories can ensure a black and white

Choose patterned fabrics to create a more playful effect, such as with the Black & White fa

scheme doesn’t look too cool, and he suggests creating a punchy contrast with colours such as lime green, sharp pink, hot red and orange. So view your home in black and white, snap up some monochrome home buys, and you could find everything comes into a fashionable new focus! BLACK & WHITE VISION Diffident decorators can play it safe with all-white walls, but make them come alive with black and white photographic prints, which are an on-trend choice for wall art. Stores such as John Lewis have an excellent selection. Alternatively, make a statement with a feature wall in a glossy black finish. In a bedroom, choose the one behind a bed for impact.

Small rooms or dining spaces can be enhanced with black walls, conjuring an enclosed sanctuary feel, but good lighting and mirrors will be essentials so that the atmosphere is moody but not overpowering. Designers have embraced monochrome, and Julien Macdonald’s stunning wallpaper range for Graham & Brown features a black Disco paper which sparkles under light, for £30 a roll, or Easy Tiger, combining black and silver, £60 a roll. John Lewis has a Marimekko collection of monochrome graphic designs, starting from £56.95 a roll. MONOCHROME MAGIC: One of my favourite papers, Albany Catwalk, portrays Bond Girls’ silhouettes on camera film. £19.99 per roll from Wallpaperdirect.

SET THE SCENE It’s important that spaces aren’t over-cluttered otherwise the serenity of monochrome will be lost, so select a few well-designed pieces of furniture. Transform a dining area with a black and glass Porada Koki rectangular dining table, £2,029, and join the retro revival by adding Sixties-style Panton Chairs, from £120 per chair available in black or white. All from Occa-Home. Make a bedroom statement with one of this company’s dramatic black headboards, either the glossy decorative Sir Elton, £648, or the cocooning Luxe Buttoned headboard with sides, £2,000. Divas would love the decadence of a baroque velvet chaise longue, £1,040, from Black Orchid, and it


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Above, monochrome mugs, £1.69 each, from Dunelm Mill, and left, Moooi pig table, £1,575, from Occa-Home Create a wow factor with the black and glass Porada Koki dining table, £1,897, and Sixties-style Panton chairs, from £120 per chair, from Occa-Home

abric collection, from JAB Anstoetz, £93.80 per metre

MONOCHROME MAGIC: Continue the look into the bathroom with a white London Urban basin featuring a black London skyline, £312.24 from Roca.

few essential accessories, such as cushions. John Lewis’s monochrome camera cushion, £30, is a winner, while online interiors company Delve has a striking Birds On Wire cushion, £34, which is charming. Banish boring storage and invest instead in black baroque metal shelves in the style of picture frames, £40 (small), £70 (large), from Found Home Store.

FOCUS ON ACCESSORIES Finally, don’t forget quirky little touches which are so important and can lighten the mood of this elegant style. A Moooi Pig table with glass top, £1,575, from Occa-Home is certainly eye-catching. But if that’s too edgy, you could content yourself with a

MONOCHROME MAGIC: Toast your new monochrome setting using Black Tree Glasses, a set of four, £39.99, from Skandivis or, more sedately, pour a cuppa and enjoy it in a V&A brocade mug, £9, from John Lewis. If you’re on a budget, a flower monochrome mug is £1.69 from Dunelm Mill.

would team well with its black glass drop cage chandelier, £240. House Couturier has a stunning wall light with six black leather shades, which feature black and clear crystals, £1,166.50.

This black glass drop cage chandelier, £240 from Black Orchid, can lend a real air of decadence to a room

Stunning Easy Tiger wallpaper, £60 per roll, by designer, Julien Macdonald for Graham & Brown

Choose your fave from John Lewis’ monochrome cushion collection, with prices from £20 to £35

These baroque metal shelves in the style of picture frames, make for stylish storage solutions, £40 (small) and £70 (large), from Found Home Store


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post homes Devon, from £189,950 INVESTORS looking for a holiday home in a beautiful coastal location should consider North Devon, as Westward Ho! beach has recently been awarded the top gold rating in the 2012 Good Beach Guide. Compiled by the Marine Conservation Society, the Good Beach Guide awards the gold accolade for water quality and cleanliness. Westward Ho! was one of 516 beaches to receive the top gold rating in the 2012 guide. Nick Spence, director of UK holiday home company Green Parks Holidays Ltd, which operates the West Beach Resort just 50m from Westward Ho! beach, said: “There is no-one more pleased to see Westward Ho! beach retain its gold accolade than the local people of Westward Ho! A small seaside community on the north Devon coast, Westward Ho! really cares about its environment and wants to treat visitors to the very best holiday experience possible. “The sandy beach at Westward Ho! is so expansive, at two miles long, that it’s almost impossible to ever feel crowded. The facilities are perfect for ensuring a day of comfort, there are toilets, showers, bars, restaurants and endless ice cream outlets. The council here does a terrific job of ensuring the beach

A computer-generated image of Green Parks Holidays' Westward Ho! development in Devon. Inset, the award-winning beach is free from rubbish and, from May through to the end of September, there are lifeguards doing a very important job keeping everyone safe in the water.” Worthy winners of the top Good Beach Guide award,

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