‘I call this house the Christmas house, because everyone comes here for Christmas. The various open fires get lit, the dining table gets extended and the house is crammed with decorations, the games room/gentleman’s snug gets optimal use, if nothing else because the whisky gets put in there. Then summer comes and the fire pit gets fired up alongside the pizza oven, and 2 BBQ's one gas one traditional and we dust off all the cushion covers for the various seating areas we have dotted about the garden. Bliss.’
If you like a house with bags of character and a bold personality, then look no further than 71 Beulah Road. From the moment you step into the entrance hall it’s easy to see the time and devotion that has been put into restoring this beautiful 1930’s home. The attention to detail is second to none, and over the years the owners have sourced and reinstalled many period fixtures and fittings removed by previous owners, including 4 period fireplaces.
Located on the popular and much sought after Beulah Road, this handsome red brick home offers all the charm and elegance of a traditional period property with all the modern creature comforts you could ask for.
Set back from the road a double width drive, offering parking for 6 cars, extends down the side of the house leading you to the garage and front door. Instantly fall in love as the high ceilings and warm décor of this grand entrance hall welcomes you inside no.71. The original parquet flooring has been restored and continues into the two principal reception rooms, the first of which being the Games Room/Gentleman’s Snug that over more recent months has been utilised as an office. The room has a very vintage vibe and although the deep petrol of the Anaglypta wallpaper might overpower a smaller space, with the high ceilings and large bay window the room is able to retain a very bright and spacious feel.
Back out into the hall, the next door will lead you into a very warm and inviting lounge. A large period fireplace creates an impressive focal point and brings a real sense of grandeur to the room. It’s not hard to imagine curling up in front of a roaring fire on a cosy winter evening with a mug of cocoa or spending lazy Sunday mornings relaxing in your pj’s.
Across the hall you’ll find an incredible open plan kitchen/dining/living room. This fantastic versatile family space combines two very contrasting styles, and where the period features and high-end modern styling meet, they blend and complement each other perfectly.
‘We kept the original part of the house more traditional but went modern in the extension. I specifically requested the brick wall in the lounge to be exposed brick with conduit piping going to the electrical sockets. The builder thought I was mad, especially keeping the RSJ exposed and not boxed in, but I really think it adds to the fabric of the building. We all know it's up there, why not see it!’
The dining area occupies the footprint of the original kitchen and retains the beautifully restored tiled floor. A door to the left leads to a downstairs WC which also houses the solar ready boiler. From the dining area you step up onto the poured resin floor (with under floor heating) of the extension and enter the magnificent chef’s space. There’s no doubt that this high-end contemporary kitchen in orange and grey has the wow-factor.
‘We had gas piped into the property just so I could have a gas hob. I love cooking and it was a deal breaker. That was my treat.’
The large roof lantern will not only impress your guests but floods the space with natural light whilst also helping regulate the room temperature. Keep a clutter free work top with thanks to the multitude of cupboard space and if you need a little more room there’s even a spacious utility room/pantry.
‘The utility door is possibly my favourite. I found the door and the glass in separate reclamation yards and got the glass put into the door. The jewellers, to whom the glass once belonged, still exists in Hereford and we went to see them many years ago and showed them. They said the original glass used to be part of the shop and was then kept downstairs for ages before it was got rid of. They couldn't believe it was still intact and being used.’
A large island provides a huge workspace, even for those messiest of chefs, and overlooks the rear living area. This stylish lounge with bi-fold doors opening out onto the rear patio provides a fantastic space to entertain. Let friends relax with a glass of wine while you rustle up a storm in the kitchen or have the whole family over for a BBQ, there’s certainly enough space! If movies are your thing, you’ll love the home cinema system with projector and surround sound that has been wired through the walls. Together with the ambience of the soft LED lighting every night is movie night!
The large sunny gardens have been professionally landscaped to the owner’s design and provides various seating, dining or lounging areas to suit your mood. Whether it’s backyard pizza parties, family BBQ’s, toasting marshmallows on the firepit with the kids or simply relaxing with your head in a book, this garden has it all!
‘I've enjoyed planting up the garden the most. It was all hardcore at first, all patio slabs and stones, but over time, I've planted up 3 herbs gardens (one next to the pizza oven, one either side of the BBQ), encouraged the birds to come and more recently, carved out a hedgehog highway. One original bush still remains, the large pink hydrangea, and it is the highlight each summer with its vibrant pink blooms. I've planted up the garden so that each corner comes alive in different seasons creating interest all year round. I will be sad not to see it mature. I've spent so much time researching and planting getting excited each summer to see what has survived the winter and watching the flowers come out. I've kept every single plastic detail card for every plant in the garden so I know when to prune!’
The garden is home to many wild hedgehogs whose numbers have been in decline in recent years. The owners have taken a keen interest in preserving their habitats and do provide some encouragement to help the population along, including 3 hedgehog houses. ‘They don't need much but they do require a bit of cat biscuit, meat flavour, as they do make a special journey back to our garden knowing at the end they will get some food, water and a bed for the night.’
Back into the house and heading upstairs we’re back in the original part of the house. Two double bedrooms overlook the front of the property. The first, which is currently being used as the master is extremely generous, easily accommodating a super-king bed. The original floorboards have been exposed and refinished and a period fireplace has been reinstalled in the chimney breast. A large bay window looks out over Beulah Road.
The second bedroom to the front also benefits from refinished floorboards and is again an excellent size double. Another period fireplace was sourced by the owners and really helps give the room some character.
Making your way down the landing you next reach the third bedroom. Although the smallest of the four, it is by no means a small bedroom. Currently being used as a children’s room it would also make an ideal home office or hobby room. There is access via a hatch and folding ladder to the loft which is boarded and offers superb storage space. The property has planning permission to change the roof outline to a gable end a fifth bedroom with ensuite shower room to be added in the loft, further details of this available upon request.
What was originally the family bathroom is now a stylish fully tiled shower room with walk-in shower with rainfall shower head and underfloor heating.
A lockable door leads into the new part of the house. The owners have utilised the first floor extension as a guest suite and have added locks to the doors for added privacy. A door opens to a family bathroom with double basin vanity unit, twin mirrors with ‘Hollywood’ style lighting. Soak away the day whilst catching up on your favourite boxset with the integrated TV over the bath, there’s even recessed shelving for you to rest your cup of tea, or glass of wine! If you haven’t got time for a bath there’s also a walk in shower with rainfall shower head and under floor heating.
The final door leads into the beautifully presented guest room with feature wood panelled wall. The soft lighting, thick carpet and neutral décor help create a wonderfully luxurious feel that will have your guests begging to stay one more night.
The property is ideally situated close to many local conveniences and within walking distance of the many shops, cafes and restaurants that Rhiwbina has to offer. The property is also within walking distance of fantastic public transport links, ideal if your commuting or just hitting the shops.
‘I love all the different types of property on Beulah road. The street itself is very appealing, with all the trees lining it. It's also really easy to find and get to for out of towners. After a heavy night on the town, a gentle walk to Snails for an organic bacon sandwich and a builders brew, is almost priceless. Equally, having the Juboraj, Gateway of India (for take away) Papa Johns and now The Groaker, it means you've got evening entertainment all on your doorstep. And, if live music is your thing, you've got band night at the butchers arms every Friday night. Again, with lockdown having all these amenities and neighbours to lean on has been such an eye opener. There's even a Beulah road whatsapp group!’
EPC rating: C.