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What to do? The Great British Bake Off finishes tonight and the whole nation will have to get accustomed to a life without cake.

If you find that hard to imagine and anyway want to avoid consuming the calories, then let your passion consume you by moving to a home in Madeira Road at Copnor. That way you’ll be a winner, just like whoever grabs the trophy tonight!

Any family would be happy to rise to the occasion of living here as the house has spacious accommodation across three floors with a delightful confection of features, among them a period cast iron fireplace and a cleverly executed extension. Even Paul and Mary would be impressed!

If you think Madeira is a boring cake, then you couldn’t possibly apply the same description to this house. It is decorated to a high standard and features rooms with high ceilings and a fantastic open plan living area at the back incorporating the dining and family rooms with the kitchen alongside.

‘The effect of the extension is simply stunning, giving the house a heart that suits contemporary living,’ says Colin Shairp, of Town and Country Southern estate agents.

‘A great deal of imagination has been used to ensure the new combined room is airy and well-lit with French windows set into glazed side panels at the rear and three glazed panels in the sloping roof over a light coloured floor that bounces light back into the dining area behind.

‘The kitchen has a generous array of base and wall units plus long runs of worktop – perfect for a baking enthusiast – and extra appliance space is provided in the utility, which has a cloakroom alongside.

‘The first floor has three bedrooms, just as it always did, but there is now a bathroom with a separate shower room. Two additional bedrooms have been created in the loft space, where there is still access to eaves storage.

‘The house has a small garden at the front behind a waist-height decorative wall with a driveway down the side of the property to the garage.

Behind the house is an easy to manage paved garden with a screen wall for privacy that has raised borders beneath it and an arched gateway into the adjacent service road.

‘With its location in a popular, residential area offering easy access of local schools, shopping amenities, bus routes, a local health club, good commutable road links, and recreation grounds, this has all the ingredients for a great family life.’