A fine Victorian villa

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An impressive Victorian villa is returning to the property market after 25 years in the same ownership, presenting a wonderful opportunity to possess a large and versatile family home.

Stanford Lodge occupies a plot approaching an acre in size at the end of a long private drive off Fourth Avenue in Denvilles. It has retained its Victorian appearance, even down to a substantial cardoon, a member of the artichoke plant family.

‘This is an amazing period piece in many respects but one that serves the purposes of contemporary families because Victorians loved their space, just as we do,’ explains Anne-Marie Green of Fine and Country Emsworth.

‘Stanford Lodge is adaptable and comes with a ground floor one bedroom annexe that can easily be retained or reincorporated into the main accommodation without any need for substantial change.

‘The main house retains five bedrooms and wonderful living space enhanced by an original west-facing veranda along the front of the house and a conservatory on the south side that has been added by the current owners but with such careful attention to design detail that it dovetails perfectly with the rest of the house to feel as if it has always been there!

‘The house and gardens are sufficiently substantial for the owners to have hosted events for their church and the Girl Guides. One of the beauties of the property is that it offers room for everyone to come together or have private space and it can accommodate a number of lifestyle requirements.

‘Wherever you are in and around the house it oozes Victorian character with its high ceilings, ornate plaster details and curved room corners, decorative tiles, bay windows, and ornate external brick and woodwork, stone mullions, and chimneys.

‘The grounds of about 0.86 of an acre surround the house and have many useful features, such as two garages, plentiful parking, and excellent storage for a boat or caravan. The rear garden is walled and has two feature ponds in the lawn, a greenhouse, and a variety of fruit trees including fig, cherry, pear, apple, in addition to the splendid Victorian cardoon.

‘With its close proximity to Emsworth, Langstone Harbour, and Hayling Island, the latter easily accessed on foot or bike via the Hayling Billy line, Stanford Lodge allows its occupants to make the most of their leisure hours.

‘But when it comes to work, it has easy access to the major road and rail network so commuting is also straightforward.’