Fit for an emperor

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The British packed Napoleon off to St Helena because they wanted him to have a miserable and lonely existence.

He would probably have preferred living in a property called Elysia in Helena Road, Southsea, but as it’s an Edwardian home it wasn’t there at the time he needed it.

But it is now and it’s ready to give you the pampered existence Napoleon could only dream of. This detached villa has its accommodation spread over four main levels with three principal reception rooms, plus a snug, and five bedrooms.

The ground floor has a large drawing room with bay window at the front set above an even larger den / bar on the lower ground floor which gives a superb area for relaxation away from the rest of the house. Behind it is the snug and there’s also a utility and workshop with two external doors at this level.

Back on the ground floor, the main living space is provided by a dining/family room, which windows to both front and rear.

The superbly equipped kitchen / breakfast room, on a mezzanine level, has concertina doors on to a raised decked terrace from which steps lead down to a stone terrace and the rear garden.

The first floor has three very well proportioned bedrooms, the master with an en-suite featuring both a bath and corner shower. Stairs to the second floor pass a bathroom and shower room at a mezzanine level – the bathroom has a free standing roll top bath set at an angle on a dais.

There are two more large bedrooms on the second floor.

Elysia has a walled front garden with mature shrubs and evergreens alongside a generous driveway while the rear garden is enclosed on all side by shrubs and evergreens.

Even Napoleon was probably grateful for a little seclusion at times and this property provides it thanks to the pergolas giving access to the main garden and a second patio.

The house is just a short walk through the seafront leisure gardens to the beach and Esplanade but it also well located for the commercial centres of both Southsea and Portsmouth.

Guide price is £925,000. For more information, contact Fine and Country Southern Hampshire on (023) 9327 7277 or email