Extra indoor and outdoor space has become highly sought-after for homebuyers due to the lockdown – and this five-bedroom house in Liverpool has a unique take on combining both.
It has an extensive orangery that occupies almost half of the property, extending across two floors, giving the home a Kew Gardens vibe.
The area includes a variety of plants, including many that would only normally thrive in a consistently warm outdoor environment and not survive the British winter.
But the brick walls and plentiful windows provides the required protection in this home, listed for £450,000 – a sum which would have previously had a stamp duty bill of £12,500, which is now zero.
The five-bed property in Liverpool is on the market for £450,000 via Homesure estate agents
A striking orangery with mature plants takes up almost half of the five-bedroom house
The striking orangery also includes a cast-iron spiral staircase and a brightly-coloured park bench.
The home, which is spread over three floors, will attract a lot of interest for its space and accommodation alone, according to buying agent Henry Pryor.
He said: ‘It’s perhaps of even more interest to an aspiring Bear Grylls or David Attenborough. With plants to rival Kew or the Eden Project, this is a botanist’s paradise.
‘One of the few properties I’ve seen with an orangery because it appears to have… well, oranges.
‘Viewings seem flexible enough, but if I were you I’d bring a machete to cut your way into this amazing jungle of a home.’
The orangery extends up across two levels and is flooded with light from the window
The third floor that boasts a large living area and windows overlooking the orangery
The orangery has stone steps onto different levels, including a seating area
The orangery has a paved floor and doorway, which lead to the outdoor courtyards
The house dates back to the Elizabethan-era and was originally part of the Old Hall estate in Sandfield Park.
It has been renovated by its current architect owner, and is currently for sale with an asking price of £450,000.
The estate agent handling the sale is Homesure Property, which described the house as ‘charming and characteristic’.
The property is entered via electronic gates that open onto a private driveway and landscaped courtyards.
The ground floor includes a kitchen with a stable door, a dining room and living area with a woodburner, and double-door access to the orangery.
On the first floor, there is a family bathroom and four double bedrooms, including the main bedroom with an en-suite bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe.
The first floor also has a balcony that overlooks the impressive orangery.
The house has a third level that includes the fifth bedroom, a living room and storage areas.
The kitchen has a country cottage feel with wooden floors and a stable door
A secret garden? Outdoors, there are courtyards with plant and seating areas
The kitchen has shaker style cream cabinets and integrated appliances
The house is in the desirable area of Sandfield Park in Liverpool, where the average price of a property is £500,301.
It compares to an average of £286,126 for the country as a whole, according to property website Zoopla.
The dining area has wooden flooring, panelled walls and a range of artwork
The orangery has a green cast-iron spiral staircase leading to the second floor
YOUR ORANGERY QUESTIONS
What is an orangery?
An orangery or orangeries was a room or dedicated building on the grounds of fashionable residences from the 17th to 19th centuries where orange and other fruit trees were protected during the winter.
What is the difference between a conservatory and an orangery?
Perhaps the simplest way of outlining the difference between these two is that a conservatory has a roof that is all glass while an orangery has a roof that has a solid roof perimeter with a glazed area in the centre.
Is an orangery cheaper than a conservatory?
In general terms, an orangery is likely to be more expensive than a conservatory as it has brick walls on proper foundations, typically with a flat roof and a roof lantern, making it more akin to a ‘solid’ home extension.
The orangery provides an impressive background on your zoom work calls
Double-doors lead from this bedroom onto a balcony overlooking the orangery
The five-bedroom house in Liverpool is a great entertaining space for family and friends
The floor plan of the property reveals the comparative scale of the orangery
There is private space to sit outside and enjoy the weather amid the coronavirus pandemic