When you have a home designed by Thomas Ellis Owen, known as the “Father of Southsea”, and named after one of his grandchildren you have what might truly be described as a very important property.

But that doesn’t mean, despite its listed status and obvious significance to the heritage of the area in which it’s located, that it was blocked from moving forward to the 21st Century.

The home in question, Annesley House in Queen’s Crescent, Southsea, is part of a larger property that has served as a school such is its size but modern families do not function with myriad servants and domestic help so such a grand property can become unnecessary.

Annesley House, off Sussex Terrace, a narrow, twisting lane of a type that was a regular feature in Owen’s vision for Southsea, retains its original name.

The next owners of Annesley House will still have a home on a grand scale offered on the market through Fine and Country Southern Hampshire that reflects both its eminent status and its advance into the 21st Century through tasteful updating.

“This fantastic project has been sensitively executed right down to the finest detail,” explains Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire.

“Annesley House retains an impressive garden, sheltered by mature trees to give a great degree of privacy – almost a country house feel with its sloping lawns.

“The entrance is through a grand portico porch with two sets of double doors into a superb kitchen / family room beyond which is a large bedroom with corner cloakroom, the perfect foundation of an annexe because the entrance has a separate entrance door to the main house.

“The first floor has a superb drawing / dining room, complete with elegant double entry doors from the landing and a door to a home kitchen / breakfast room with a decked area outside, accessed from the main landing and with steps down to the rear garden.

“On the second floor there are three further bedrooms, one with an en-suite and dressing room, plus a family bathroom while on the top floor is a magnificent master bedroom with spacious en-suite.

“The house encapsulates modern needs while paying perfect homage to its importance in the history of Southsea. It’s a magnificent opportunity to enjoy its heritage.”

Guide price is £1.35 million. For more information, contact Fine and Country Southern Hampshire on 023 93 277 277 or email drayton@fineandcountry.com
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