Forming part of a stately avenue in Stoke Newington rests this magnificent double-fronted Victorian house with its own enchanted garden. Wild and wonderful, it’s the perfect backdrop for the character of this remarkable family home.
Clissold Park is at the end of the road. The amusements of Woodberry Wetlands are just as close. Independent shops and restaurants that are a cut above line nearby Church Street, and transport links are walkable, too. In short, you're in the midst of everything this wonderful corner of the capital has to offer.
Lordship Park, Stoke Newington, 6 Bed. House
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: E & Environmental Impact Rating: F
In the Borough of Hackney, the house falls into Council Tax Band G (£2,424 in 2018/2019).
The office/studio downstairs is a great space, whatever your needs – gym, yoga studio, home office. It's adaptable and valuable extra square footage. However, with a large cellar next door, even more could be made of this by digging down and linking the two.
Over the years, number 46 has been used as a location house. And when inside, it's clear to understand why: the proportions and dimensions are exceptionally generous and provide a perfect backdrop to whatever creative ideas one can come up with. Already exceptional, the possibilities for this home are endless...
This striking six-bedroom home has a graciousness that, far from feeling aloof, draws you in to stay. Every room has a distinct personality, which is ideal when you’re sorting out your own cast of characters. There’s an abundance of lateral space for work and play, providing the perfect balance between privacy and togetherness.
That enduring adaptability is a hallmark of a home built to stand the test of time. It’s not just about the details, though those are plentiful – stained-glass windows, meticulous plasterwork, ornamental fireplaces and ironmongery. It’s about the whole: the sense of the past that elegantly informs the present. This is history brought beautifully to life, from the fin de siècle finery of the original house, to the smart openness of the newer additions, to that magnificent back garden.
Of course, to call it a back garden doesn’t begin to do it justice. Large, lush and meandering, it’s far more magical than anything you’re likely to find behind your typical London home. But then, this isn’t your typical London home. This is a legacy in the making. A place where family and friends are drawn together for milestone events and intimate gatherings; inside and out, year after year.
THE OWNER SAYS
We’ve been so happy here! Our children have grown from toddlers to twentysomethings, attending the local (fantastic) schools, and using the Castle Climbing Centre, Clissold Leisure Centre and the Sailing Centre, which are all so close by. We’re big fans of Clissold Park, walking the dog every day.
The large, lateral layout of the house is special. It just makes it such a classic family home. But the garden is what we bought the house for, and we’ve absolutely loved it. It’s secluded and filled with birds. The rose garden was restored from an old one and is just so romantic. We’ve had lots of outdoor dinners and parties here, and even hosted a wedding reception for friends!
Our street is super friendly, and lots of the neighbours know each other well. We have regular meet-ups at the pub at the end of the road (six times a year) and keep in contact about anything happening in the neighbourhood – a genuine community that we will be sad to leave.
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This lovely big Victorian Park is the centre of Stoke Newington life. A gorgeous green space packed full of family friendly delights, there's a great cafe and events centre with food and activities, a wildlife area with deer, a skate park, tennis courts and a brilliant kid’s paddling pool and playground. All kinds of events pop up here over the summer including steam fairs, and festivals of Nigerian art, Anatolian culture and literature.
Lush outdoor swimming spot, in the summer it even warms up enough for fair-weather swimmers.
Open all day every day, Finks serves up simple yet delicious morsels to an ever-growing troop of (well fed) locals. It’s a laid-back neighbourhood spot that’s serious about great food. You can happily have coffee and cake, or switch it up and have something more substantial on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. You can't go wrong.
Good food with a good heart - as well as a superb brunch selection, this independent cafe supports local charity Action For Kids. Don’t leave without trying the fiery but sublime shakshuka.
This place is bread heaven! All baked on the premises, the vibe is stripped back simplicity – it’s a great pitstop for coffee and cake while you pick up your morning loaf. Arrive early though to avoid disappointment; they do tend to sell out of the favourites (the seeded rye is ours) by the afternoon.