On a leafy street in East Acton, you’ll find this fairy tale, six bedroom Edwardian house, replete with exquisite details and a spacious back garden with views of a local church. Grand and gracious, it is a singular find in every possible sense.
Acton Park is a short stroll away, and the area is spoilt for transport links, with three stations on four different lines close by. The shops and cafés of Churchfield Road are also convenient. But the house itself is the main attraction. It’s an absolute jewel box suffused with history and wonder.
Perryn Road, East Acton, 6 Bed. House
Time seems to stop within these walls. From the original tile, metalwork and marble fireplaces (there are a staggering seven in total), to the fine plasterwork and Carron tile floors, the very soul of this c. 1909 house has been preserved.
There’s a genuine sense of magic that wafts into the high ornamental ceilings, waits behind every brass doorknob and serpentines up the spindled staircase over all three floors. Each of the six bedrooms tells its own story, not to mention the hearth-like kitchen, the dignified reception room and the bright, welcoming living room.
The enchantment extends out of doors, too, with a hint of what’s to come beyond the glass doors of the conservatory. The back garden is glorious, extending nearly 40 meters from the rear of the house. It even offers a private allotment and a touch of the good life.
THE OWNER SAYS
We immediately fell for the house when we first saw it in 1990 – its space, solidity and the sense of history and continuity. We bought the house along with all the previous owner’s furniture, and moved with our four children into a fully furnished Edwardian house in original condition!
As far as we can judge from the historical deeds, we are only the third owners since the house was built in 1909 by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths, on land that was once an orchard.
The area has become more prosperous and fashionable since we first came here; the park has been improved with more family facilities, including a primary school. Good coffee is now easy to come by, and more homes are being built. However, its essential character seems unchanged. It remains leafy, safe, stable and diverse, with good and improving transport links.
POINTS TO CONSIDER
The EPC gives a current Energy Efficiency Rating: E & Environmental Impact Rating: F
In the Borough of Ealing, the house falls into Council Tax Band G. (£2,400 for 2018/2019)
Since the current owners purchased it in 1990, the house has undergone some respectful refurbishments, including the replacement of all windows, a new roof, the reconfiguration of the ground floor living spaces, new plumbing and new bedrooms and storage in the loft. In the back garden, the retaining wall was rebuilt and the terrace repaved in York stone.
While the fabric of the house is in excellent order, there is ample scope to bring your own vision and shape the home to your needs. For example, the principal reception room has been used as a workshop for many years, so while the proportions and period detailing are in place, it needs cosmetic updating. The master en-suite bathroom also remains a work in progress, as does the top floor where the loft conversion still needs tidying up and finishes made. All of them are exciting opportunities.
Families will be keen to know that Ark Conway Primary Academy and Twyford Church of England High School, both rated Outstanding by Ofsted, are nearby.
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This 15-hole miniature golf course in the heart of Acton Park challenges duffers of all ages. If all that putting (or possibly putter-throwing) leaves you peckish, grab a wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and a drink at the clubhouse.
A stunning traditional style pub and dining room attached to Acton Central Station. The menu concentrates on Southern Italian inspired food, but pub-grub options are also available. We recommend summer weekends spent with a nice cold brew and pizza out in the beer garden.
Adding to the village feel is English Butcher (run by an Aussie - natch!). The kitsch gallery wall is charming but not to distract from the excellent produce, sourced from the best British farms. Here you can also top up your pantry with delicious artisan marinades, condiments, and sauces.
This brilliant bottle shop is filled to the brim with a world’s worth of fine beer, including British microbrews, Belgian ales and more exotic offerings from Norway to the USA. The staff truly knows their stuff and can hook you up either in person or via delivery.
Having a reliable, independent wine shop on your doorstep is a bonus in our books. Park + Bridge is a neighbourhood store selling a hand-picked selection of organic, biodynamic and minimal intervention wines that you won’t find at the local supermarket. If you’re after a tipple and tapas, they also own the excellent Vindinista Wine Bar across the road.