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WILD ROSE HOUSE

Imposing freehold historic farmhouse
5 bed – 6  bath - 2 Acres
Wolverhampton

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The Development and Refurbishment of Wild Rose House
 

Introduction

Wild Rose House, an imposing historic farmhouse on Brinsford Lane, holds a remarkable place in the architectural and agricultural history of Staffordshire. Originally built in the final years of Queen Victoria’s reign, this farmhouse, along with its associated barns, was the vision of philanthropist Francis Monckton. Fast forward to September 2018, the property was acquired at auction by Warm Beautiful Homes Ltd., marking the beginning of an extensive and ambitious refurbishment project. This article delves into the journey of transforming Wild Rose House into a luxurious 21st-century family home.

Acquisition and Initial State

Purchased at auction in September 2018, Wild Rose House came as a part of a lot that included several barns across the road, all dating from around 1900. At the time of purchase, the entire ensemble, including the farmhouse, was in dire condition. The farmhouse, in particular, required a complete bare-brick renovation. As the sole bidders, Warm Beautiful Homes Ltd. saw the potential to revive this historical gem.
 

Vision and Renovation Approach

The primary decision post-acquisition was to determine the future of the property. The vision was clear: to transform Wild Rose House into a luxurious and modern family home while preserving its historical charm. No expense was spared in this endeavour, leading to an overspend that nevertheless resulted in an extraordinary residence.
 

Key Features of the Renovation

The renovation was marked by several standout features, including:

  • Enormous Lounge: The expansive lounge now boasts a cosy log burner, becoming the heart of the home.

  • Oak Conservatory: An impressive oak conservatory was added, providing a bright and airy space to enjoy the garden views.

  • In-Out Driveway: The creation of an in-out driveway, which, although costly, enhanced the property's accessibility and grandeur.

  • Garden Wall and Landscaping: The garden's extensive wall and landscaping, including the removal of overgrown Leylandii, were significant undertakings.

  • Master Bathroom: The master bathroom was transformed with a roll-top bath set at an angle, complemented by an original Victorian fireplace, blending old-world charm with modern luxury.

  • State-of-the-Art Kitchen: Featuring a massive island, the kitchen was equipped with top-of-the-range appliances and premium finishes.

  • Luxury Bedrooms and Ensuites: Bedrooms were fitted with bespoke wardrobes, and numerous fully tiled ensuites were added.

  • Modern Amenities: High-end windows, top-tier lighting, and dual laundry facilities were installed, ensuring the home met contemporary standards of comfort and convenience.
     

Comprehensive Refurbishment Details

The property underwent a complete strip-out and was rebuilt to the highest standards. Notable features include:

  • Construction and Materials: The original 19th-century Staffordshire red brick was acid cleaned and repointed. High ceilings, double cornice detailing, and dramatic rooflines were preserved.

  • Insulation and Windows: Actis Hybris insulation was used for superior thermal and acoustic performance. The double-glazed windows from the Ultimate Rose range by Roseview combined classic aesthetics with modern efficiency.

  • Heating and Electrical Systems: The property benefits from a state-of-the-art heating system, underfloor heating in key areas, and an electrical installation complying with the latest regulations.

  • Interior Finishes: Premium materials such as Porcelanosa tiles, Karndean flooring, and Queens Satin Deluxe carpets were used throughout. Solid oak fire doors, chrome door furniture, and stone effect window ledges added to the premium feel.

  • Security and Technology: Modern amenities include intruder alarms, fire detection systems, CCTV, Cat 6 wiring, and Sky Q readiness.
     

Outdoor Spaces

The grounds of Wild Rose House were also given significant attention:

  • Driveway and Gates: The driveway was enhanced with a feature turning circle and ample parking. Bespoke electrically operated gates with CCTV and remote control ensured security.

  • Gardens and Terraces: The gardens, with their newly rendered walls and high-quality turf, were designed for both looks and practicality. Outdoor features include a Victorian outbuilding converted into a kitchen and barbecue area, and a south-facing terrace with premium stone paving
     

Conclusion

The refurbishment of Wild Rose House by Warm Beautiful Homes Ltd. was a monumental project that transformed a dilapidated farmhouse into a luxurious modern residence. The blend of historical features with contemporary comforts has created a unique home that honours its heritage while meeting the demands of modern living. Despite the overspend, the result was a stunning property that eventually found a buyer, marking a successful conclusion to this ambitious endeavour.

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