With its cathedral with three spires, its rich history and its packed arts and culture calendar, it’s not surprising that people love Lichfield.
The small, historic cathedral city has plenty going for it: the 70-acre Beacon Park, the Samuel Johnson Museum and the Erasmus Darwin House, Lichfield Garrick Theatre, and plenty of places to enjoy a meal out.
According to Zoopla, the average price of a home there is £335,824 – significantly higher than the Staffordshire average of £211,449 and the highest value area in the county.
But if money was no object, you could find a dream home with mansion-like proportions and plenty of land within a stone’s throw of the city centre. We’ve taken a look at the most expensive houses that are on the market now in Lichfield.
Wall House, Green Lane, Wall
Wall House, in the hamlet of Wall, just three miles from Lichfield city centre, dates back to 1761.
On the market for an eye-watering £4,250,000, this grade II listed eight-bedroom country house, which sits behind a pillared entrance and sweeping driveway, blends original features with modern style to create a spacious home.
It has been extended by the current owners and includes a new east wing that forms the new office suite. There is also planning permission for – and material works have already started – on a single-storey building in the garden that could be used as a leisure complex or even a self-contained annexe.
Ideal for music lovers, the house is fitted with a multimedia music system with Bower & Wilkins speakers, which enables each person can listen to different music at the same time. It is also wired to allow for music within the walled garden.
The main reception rooms are off the reception hallway, which has the original door, original quarry-tiled floor and panelled wainscot.
The dining room has an oak floor, coved ceiling and a carved period open fireplace surround with marble inset. Leaded light windows overlook the front of and there are concealed wooden shutters. The walls are decorated with silk.
The drawing room has high ceilings, decorative cornicing, Victorian carved oak fireplace surround with Delft tiles and bay window with concealed wooden shutters and window seat from where you can admire the walled garden.
The lounge has eight flush fitted B&W speakers in both walls and ceiling, creating a cinema experience thanks to the eight-foot motorised screen. Other ground floor rooms include a snug/family room, cloakroom, and boot room.
The open-plan kitchen by Mark Wilkinson has hand-painted maple units in grey with nickel ironmongery, and oak circular island. Appliances include a 36-inch range cooker, steamer oven, microwave oven, warming drawer and dishwasher, plus a Quooker water tap and two integrated larder fridge freezers.
The kitchen also houses the original well, which can be viewed from a glass screen in the floor.
Wall House has a second kitchen with hand-painted wood wall and base units, stainless steel hob and extractor fan, integrated dishwasher, and tumble dryer.
The garden room has underfloor heating, exposed oak beams on a vaulted ceiling, two double French doors that open on to the walled garden, plus a hand-painted oak and walnut dresser unit with integrated wine cooler.
Just off the garden room is the office suite with business ADSL connection. There’s also a purpose-built gym with sauna and showers.
There are four bedrooms on the first floor. The master suite overlooks the walled garden and its walls are decorated with silk. The en suite bathroom has a large sunken jet bath, shower, WC and wardrobe and there is a separate dressing room.
The second bedroom has a door to the main bathroom, while the third bedroom has en suite facilities.
The main bathroom has hand-carved oak panelling, fitted double oak vanity unit, two sinks, sunken whirlpool bath with hand shower, WC, and enclosed shower.
The second floor offers flexible accommodation either as additional bedroom suites or as a private three-bedroom annexe/ apartment, with private kitchen and bathroom.
The four acres of ground comprise a series of garden ‘rooms’ and there is also a helipad.
Find out more here.
Haddon House, St John’s Hill, Shenstone
Just three miles from the city centre in the village of Shenstone is this five-bedroom detached Georgian-style house.
Priced at £2,500,000, the accommodation is spread over three floors.
The reception hall has colonial-style columns and ornate ceiling cornice, off which is a cloakroom with twin basins and two, separate toilets.
The main reception room is dual aspect and has double French doors to the rear terrace. It has a feature fireplace by Grinling Gibbons, who was the master carver to King Charles II, and a bar area with display alcove, glazed shelving and a service hatch to the kitchen.
Another impressive period piece can be found in the formal dining room, which has a period marble fireplace surround with a decorative carving that used to be housed in the Glengarry Castle Hotel.
The large kitchen has wall and base units, double built in oven, integrated fridge freezer and ceramic hob. From here, there are steps to the cellar.
A large conservatory links the main part of the property to a triple garage and a two-bedroom annexe.
All five bedrooms are on the first floor. The master has en suite facilities and the remaining bedrooms are serviced by two bathrooms. The main one was imported from Paris and features a raised circular bath, his and hers shelled shaped vanity sink with gold-plated fitments, saloon doors open to a concealed WC and bidet and there is a matching concealed shower cubicle with gold plated fitments.
The second floor has two rooms, which could be converted to further guest/family accommodation.
The large gardens have a formal terrace with water feature, as well as lawns with shrubs and flowering plants.
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Pipe Hill House, Pipehill, Lichfield
Completely refurbished by the current owners, Pipe Hill House, on the outskirts of the city, has been restored and many period features.
The five-bedroom property is on the market for £1,995,000 and it sits in 6.88 acres of grounds, which include formal gardens, woodland, a vegetable garden and a wild meadow.
The reception rooms are all off the inner hall, reached from the reception hallway. The drawing room overlook the front of the house and has two full height, shuttered windows, high ceilings and an open fireplace.
There is also a sitting room with two full height shuttered windows and a wooden fire surround with mantle.
At the rear is the garden room, which has a log burning stove and full height French to the rear patio and gardens.
The dining room, which was originally the kitchen when it was first built, has the original quarry tiled floor and inglenook fireplace with bressummer beam. Stairs go down to the original cold room and storage. The cellars are divided in to two compartments and house the home gym and wine store.
A door from the inner hallway opens on to one of the two courtyards, where the air-conditioned home office can be accessed. This courtyard has its own access from the main drive.
The kitchen/breakfast room is connected to the main house by a glazed cube breakfast room and the fitted kitchen has double height ceiling, dual aspect views and skylight, units with contrasting black granite work surfaces, and AGA. A separate utility room has double Belfast style sink.
All of the double bedrooms have an en suite bath or shower room, while the first-floor rooms have original fireplaces.
As well as large gardens, there is a garage with mezzanine storage space in the converted Dutch barn to the rear of the property.
For more details about Pipe Hill House, head here.
Whittington Lodge, The Green, Whittington
Sitting in the conservation area of Whittington, this grade II listed Georgian is on the market for £1,650,000.
Described by the agents as a “one-off”, it is believed to have been built as the dower house to Whittington’s Old Hall and has been preserved with many original features and modern amenities.
The ground floor has three reception rooms, a family dining kitchen with AGA, conservatory, three hallways, guest cloakroom, boot room with pantry and cellar.
The first floor houses the large master suite with open study area, en suite and dressing room, plus two further bedrooms. The remaining three bedrooms are on the second floor.
It also has a Coach House, with two-floor open layout. Garaging, stores and workshops extend to nearly 1,000 square feet and all this is complemented by walled formal gardens, stables, vegetable garden and a heated outdoor swimming pool.
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Whittington Court, Church Street, Whittington
Whittington Court is believed to have been built for a member of the Dyott family in the mid 19th century, before being extended and reconfigured in 1891.
With accommodation stretching over 8,150 sq ft, the seven-bedroom house, which sits in the conservation area by St Giles Church, has been renovated by the current owners. It is now on the market for £1,850,000.
As well as the main house there is a garage block and coach house, totalling more than 1,300 sq ft, which did have planning permission to be converted in to ancillary accommodation.
The three main reception rooms are off the reception hallway. The double aspect drawing room overlooks the gardens and has an open fire with marble surround, while the dining room has wall panelling, oak floor and marble fireplace. The study/sitting room provides a more cosy place in which to relax.
The kitchen diner is modern and has a range of integrated appliances. There is also a boot room, boiler room and utility, access to the second rear staircase and double doors opening to an enclosed courtyard giving access to the converted coach house.
Four of the bedrooms are on the first floor. The master suite has a walk-through dressing room, which could be converted back to a bedroom, and en suite bathroom with large walk in ‘wetroom’ shower, inset bath, floating wash basin and wc.
Another bedroom has en suite shower facilities while another bedroom has access to a Jack & Jill bathroom, with separate shower and bath, wash basin and wc.
There are two further bedrooms on the second floor, plus a shower room and traditional hot stone sauna.
Outside there is an annexe with split-level living areas opening on three sides to the courtyard, gardens and patio seating areas. There’s also a kitchen area and integrated sound system.
Whittington Court sits in 0.8 acres of grounds, with lawn, trees, landscaped patio and entertaining areas. An enclosed courtyard links the kitchen and the annexe and a gravel driveway provides parking for multiple vehicles.
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