IT’S the consummate family home in the eastern suburbs.
Pembroke House in Kensington Park has been the home where Ben and Andrea Tidswell have raised their family since 1990. Now they think a new family would love the Pembroke St property.
‘‘We had a growing family at the time and it was well situated in terms of where we wanted our kids to go to school and it had the potential to redevelop,’’ Dr Tidswell says.
‘‘It had been a lovely, stately villa but it was run down. We rewired and replumbed it, put on a new roof, added the ensuite and gave it a major makeover.’’
The house has four bedrooms, all with original fireplaces, a living room and two family room areas, he says.
‘‘There’s a kitchen with a small open-plan area and family dining then there is a modern entertainment room which overlooks the pool area outside,’’ Dr Tidswell says.
There is plenty of storage space with built-in cupboards in the hallway and a two-roomed dry cellar.
The house is made for families to entertain, Dr Tidswell says.
‘‘That’s one of the things we enjoyed about the house,’’ he says.
‘‘It’s very family-friendly and we’ve had lots of time with the kids growing up and having their friends over. For young families it’s a super house from that point of view.
‘‘We’ve had as many as 60 to 80 people outside that have fit quite comfortably.
‘‘We’ve had marquees on the tennis court for all the kids’ birthdays. It’s really easy to accommodate that many people without any drama at all.’’
Now their children have grown, the Tidswells have decided to downsize.
Dr Tidswell says the new owners would be able to take advantage of the Kensington Park location and the nearby schools – the house is just behind Pembroke School.
‘‘If I had a wish, I’d like a young family to move in,’’ he says.
‘‘I know they’ll love the space, grow into it and have some lovely family memories.’’