Fam­ily-friendly villa

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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.’’

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