Babysit­ting led to great place for us

Fam­ily got chance to buy friends’ home they ad­mired

Evening Express (City Final) - Home Life - - DREAM HOMES - By Marie-Claire Jones

MOR­VEN Sam­brook never dreamed that a night’s babysit­ting could lead to her land­ing the per­fect home for her own fam­ily. Phys­io­ther­a­pist Mor­ven, 46, was look­ing af­ter her friends’ chil­dren in their lux­u­ri­ous home on Car­den Place when she fell in love with it. She never imag­ined that just a short time later, she and hus­band Roger, 46, would be buy­ing it for them­selves. “It was 10 years ago and our friends ac­tu­ally owned this house,” said Mor­ven, mum to Alexa, 10, and Scott, 8. “My hus­band and I were house­hunt­ing at the time and when my friend re­turned, she asked how our search had been go­ing. ”Jok­ingly, I said: ‘I ac­tu­ally think I want your house’ and four weeks later she called us up and asked if we wanted to buy it.” With its im­mac­u­late pe­riod fea­tures and sought-af­ter lo­ca­tion in a con­ser­va­tion area, it’s no won­der that the cou­ple fell for the three-bed­room house. The home’s orig­i­nal char­ac­ter­is­tics in­clude bay win­dows with work­ing shut­ters, high ceil­ings and a lovely hard­wood handrail and wrought iron curved ban­is­ter. Many of the rooms have beau­ti­ful fea­ture fire­places and the ser­vants’ bell sys­tem can still be seen, adding to the prop­erty’s his­toric charm. It’s a south-fac­ing home and has a bright and sunny morn­ing room, com­plete with French-style doors lead­ing to the back gar­den. This is Mor­ven’s favourite space, while Roger, who is cur­rently on a ca­reer break from his man­age­ment work in the oil in­dus­try – favours the draw­ing room to the front. Both rooms have beau­ti­ful tiled fire­places, but strik­ingly dif­fer­ent char­ac­ters. Roger said: “I like the front room for its size and the tra­di­tional fea­tures. “You would never think from the out­side just how big the house is in­side. It’s got a TARDIS ef­fect.” Some of the art­work that hangs on the walls, in­clud­ing the bright, colour­ful paint­ing in the draw­ing room, has come from Roger’s trav­els. Al­though the cou­ple have owned the house for 10 years, they’ve ac­tu­ally lived in it three times – tak­ing breaks out in be­tween to live in Saudi Ara­bia and Azer­bai­jan. And com­ing home to Car­den Place each time has felt won­der­ful.

Mor­ven added: “It’s a good house for a fam­ily be­cause it has a very pri­vate gar­den and the chil­dren’s schools and ac­tiv­i­ties are all within walk­ing dis­tance. “It also has a good kitchen which is great for en­ter­tain­ing as guests can sit and have a glass of wine at the ta­ble while you fin­ish pre­par­ing din­ner. “We have loved this house but af­ter 10 years, we are ready to move on to our next home.”

MOV­ING ON: Roger and Mor­ven Sam­brook.

GREAT SPACE:

A spacious dou­ble bed­room, cur­rently used by one of the chil­dren, t

ORIG­I­NAL STYLE: The el­e­gant draw­ing room and, be­low, the mas­ter bed­room and spacious din­ing kitchen.

the sunny morn­ing room, with built-in al­cove stor­age and French-style doors to the gar­den, and the ex­te­rior of the el­e­gant ter­raced house.

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