Babysitting led to great place for us
Family got chance to buy friends’ home they admired
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.
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.