50 years as a fam­ily home

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Tonight’s Tv - john kralevich prop­erty re­porter

THERE hasn’t been a time when The Lau­rels was not looked upon as a fam­ily home – just ask Judy Scot­ney who has lived there for 50 years.

Judy, re­tired for­mer Bri­tish Sugar worker of 41 years, has lived in the Vic­to­rian de­tached house, in a prom­i­nent po­si­tion in London Road, since she moved in with par­ents and brother Michael as a teenager in 1960.

“We have al­ways viewed this prop­erty as a fam­ily home,” said Judy. “it is close to the city cen­tre and, of course, was very con­ve­nient for get­ting to Bri­tish Sugar.”

It has re­tained a wealth of charm and char­ac­ter syn­ony­mous with Vic­to­rian times – the house was built in 1890. Namely, orig­i­nal cov­ing, ceil­ing roses and fire­places.

How­ever, ac­cord­ing to Judy, the pe­riod feel could be fur­ther en­hanced as a num­ber of fea­tures, such as dado rails, ser­vants’ bells and stained glass win­dow were re­moved by her par­ents. Fur­ther­more, the stairs have been blocked in.

Lit­tle has changed at The Lau­rels in the last 50 years ex­cept for re­dec­o­rat­ing – it needs mod­ernising.

“The house is very spa­cious and of­fers plenty of po­ten­tial,” said Judy, whose fam­ily had de­cided to down­size.

A privet hedge bor­ders the front gar­den, a mainly lawned space with bor­ders.

A path leads to the front door which opens to a porch and en­trance hall.

Ei­ther side of the hall are the two bay-win­dowed front rooms, the din­ing room and sit­ting room.

Both rooms are typ­i­cally high-ceilinged, light and spa­cious, and are south fac­ing.

There is orig­i­nal cov­ing and ceil­ing roses, and stone fire­places hous­ing coal-ef­fect elec­tric fires which are mir­ror im­ages of one an­other.

The kitchen houses an Aga – “which has been here for­ever,” ac­cord­ing to Judy – and is used as a cooker and wa­ter heater. There is a hatch to the din­ing room, with a hot plate in front of it and side bay win­dow.

At the rear is a but­ler’s pantry with a meat safe, cupboards and shelv­ing, and two fur­ther stores, which pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to ex­tend, as well as update, the kitchen.

There is a util­ity room which is plumbed for a wash­ing ma­chine, tum­ble dryer and wa­ter soft­ener, and houses the cen­tral heat­ing boiler. It also, cu­ri­ously, has a pump when primed op­er­ates two con­cealed wells in the gar­den.

Up­stairs, there are four bed­rooms, a fam­ily bath­room, stu­dio and study.

The stu­dio fea­tures tall win­dows, is a light and airy room, and faces on to the rear gar­den.

One of the bed­rooms comes with a corner wash basin, and the two main bed­rooms at the front of the house fea­ture tall, round arched win­dows.

The bath­room is a good size, and is fit­ted with a white suite com­pris­ing a bath, wash basin with cup­board space un­der and WC.

A study area has power points and stor­age.

Out­side, a drive­way leads to triple-length tan­dem garage.

At the rear, the gar­den is walled and mainly lawn.

There is a for­mer coal store, gar­den shed for­merly Michael’s aviary, and a veg­etable plot.

old friend: The kitchen fea­tures an Aga “which has been here for­ever.”

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