Shore to im­press

Gloucestershire Echo - - OPEN HOUSE -

IT’S not quite Riven­dell – but this pic­turesque prop­erty has got more than a touch of Mid­dle-earth magic. The 27-room Vic­to­rian house is in a spec­tac­u­lar po­si­tion, look­ing out to the sand and sea, in Crosby, Mersey­side. And if Beach Lawn, cur­rently on the mar­ket for £1,750,000, seems fa­mil­iar it might be be­cause it played a star­ring role in the biopic about Lord of the Rings and The Hob­bit au­thor J.R.R. Tolkien, re­leased in May. Beach Lawn was used as the set for the Edg­bas­ton board­ing house where Tolkien met his wife, Edith, at the age of 16. And it’s not the first time the im­pos­ing sea-view prop­erty has fea­tured on the big – and small – screen. Fans of pe­riod drama may have spot­ted it on Is­land at War, the 2004 ITV mini-series, and The Forsyte Saga, broad­cast in 2002. Built in 1876, the im­pres­sive Grade II listed build­ing is one of 15 sim­i­larly styled houses hailed in Joseph Sharples Pevs­ner’s Guide to Liver­pool as the most strik­ing ex­am­ple of Ital­ianate ar­chi­tec­ture in Eng­land! It still has many orig­i­nal fea­tures, in­clud­ing a mag­nif­i­cent church­style stained-glass dome sur­rounded by orig­i­nal paint­ings with gold leaf, a gal­leried oak stair­case and fan­tas­tic fire­places, con­structed by renowned ar­chi­tect James Fran­cis Doyle for James Bar­row. Home to one fam­ily, which has lov­ingly re­stored it for the last 20 years, the pe­riod prop­erty over­looks Crosby Beach and Antony Gorm­ley’s fa­mous An­other Place – an art in­stal­la­tion fea­tur­ing 100 cast iron men placed at in­ter­vals along the shore­line. Set across four floors in­clud­ing a base­ment, it has an el­e­gant draw­ing room, din­ing room, kitchen and nine bed­rooms con­nected by three stair­cases... there’s even a ser­vants’ stair­case. At the rear is a ma­ture gar­den and ac­cess to an orig­i­nal Vic­to­rian mo­tor house. Dan Pen­ning­ton, di­rec­tor of es­tate agents Cen­tury 21 Liver­pool, says: “When you step in­side it’s like be­ing on the set of a pe­riod drama – it’s sim­ply breath-tak­ing.”

Beach Lawn is priced at £1,750,000. See cen­tu­ry21uk.com for more de­tails

The house is brim­ming with beau­ti­ful fea­tures, lead­ing its agents to de­scribe it as ‘like be­ing on the set of a pe­riod drama’. Main: Beach Lawn’s ex­te­rior

Lily Collins and Ni­cholas Hoult film­ing Tolkien in Liver­pool

Antony Gorm­ley’s An­other Place

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