Regency architecture at its best is on display

Regency architecture at its best is on display

Take a look around in the south and you’ll find much impressive architecture but little to beat Crescent Road in Alverstoke – with so many wonderful features it’s Grade II* listed.

Crescent Road is actually straight and with good reason. Rather than look across a green and at each other, houses in this Regency spectacular enjoy a vista across the Solent to the Isle of Wight, later to become a favourite of Queen Victoria. The nation is now awash with Victoria-mania following the Sunday night TV series and one of the most distinctive features to catch the Queen’s eye as she looked back when crossing the Solent was the magnificent Crescent Road.

One of those Crescent Road houses, behind a lawned garden and colonnade of three pillars supporting a first floor balcony, is now for sale.

“Although this home was built around two centuries ago, it still has the space and convenience demanded for 21st Century living, with more than 3,520 sq ft in the house itself,” says Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire estate agents.

“Entering is a grand event, with a short flight of steps up to the front door. This opens into a lobby and from there another door opens to the hall. The ground floor is taken up by the dining room, where double doors connect to the kitchen, superbly refitted with copious workspace and storage. French windows in the centre of the kitchen open onto the garden terrace.

“The drawing room, at the front of the first floor, takes in the best of the views through its floor to ceiling windows. Behind is a sitting room with fitted bookshelves – this level also has a shower room.

“The second floor has a fantastic master suite…