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Well placed to work, rest and play; Close to Rugby station, Levon Lodge calls to mind a gentleman's residence or a country home, writes Alison Jones.

Byline: Alison Jones

Levon Lodge in Rugby was purchased as a house for work, rest and play.

When the Garland family moved in there six years ago, it was because the house was ideally-placed close to Rugby station.

As Mr Garland was working regularly in London, it meant he only had a 45 minute commute to work then 45 minutes back before he could relax for the evening.

The play bit came following the transformations of the ballroom and the conservatory. The former has the feel of a private member's club while the other has been inspired by Elvis Presley's jungle room in Memphis.

Built around 1850, Levon Lodge is Victorian with Edwardian additions. A previous owner to the Garlands did signi?cant renovation work, including turning three double rooms into one luxurious master suite with bedroom, dressing room and lavish en suite.

They also put in a new heating system, electrics, re-roofed it, installed bathrooms, and added the conservatory, garages and car port.

Apart from putting their own decorative stamp on the house, the Garlands also managed to uncover the potential of many of the rooms.

"You don't really expect the ballroom.

The person we brought it from didn't really know what to do with it so they left it empty and used it as a playroom for their children to run around in.

"We made it into our own private club with open ?re, Chester?eld sofas, bar and red pool table. It is like a supper club. We have had so many parties there.

"The conservatory was also a bit of a wasted space, it was just used for storage. It has now got a 50s twist with lots of Coca Cola decorations.

"It is a real den. When the wood burner is on you feel like you are somewhere completely different."

The rest of Levon Lodge calls to mind a gentleman's residence/country home with its richly decorated ceilings and walls, and antique shop ?nds scattered around, including taxidermia and memorabilia. "The kitchen/breakfast room is the heart of the house," says Mrs Garland. "The ballroom is on the ?rst ?oor but you can close that off and almost forget it is there until you need it.

"There are three bedrooms, an en suite and a bathroom on the ?rst ?oor. On the second there are three more bedrooms, a kitchen and a bathroom. That is almost separate and more modern in style It could be used as a teenagers' wing or as an apartment.

"So although the house is really big you can shut bits off and make it feel cosier."

However, the Garlands feels it will be a great investment for a family that likes to entertain and also wants easy access to trains to London and Birmingham, the motorway network and to Rugby's famous school.

"Living here we have felt like Lord and Lady of the Manor, but in the heart of the town. We had never seen a house like it before and probably never will again. It is a complete one off."

A substantial Victorian villa, Levon Lodge in Bilton Road, is listed as being of special architectural and historical interest.

The property has been updated substantially but retains many of traditional features. The main rooms have attractive cornices, panelled timber doors with brass furniture, radiator grills and timber panelling.

The hall has a ?agstone ?oor, a pair of Corinthian ?uted pillars, arches, a staircase with a mahogany handrail and an arched alcove with mirror.

In the drawing room there is a carved bay window which is repeated in the master bedroom. Parquet ?ooring is a feature of the dining room, study and inner hall.

The dining room has a wide recess to one end and a tiled ?replace with timber surround and over mantle.

There is a more contemporary feel in the large south facing kitchen/breakfast/family room which has a ceramic tiled ?oor, wooden doors to the units, a gas ?red Aga with four ovens, space for an Americanstyle fridge freezer and a dishwasher. The family area leads to the conservatory and both have doors to the garden.

The master bedroom has a wide arch beyond which is a dressing room lined with wardrobes. Double doors lead to an en suite bathroom with limestone ?oor, ceramic-tiled walls, deep bath in a tiled recess, large walk-in power shower and twin hand basins with mirrored cupboards.

The other bedrooms and bathrooms are equally well laid out and ?tted.

On the second ?oor, the kitchen and sitting/bedroom, two bedrooms and a bathroom make it perfect for staff or for teens who want their own apartment style space.

Outside the house and grounds are set behind a brick wall with solid electric wooden gates and screening from mature shrubs and trees.

There is paved parking area and front lawn. The back garden is south west facing and enclosed by timber fencing with a stone retaining wall and has steps to a shrubbery of mature trees and bushes. There is also a lawn and paved patio area.

Garages are currently being used as storage and there is a double car port with sliding doors giving access to a rear right of way to Bilton Road.

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Date:Nov 22, 2012
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