Elm Grove, Peckham Rye

Priory Villa was built by Quakers Frederick and Rebecca Farrand circa 1830-42, along with other handsome homes on Elm Grove and Lyndhurst Square. It’s a double-fronted and semi-detached house of notable charm on a rather special, no-through road within the leafy Holly Grove conservation area, with front and rear gardens, and off street parking (and street access). A real box-ticker! The property measures in at 1663 square feet, with four proper double bedrooms on the first floor, and the same amount of space dedicated to reception space on the ground floor. The house also has a large loft and potential to remodel and extend on the ground floor (subject to relevant permissions being obtained).

A well-stocked front garden makes for a great welcome, and the views from the front door and front garden up and down this blissfully quiet street are equally pleasing and far from what you’d expect from a Zone 2 address that’s minutes (just five by foot) from Peckham Rye Station. Permit-parking is also available on the street. Freehold. Chain free.

Up the tiled front path, open the front door between two bay windows. A wider than average hall impresses, with wide timber boards to the floor, and a handy guest w.c. to the right of the stairs. Double-receptions sit to your right and left of the hall. Let’s go right first for the largest of the two; it’s double-aspect and nearly 23 feet by nearly 13, with a wood-burning stove. The other huge reception is 23 feet by 10. Lots of space, then, for family life and/or entertaining the masses. Beyond both receptions and you land in the kitchen and sunrooms. The garden – a fair size, though not huge – faces south-west, so plenty of sun for you, and an external store with ample bike storage (fits five) plus power and space for a freezer is a welcome feature. There’s also a cute courtyard nook for enjoying a newspaper, a quiet cup of tea, or something stronger.

Upstairs and the house continues to deliver both charm and symmetry by the bucket-load. The wide and window-lit landing means you can set up a study, music space or reading spot between the two front bedrooms. The bathroom sits off the half landing and is classic and white in style. The four bedrooms are all large doubles (a rare thing!), and the master is over 13 feet by over 11.

They certainly don’t make them like this any more, and while the house very much works as it stands, you could really make it sing with some clever architectural attention to the rear addition etc. Ask us about this! The location is difficult to beat; quiet, and being minutes from Bellenden Road and Rye Lane (our favourite places on Bellenden Road are Review bookstore, Ganapati, Artusi and Anderson & Co. and on Rye Lane we love Peckham Plex Cinema, Peckham Levels, The Bussey Building & Copeland Park, Tonkotsu and Taco Queen to name but a handful).

Local school provision is strong: The Belham and Bellenden Primary are your closest primaries, and The Villa Nursery and Pre-Prep. School is a short walk away on Lyndhurst Grove. Local parks include Warwick Gardens, Burgess Park, Lettsom Gardens, and Peckham Rye Park and Common's 113 acres. Peckham's ablaze with warranted attention of late, and it seems there's more to come with The Peckham Coal Line, the regeneration of and around Peckham Rye Station and even more besides. 

  • Tenure: Freehold


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Munday’s opened for business in 2015 – an informed, sales-only estate agency, serving both the residential and commercial property markets. Munday’s would love to facilitate your sale or purchase (or both). Valuations for sale, probate or curiosity, are free.

Becky Munday (Managing Director) has been valuing and selling homes and properties of all shapes and sizes since 2004, and has led the sales operations of two market-leading, independent estate agencies in south London.

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