This magnificent property in the alcester conservation area has seen almost two centuries go by and, not surprisingly, has the added protection of listed building status.To the front is a typically georgian facade with lawns, iron railings, a portico entrance and original sash windows. Inside are numerous period features including fireplaces, moulded plaster coving and original floors.The house was added to in victorian times and the recent refurbishment carried out by chartered surveyor owner phil hodges and his wife amanda has ensured it is of the standard required for modern living, while preserving its features for future generations.Works carried out over the last few years have included: re-roofing, complete rewiring, installing new gas central heating components, refurbishing both bathrooms, refurbishing the heated swimming pool, landscaping the garden and remodelling rooms to provide a reworked kitchen, breakfast room, large utility/boot room and cloakroom.Even the remnants of the bell pull system have been encased in glass to protect them and conjure images of days gone by.In addition all the stair and first floor carpeting is new (downstairs is all solid floors) and the house has been redecorated throughout.On the ground floor are the hall with its original tiled floor, a sitting room with a log-burner in an oak surround, a dining room with a cast iron fireplace and a superb living room with a wooden floor, original open fire and two sets of original french doors with their original full height shutters, one set leading to the garden room, the other to the rear gardens.The fourth reception room is now the kitchen which has a triple oven gas-fired aga set in an original fireplace, handmade antique-white painted wooden units, black granite worktops with a central island and a relaxed seating area. The combination microwave oven and dishwasher will stay and there is space for an american-style fridge-freezer. The flooring here is original flagstones.Off the kitchen are the butler's pantry with original full height storage cupboards and a breakfast room which was previously the kitchen. Double doors lead off the breakfast room to the rear gardens and a single door leads to the front courtyard with its original water catchment pit - used for watering the gardens. The utility - made larger by knocking through to former outbuildings - has the downstairs cloakroom leading off.Half way up the stairs a door leads to the study where the satellite tv, category 5 and sound system wiring from throughout the house come back to a hub.The stairs continue to the first floor landing off which are four good double bedrooms and the family bathroom which includes full height dressing cupboards.The very large master bedroom has an opulent en suite with a separate bath and shower and oak flooring.Off one of the other bedrooms is another room suitable as a second study/nursery/ dressing room - or potentially an en suite.The landscaped walled rear gardens include the heated pool with a safety cover and terraced surrounds, a seating area with a water feature, a large expanse of lawn and a sizeable shed with lighting and power.Behind automatic gates there is a parking area (for at least five cars) and car port.Alcester town centre is fewer than five minutes away on foot."it's very practical and beautiful to live in and a superb house for entertaining," said phil."we use the courtyard as a barbecue area. With various sets of doors leading to the rear garden which has several seating areas, the pool and lawn, it's just beautiful in summer. The heating is designed so when the weather warms up and we no longer need central heating, it switches to heat the pool, and vice versa. We tried to think of everything to make it ready for the next 200 years. "