Following his move to Everton the former Saints footballer James Beattie has put his Chilworth home up for sale. Jenny Makin takes a closer look

Just as the price tag suggests, James Beattie’s old pad is hardly a two-up, two-down semi. Instead, it’s a luxurious three-floor detached house, set in almost half an acre of land, surrounded by towering old trees.

Named Redwoods, the property was bought by the former Saints footballer, during his six-and-a-half year career on the south coast, and it’s to be found in Chilworth Road.

The house has a magnificent garden complete with stunning archway believed to have been brought in from the ruins of a cathedral.

Having stepped inside a grand reception area, fully equipped with a flash video entry system, the first stop is a darkened room. But as the lights go on I find myself in “Beatts” – a purpose-built bar complete with red leather suite and a space in the wall for what used to be a large plasma TV screen.

The kitchen, in bright red, reminded me slightly of an American diner, with its impressive double-width stainless steel fridge.

Downstairs also has a large lounge looking over the garden, a gym and adjoining wet room.

The first floor is reached via a spiralling chrome and glass staircase. Through two large doors lies the master bedroom. It’s a simple but lavish place – something that continues in the bathroom where there is a built-in TV screen. Adjoining is am ample-sized walk-in wardrobe. For film lovers, there is a cimema room on the top floor.


Ground floor: Reception hall, gymnasium with wet room, bar/tv room, cloakroom, living room, conservatory, dining room, kitchen and breakfast area, utility.

First floor: Master bedroom suite incorporating luxury bathroom and spacious dressing room with balcony and views, four further bedrooms (two with en suites and one with balcony), family bathroom.

Second floor: home cinema room and cloakroom.

Outside: Double garage block with ample additional off-road parking. Private garden.

Contact Pearsons, London Road, Southampton. Viewing strictly by appointment, advance, offers start at £1m. Call 023 8023 3288 or visit
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