The only Poole Merchant House still in single private ownership, West
End House dominates St James' Square in Poole Old Town, overlooking
Poole's Parish Church. Built in the early 18th Century for the Slade
family, reputedly by the Bastard Brothers of Blandford, the house was
home to one of Poole's wealthiest merchant families, with extensive
interests in Newfoundland, trading fish, provisions, timber and luxury
items between Newfoundland, Poole and the Iberian peninsula. The stone
salt urns and the carved pineapples on the pediment of the house hint
at both the goods traded and the wealth generated by the family. In the
19th Century it became home to Jessie Carter, the founder of Poole
Pottery. West End House is a fine Grade II* listed example of early
Georgian architecture, retaining a wealth of original features,
beautifully and sympathetically renovated in period style. West End
House stands proudly in the heart of Poole Old Town, a quieter area of
winding streets but just moments from Poole Quay with its bustling
array of marine activities, restaurants and bars.
This is a rare opportunity to stay in a substantial five bedroom, five
bathroom house. The ground floor comprises a large living room with
period fire place. The dining room with its ornate plaster ceiling and
period fireplace offers a large circular dining table accommodating 10.
To the rear of the property on the ground floor there is a playroom
equipped with stacks of toys for children (young and old!). Also at the
rear of the property is a large, light kitchen and further breakfast
area with table for six and breakfast bar for three. Comprehensively
equipped for all cooks. The kitchen leads to a separate utility room.
There is a cloakroom on the ground floor with period fittings.