An historic Coventry home which has been converted into 14 apartments was today officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Coventry.

 Cllr John McNicholas unveiled a commemorative plaque at Elm Bank, at 9 North Avenue, Stoke Park – the home of former Lord Mayor and Triumph Cycle Company founder Siegfried Bettmann.

 As ward councillor for Lower Stoke Cllr McNicholas was involved in the early planning stages of the development.

 He said: “I’ve been looking forward to seeing the finished product. I saw it right at the beginning however it is clear that Ramesh Parmar and his son Rick could see the end product from the outset.”

Cllr McNicholas said he was privileged to be asked to unveil the plaque which marks an historic house being brought back to domestic use, allowing people to live within the walls of the leafy Stoke Park.

 The properties are being sold by Loveitts.

With one and two-bedroom duplex new apartment and garden bungalows, the Victorian Elm Bank makes an ideal purchase for young professionals or for older people keen to downsize, but with the spacious luxury offered by older properties such as large sash windows and high ceilings.

 Each property features underfloor heating and state-of-the-art SieMatic kitchens as well as Porcelanosa bathrooms.

Within the complex is The Billiards – Bettmann’s former billiards room – which comes with its own approach and entrance and its own private garden leading from the lounge, dining room and kitchen.

 The Billiards also features a stunning 120-year-old painting surrounding the interior of the open plan living area, complemented by its original and expertly restored Parquet flooring, cast-iron radiators, a focal fireplace, high ceilings, two spacious bedrooms and two bathrooms.

 The development is just over a mile away from Coventry city centre and has excellent transportation links.