Kirby Grounds lies equidistant between Blakesley and Greens Norton in the rolling South Northamptonshire countryside. The popular village of Blakesley offers a wide range of services including a good primary school, a post office, a village store, a pub, a parish church, cricket and football grounds, and a tennis club. The nearby market town of Towcester is approximately 4 miles to the east providing a good range of shopping facilities including Waitrose and Tesco and a number of high-quality independent retailers. Banbury, Northampton and Milton Keynes are not far away for more extensive shopping and cultural activities.
Located close to the A43 and the A5, and between the M1 Jct15A (9 miles) and the M40 J10 (21 miles) and J11 (16 miles), the area has excellent transport links to London, Milton Keynes, the Midlands and the North. There are regular mainline train services from Milton Keynes to London Euston (from 35 minutes) and Banbury to London Marylebone (from 57 minutes). Good schools in the locality include Northampton Independent Grammar School (Pitsford), Northampton High School for Girls, Winchester House School (Brackley), Akeley Wood and Thornton College for Girls. There are public schools at Stowe, Rugby, Tudor Hall and Bloxham, St Edwards and Headington Girls School (Oxford). Sporting and recreational facilities are numerous with motor racing at Silverstone, premiership rugby and first-class cricket at Northampton, horse racing at Stratford and Warwick, and golf at Whittlebury. The property lies within Grafton Hunt country.
Kirby Grounds offers a rare opportunity for lifestyle and amenity buyers as well as small-scale farmers. The property lies down a long private drive in a secluded valley completely surrounded by its own land. It has been in the same family ownership for some 40 years, and the unspoilt principal dwelling combined with its nearby traditional farm buildings afford abundant potential for expansion to create a stunning modern home in an idyllic setting. Set away from the main farmhouse is a newly converted barn which is being offered together with the main holding or as a separate lot. This special property, with its pasture, woodland and small river, provides a unique opportunity to create an exceptional country retreat.
Kirby Grounds (Lot 1)
Kirby Grounds is a Grade II listed detached farmhouse partially dating from the 17th century built of typical Northamptonshire ironstone under a slate roof. The enclosed yard can be accessed either from the front drive, which provides an opportunity to enjoy the stunning views over your own land, or via a back drive through the farm buildings. Internally the accommodation is unspoilt and full of character, being arranged over three floors and offering a wealth of period features throughout. The ground floor comprises a large sunny kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga and access to garden, two south-facing reception rooms and a large utility room. Over the first and second floors there are four bedrooms and two bathrooms as well as two sizeable storerooms, one of which could be a fifth bedroom. Attached to the house is a former dairy, and separately accessed is a self-contained one-bedroom annexe/granny flat, and a useful home/farm office. The farmhouse undoubtedly offers plenty of potential for expansion and improvement subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents.
Kirby Grounds benefits from a comprehensive range of traditional and modern farm buildings including cowsheds, lambing sheds, livestock handling yards, and hay/straw barns. The traditional brick-built buildings are located close to the farmhouse and, while still fully functional, also provide an opportunity for alternative uses subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents. There is also a range of more modern steel-framed buildings together with a very useful fully enclosed modern building currently used as a workshop and large garage. There are also a number of smaller sheds and storerooms that potentially offer a useful footprint in terms of obtaining planning consents for expansion or alternative uses.
The property is ring fenced by its own land which is mainly laid to traditional permanent pasture with the house benefiting from fine private views to the south. The well-maintained land is gently undulating, stockproof throughout and interspersed with attractive mature trees. Several of the older pastures still retain the ridge and furrow of former farming systems. As you approach the property from the public highway there is an area of semimature amenity woodland that could be utilised for small-scale shooting purposes or simply enjoyed as it is. A narrow river and a former disused railway running through the property create natural sanctuaries for wildlife.
In all about 121.23 acres (49.06 hectares)
The Barn (Lot 2)
Situated on the main driveway leading to Kirby Grounds is a new barn conversion comprised of a traditional two-storey stone barn and a single-storey stone cowshed. The building benefits from detailed planning permission and is in the final stages of completion by a renowned local builder.
It provides a unique modern family home, offering high-quality flexible living accommodation with the benefit of its own land. The expansive ground floor benefits from a large open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room offering an abundance of natural light and views over your own land through the oak framed windows. An additional large reception room lies at the heart of the accommodation. A home office/playroom is located next to the kitchen, whilst the remaining ground accommodation is made up of a utility room, a loo, a plant room, and two bedrooms with ensuites. Rising from the central reception room is a bespoke oak staircase which leads to a large landing area and two further bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms, both benefiting from fine views over open countryside. The master bedroom also has an attached dressing room/nursery. Attached to the barn is a double garage.
The property is offered with a mature permanent pasture and a small area of woodland. In all the property extends to approximately 16.25 acres (6.58 hectares).
Farm For SaleKirby Grounds, Greens Norton Road, Blakesley, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Guide price £3,550,000 Sold
Fabulous country property situated in a stunning secluded setting with a separate newly converted barn. In all about 137.48 acres. For sale as a whole or in two lots.
- Kirby Grounds (Lot 1):
- Four/Five bedroom principal dwelling, Self-contained annexe and farm office
- Range of traditional and modern farm buildings
- Permanent pasture land, woodland, river, Stunning rural setting Enormous potential
- In all about 121.23 acres (49.06 hectares)
- The Barn (Lot 2):
- Newly converted barn, High specification throughout
- Open-plan kitchen/dining/sitting room, four ensuite bedrooms, two reception rooms
- Pasture, woodland, In all about 16.25 acres (6.58 hectares)
- In all about 137.48 acres (56.64 hectares). For Sale as a Whole or in two Lots