End Cottage occupies an idyllic position just off the village green in this delightful Welland Valley village on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border. The adjacent paddock, which provides a wonderful view from the house and gardens is scheduled as an ancient monument, having been the site of a number of fish ponds which are believed to date from the 13th Century. It is therefore protected from further development.
In the village there is a popular pub with restaurant, and a children's playground. The nearby village of Wilbarston provides further amenities including a school, shop and Post Office. The popular market town of Market Harborough is about five miles away and offers a superb range of amenities as well as a fast rail connection to London St Pancras. The A14, M1 and M6 are all easily reached. There is good private and state schooling available nearby. Of particular note are Maidwell Hall, Spratton Hall, and Stoneygate, Uppingham, Oakham and Leicester Grammar.
End Cottage is a most attractive 3 bedroom stone house with brick extensions and a new slate roof. It has been virtually rebuilt by the current owner to an exacting specification and is beautifully presented throughout. Of particular note is the spacious kitchen/breakfast room with hand-built units and top of the range appliances. It is open plan with the dining room, and therefore ideal for informal entertaining.
There is underfloor heating throughout the ground floor which has predominantly limestone flooring, and the ceiling heights are particularly generous, reflecting the house's origins as a barn. All rooms have individual thermostatic controls and the new hardwood double glazed windows are all laminated. There are solid oak doors throughout the house, and an outside lighting system and cctv security.
All three bedrooms are generous double rooms and the ensuite shower and bathroom are both luxuriously appointed. There are 2 loft storage spaces, one of which is boarded.
Outside, the immaculate landscaped gardens have been thoughtfully crafted to allow for a number of separate spaces to relax and enjoy the beautiful setting. There is a separate vehicular driveway with a parking area and oak framed triple carport. The useful outbuildings also include a summer house, workshop and store. Privacy is secured by a tall stone boundary wall, and there is a timed exterior lighting system.
An oak framed entrance porch with bench seats leads to the front door and entrance lobby. To the right is the light and airy sitting room with east and west facing windows. There is a fireplace with woodburning stove, slate hearth and oak beam.
The dining room is joined to the kitchen by a wide archway, and shares a double fronted woodburning stove. It is ideal for informal entertaining. A built-in cupboard houses the hot water cylinder and provides some useful storage.
The wonderful kitchen provides a perfect contemporary living space with an island unit with oak worktop and long ranges of hand built wooden units under granite worktops along 2 walls. Equipment by AEG includes integral dishwasher, fridge and freezer and a Rangemaster Classic 110 cooker with induction hob over.
Across the inner lobby with stable door to the garden, is the fully fitted utility room, with a useful run of units with granite worktop and space and plumbing for a tumble dryer and dishwasher. There is space and plumbing for a large fridge/freezer with icemaker and water chiller. The remaining wall space is taken up with some useful fitted cupboards and two ingenious alcoves for dog beds. At one end is a cupboard housing the Ideal gas fired central heating boiler.
On the first floor, the master bedroom is a particularly large double room with wide alcoves on either side of the bed and ample space for wardrobes and other furniture. The ensuite shower room has a large cubicle, basin in vanity unit, wc, and a large wall storage cupboard. Bedroom 2 is another spacious double room with built in wardrobe cupboard. The bathroom is beautifully appointed with porcelain tailed floor, freestanding bath and separate shower cubicle, pedestal basin and wc. Bedroom 3 is a generously proportioned loft style room with 2 skylights and a separate dressing area. There are lovely views from all the bedrooms across the gardens, and all have television points.
A block paved driveway leads through a pair of electric double gates to a paved parking area for several cars. There is an oak framed triple carport with slate roof, brick base, concrete floor and light and power connected. There is an adjacent timber workshop and store, and further storage space to the rear of the summer house.
Wide five bar gates open onto the front garden from the drive, with a further paved area and steps up to the front lawn. At the eastern end stands a summer house with a paved patio area, which is ideal to take advantage of the evening sun. Closer to the house is a larger raised terrace with lovely views across a neighbouring paddock. The paddock is scheduled as an ancient monument and is therefore protected from future development. Another paved area with dog shower leads on to the back door of the house.
The whole is beautifully maintained and well planted with a wide selection of shrubs and herbaceous perennials.
House For SaleEnd Cottage, 8, Lower Road, Stoke Albany, Market Harborough, Northamptonshire
Guide price £700,000 Sale Agreed
***OPEN FOR VIEWINGS*** A meticulously restored period stone and brick cottage in an idyllic rural setting with beautiful, private gardens.
- High quality live- in kitchen with separate utility room and larder.
- Dining room
- Sitting room
- Master bedroom with ensuite shower room
- Two further double bedrooms, family bathroom
- Private landscaped walled gardens, with two paved seating/dining areas
- Summer house and workshop
- Triple Garage
- Gas fired underfloor central heating to ground floor, radiators to first floor