House For Sale

Riddles Farmhouse, 6, Orchard Lane, Great Glen, Leicester, Leicestershire

Guide price £1,750,000

An exceptional family home with spectacular state of the art kitchen, outstanding entertaining space and flexible living accommodation for several generations.

  • Entrance hall
  • Superb 30ft live-in kitchen with sun room
  • Dining room, snug
  • Drawing room with study off
  • Gymnasium
  • Master bedroom with dressing room & en suite bathroom
  • Guest bedroom with en suite shower room
  • Two further first floor bedrooms, family bathroom
  • Two second floor bedrooms, bathroom
  • Annexe/office/games room with shower room
  • Integral triple garage, separate double garage
  • Private courtyard, mainly lawned gardens
  • Floodlit tennis court, thatched pergola and summer house
  • Separate double garage
  • Outstanding views
  • In all just over half an acre, with additional land

Riddles Farmhouse stands in a secluded and peaceful spot on a no through road on the edge of the popular village of Great Glen which is well known as the home of Leicester Grammar School and Stoneygate School . There is also a Church of England Primary school. The village has excellent facilities, including a Post Office, hairdressers, dentist, doctors, Co-Op, and four pubs, all of which are within walking distance of Orchard Lane. The village also has a cricket club and a football club. The A6 which links Leicester and Market Harborough is a stone’s throw away, with Leicester city centre just 7 miles to the north and Market Harborough 9 miles to the south. There is a fast and regular train service from Leicester or Market Harborough to London St Pancras in approximately one hour and road communications are excellent via the M1 and M69 motorways.

Riddles Fqrmhouse dates from the 1920s, with later additions, and is a substantial red brick home with a clay tiled roof. It stands in elegant, easily maintained grounds and all of the principal rooms enjoy pleasant, open views. The current owners have carried out a number of improvements including most recently a spectacular open plan kitchen and living room with a glazed sunroom which opens directly onto the gardens. There are three further reception rooms, making the house ideal for entertaining. The accommodation is also extremely flexible with a self-contained first floor flat (currently used as a games room) which could be extended to include a portion of the garage or the gym, allowing more than one generation of a family to live together independently. There is also a separate double garage which could be converted to provide office space or an additional annexe, subject to the necessary consents.

The house is approached from Orchard Lane via a block paved in and out driveway with ample parking for several cars. The oak front door opens onto a the spacious entrance hall, which leads to all the principal reception rooms. There is a guest cloakroom with WC, basin in a vanity until and a large wall mirror. There is a connecting door to the integral triple garage and another door to the gymnasium which has a rubber floor, TV point and three picture windows. The kitchen measures 30 ft overall and incorporates a spectacular, air conditioned open plan sun room with space for two large sofas and glass doors on three sides. They open directly onto 2 paved patio areas which in turn lead to the gardens beyond. There is a separate dining area with built in bench seats and storage cupboards over. The kitchen was designed and built by Harborough Kitchens, a highly regarded local firm. It incorporates an island unit with silestone work top and breakfast bar. There are two stainless steel sinks -one with a “boiling “ tap, and a two drawer Fisher and Paykel dishwasher. Along one wall is a range of hand-built floor units with shuttered storage cupboards, and TV recess above. The gas range, by Fisher and Paykel has a six ring hob and twin ovens, both with grill, fan and baking facilities, and there is a warming oven and storage drawer. Another wall of fitted larder cupboards incorporates a fridge, a further glass fronted fridge, and separate freezer.

The utility room is well fitted with additional wall and floor units and has space and plumbing for washing machine, tumble dryer, dishwasher and fridge freezer. This room also houses the Gloworm Gas central heating boiler. A door opens onto a rear courtyard. From the kitchen an open arch leads to the dining room with ample space for a least 8 people. This in turn leads to the snug with oak floor and a fireplace with woodburning stove and a wide bay window. Off the entrance hall is the drawing room which has a terracotta fireplace with woodburning stove and 3 sliding glazed doors opening onto and providing lovely views across the gardens. A door leads to a useful study, again with lovely garden views. From the entrance, stairs lead to a spacious and bright first floor landing. The spacious master bedroom has a double aspect and a lovely balcony overlooking the gardens. There is an en suite dressing room with fitted dressing table which leads to a large walk-in dressing cupboard which has fitted wardrobes on three sides and a window. The en suite bathroom is well fitted with oval corner bath, large shower cubicle, basin in vanity unit with large fitted mirror, and WC. Bedroom 2 is a good sized double room with en suite shower room and fine views. There are two further first floor double bedrooms sharing a large family bathroom with corner bath, basin, WC and bidet.

On the second floor are two further good sized bedrooms sharing a large bathroom. There is a useful wide landing ideal for a study or children’s gaming area. The first floor flat/annexe is approached up a secondary staircase from the entrance hall. It comprises a large and particularly bright, air conditioned studio style room with ample room for pool table and table tennis, or for division into two separate rooms. In one corner is a kitchen area with fitted cupboards, microwave oven, sink and fridge. The is a separate shower room with shower cubicle, basin and WC.

At the front of the house is a large block paved driveway for several cars, and access to the integral triple garage, which has three separate electrically operated roller shutter doors. There is a further brick built double garage or workshop which is fully plastered internally and which also has a first floor room ideal for use as a separate office or games room, or additional accommodation if required, subject to he necessary consents. In between the garage block and the house is a useful courtyard with a built-in fireplace, ideal for barbecuing or outdoor entertaining. There is an outdoor WC and a useful store attached to the garage. The rear gardens are a wonderful feature of the property. They are mainly laid to lawn and are linked to the house across a pair of paved pergolas outside the kitchen. There is a beautiful thatched pavilion overlooking the tennis court and a summer house. The tennis court is floodlit, and has been newly restored. There are open views on all sides and the whole space is entirely private, with a number of mature trees including Scots Pine, Cherry, Sycamore and Apple.

Mains water, electricity, drainage and gas are connected to the property. None of the services or appliances, heating installations, plumbing or electrical systems have been tested by the selling agent.

Fixtures and fittings
All fixtures, fittings and furniture such as curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments and statuary are excluded from the sale. Some may be available by separate negotiation.

From the A6 Great Glen roundabout take the eastern turning towards the village and turn right at The Yews public house. Continue past the village green and turn right into Orchard.

Strictly by appointment with Fisher German LLP. Telephone: 01858 410200, Email:

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