Stunning Grade II* Queen Anne country house benefitting from a detached period cottage and enjoying a magnificent setting in a highly sought after Vale of Belvoir village, approx 5.64 acres
It is mentioned within Nikolaus Pevsner's The Buildings of England as a handsome early 18th Century home with five bays with a hipped roof and dormers and a pedimented door head on brackets. Birthplace of Samuel Butler the Victorian novelist. There is no doubt that this property is one of the finest architectural examples of its style within the county and houses of this calibre and finish are rarely offered to the open market. The current owners carried out an extensive refurbishment of the house and adjoining cottage to create a home of considerable charm and character.
Set to the edge of the village it enjoys a private setting within its own formal grounds and gardens enjoying extensive open views. The main house offers principal accommodation enjoying a side reception hallway which leads onto a south facing double aspect sitting room with period chimneypiece set with a raised dog grate. There are shuttered windows overlooking the front and side courtyard areas. There is a central dining room with sweeping dog-leg staircase rising to the first floor and a part glazed door leading to the front forecourt and gardens.
The principal drawing room is of generous proportions with shuttered windows and an aspect to three elevations. There is a period chimneypiece with a raised dog grate and a study/home office is set off at the side again with shuttered windows and door leading through to the side gardens with views across to the church.
A rear hallway gives access to cloakroom and W.C. and through to the generous Smallbone kitchen breakfast room with limestone tiled floor, extensive range of wall and base units including range of integrated appliances which include Miele steamer cooker, Miele Nespresso integrated coffee machine, Miele dishwasher, two Miele ovens plus a Miele microwave and a Miele plate warmer. There is a central island unit with five ring Gaggenau hob with a low level Gaggenau fan and Quooker boiling tap.
Also on the ground floor is a cloakroom/rear entrance hall, fitted boot room and a large well fitted and presented utility with extensive storage cupboards one housing an oil fired boiler providing central heating and hot water. There is a large walk-in shelved pantry and futher store room/ fitted with a dog wash/shower and a cloakroom and W.C. There are cellars under the main part of the house with electric lighting.
The dog leg staircase has a superb high half landing window with glorious open views rising to the main landing and onto:
Master bedroom with high shuttered windows, a period chimneypiece with raised dog grate and a full en suite bathroom fitted by Smallbone with a panelled bath, corner shower enclosure, twin inset wash hand basins and an integrated low suite W.C. Fitted cabinetry. There are two further bedroom suites on this floor, both with well fitted bath/shower rooms and sitting room area. These suites could easily be adapted to provide four generous bedrooms, family bathroom and a separate shower room on this floor. The side staircase landing area leads onto the second floor with a joined landing area/study space, well fitted modern shower room and WC and three further generous bedrooms all with a lovely open aspect and views.
OUTSIDE The property enjoys its original walled frontage to Church Lane with a superb high remote control gated entrance with pedestrian gate to the front courtyard with turning area. The main formal gardens lie to the south of the house with large lawns, mature borders, patio and terrace area, ornamental pond and a raised seating area set below part of the listed wall area. There is a rear courtyard area which has an early period store room and more recent oak framed garage and store with twin garages and twin open car ports. The property also benefits from a traditional wild flower meadow and long tree lined driveway with remote controlled access from Barnstone Road. Around much of the property is an extensive range of external lighting and a concealed oil tank.
DETACHED COTTAGE/COACH HOUSE Set to the side of this courtyard is the detached cottage/coach house which has been fully renovated and is of single storey construction with accommodation comprising a dining/reception hall, fully fitted kitchen with a range of built in appliances and modern units, cloakroom with W.C. and hand basin. There is a lovely reception room with a wide bow window overlooking the side garden area and an inner hallway leads onto a generous double bedroom, a single bedroom and a well presented spacious modern fitted shower room with W.C. This property enjoys independent gas fired central heating.
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There is no doubt that this property is one of the finest architectural examples of its style within the county and houses of this calibre and finish are rarely offered to the open market.Chris Charlton