An Elizabethan house within two acres of exceptional gardens
A highly attractive Elizabethan Grade II Listed property, date stamped 1588 and altered in the late 17th century for the Maydwell Family, the limestone and collyweston house is set back behind a stone wall and gated entrance within beautifully landscaped and mature gardens.
The property has undergone an extensive renovation, with renewed central heating and wiring systems, bespoke kitchen and bathroom suites, with retained period features prevalent, including elegant fireplaces, window shutters and oak panelling. It is a wonderful family home that combines the elegance and grace of the period proportions, ceiling heights and features, with a distinctly contemporary feel and finish.
The house is entered into a grand, dual-aspect, flagstone floored reception hallway, with stone fireplace, oak panelled walls and staircase. The drawing and dining rooms lie to the south. Each has scale and impact, with marble fireplaces, shuttered windows and with French doors from the drawing room to the garden's terrace.
Along an inner hall, the family room and breakfast rooms are visually separated from one another by a magnificent central elliptical stone fireplace, an impressive, almost contemporary, centre piece.
The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a bespoke range of painted wood cabinets under granite worktops and double Belfast sink, arranged around a gas fired Aga, with companion oven and hotplate, and central island. A walk-in flagstone floor pantry adjoins.
At first floor, the principal bedroom suite occupies a large part of the southern wing. With a large bedroom and well-appointed en suite bathroom, steps rise to two walk-in dressing rooms. There are three further double bedrooms (one also en suite), served by a further full suite family bathroom, and a amtico floored playroom.
At second floor level, the guest bedroom has an en suite bathroom, whilst are three further double bedrooms and a second family bathroom.
The Priory stands in mature grounds of around 2.01 acres. The house is approached through its gates and past the property's three garages to a gravelled turning courtyard at the house.
The gardens lie principally to the south of the house, with a terrace accessed from the drawing room and formal lawns extending away from the house. The gardens are interspersed with mature deciduous trees, flowering and herbaceous borders, with pathways leading to a pond with waterfall, and to, and alongside, the River Ise which flows close to the western boundary. A bridge crosses the river to a snowdrop woodland that adjoins the western boundary. The gardens are delightful and offer great privacy. Agent's note: the drive entrance has a right of way over it in favour of one neighbouring house.
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The Priory is a hidden gem. In the centre of the village, but tucked away within two acres of the most beautiful gardens, I loved the feel and scale of the impressive accommodation. It is a fabulous family home and yet only four miles or so from Kettering's mainline rail services to London St Pancras.James Abbott