A fabulous Welland Valley lifestyle or equine property, with refurbished farmhouse, ancillary accommodation, biomass heating, set within 100 acres of pasture, with gallops and buildings
A striking listed period farmhouse, which retains the grace, the proportions and the features of the Victorian era, coupled with a reconfigured and comprehensively refurbished layout, in a stunning Welland Valley setting within 100 acres of pasture, with gallops, and an attractive Victorian farmyard.
Welham Lodge Farmhouse
The attractive grade II listed farmhouse occupies a beautiful setting within its land at the head of long driveway, with a wide turning circle to its front and generous parking at, and within, its detached garage block, which has an office above, to the north.
Whilst the house retains a wealth of period features it has undergone a comprehensive refurbishment. It has been replumbed, rewired, the cellar tanked, sash windows restored with hand rolled glass, and a biomass central heating system installed. The layout has also been reconfigured with en suites to all the bedrooms.
The central front door opens into a wide flagstone entrance stairwell hall, which leads to the drawing room past a dining room and living room.
The three reception rooms each have wide oak floorboards and shuttered sash windows, with double doors between the living room and drawing room, allowing one large room for entertaining. The dining room has a Monica Ritterband Morsø woodburning stove; the living room has a Chesney's wood burning stove; the drawing room an open fireplace, along with two sets of French doors to the south-easterly gardens.
The 38' family kitchen is an impressive heart to this house. The fitted shaker style kitchen suite offers extensive storage beneath long runs of solid wooden worktops, with a large central island unit. The clay tile floored family kitchen has a double sided Chesney's woodburning stove, within a brick chimney breast, dividing the kitchen area from the breakfast area, which offers space for both table and comfortable seating, with bay window overlooking, and French doors to, the garden.
A rear hall, off the kitchen, leads to a cloakroom, utility and plant room, with the brick cellar access, which has been professionally tanked.
The main staircase rises from the entrance hall, to a split level first floor landing, with the principal suite to one side, and the balance of the bedrooms, the other.
The three room principal bedroom suite occupies the eastern width of the house, with a beamed ceilinged bedroom, with a cast iron fireplace and westerly aspect, generous dressing room and full-suite bathroom, with high quality sanitaryware, including a La Chapelle sink, Booth & Co fittings to the double walk in shower and Lefroy-Brooks finishes to the bath.
There are four further en suite double bedrooms at first floor level, with a sixth en suite bedroom at second floor level, the level at which bedroom five's bathroom is also. All the bath and shower rooms share the same exceptional quality and attention to detail.
The gardens lie largely to the south of the house, wrapping around the east and west. Walled in part, with mature hedging and secure fencing to the boundaries, the gardens are largely lawned, with a large terrace adjacent to the drawing room, and mature specimen trees giving dappled light on the extremities of the lawns in the summer months.
The detached garage block is to the north side of the house, across the gravelled driveway, with a double car port and secure garage and store room, with a first floor office, accessed by an external staircase, which is plumbed and wired in anticipation of use as additional accommodation or workspace, subject to the necessary consents.
Accessed through electric, remotely operated gates, from the main driveway, and lying to the north side of the house and its garage boundary, the farmyard combines an attractive and versatile mix of traditional buildings.
The Bothy has been adapted to create a charming dining space within the grounds, with half height decorative
panelling and an exposed brick fireplace with inset log burner adding to the warmth and character of the room.
The Shoot Room is a beautiful barn conversion, refurbished to offer a well equipped kitchen suitable for catering, with timber dividing walls that complement the origins of the building, dividing a large cloakroom and useful store room, with covered kennelling adjoining.
The Party Barn comprises a beautifully restored double-height granary barn, with vaulted beamed ceiling and brickwork walls, original ventilation diamonds and barn door openings, now glazed with soaring doors, flood light through the building framing stunning views to both sides. The traditional blue brick floor stretches between the two walled windows, with a timber floor elsewhere, and a biomass central heating system has been installed to create an inviting entertaining space throughout the year. Adjacent to the granary building, a single storey, largely open plan barn has two cloakrooms.
The Biomass Barn is a steel portal framed building, within which is the 2017 biomass boiler and system, along with ample wood and pellet storage, which benefits from the Government feed-in tariff, producing an annual income of circa £15,000pa to date.
The pasture extends to 100.93 acres in total. The land is divided into a number of large, largely hedgerow bounded permanent pasture fields. It is well serviced by an extensive network of water and troughs, whilst there are a number of well-maintained internal tracks which allow farm traffic easy access around the land.
A five and a half furlong gallop has been designed along the driveway field margins, whilst there is excellent riding from the property along an extensive public bridleway network. Whilst there are no public rights of way crossing the land, you can access an adjoining public bridleway from the western boundary.
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It is rarer than you might think in this area to find a house in a peaceful, private setting in its land, away from any roads - couple it with versatile outbuildings, biomass heating, an efficient EPC and wonderful riding country, with bridleways from home and without the need to transport horses to riding, this is a stunning and fabulous lifestyle home, close to mainline rail links, favoured schools and attractive market towns.James AbbottProperty agent