An attractive stone former Victorian School House, which currently combines residential and business premises and with C3 consent, in over half an acre of south facing gardens
A substantial and unlisted former school house, which is within a Conservation Area, Mandate House offers over 4000 square feet of accommodation and a south facing garden plot in excess of half an acre in total, in an attractive Northamptonshire village setting adjacent to St Peter's Parish Church.
The property is owned by a religious charity and is used for conferencing facilities and as a residential home, combining large reception rooms and six bedrooms, served by three bath or shower rooms.
Following favourable pre-planning advice indicating that an application for change of use for a single dwelling house may be favourably considered, a formal planning application for Change of Use to C3, a single private residence, was granted by East Northants Council dated 4th March 2019 (18/02394/FUL). In this way, the building has consent for use as a single dwelling, or as a live/work home base.
At ground floor level, the main entrance hallway leads to the west through a reception room/office and study to the former school rooms. The modern kitchen adjoins with a dining room and expansive living space within the fabulous, vaulted former school hall itself. A staircase also rises to a self-contained annexe flat, from which there are more lovely views over the garden, with a sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms, dressing room and bathroom.
To the east of the entrance hallway, the expansive south facing sitting and living rooms are currently conferencing facilities, with access to the gardens, with a ground floor bedroom wing with three further bedrooms served by two shower rooms.
Electric gates to the west of the building, access a driveway and parking area for many vehicles. The south facing beautifully maintained and mature gardens are arranged with formal lawns, sunken flower beds and shrubs, with various seating terraces strategically placed for tracking the sun through the day. Two outbuildings with electricity and lighting offer excellent workshop and storage facilities.
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I think this is a splendid and versatile building. A mixed residential and business base now, the building can also be used as a single private residence. The gardens are a delight, the views attractive and the setting convenient for several favoured schools and for commuters to Peterborough or Cambridge along the A14, or by rail to London from several stations.James Abbott