This former vicarage is a very attractive period property dating back to 1759 with high ceilings and large windows which complement the attractive gardens, has undergone careful restoration and renovation work to guarantee the preservation of the original features which appear throughout the property. A substantial Georgian house with later Victorian additions with its spacious reception rooms and bedrooms allows for flexible family accommodation over two floors.
"We really wanted a Georgian property and this was a dream come true," said the current owner.
"When we saw it, it was a beautiful sunny day and it just looked fabulous."
"The moment we walked into the magnificent hallway I just thought this is perfect."
The vicarage was built in 1759 and is full of original features, which have been lovingly restored. It has been decorated throughout in keeping with the period, presenting sumptuous wallpapers along with classic calm colours.
"The windows have six large panes at the top and six at the bottom. They just let in so much light and they all still have shutters, which I love. There are fireplaces in all the rooms and beautiful high ceilings."
A SENSE OF GRANDEUR
The owners use the grand hallway for entertaining - and it is an impressive space.
"It has a solid oak staircase, which we believe is Jacobean and at the top of the stairs there is a beautiful stained glass window.
"We had 40 people in here for a charity wine tasting and it was the perfect setting; with the high ceiling and chandelier it feels very special."
Downstairs, the rooms are all large and airy, with sunlight flooding in.
"The drawing room has an open fireplace with a big grate in it, and a Georgian surround. It is lovely as our Sunday room - you can go in there and relax and read a book and just get away from it all.
"We also use the room for entertaining as it leads into the formal dining room."
CHARACTER AND CHARM
Also on the ground floor, there is an impressive, wood-panelled study, and a further sitting room.
The kitchen was designed to be in keeping with the Georgian period of the house and has many interesting traditional features.
"It is a bespoke pippy oak kitchen, with granite work surfaces. We have an antique range dating back to the 1700s, set in the old fireplace, which is a real reminder of the property's past.
"We also have an original quarry stone floor and beautiful Delft tiles on the walls that I love."
BATHED IN SUNSHINE
There is a large table in the kitchen where the family like to eat, especially in the winter.
"It is lovely and cosy, but in the summer we tend to eat in the orangery as it is so warm and sunny," explained the owner.
The orangery feels grand in scale and is a stunning addition to the house, with French windows linking it to the kitchen.
"It has Georgian-style windows and the ceiling is completely glass. There are French windows leading on to the terrace, which is always bathed in sunshine."
DREAMS COME TRUE
Upstairs there are four large bedrooms, a dressing room and two bathrooms, all of which are also filled with sunlight.
"The master bedroom is double aspect and there are views across to the church. It is a very special room; we have a four-poster bed and a beautiful fireplace. The guest bedroom also has wonderful views of the hills."
Both bathrooms are of the highest quality, with marble used throughout, and features that are in keeping with the period style of the property.
The house also has a fantastic arched cellar, which the family use for storing wine. The beautiful gardens are completely enclosed by the old wall and there are electric gates.
"The garden is mainly lawn with lots of fruit trees including quince, mulberry and apple."
There is a large circular terrace set in the lawn, which along with the magnificent rooms inside, makes the house perfect for entertaining.
"I will miss the parties and the different events we have hosted," said the owner. "It is a
On entering the property you are immediately struck by the large and impressive Entrance Hall with sandstone flooring, detailed coved ceiling and original Jacobean staircase with a charming stained glass window to a half landing, which curves around to the first floor. To the left of the Hallway is the Drawing Room with a wonderful open fire with a cast iron insert and marble hearth, together with large sash windows and shutters overlooking the garden. To the rear of this room are doors leading through to a Dining Room with French doors to the side garden and is large enough to seat a good number of people making this a fantastic room for entertaining family and friends.
The Sitting Room, once more, is light and spacious with a large window enjoying the views over the garden. With the high ceiling there is a combination of elegance and comfort within the room. From here a connecting door leads through into the Kitchen which is fitted with a fabulous range of hand made Pippy Oak units, comprising of many floor cupboards and wall cupboards. Set into the granite work surfaces is a one and a half bowl sink with brass Victorian mixers and fitted dishwasher underneath. There is a Britannia cooking range with five ring gas hob and a large corner fridge. There are two large windows to the front of the property and a lead stained door leading to the Orangery. With its lantern-top roof, french doors flowing outside to the patio area and coach house on one side and huge sash windows to the other make this a perfect room to enjoy views over the garden.
A further doorway from the Entrance Hall leads into a second hallway giving access to a spacious cloakroom with low level WC, wash hand basin and beautiful Victorian mosaic feature tiling. Alongside the cloakroom is a walk in pantry and a Utility Room fitted with a range of floor and wall cupboards, a double sink and plumbing for the washing machine and tumble dryer, and entry to the double vaulted cellarage between the two staircases. To the end of the hallway is the Study, with fitted book shelves, beamed ceiling and houses the original front door.
First Floor Accommodation;
A good feature of this former Vicarage is the large landing, which is very light due to the large stained glass window on the half landing, off which is the Master Bedroom which is a large room with a dual aspect, sash windows and original shutters and fireplace. Stairs off the landing lead down into another double bedroom with a window overlooking the side garden and original Georgian fire surround with inset fire place. The dressing room provides a full range of fitted wardrobes, coved ceiling, and sash windows with a window seat overlooking the rear garden which can also be used as a bedroom. There are two further double bedrooms both with large sash windows and fitted wardrobes, hanging and shelving; these are accessed through a little inner corridor which also provides access to the second stairway. The family bathroom is lovely and extremely well fitted with a hand crafted vanity dresser with marble top, cast iron bath, low level WC, brass heated towel rail and shower cubicle with Victorian pan head mixer tap. There is also a shower room comprising low level wc, wash hand basin with solid marble surround and brass Victorian taps, hand crafted vanity dresser and shower cubicle with fully tiled walls.
The Coach House;
There is a two storey Coach House within the grounds of The Old Vicarage with its remarkable original double doors has power, light and a window to the front has been sound proofed by the current owners and is currently being used as a music studio.
SETTING THE SCENE
The property stands well back from the road behind electric wooden gates and red brick walls leading to ample parking with a three car carport. The front of the property overlooks the delightful walled, formal gardens with a well manicured lawn, patio areas with a circular York stone terrace ideal for entertaining which then leads down to an enclosed natural pond and brick built store room/stable underneath a wonderful weeping willow tree.
WITHIN EASY REACH
The A606 runs along the outskirts of the village giving fast and convenient access to Melton Mowbray which is approximately a 5 minute drive, or Nottingham City being only 13 miles away with its wide range of schools, recreational shopping and cultural facilities. The A46 is 2 miles from the village and provides a fast link to both the M1 (southbound) and the A1 (northbound). East Midlands Airport can be reached in 30 minutes, while high speed rail connections to London can be found at Grantham, Loughborough and Nottingham stations.