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4 Bedroom detached house Rolleston, Newark, Nottinghamshire £525,000


Throwing open the French windows on to their Juliet balcony in the morning, the owners of Cherry Trees take in the beautiful views down their long garden and out over the fields. The mature setting was one of the main attractions to the property when they first viewed it almost five years ago. “It was such a lovely, large plot, with a field beyond, and it was set in a village we knew well as my husband grew up there,” one of them recalls. The property itself held great scope for transformation and as soon as they saw it they knew exactly what they wanted to do with it. “We realised we could extend it fairly significantly, making it about a third larger than it already was,” she remembers. “It also held great potential to be renovated to a high specification.”
It took 18 months to work their way through the entire house, enlarging it and installing a new kitchen, bathrooms and flooring. It was replastered, replumbed, redecorated and rewired. “Everything was completed to a high standard,” she says. “Oak beams were restored, we had the chimneys re-positioned and the fireplace removed.” The aim was create a home which was practical to live in, as well as comfortable, warm and inviting. “We gave it a very spacious kitchen, dining and living room, which has become a fantastic family space, and we added features such as the utility room, with adjoining shower room – this has also been very useful.”
Today the attractive house is entered via a porch and then a central reception hall. To the left is the welcoming drawing room, with its wood-burning stove, while to the right there is a study or possible playroom or ground floor bedroom. The splendid kitchen, dining and living area spans the whole back of the house and includes bi-folding doors that can be pulled right back on to the garden and under-floor heating. “This is such a fantastic space – we have three big sofas arranged in here, plus a wood-burning stove, which is wonderful in the winter. The views through the windows, down the established gardens are just lovely, and it is so nice being able to open the doors up in the summer.” There is generous space for a dining table and chairs, and the kitchen area is cleverly designed, with ample storage and food preparation space, as well as a central island and breakfast bar and a Smeg range-style oven.
Extension work was also carried out at first floor level. “Upstairs, we now have three bedrooms and the family bathroom,” the owner explains. “The master bedroom has an en suite shower room, skylight windows and the French windows on to the Juliet balcony, with the beautiful views. It is a nice airy room and is such a generous size.” The beautiful grounds have been landscaped and enhanced by the owners. This has seen them create an immaculate lawn, expansive terrace and detached garage and workshop building with a home office above. “This could be used by new owners for all sorts of things,” she suggests. “The large garden also offers plenty of space for growing fruit and vegetables should someone wish to.”
The gardens have been fantastic for entertaining, with guests enjoying the easy flow between the inside and outside areas. “We have had lots of people here for special occasions and there is always lots of space for everyone,” she adds. The Rolleston setting of the house has also provided a good balance of country living and convenience. “This is a lovely village, with an active church and a nice pub,” she says. “We have enjoyed being able to go for long country walks, especially along the River Trent, and to visit places such as Rufford Abbey and Clumber Park.”
The beautiful town of Southwell, with its famous minster, is also within easy reach and there are lots of good country pubs in nearby villages. “We are in the catchment area for The Minster School and enjoy very good transport links. We are half way between Nottingham and Lincoln, and just 10 to 15 minutes from Newark, with its fast trains to London.” She adds: “We will miss everything about this house when we leave. It is warm in winter and cool in summer; it is a lovely home and we have worked very hard to ensure it is comfortable and practical as well.”
The gated driveway to Cherry Trees offers generous off-road parking and leads round to a large garage and workshop building. To the rear of the house, there is a long garden, which is beautifully maintained and includes mature trees, a large lawn and a spacious, sunny terrace. The garden backs on to fields.
The property is situated in the small village of Rolleston, which is positioned between Southwell and Newark. Both offer a number of amenities, in particular the Minster School at Southwell. Newark is an excellent market town where there is a variety of shops including supermarkets within the town. Newark Northgate Station has a fast train service to London Kings Cross taking approx. 1 ¼ hours. Nottingham is 17 miles away and has a wide variety of restaurants, bars and theatres.
Both Southwell and Newark are an easy drive away. There are local train service which runs from Rolleston Station to Nottingham, there is a fast train service from Newark to London Kings Cross. The A1 and A46 are a short car journey away and connecting roads through to the M1. East Midlands Airport is just over 32 miles away and would take approx. 45minutes to 1 hour to reach.
Leaving Newark on Trent head towards the A46 and at the roundabout take the second exit onto A617/Kelham Road after 2.8 miles turn left onto Staythorpe Road. After 1.9 miles continue onto Fiskerton Road/Rolleston Road. After 0.2 miles the property can be found on the right hand side. SAT NAV For those with satellite navigation the postcode is: NG23 5SH

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