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5 Bedroom detached house Dark Lane, Nottingham £795,000

The impressive house at Dark Lane has an exquisite interior design and encompasses sumptuous living and entertaining space, as well as a swimming pool and period chapel

The impressive house at Dark Lane has an exquisite interior design and encompasses sumptuous living and entertaining space, as well as a swimming pool and period chapel

The Story
There were so many unique features to the splendid house in Bingham that Natasha Bell and Ben Crooks could not resist it when they went to view it. “We loved the fact it was so spacious and light,” Natasha recalls. “There was also a very good flow between rooms and lots of different areas to enjoy. It had a very large kitchen breakfast room, as well as the formal dining room, and a study where I could work from home. There was also a ground-floor bedroom, with en suite shower room, which we thought could be ideal for family members.” She adds: “The heated, indoor swimming pool was also a major draw.” Although the property on Dark Lane was modern, it was appealing because it had individual character, she explains: “Some of the accommodation is split-level, which gives it interest, and then, of course, there is the former chapel in the grounds.”
Historial Touches
Dating back to the 1980s, the attractive, six-bedroom property was built on land once belonging to the adjacent country house. “Within the grounds of the lodge there was a beautiful chapel, built 1860 to 1861,” she says. “This beautiful space with lovely windows now sits within the grounds of our house. It has been a tearoom in the past, but I use it as an art studio. It could have all sorts of different uses, however.” The impressive house has been significantly upgraded in the time Natasha and Ben have been there. They have renovated the pool room, which is great for relaxing in, as well as keeping fit and entertaining, giving it a new boiler with temperature control, relining and repainting it. “It now feels brighter, more modern and in keeping with the house,” she explains. “I love spending time in here. It is so spacious, and it is like an inside-out room – you can be in there reading when the weather is bad, and it still feels as if you are sitting in the garden.Ã
Life & Style
Elsewhere, they have laid new flooring, redecorated and brought their own style in with a few designer and bespoke touches. “There is a Fornasetti wallpaper in the dining room, Cole & Son upstairs and Tom Dixon lighting throughout. We had a special corner seat made for the kitchen so we could have brunch in there at weekends.” The ground floor of the house offers versatile accommodation that could be arranged to suit the requirements of the next owners and even lend itself to the creation of a self-contained annexe. The stylish kitchen, breakfast and family room, which has ample space for food preparation, dining and comfortable seating, is very much the heart of the home. It features a large island, with breakfast bar, granite work surfaces, integrated appliances and herringbone-style flooring, with under-floor heating. “I love this room,” she admits. “It is vast, but it has such a nice feel to it.”
Comfortable & Inviting
The kitchen adjoins the dining room, which in turn leads through into the study. There is also a ground-floor cloakroom, sitting room or snooker room and utility room, as well as the bedroom and its shower room. The spacious drawing room can be accessed from the hall and pool room, which in turn leads to its shower room and the double garage. “Although the drawing room is so spacious, it is also very comfortable and inviting and has lovely arched windows that look out over the garden and bring the sun streaming in.”
Light Fantastic
Five of the bedrooms are situated on the first floor of the house, fanning off from a light-filled galleried landing. Three of these, including the master bedroom, have en suite bath or shower rooms, while the other two share the family bathroom. “With the bedroom downstairs too, it is very easy to accommodate lots of guests,” Natasha agrees. “The master bedroom, which is dual aspect, is particularly nice and has a wonderful en suite shower room. I like to do my yoga in there, under the skylight, so I can gaze up at the clouds at the same time!”
Perfect Place
On warm days, the gardens, which are on three sides of the house and include a charming walled courtyard area, as well as a lawn, really come into their own. On other days it is nice to head out for a stroll, perhaps along Bingham’s Linear Walk. “This is a great place to live because the town has everything you need, such as good schools, shops and supermarkets, and yet you can get out into the countryside easily and commute to London in an hour and 10 minutes from Grantham, which I do regularly.” She adds: “Bingham has topped ‘best place in the country to live’ lists – and it is easy to see why.”
Setting The Scene
The house on Dark Lane sits in well-maintained, landscaped gardens, with areas of terrace and grass for outside entertaining and relaxation. It has a large drive, leading to a double garage. Within the grounds is a beautifully renovated chapel, which could have a range of uses, including as a studio, work space, gym or den.

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