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7 Bedroom detached house Church Walk, Newark £525,000

GRADE II LISTED WILMOT HOUSE IS AN ATTRACTIVE AND INVITING HOME, WHICH HAS ALSO BEEN RUN FOR MANY YEARS AS A SUCCESSFUL BED AND BREAKFAST BUT ALSO HAS SCOPE FOR ALTERNATIVE BUSINESS PREMISES.

THE STORY

Handsome Wilmot House at Dunham-on-Trent is a wonderful family home and a welcoming place for guests to stay. The attractive Grade II Listed property has been home to the current owners for approximately 12 years now and has been the setting for their bed and breakfast business. ?The house as a whole could be a perfect place for an extended family to live as it offers so much versatile space,? one of the owners suggests. ?However, if new owners did wish to take it on as a bed and breakfast, they could also just step in and start running it as soon as we leave. That is exactly what we did when we arrived here ? and it has worked very well for us ever since then.?

THROUGH HISTORY
The Grade II Listed property could well date back to the 16th century, her husband suggests. “This house has a great deal of character, with features such as exposed timber beams,” he says. “We think it was originally a very old cottage or perhaps a farmhouse. Our kitchen and one of the bedrooms upstairs were once a barn, which was converted into living space at some point in the past.” The front of the house, however, presents a splendid Georgian façade, which is likely to have been added later to the existing older property. His wife adds: “This house has an interesting history. As well as being a bed and breakfast, it has also been a tea room and village shop – and we think it was also perhaps a smallholding in the past too: it would have had an orchard and the village market was held on the front lawn.”
TWO IN ONE
The beauty of Wilmot House is that it divides easily both upstairs and down to allow the guest and family accommodation to be kept quite separate. On the ground floor, there is a dining room, which isused for guest breakfasts and is accessed from a hall, with a staircase up to a wing of the house, where there are five bedrooms. Three of these have en suite bath or shower rooms, and there is a separate bathroom and shower room. “I only ever let three of the bedrooms here at any one time, however, because I like to keep it to six people round the breakfast table as it creates a nice atmosphere,” she says.
GENEROUS SPACE
The family’s ground floor accommodation includes a large drawing room, a small dining room and a spacious kitchen breakfast room, with a central island. This leads into a utility room, pantry and aconservatory, which in turn opens on to a courtyard. “This gives us lots of private family space – when we have paying guests here we lock the drawing room door, so they don’t wander in accidently. Wehave our own dining room and the kitchen for meals and the large drawing room for entertaining and relaxing,” she says. “This room is itself so large that we have different areas within it: when it is just the two of us, we watch television at one end but if we have visitors we sit and chat with them up at the other end.”
GREAT LOCATION
A second staircase from the kitchen leads up to another wing, where the family have two private bedrooms and a bathroom. “Again, this is ideal as our bedrooms are very separate from the rest of the house,” she explains. Guests come to stay at Wilmot House for all sorts of reasons, according to the owners. Some are keen to explore the surrounding area or to visit Lincoln or Gainsborough while others book to stay during a wedding, while visiting relatives or for work purposes. “Our guests are very diverse,” she says. “We have enjoyed meeting all sorts of different people while we have been here.” With a number of useful outbuildings at Wilmot House, there could be potential to create additional accommodation. Subject to the relevant planning permissions, it could be possible to create a family annexe or self-contained accommodation to complement the bed and breakfast guest house.
WORK, REST AND PLAY
The couple have enjoyed the village location of Wilmot House and the access it has given them to their beautiful surroundings. “But we are also well located for access to the A1, as well as to Lincoln and Newark, from where there are fast trains into London,” she says. “We will miss living here now we are relocating. This has been a great place to live and work, and we know someone else will enjoy it now too.”
Setting the Scene
Impressive Wilmot House has gardens to the front and a courtyard to the rear. The garden is enclosed and ideal for outside entertainment and dining. There is a large area for off-street parking which could be used to park several cars, plus a double garage, which could suit someone keen to run a business from the location. There are also several useful outbuildings: these include a small barn which (subject to planning) could be used as a self-contained annexe.
WHATS NEARBY
Dunham-on-Trent which is mentioned in the Doomsday Book, is a village and civil parish in Nottinghamshire, it is located on the A57 road, about 0.5 miles west of Dunham Bridge, a toll bridge crossing the River Trent. There is a pub called The White Swan and two B&B’s this property included. There is also the Durnham on Trent C of E Primary School located a short distance from the house which has been rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted. For secondary schooling the closest would be Tuxford Academy which caters for the ages 11-18 and has been rated ‘Outstanding’. Newton on Trent which is just the other side of the river has your local Post Office and shop for small everyday items. The closest supermarket will be located in Newark which is 10.4 miles from the property.
WITHIN EASY REACH
Collingham which is a larger village is located 9.1 miles from the property and also offers various shops for everyday amenities. Lincoln, 11.7 miles away is a Cathedral city, is home to the Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle, Medieval Bishops Palace, Arboretum and the University of Lincoln. Lincoln is also home to one of the remaining railways which actually run through the city centre itself. It has a busy waterfront with a range of cinemas, bars and restaurants as well as restaurants on a boat. You can enjoy a walk down the Bradford which has many hidden pubs. Or take a visit to the Cathedral and Castle by walking up Steep Hill. Newark is 16.8 miles and offers a wide range of amenities, leisure facilities and restaurants, cafes and bars. Not only does it offer an extensive range of historical features it is also home to the Newark Marina which docks right on the River Trent.
DIRECTIONS:
Leaving Lincoln along the A57 continue on this road for 5.6 miles, take a slight left to stay on the A57 and continue straight for 3.6 miles. Turn left onto Church Walk and the property can be found on the right hand side.SAT NAVFor those with satellite navigation the postcode is: NG22 0TX

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