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4 Bedroom other Weston, Newark, Nottinghamshire £410,000



Long walks out across the fields in the sunshine and winter evenings spent by a roaring wood-burner – Honeysuckle Barn has been wonderful family home, according to Richard and Ruth Allarton. “We had been looking for a long time before we found the property,” Ruth explains. “We loved its location, size and character – it has been perfect for us.” They loved the friendly village setting of the barn, which also gave them good access to Newark and Grantham. “We are just five minutes’ drive from the A1, making travel to the north or the south very easy,” Richard adds. “Yet at the same time we can walk straight out into the fields and on to a massive network of footpaths. For me, it is idyllic.”
Once part of a working farm, Honeysuckle Barn is believed to date back to the 1700s. It had almost been completely converted when the couple first viewed it. They subsequently became the first people to move in and went on to make some finishing touches themselves. “We have changed a few things in the 25 years we have been here,” Ruth says. “We moved the staircase, opened up the space between the dining room and drawing room, and installed the kitchen.” They have finished off bathrooms and redecorated. “We also extended out from the breakfast room, probably doubling the space in size,” Richard suggests. “This is now one of my favourite places in the house. It is a very relaxing room to be in.”
Honeysuckle Barn offers generous and very flexible reception space. It has been well maintained and is decorated in fairly neutral shades, keeping it bright and airy. “It is a very comfortable house to live in,” says Ruth. The drawing room is particularly spacious and has French windows. There is also a dining area, complete with stylish modern wood-burning stove. “We can also enjoy the wood-burning stove from the drawing room, which makes it lovely in the winter,” she adds. “When the weather is warm, in the spring and summer, we keep the doors on to the garden open as much as possible.” Also on the ground floor are the study, utility room and cloakroom. Richard says: “I also have a log cabin at the end of the garden, which I use as a music room. This has power and water and could be anything the next owners wanted it to be.”
All four bedrooms are on the first floor, together with the family shower room, which has high specification multi-jets. “The master bedroom is particularly nice, with its vaulted ceiling, small dressing room and en suite bathroom,” she continues. “All the bedrooms are lovely as they have skylight windows which brings the light streaming in.” It has been easy to accommodate overnight guests and to host parties at the house, says Richard. “We have had some great family Christmases here – with a large tree in the double-height hall – and a couple of weddings and christenings. We have even had a large marquee attached to the barn on occasion, which has been amazing. The house and garden lend themselves very well to entertaining.”
The village location of the house has been everything the family hoped it would be. “There is a very friendly community here if you want to join in,” says Ruth. “The village hall is very active, with lots of groups and classes taking place for adults and children.” Nearby Tuxford Academy is an outstanding secondary school and there are excellent state and private schools in Newark and Grantham, which run buses to and from homes in the area. “Our main shopping town is Newark, which is a very attractive and historic place,” she adds.
For those who enjoy outdoor living, the surroundings offer picturesque places to walk, cycle and horse-ride. “The village is on the old Great North Road, so we sometimes have cycle competitions coming by,” says Richard. “We are also within reach of places like Clumber Park and Sherwood Pines, and it is very easy to get out into the Lincolnshire Wolds. I have a microlight and I love being able to fly over the local area and beautiful places, such as Belvoir Castle, which of course you can drive to as well.” He adds: “We have loved everything about living here and if the next owners are lucky enough to have the life we have enjoyed at the barn then we know they will love it just as much.”
The garden at Honeysuckle Barn has been developed and nurtured by the Allartons. “It was little more than a field when we arrived, but a local farmer dug it up for us and we landscaped it,” they explain. The garden is now largely laid to lawn and features beautiful mature trees and shrubs. There is a terrace close to the house for outside dining and decking by the log cabin, which catches the sunshine all day. There is a pond and a vegetable area, as well as apple, plum, apricot and cherry trees. The house is approached via a driveway, offering generous off-road parking and leading to a garage.
Weston is a small hamlet which has a village pub called Great Wall. There are an array of villages nearby each with their own amenities. Newark which is the closest town is 12.3 miles from the property. Here you will find shops, bars, resturants and a range of other local stores and supermarkets. The historical city of Lincoln is 20.3 miles and not only has a larger range of amenities to Newark this is also home to the Lincoln Castle and Cathedral both offering excellent walks and visits.
Newark is 12.3 miles due south and the station is 10.6 miles away. The rail journey to London is about 1 hour and 10 minutes. The A1 is just over 3.4 miles away, and East Midlands Airport is 43.8 miles with the Robin Hood Airport just 26.3 miles away.
Leaving Newark, head towards the Castle and proceed towards the A46/Great North Road. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Great N Rd/A616 then at the roundabout, take the 1st exit and stay on Great N Rd/A616. At the next roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto Great N Rd/B6325 for 1.2 miles. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto the A1 slip road to A638/Doncaster/Retford/Cromwell/Carlton-on-Trent/Sutton-on-Trent for 0.4 miles then merge onto A1 for a further 3.0 miles. Take the exit towards Carlton/Sutton-on-Trent/Weston/Normanton-on-T/Kneesall. Turn right onto B1164. Turn left onto Great N Rd/B1164 and after 2.8 miles Turn right onto Colley Lane and the property can be found on the right hand side. SAT NAV For those with satellite navigation the postcode is: NG23 6SX

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