Hinwick, Wellingborough, Bedfordshire, NN29 7JB
- Grade II listed 16th century former farmhouse
- Five Bedrooms; three bath/shower rooms
- Four reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room; cellar/pantry
- One bedroom annexe
- Outbuildings including double and triple garages and a workshop
- Planning permission to convert some outbuildings
- Approx 1.9 acres of landscaped grounds with a swimming pond
A Grade II listed 16th century former farmhouse with extensive gated driveway parking, outbuildings including garages and an annexe, and approximately 1.9 acres of gardens in the hamlet of Hinwick.
The house has over 4,000 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation set over three floors, including four reception rooms and a bespoke kitchen/breakfast room on the ground floor and five bedrooms and three bathrooms on the upper floors. In addition, there is a separate one bedroom annexe and over 2,300 sq. ft. of outbuildings, including a detached studio, and a double garage and a workshop in the barns closest to the house. Planning permission is in place to convert the garage and workshop into additional accommodation. The property is set in about 1.9 acres in a peaceful rural location surrounded by open countryside and with views of Hinwick House. The gardens wrap around the property and include a formal garden, a swimming pond, a vegetable garden and several areas for outside dining and entertaining with a BBQ area and a bar by the pond. Two sets of electronic gates open to extensive parking on the gravel drive and there is also a detached triple garage.
A tiled storm canopy shelters the part glazed front door which has windows either side and leads into the spacious entrance hall which has a deep silled sash window to the front with fitted timber shutters, solid Oak flooring, exposed ceiling beams and inset ceiling spotlights. The fireplace has a tiled hearth and surround and houses a cast iron log burning stove. The adjoining inner hall has a recess with storage for coats, and stairs to the first floor landing with storage for shoes below. The rear hall is accessed from the kitchen via a door which still retains its original key. The hall has a door to the courtyard and access to the boiler room and cloakroom.
The sitting room has a feature stone fireplace with a stone hearth and an inset cast iron log burning stove. There is built-in storage in the chimney recesses, an exposed ceiling beam, and dual aspect deep silled sash windows with timber shutters. The snug also has an exposed ceiling beam, and a stone fireplace with an inset log burning stove. There are two deep silled sash windows to the side with window seats with built-in storage below, and a deep silled sash window to the front. This room is currently used as a cinema room and has a retractable screen and a ceiling mounted projector (available subject to separate negotiation).The study is accessed via glazed door from the entrance hall and has sash windows to the rear, a feature fireplace with brick surround and hearth, and a feature water well with an inset light and a glazed cover.
The kitchen/breakfast room was designed by J S Designs of Olney and is fitted in a bespoke range of two tone soft close units with complementary quartz work surfaces incorporating a one and a half bowl sink and drainer with a Quooker boiling water tap. The units include a pull out larder, glazed display cabinets, magic corner cupboards and a recycling bin drawer. A fireplace houses a Rangemaster electric range cooker with an induction hob, a cracked glass splashback, and a matching extractor over. Other integrated appliances include a Neff microwave, a wine cooler, a dishwasher, a larger fridge and a larder freezer. The central island has a raised Oak breakfast bar with seating for up to six.
Tiled flooring continues into the family/garden room and there is underfloor heating with a three panel control. The family/garden room is L-shaped and has space for a more formal dining table as well as seating areas. The garden area has a vaulted glazed ceiling, dual aspect windows, and doors to a paved seating area in the formal garden. The walls are exposed stone and incorporate a variety of 10th century pieces of stonework believed to have been saved by Richard Orlebar when Banbury church was demolished.An oak staircase leads down to a cellar which has fitted shelving and is currently used as a pantry but which would also be suitable for storing wine.
The master bedroom has two deep silled sash windows to the side with timber shutters, exposed ceiling beams, a feature fireplace with an inset cast iron log burning stove, a range of built-in wardrobes and storage cupboards, and a shelved recess with timber shutters. There is also a shelved and railed dressing room which is accessed via the en suite and also has a door to the landing. The en suite has an enclosed shower cubicle, twin vanity wash basins, a low level WC, inset spotlights, a heated towel rail and deep silled sash windows to the front and side. There are two further double bedrooms on the first floor. One has a feature fireplace with cast iron surround and stone hearth, a sash window to the side, and built-in double wardrobes. The other bedroom has a Victorian fireplace, built-in storage, and dual aspect windows. Both these bedrooms have hatches and ladders to loft areas. One area has windows, light and is fully boarded. It has been used as a playroom or hobby/craft room and there is a section ¬¬which can be placed over the loft hatch to cover the gap when in use.
There are two interconnected bedrooms and an en suite shower room on the second floor. These rooms could alternatively be used as a guest suite or as a suite for a teenager, with one of the rooms used as a study/sitting room. Both bedrooms have vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, and sash windows. The en suite has an enclosed shower cubicle, a vanity wash basin, a low level WC and a heated towel rail.
Annexe Ground Floor
A part glazed stable door leads into the entrance hall, which has exposed stone walls, character brick laid floor and a shelved pantry cupboard. A part obscure glazed door gives access to the open plan kitchen/sitting/dining room, which also has exposed stone walls. The kitchen has a range of base and wall mounted units with wood effect work surfaces and tiled splash backs. Integrated appliances include a dishwasher, a fridge/freezer, and a built-in electric oven and hob with extractor over, and there is space and plumbing for a washing machine and a further fridge/freezer. The sitting area has a built-in TV unit and stairs to the first floor with built-in storage below. There are two deep silled windows and a stable door to the rear. There are also feature deep silled triangle windows to the front and side and inset ceiling spotlights.
Annexe First Floor
The first floor bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, exposed stone walls and skylights to the front and rear. The en suite has feature triangle windows, a skylight window, and exposed beams and stone walls. There is a P-shaped bath with a shower over, a WC, and a range of fitted storage units with an inset wash basin.
Across the courtyard from the house is an L-shape of outbuildings which includes the double garage, a workshop and the annexe. The double garage has two sets of timber doors and is currently being used as a gym. The building also incorporates a utility room which has a sink and space and plumbing for a washing machine, tumble dryer and an American style fridge/freezer, and there is also an area accessed from inside the garage which currently houses a sauna (available for purchase subject to separate negotiation). There is a covered walkway between the garage and workshop which measures 39 ft. and has double doors to the front and windows to the rear. It has a hoist for lifting cars, a sink and urinal, and houses the boiler for the annexe.The property also has a detached timber studio, a bar and a brick built triple garage which was built in 1996. A supply of stone is available to clad this garage to match the main house if desired.
The planning permission allows the addition of a glazed link to connect the house to the current double garage which would have bi-fold doors added at the rear and would incorporate a larger utility/boot room and a games room. The covered walkway would be glazed to connect the garage to the workshop which would become a garden room and a gym. A door would also be added to connect the new gym to the annexe. Full plans are available to view at the property.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens are a particular feature of the property and are surrounded by a combination of stone and brick walls and fencing. Gate 2 opens to an extensive gravelled area which provides parking, access to the triple garage and the courtyard between the house and main outbuildings, and continues to the other entrance gate. The garden behind the workshop and annexe includes the vegetable garden which has raised beds, and there is a rolling expanse of lawn with several mature trees interspersed including fruit trees. The lawn leads to an outdoor entertaining area which has paved and gravelled seating areas, partially covered by a canopy, and a bar which has electricity for a fridge. The swimming pond is also in this area. It has a feature stone wall surround, a waterfall and is overlooked by a decked seating area.
There is a greenhouse behind the pond and a winding path leads to an area of the grounds which is separated off by low picket fences. This area includes a childrens play area which has a rubber bark surface, an inset trampoline and space for a climbing frame, slide and swing set. There is also a formal walled garden, accessed via the double doors from the garden room, which has an extensive paved terrace, shaped lawns, gravel paths and herbaceous borders with established shrubs and flowers. There is a stone built garden store and access to a further outdoor entertaining area, behind the double garage, which is enclosed by mature trees and shrubs and has a block paved seating area and a loggia which shelters a built-in barbeque.
The historical hamlet of Hinwick is situated in North West Bedfordshire, close to the Northamptonshire border. It is only about 6 minutes drive from amenities in the village of Bozeat which include a large village shop with a post office, a medical centre with a pharmacy, a public house and a primary school. The catchment secondary school is Wollaston school which is approximately 3 miles away. For a wider range of amenities, including commuting to London, the property is about 14 minutes drive from Wellingborough or 22 minutes drive from Northampton.
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