Great Billing, Northamptonshire, NN3 9EA
£1,250,000Offers in excess of
- Grade II listed 17th century former rectory
- Six/eight bedrooms; one en suite
- Five reception rooms
- Off street parking for up to eight cars
- Grounds of approx. 1 acre
- Period features
- Accommodation over 5,840 sq. ft.
A Grade II listed 17th century six/eight bedroom detached Georgian rectory situated in the centre of the old village, constructed of local Northamptonshire stone and sold with no upper chain.
The property, which is south facing, has accommodation in excess of 5,840 sq. ft. and grounds of approximately 1 acre. It retains period features including sash windows to the front, leaded windows to the rear, high ceilings with coving and decorative ceiling roses, fireplaces and exposed beams. The current vendors purchased the house in 2007 and have carried out an extensive programme of restoration and improvement including substantial rewiring, all new plumbing and heating including traditional style radiators, refitted bathrooms and a refitted kitchen/breakfast room. The accommodation now has four reception rooms on the ground floor and a second floor family room. There are currently six bedrooms on the first and second floors and three bathrooms, one of which contains a sauna. There are also two dressing rooms which could be used as additional bedrooms if required. The property has excellent transport links to mainline stations to London, the M1 and the M40.
History and Heritage
The Old Rectory was given Grade II listed status in May 1968. It is in the conservation area of Great Billing which is described by the local council as “characterised by a harmony of buildings and materials. Domestic Georgian buildings, mainly of coursed rubble or stone construction with Welsh slate or tiled roofs, make the main contribution to its character.” The council also notes that “The old Post Office (1708) in the High Street and The Old Rectory (17th and 18th century), Elwes Way, are particularly fine buildings”. The Old Rectory was originally built in 1672 and was refaced in smooth ashlar as part of a Georgian remodelling of the building in the 18th century.
Double timber doors open to the entrance hall which has oak flooring and a full turn staircase to the first floor and a large walk in storage cupboard. There are doors to the sitting room, dining room and kitchen/breakfast room where a further door leads to stairs to the cellar which has three rooms and houses the Megaflo hot water system.
Sitting Room and Dining Room
The sitting room, which has oak flooring, runs the width of both gables and has a fireplace housing a log burning stove. There are sash windows to the front and two sets of French doors to the terrace. There is a feature alcove and an alcove with inset shelving. The dining room has exposed floors and sash windows to the front, and the fireplace has a wooden mantel and a granite hearth. A door leads to the kitchen/breakfast room.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room and Cloakroom
The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of cream Shaker style units with 40mm granite work surfaces and a large central island. Integrated appliances include a dishwasher and wine cooler. There is an inset Belfast sink, an exposed ceiling beam and a gas fired four door Aga set in the painted brick chimney recess. A door leads to an inner hall which has a shelved pantry and the rear stairs to the first floor. A further door from the kitchen leads to a rear hall which has doors to the utility room, cloakroom and courtyard, and an opening to the reading room. The utility room, which houses the boiler, is fitted with a matching range of units with granite work surfaces, a Belfast sink, built in storage cupboards and space and plumbing for two washing machines and a tumble dryer. Stone flooring in the kitchen/breakfast room continues through to the rear hall, and the utility room and cloakroom have tiled flooring. The cloakroom is fitted with a modern white suite.
Reading Room and Games Room
The reading room has oak flooring with three steps down to a door to Elwes Way. A large window with a window seat overlooks the enclosed rear courtyard and a door leads to the games room. The oak flooring continues to the games room which was created by incorporating some outbuildings into the property. It is 24 ft. 4in. x 17ft. 5 in. and has three sets of French doors to the rear courtyard.
The first floor landing is galleried and has doors to the master bedroom and bedroom two. Two steps go up to a feature archway to the rear landing which has access to bedroom three, the family bathroom, dressing room, bedroom two, the master bedroom suite and the rear staircase.
Master Bedroom Suite
The master bedroom has two sash windows overlooking the driveway, an open grate fireplace, exposed floorboards and a door to a lobby area with access to a dressing room and en suite bathroom. The dressing room has dual aspect leaded windows with a window seat and a range of fitted wardrobes. The en suite bathroom is fitted with a modern white suite and includes a freestanding slipper bath, twin wash basins and a shower enclosure. It is fully tiled to the floor and walls and has inset lighting.
Other Bedrooms, Family Bathroom and Dressing Room
Bedroom two has two sash windows overlooking the front and is fully carpeted, and bedroom three has windows to both sides and an archway to a play area. The family bathroom is fully tiled to the walls and floor and is fitted with a modern white suite which includes a freestanding roll top bath and a shower enclosure. The dressing room has oak flooring, a window seat and a bespoke range of fitted wardrobes, drawers and a dressing table.
Second Floor Accommodation
The second floor is accessed via the rear staircase into the family room which has exposed beams and oak flooring. Bedroom four also has exposed beams and is currently being used as a gym. The bathroom has a lightwell allowing natural light through and is fitted with a modern white suite including a freestanding roll top bath and a double width shower enclosure. A door opens to the sauna. An opening from the family room leads to a lobby area with an eaves storage space, a skylight and doors to bedrooms five and six which both have cast iron fireplaces and exposed beams. Bedroom five has exposed oak floorboards.
Electric gates with an intercom system open to the lit gravel driveway which has parking for at least eight cars. The fully walled gardens extend to approximately 1 acre and are predominantly lawned with a variety of trees including three cedars, a yew and a lime tree. There are three timber sheds with lighting and power connected, and in front of these is the regularly maintained koi pond with a waterfall feature. Beyond the pond there is a paved patio area with lighting and power and a brick built barbecue. A walled area of the garden leads to the bespoke wooden greenhouse and the garden is divided into two sections by a laurel hedge with a gate.
The village of Great Billing is located a short distance to the east of Northampton town centre. In the village there is a church and public house with nearby Weston Favell providing a large shopping centre and leisure club. The conservation area forms the core of the village, and has a variety of architectural styles with the predominant use of sandy coloured limestone and darker ironstone with Welsh slate roofs creating a visual harmony. Church Walk forms part of a main footpath routed through areas of landscaped parkland linking Weston Favell to Great Billing.