Little Hall

Grendon, Northamptonshire, NN7 1JE

£1,350,000

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Property Highlights

  • Grade II listed 18th, 19th, 20th century home
  • Six bedrooms; five bathrooms
  • Three reception rooms
  • Ground floor three bedroom apartment
  • A further four bedroom two storey apartment
  • Cellar and wine cellar
  • A dovecote
  • Two double garages and parking

Property description

A Grade II listed 18th,19th and 20th century six bedroom house with a three bedroom flat, a four bedroom apartment, two garages and parking on a plot of 1.95 acres.

Little Hall is set on a plot of 1.95 acres on a gentle escarpment with far reaching views, framed by mature trees, over the gently sloping garden to open fields beyond. The garden is west facing for views of the sunset. The main house has three reception rooms, six bedrooms, four bathrooms, and a shower room. There is also a cellar with an adjoining wine bin cellar, and a large attic space for storage. The ground floor flat has a sitting room, kitchen, three bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room and the apartment has four bedrooms all with en suite shower rooms, a dining room, and a kitchen. Outside there are two double carports and parking, a dovecote, a rotating summer house and several tool sheds.

History and Heritage

The original house on the site was built in the late 17th century but Little Hall was added to and altered in the 18th 19th and 20th centuries. It is built of coursed and square coursed limestone with lias dressings under a tiled roof and has been in the vendor’s family for almost 400 years. When the family of lawyers and churchmen became industrialists and moved to the North of England they kept Little Hall as their “Summerhouse.” The 19th century porch at the rear has an arched opening and Corinthian pilasters and is believed to have come from Holmby House. The central 19th century entrance door has a re set plaque above with the arms of Elizabeth I and the motto, "Semper Eadem" which means "always the same",an expression of stability, integrity and tranquil equanimity. The old dairy is a single roomed detached building, now fitted with a cloakroom, shower and kitchenette, which could be used as a bed sitting room for guests or as a home office.

History continued

The ground floor north wing of the property was added as a flat for the current vendor’s grandmother and was designed by Sir Albert Richardson KCVO FRIBA FSA RA, a leading English architect during the first half of the 20th century. He was Professor of Architecture at University College London, and President of the Royal Academy from 1954 to 1956. He described his design for the flat as “my house in a bay window.” The oldest part of the house has also been made into an apartment. Both of these sections of the property are currently let. A boiler room serves all three properties which are separate entities for council tax. The accommodation is very versatile and doors, some currently covered over, lead from the main house to both the flat and the apartment allowing a purchaser the option to join the whole property into a single dwelling. Stud walls in the property are indicated on the floorplan to assist in plans for reconfiguring the ground floor layout if desired.

Ground Floor

A glazed door with the original shutter leads into the entrance porch with a further door to the entrance hall. The hall has a stone built fireplace, flagstone flooring, a staircase to the first floor, and decorative coving to the ceiling with a central ceiling rose. A door conceals the stairs down to the two section cellar which has storage space and a wine store. The inner hallway has flagstone flooring and a door to the boiler room which has a connecting door to the apartment. The cloakroom has a WC and a washbasin, and there is space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is a connecting door (currently covered over) from the cloakroom to the sitting room of the flat.

Reception Rooms

The drawing room has a stone built fireplace with a fitted log burner, two large sash windows with shutters overlooking the garden, and coving to the ceiling with a ceiling rose. Double doors open to the dual aspect dining room which has sash windows, with shutters, overlooking the rear garden, double doors to a seating area overlooking the garden and a window to the front. There is a display fireplace, a built-in storage cupboard, and an overhead central beam. The study has exposed brickwork to the wall with a fitted log burner, timber beams, two windows to the front, book shelving, flagstone and brickwork flooring, and exposed stonework to the wall. A connecting door (currently covered over) leads into the apartment.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

The kitchen/breakfast room has wall and base units with work surfaces over incorporating a double drainer sink with cupboard under. There is a fitted Aga, two built-in storage cupboards, space for a table and chairs, a window to the rear, and double doors to the rear garden.

First Floor

The landing has a built-in double storage cupboard, windows to the front and side, and stairs to the second floor.

Bedrooms and Bathroom

The master bedroom has a marble fireplace, coving to the ceiling, built-in book shelving, and a built-in double storage cupboard. There is a glazed door to a roof terrace above the ground floor flat, and two sash windows with far reaching views over the rear garden and countryside beyond. Bedroom two has a display fireplace, and windows to the front and rear. The en suite has a panelled bath with an independent shower over, a pedestal wash basin, a WC, a window to the side, and a bay window overlooking the rear garden. The ironing room has a sash window to the rear overlooking the rear garden. The bathroom has a panelled bath, a glazed shower cubicle, a wash basin, a cupboard housing the hot water tank, and a window to the front. The WC is in an adjoining room.

Second Floor

The second floor landing has a sash window to the side, and eaves storage. Bedroom three has a part vaulted ceiling with restricted head height, and a window to the front. The en suite has a freestanding bath, a pedestal wash basin, a WC, and windows to the side and rear. Bedroom four has a window to the rear. The en suite has a shower enclosure, washbasin and a WC. Bedroom five has a display fireplace, a door to the fire escape, and windows to the side and rear. Bedroom six has access to the loft space, and a window to the side. The bathroom has a panelled bath, a wash basin, a WC, a window to the side, and a door to the large attic storage space.

The Flat

The flat is currently used as a separate dwelling and has three bedrooms, a bathroom, a shower room, a sitting room, and a galley kitchen. There is access to a courtyard garden.

The Old Dairy

The Old Dairy has a kitchenette, a bedroom with a shower, and a separate cloakroom.

The Apartment

The apartment has a kitchen and a dining room. There are two ground floor bedrooms and two first floor bedrooms all with en suite shower rooms. There is access to the main house from the landing and via the boiler room. An additional connecting door from the study is currently covered over.

Outside

The three tiered west facing garden has steps down to each lawned level. There is a feature cedar tree and many other established trees and shrubs. The garden has an ornamental pond, measuring 40 m. by 10 m., with a stone walled surround. There is a double open garage, a wood store, a further double garage, a potting shed, a dovecote, a rotating summer house, and a driveway to the rear.

Location and Schooling

Grendon is a historic village which is mentioned in the Domesday Book and was once owned by Judith, the niece of William the Conqueror. It has a village hall, a thatched public house, a church, and Grendon CE Primary school with secondary schooling available in Wollaston which is approximately 3 miles away.

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