Mill Lane, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 7SH
- Part 18th century stone under slate farmhouse
- Five bedrooms
- Four reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Four bathrooms
- Double carport and garages
A part 18th century stone under slate five bedroom farm house with outbuildings, including stables and a barn with potential for conversion, and 2.25 acres of gardens and paddocks.
The property has over 3,700 sq. ft. of versatile high specification accommodation with an entrance hall, three principal reception rooms plus a study, a bespoke kitchen/breakfast room and adjoining utility room, a cloakroom and a pantry/wine store on the ground floor. There are four double bedrooms on the first floor with two en suites and a family bathroom. The second floor has an en suite bedroom, a spacious sitting room and a further room which could be used as a dressing or games room. This floor would make an excellent apartment for staff or as a teenage den. The L-shaped outbuilding currently comprises garages, a double carport, a workshop, a barn and an area with stables, a kennel and a store. The main barn has had planning consent to be converted to create a separate dwelling or there is scope, subject to planning, to convert it into offices or a games room or annexe.
About the House
The plot extends to about 2.25 acres in total with just over 1.75 acres of paddock land with one boundary by the canal. The garden is south facing and has a Julian Christian bespoke thatched gazebo and several paved terraces for outside dining and entertaining.
The front door leads into an entrance hall which has a flagstone floor which continues into the snug. There are stairs to the first floor landing and doors to the kitchen/breakfast room, study, pantry/wine store and cloakroom which has a two piece suite and houses the oil fired boiler. A door from the driveway leads to a side porch which has space for coats and shoes and a door to the snug.
The snug has an inglenook fireplace with an inset dual fuel stove and oak French doors to a terrace in the garden. There are built-in cupboards, one of which houses a gun safe. A particular feature of the property is the dining room which has a full height vaulted ceiling and a spiral staircase to a galleried landing above. There is a fireplace which houses a Dimplex Optimist electric log effect stove, and dual aspect windows overlooking the garden and the drive. The triple aspect sitting room has a fireplace with an inset dual fuel stove and two sets of oak French doors which lead out to separate terrace areas with attractive across the property's paddock towards the canal and the church. The fourth reception room is the study which has dual aspect windows overlooking the front and side gardens.
The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted in a bespoke range of oak base and wall units handmade by a local craftsman with granite work surfaces incorporating a Villeroy and Boch Belfast sink. A stone inglenook fireplace houses a two oven oil fired Aga and there is a matching electric Aga companion for summer use. There is also an integrated dishwasher and pull out recycling bins. This dual aspect room has ample space for a six seater dining table.
The adjoining utility room has a comprehensive range of the same handcrafted units as the kitchen with granite work surfaces and a Belfast sink. There are two pull out larder cupboards either side of a space for an American style fridge freezer and there is also space and plumbing for a washing machine.
The landing has an airing cupboard and a walk-in store cupboard. The dual aspect master bedroom has twin walk in wardrobes and an opening to a dressing room with fitted wardrobes. The en suite is from Bells with a three piece suite including a large shower cubicle with a rainwater shower head and chrome heated towel rails. One other bedroom has built-in wardrobes and a three piece en suite with a freestanding roll top bath. There are two further double bedrooms on the first floor which share a four piece family bathroom with a large double shower cubicle and a bath.
The sitting room has Velux skylights and cherry wood book shelves and cupboards spanning one wall. The bedroom is dual aspect with a window to the courtyard and two Velux skylights. The three piece en suite has a bath with shower attachment. On the other side of the sitting room is a room which could be used as a games room or converted into a dressing room.
Gardens and Grounds
The property is approached from Mill Lane via a gravelled driveway leading into a central gravelled courtyard with access to the house and outbuildings. The formal gardens face south and west and have a lawn with well stocked beds and borders. Paths connect the paved terraces and there is also a box hedged garden with a gravel seating area which has a bespoke Julian Christian gazebo with a thatched roof and removable canvas sides. The gazebo has a central table and seating with comfortable space for ten. The separate fenced orchard has apple, plum and pear trees. Al fenced gravelled area to the rear of the garages has gated access to the paddock.
The barn is of stone construction and has a single storey area which is sub divided providing stabling, dog kennels or garden stores. The main barn is double storey and is currently open with double doors to both the paddock and driveway. The barn has lapsed planning consent for conversion into additional accommodation so there is scope, subject to planning, to convert it into an annexe or other accommodation.There is a double open car port and three garages. The smaller of the garages has steps down into a work shop which has a door to the side. All the areas of the outbuilding have power points and light.
The paddock extends to approximately 1.75 acres with the lower part meeting the tow path boundary adjacent to the canal.
The property is within walking distance of amenities in Stoke Bruerne which include restaurants, two public houses, a cricket club and a church. The village is ideally located between the M40 and M1 offering excellent links to the motorway network. The village is also neatly positioned between Milton Keynes, Northampton and Towcester. There are mainline railway stations running into London Euston from both Northampton and Milton Keynes.
There is an excellent selection of independent schools in the locality including; Northampton Independent Grammar School (Pitsford), Quinton House School, Northampton High School for Girls, Winchester House Preparatory (Brackley), Akeley Wood, and Thornton College for Girls. There are Public schools at Rugby, Stowe, Uppingham and Oundle.