The Manor House, Bitchfield, Grantham, Lincolnshire - Farming

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The Manor House, Bitchfield, Grantham, Lincolnshire - Farming

The Manor House, Bitchfield, Grantham, Lincolnshire


THE MANOR HOUSEBITCHFIELD, GRANTHAM, LINCOLNSHIRE NG33 4DYA handsome Grade II Listed former farmhouse in need ofmodernisation with extensive outbuildings and gardens togetherwith a cottage and grazing landApproximate mileages:Grantham 7 miles (London King's Cross from 70 minutes) • Stamford 19 milesPeterborough city centre 32 milesAccommodation in brief:Ground floorEntrance hall, inner hall, cloakroom, dining room, drawing room, kitchen, utility room, WC / shower room,play room, garden room and former games roomFirst floorMaster bedroom with en suite bathroom, four further bedrooms, family bathroomExtensive courtyard of traditional outbuildings providing storage, stabling and garagingwith fantastic potential (subject to planning)Two bedroom cottage with part-walled garden and period outbuildingAttractive mature gardens and grounds with pond and kitchen gardenGrazing land in two blocks with river frontageIn all approximately 10.23 acresStamford office9 High StreetSt. MartinsStamfordLincolnshire PE9 2LFt 01780 484696f 01780 494691e stamford@smithsgore.co.ukLondon officeSmiths Gore17-18 Old Bond StreetLondonW1S 4PT


The Manor HouseThe sale of The Manor House representsthe first appearance on the open marketin 42 years and the opportunity for abuyer to acquire, modernise and updatethe property to create a very specialfamily home.SituationThe Manor House is situated in Bitchfield whichtogether with Lower Bitchfield to the west forms acharming predominantly stone-built village nestlingwithin the rolling limestone uplands of SouthLincolnshire.Bitchfield straddles the B1176 whilst the River Glen – atributary of the River Welland meanders gently betweenthe two settlements. The Parish Church - dedicated toSt Mary Magdalene boasts Norman origins andoccupies a part elevated position in Lower Bitchfieldproviding an attractive outlook for the village.Although a rural setting, the nearby towns andcommercial centres of the East Midlands are withinreach. The A1 approximately 6 miles to the west allowsrapid access to the north and south, whilst Granthamprovides a fast rail service to London King’s Cross (from70 minutes).Both Grantham and the historic Georgian market townof Stamford to the south, offer a wealth of shopping,cultural and entertainment facilities, together with arange of excellent restaurants and hotels. The area as awhole boasts an enviable selection of private and stateschools and is particularly coveted by families who wantto enjoy the lifestyle and amenities the surroundingcountryside, villages and towns have to offer, whilstbeing within striking distance of the major commercialcentres.AccommodationOriginally a farmhouse of particular stature within thelocal farming community and in recent decades agentleman’s residence, The Manor House is Grade IIListed and thought to have origins from the 16thCentury having been substantially remodelled andextended in the 19th Century.Built of local limestone the house boasts a symmetricalfront façade crowned with impressive chimney stacks ateach gable end, together with attractive stonemullionedwindows with pretty stone surrounds andhoods. Accompanied by an excellent range ofoutbuildings connecting to the house, there istremendous potential to expand and create furtherresidential accommodation, home working or leisurefacilities (subject to obtaining the necessary consents).Internally the house has been reconfigured throughoutits history whilst retaining many period featuresincluding attractive architraves and doors. The groundfloor accommodation is orientated around an inner hallaccessed by the principal entrance from the courtyard.There is an elegantly proportioned drawing roomextending the entire width of the front façade with animpressive fireplace and display alcoves, providing asuperb room for entertaining. To the rear is the diningroom, cloak room, kitchen with separate larder,WC/shower room, utility room and a play room.


The Gate Cottage


Forming a more recent conversion of the connectingtraditional buildings is a unique double aspect ‘gardenroom’ with a vaulted ceiling and large exposed timbertruss. The garden room is adorned with an array ofvines and has a fireplace, water feature and doorsopening to a garden terrace and a former games roomand bathroom.The first floor accommodation is orientated around themain part-galleried landing with the master bedroom,guest bedroom and single room set to the front – allenjoying views of the gardens and rolling countrysidebeyond. There is an en suite bathroom to the masterbedroom, with the adjacent main bathroom anden suite both accessed separately by a side landing.To the rear there is a large double bedroom with accessthrough to a dressing area and beyond to a furtherdouble bedroom with a secondary staircase leadingdown to the kitchen.Traditional BuildingsThe buildings connect and extend to the north-westand south-west of the house and are configured tocreate the courtyard setting and entrance approach.Built predominantly of limestone and red brick, thebuildings incorporate extensive domestic and gardenstorage, garaging, stabling (currently two loose boxeswith scope to create further boxes) and a fine stonegranary building - with a vaulted first floor area andpretty brick faced cart lodges at ground floor level.The Gate CottageFlanking the main entrance drive is a pretty singlestorey stone cottage with a part walled gardenencompassing an attractive period outbuilding. Thecottage is ideal for guest accommodation, a dependentrelative, or letting to create a useful income.Gardens and GroundsThe gardens and grounds have been carefully plannedand maintained to provide a lovely setting for thehouse. There is a formal parterre garden enhancing thefront façade and a York stone terrace adjoining thehouse and garden room, providing a fantastic alfrescodining and entertaining area. The wider gardenscomprise expansive lawns studded with mature trees,shrubs and a range of yew topiary, together with aformal pond. The gardens are enclosed by maturebeech hedges providing privacy and a mini ha-ha to thewest. Adjacent to the traditional buildings is anenclosed kitchen garden with lean-to greenhouse andvegetable beds, whilst to the far north there is a tenniscourt in need of complete renovation.The LandThe grazing land is arranged to the west, with accessboth from the main entrance drive and separately fromDark Lane. The land comprises a principal block ofapproximately 7 acres rolling gently down to the RiverGlen, with a small field of approximately 1.2 acres setbeyond, accessed over a ford and separately from theroad. The land is fenced with mature hedges, whilstmains water is provided to the main block.General InformationServicesThe property is supplied with mains electricity andwater. There are private drainage facilities. The ManorHouse has oil-fired central heating. The Gate Cottagehas electric night storage heaters.Rights of Way, Easements & WayleavesThe property is sold subject to and with the benefit ofall rights of way, easements and wayleaves.Local Authority and Council TaxSouth Kesteven District Council: Tel: 01476 406080Council Tax:The Manor House – Band G: £2,279.55 currentlypayable for the 2011/12 tax year.The Gate Cottage – Band B: £1063 currently payablefor the 2011/12 tax year.TenureThe property is owned freehold and is for sale byprivate treaty with vacant possession on completion.DirectionsThe property can be found using the postcode.Alternatively when approaching from the north or southfrom the A1, join the A151 at Colsterworth and proceedin the direction of Bourne. After approximately3.5 miles turn left onto the B1176 and continue forapproximately 2.5 miles to Bitchfield whereby theentrance to The Manor House can be found at the topof the hill on the left hand side (beyond the turning toDark Lane).ViewingAll viewings are strictly by prior arrangement throughthe Smiths Gore Stamford office. Tel 01780 484696.Office Opening HoursMonday to Friday 9am - 5.30pmSaturday 9am – 12.30pmDate of InformationParticulars prepared – March 2012Photographs taken – December 2011


Approximately 10.23 acresin totalReproduced from the Ordnance Survey map with the sanction of the Controller of H.M. Stationery Office Licence No. ES100004883 © CROWN COPYRIGHT RESERVEDThe plan is published for convenience only. Although it is thought to be correct its accuracy cannot be guaranteed and it does not form part of the contract. NOT TO SCALE.Reproduced from the Ordnance Survey map with the sanction of the Controller of H.M. Stationery Office Licence No. ES100004883 © CROWN COPYRIGHT RESERVEDThe plan is published for convenience only. Although it is thought to be correct its accuracy cannot be guaranteed and it does not form part of the contract. NOT TO SCALE.Important NoticeWhilst every care has been taken in the preparation of these particulars, all interested parties should note: (i) the descriptions and photographs are for guidance only and are not a complete representation of the property; (ii) plans are not to scale, are for guidance onlyand do not form part of the contract; (iii) services and any appliances referred to have not been tested, and cannot be verified as being in working order; (iv) no survey of any part of the property has been carried out by the Vendor/Lessor or Smiths Gore;(v) measurements are approximate and must not be relied upon. Maximum appropriate room sizes are generally given, to the nearest 0.1 metres. Outbuildings are measured externally (unless otherwise stated) to the nearest 0.5 metres. For convenience an approximateImperial equivalent is also given; (vi) only those items referred to in the text of these particulars are included; (vii) nothing in these particulars or any related discussions forms part of any contract unless expressly incorporated within a subsequent written agreement; (viii)please note that if you make an acceptable offer for this property we will have to confirm your identity, as required by the Money Laundering Regulations 2007

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