Guide Price £1,000,000
Netherseal Road, Chilcote, Leicestershire
*STUNNING GRADE II LISTED PERIOD FARMHOUSE, MANY ORIGINAL FEATURES.*
*CHARMING AND UNIQUE, BOASTING NEARLY 4,000 SQ FOOT OF ACCOMMODATION*
*FLEXIBLE 1,800 SQ FOOT ANNEXE WITH OPEN PLAN FIRST FLOOR*
*SEPARATE SHOWROOM / GYM WITH VAULTED CEILINGS*
*SET WITHIN A 3/4 ACRE PLOT WITH OPEN COUNTRYSIDE VIEWS*
Accommodation - Rock Farm stands on the edge of Chilcote with lovely views to the south over unspoiled farmland. The property has grounds of about 3/4 acre and an excellent range of converted traditional outbuildings providing scope for a variety of domestic uses. Planning permission exists for conversion to additional ancillary residential accommodation of some 1,800 sq ft.
Dating back to the 18th century, the former farmhouse is Grade II Listed and presents some fine period features throughout. The extensive family accommodation has a very flexible layout.
Rock Farm has four main reception rooms, interchangeable in use. The comfortable morning room has half height timber panelled walls, and a substantial original cast iron cooking range incorporating an open fireplace, ovens and hot plates.
The sitting room has a quarry tiled floor and an inglenook fireplace with raised hearth, brick chimney breast and substantial oak bressumer. Either side of the inglenook are two recessed storage cupboards. This connects to the study with its charming corner fireplace.
An inner hallway leads to a good-sized dining room, which has a substantial open fireplace and superb perimeter oak panelling, rising to a plate rail. From here there is open access at the far end of the room to a most attractive library area with fitted character shelving, substantial exposed ceiling timbers and wonderful log burner with glazed door, a secondary staircase to the first floor and entrance door to the rear courtyard.
The kitchen/breakfast room stands at the heart of the house and is the focal point for family life. The character of the room follows the theme of the house with polished flagstone floor and some fine exposed ceiling timbers. A beautifully crafted range of handmade oak fitted furniture includes floor and wall mounted cupboards, drawers, cookery book shelves and a complementary range of hand painted furniture with further cupboards, drawers and a glass fronted cabinet. In addition there is a central food preparation island with chopping block inset and there are extensive work surfaces in black granite. The kitchen has a traditional oil fired Aga range cooker with double ovens and twin hotplates. Other appliances include Miele gas hob and concealed Bosch dishwasher. There are designated spaces for plumbed in American style refrigerator and microwave oven and the kitchen has a useful walk-in pantry cupboard.
The main area of the ground floor is completed by a cloakroom and the house also has a useful two room racked wine cellar with vaulted ceilings.
The first floor accommodation is accessed off of two landings which are connected by the Home Cinema room. Off the principal landing are three bedrooms, one having an ensuite bathroom with the principal bedroom having tall pitched ceilings with substantial exposed roof beams. Adjacent to this is the large family bathroom, the focal point of which is a cast iron slipper bath with ball and claw feet, set on a central platform.
Off of the secondary landing is a guest bedroom with ensuite bathroom and a modem shower room with contemporary sanitaryware and multi-jet shower. There are three inter-connecting bedrooms providing excellent space for children's accommodation with bedroom 7 having some impressive oak panelling.
Vendor Interview - Rock Farm is full of charm, character and original features, a beautiful, period farmhouse with views over open countryside; we knew it would provide a safe and secure environment for our children to grow up in, its always felt happy and cosy here. Its a house with a big heart and plenty of soul, say the vendors.
The south facing, private and mature garden is a real sun trap, even cold days feel warm. We have a small orchard with a variety of fruit and nut trees and, although its a large garden, ideal for entertaining and play, its not unmanageable.
Rock Farm is a real party house, we have held regular summer parties for friends, family and the local community, there's plenty of room on the lawn for a large marquee, weve ended up buying our own.
We have made a number of changes over the years, the most significant being the conversion of a bookstore into a spacious office with independent facilities. This has enabled us to keep our business separate from the house whilst working from home and being around to watch the boys grow up.
What they will miss most
We will miss everything! Weve spent 18 great years here, but now our boys have grown up and left home, its time to move on. We have second home in Provence and plan to spend our early retirement there.
Best thing about the grounds
Weve loved watching our boys grow up in a safe and secure environment where they can just be kids building tree houses and dens out in the country, and yet weve never felt isolated.
We love our kitchen, its the heart of the house. The AGA warming the flagstone floors, the walk-in pantry and our wonderful wine cellar. Also the front room, the inglenook fireplace is magnificent when you get a few large logs going.
Christmas dinners. The house really comes into its own at this time of year, oak beams and open fires in every room, it's just magical.
Outside - To the rear of the house is an attractive courtyard and within the main building there are three dog kennels, gardener's WC, a garage and a carport which in times past used to house the village fire engine.
Within these integral outbuildings is the house utility room having quarry titled floor, storage cupboard, pottery sink, plumbing for washing machine and ample space for boots, coats and tack.
Adjacent to the main courtyard is the largest of the traditional barns with a range of useful domestic outbuildings. At ground floor level this barn comprises carport, fuel store, oil store, bin store, garage and a large workshop with fitted sink.
The remainder of the ground floor area has been converted to a secondary kitchen with a cloakroom and WCs.
The first floor of the barn has been converted to provide a vast open plan studio with oak flooring, central heating radiators, spot and strip lighting and extensive power points and telephone/IT connections.
Planning permission is in place to develop this part of the property into an independent residential dwelling or annexe.
Gardens - Within the rear gardens is a further detached brick and tile barn. The building has been divided to provide one large open plan area together with a smaller annexe/storeroom. The main area has attractive roof trusses, central heating radiators and overhead low voltage lighting. Attached to the barn at the rear is a dog kennel and run.
The house is set above the village road behind a tall brick garden wall and on this west side is an area of lawned garden with numerous perimeter shade trees and a large rose bed, a curved brick paved path leads up to the original front door. The principal gardens are to the rear in a private position beyond the courtyard. A flagstone and brick path leads directly away from the house to the bottom of the garden and the detached brick barn. The path is flanked by areas of lawn interspersed with closely clipped hedging which are in turn bordered by further trees and shrubs. At the bottom of the garden is a large ornamental pool planted with lilies and surrounded by water loving plants. Above the lower lawn is a larger area of informal lawn interspersed with a variety of fruit trees including walnut, apple, damson, plum and cherry.
Location - The pretty village of Chilcote lies amidst delightful rural surroundings in a most convenient corner of Leicestershire. The village is within 1 mile of the confluence of the county boundaries of Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Staffordshire and Derbyshire. The adjoining village is within walking distance and has a village shop/post office, two pubs, a church and village hall.
The area also boasts excellent commuter links to the A38, A42 and the M1 providing easy access to Leicester Birmingham, Derby and Loughborough. East midlands airport is only 25 minutes away whilst Birmingham International Airport is just under 30 minutes.
Services To The Property - Mains water, electricity and drainage are connected to the property. The central heating is oil fired.
Local Authority - North West Leicestershire
Viewing Arrangements - Lee - Strictly via the vendors agents Fine & Country Contact Greg Perrins 01332 973881 or 07495 368 823
Fine And Country Website - For more information visit www.fineandcountry.com/uk/derbyshire
Fine And Country Opening Hours - Monday to Friday9.00 am - 8.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Sunday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Agent's Notes - All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given and that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.
- Large grade two listed village farmhouse
- Flexible 1,800 sq ft Annexe
- 4 Bath/Shower rooms
- Kitchen Breakfast Room
- 4 Reception Rooms
- Seven bedrooms
- Home Cinema Room
- Open Countryside Views to Rear
- 3/4 acres of grounds
- Sweeping driveway with electric gates