Offers Over £1,000,000
Desford Road, Thurlaston, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE9
Traditional imposing detached 7 Bedroom House is for sale in Leicester LE9, property has been sympathetically refurbished over the years, tastefully finished with mix of character & contemporary design and with many original features.
This traditional imposing seven bedroom former rectory provides not only the perfect family home but also the ideal setting for entertaining guests, friends and family. The property has been sympathetically refurbished over the years, tastefully finished with a mix of character and contemporary design and with many period features.
Briefly comprising: entrance hall with two reception rooms off, study, snug, open plan kitchen/dining area, downstairs WC, utility room and pantry; master bedroom with en-suite and dressing room, four further double bedrooms in main house, two with en-suites; family bathroom, upstairs WC, two further bedrooms in annexe, currently used as a second study and lounge/film room. Outside are large gardens with mature trees, a large gravelled driveway and access to a second drive/double garaging.
The property is entered via a stunning entrance hall with original Minton tiles and beautiful stained and leaded inner doorway. The first reception room features ornate plaster work, a log burner and large bay windows, allowing plenty of natural light. The second reception room has beautiful wooden flooring and large windows, currently used as a music room. Both rooms have original and working shutters.
The snug, off the entrance hall and with another door leading to the kitchen, provides the perfect place to relax at the end of the day. The large study has bay windows overlooking the side garden and an ornate wood burner. A downstairs cloakroom features a period WC and wash hand basin.
A fabulous open plan family kitchen/dining area is at the heart of the home, providing a wonderful space for socialising, entertaining and family. There is an array of wall and base units, Rangemaster double oven/hob, Belfast sink and free-standing dresser. The pantry has plumbing for free-standing fridge/freezer and the utility room features ample storage in wall and base units and a Belfast sink.
To the first floor, a landing with stunning lantern window gives access to the master suite, comprising a fabulous dressing room, en-suite bathroom with three piece suite and a further walk-in wardrobe. There are four further double bedrooms off the main landing, two boasting en-suite shower rooms. The family bathroom is stylishly appointed with a free-standing roll-top bath, separate shower enclosure and delightful antique sink unit. The separate WC boasts a further antique two piece suite. Bedroom six, accessed via a second staircase, is currently used as a lounge/film room; bedroom seven currently serves as a second study.
Externally this property has much to offer, sitting in a mature wrap-around garden of approximately half acre. It is approached by a large gravelled driveway to the front, with a smaller driveway to the side of the property providing access to the double garage. The large patio to the rear of the property is accessed via the two sets of French doors leading from the dining room; a smaller private patio area to the side of the house overlooks the sweeping lawn to the front. The garden is mainly lawned and surrounded by mature trees which provide a good degree of privacy.
"When we decided to move nine years ago, my wife came to me with a wish list for our new home," says Richard. "She was keen to find a house in a very peaceful location and somewhere with a good degree of privacy, although not isolated, and she also wanted it to be close to a good school for the children and within easy reach of a wide selection of shops, restaurants… all the things we'd want on a day-to-day basis. It was certainly an extensive list, and in my mind totally unachievable, but then we happened upon The Old Rectory. It sits in the heart of this lovely little village, just across the road from the primary school and a stone's throw from the pub, and the house is nicely tucked away and shielded from view by mature shrubs and trees. It's a very peaceful place and we enjoy an excellent degree of privacy, however we also benefit from being a mere twenty minutes from Leicester city centre. In short, it's a place that ticks every single box."
"It's fair to say that the interior of the house was in a very sorry state when we bought the property so gradually, over time we've done quite a bit of work. Behind the scenes we've updated the heating system by having a biomass boiler installed; the cavity walls have been done, the roof has been fixed and we've installed more substantial doors and windows, to again improve the energy efficiency of the house as a whole. We've also updated the décor, but we've retained and enhanced all of the lovely original features so it's a house that's brimming with character and charm. All in all I'd say we've achieved a really nice balance between old and new."
"The garden is yet another really outstanding feature of the property and something that has given us all a great deal of pleasure," continues Richard. "We have a lovely patio to the front, which is a gorgeous spot because it catches the morning sun so it's where I love to sit out and have my tea and poached eggs; there are lots of nooks and crannies that the children have enjoyed and we've converted a shed into a craft 'studio' for our daughter so she's spent many a happy hour out there. However it's the utter peace and tranquillity that makes it such a special place. We can sit out there and literally feel as if we're miles from anywhere."
Favourite Room: "The music room has to be one of my favourite rooms in the house," says Richard. "We have a grand piano in there, which dates back to 1852 and which we inherited with the house, and both my son and daughter have learnt to play it. And my wife plays the cello, so music is a sound that often fills this house."
Favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area: "Thurlaston is such a friendly village and it's a place with a really vibrant community. There are events organized throughout the year, but you can dip in and dip out as much as you want. We're also close to Fosse Park, which is a huge out-of-town shopping park; Leicester city centre is only seven miles down the road and we can jump on a train and be in central London in around fifty minutes. For us the location has been absolutely superb."
Memorable event (if not another favourite room or unique feature): "Another standout feature of the house has to be the main bathroom," says Richard. "It has a free-standing bath right in the middle of the room, facing the window and so when you lie in it you get this incredible view of the trees beyond."
What they'll miss most / why they are leaving: "This really has been a dream house for us, in fact it's so perfect that it's hard to sum up in words," says Richard. "The space, the peace and tranquillity, the sheer character of the building and beauty of the garden… We really couldn't have wished for anything better and we're going to be so sad to leave."----VENDOR
Thurlaston is a highly regarded West Leicestershire village located 8 miles south west of Leicester and 8.7 miles north east of Hinckley. It is thus ideally situated for access to motorways (being 10 minutes from the M69/J21 M1 interchange) and railway stations at Leicester/Hinckley/Nuneaton, which offer access to London St Pancras in around an hour.
The village has a thriving community, hosting summer fetes and various other annual events. It is also home to the popular Poacher's Brasserie, village garden centre and tea rooms and a highly regarded primary school. It is well served with schooling in both the state and private sectors, notably Stoke Golding, Market Bosworth, Leicester Grammar and Twycross.
The Old Rectory is situated opposite the primary school. Turn off Desford Road into the single track Fox End then immediately left into the front drive.
Local Council: Blaby District Council, Agency website indicates rating G.
- 7 BEDROOM CHARACTER PROPERTY
- OOZES CHARACTER
- 2 RECEPTIONS
- STUDY & SNUG
- BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN DINER
- IMPOSING PROPERTY
- DRIVE & GARAGE
- POPULAR LOCATION