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9 bedroom detached house for sale
Barham Court, Oakham, Rutland
- 9 bedrooms
- 4 reception rooms
- 6 bathrooms
- Impressive formal gardens
- 12 acres
Barham Court lies set back from the village green in the sought after village of Exton. Exton lies only 5.4 miles east of Oakham, the busy market town that offers excellent shopping facilities and an open market on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The lovely Georgian town of Stamford, the scene for many period films, with its multitude of restaurants is 8 miles away. This area of Rutland is particularly exclusive, with a smattering of beautiful villages and rolling countryside. Exton itself, with charming stone and thatched cottages circling the green, is home to the Fox and Hounds, a well renowned public house in the area. The village is located along the Viking Way and is close by to the popular attractions of Rutland Water and Barnsdale Gardens. Rutland Water offers all manner of recreation including sailing, wind surfing and fishing. The renowned Relais & Chateaux hotel, Hambleton Hall, lies at its centre.
Barham Court was originally part of the Exton Park Estate, owned by the Noel family (the Earls of Gainsborough). Originally built in the 18th Century, it was formerly the vicarage. This stunning house is Grade II Listed, constructed of mellow stone with pale ashlar dressings, a tiled parapet roof and stone stacked chimneys. It is the principal house of the village, yet privacy is maintained by the mature trees that conceal it to the front. Approached from the green, this imposing family house is accessed through wooden gates along a gravel drive, sweeping between the lawned area and the front of the house. Stone steps lead up to the off-centre wooden painted front door.
The flagstone floors and arched ceilings of the entrance and inner halls confirm the feeling of an exceptional country house upon arrival at Barham Court. The guest cloakroom is ideally placed just adjacent to the front door, as is the flower room. The principal reception rooms have fantastic proportions, yet maintain the warm feeling of a genuine family house. The drawing room is dual aspect and overlooks the stunning gardens. The intricately carved marble fireplace, sash windows with working shutters and window seats give an impressive feel. From the inner hall, a door leads to the half panelled corridor with a well lit alcove containing bookshelves. From here, the dining room can be found - a well proportioned and impressive room at the front of the house with a notable marble fireplace, window seats and working shutters. The sitting room can be found to the rear of the house. This light yet cosy room has a wooden fireplace, fitted bookshelves, working shutters and French windows that lead onto the rear terrace. The dining kitchen is some 44 feet in length and acts as the real heart of the house. Presented in a more contemporary style to the rest of the house, this room has a stone tiled floor and is split into 3 main areas, allowing for modern family living. The sitting area with fitted bookshelves, French doors to the garden terrace and mood lighting leads into the dining area, from which a large walk in larder can be found. There are full height storage cupboards, and the cooking area is both practical and spacious. The 4 oven gas fired Aga with granite either side sits amongst polished maple wooden units. There is a very large painted central island unit, with an in-built chopping board, recycling bins and sink. Elsewhere in the kitchen there is a fitted Miele electric oven and hob for secondary cooking resources, and a large double sink, between 2 Miele dishwashers. The sunken study/playroom can be found adjacent to the kitchen, and overlooks the front of the house. The rear of the house is well served for storage and utility rooms. The lobby connects the kitchen to the back door, and from here there is a large cloakroom with copious storage. The rear hall accesses the utility, laundry room and storage room, an excellent additional space.
The basement level at Barham Court can be accessed from either the exterior or the rear stairs. The family/billiard room can be found at one end. Formerly the staff kitchen, this houses the previous inglenook fireplace and range oven, with an old stove area. From here there are external spiral stairs up to the side terrace. Other rooms in the basement include the vaulted wine cellar, walk-in safe and boiler room (housing 2 Ideal Bucaneer boilers).
From the inner hall, an impressive oak staircase rises to the first floor at Barham Court, leading to a large carpeted landing. The master bedroom suite has a wonderful double aspect bedroom overlooking the garden and stream below. There are fitted wardrobes along one wall, one door of which is a concealed door through to the en-suite bathroom, with twin basins, a shower, bath and WC. A door leads through from here into the dressing room, with several fitted cupboards. Bedrooms 2 and 3 are both extremely spacious and light rooms, one of which has a large en-suite bathroom. Bedrooms 4 and 5 sit at the rear and front of the house respectively, both joined by an interconnecting bathroom.
From here, the rear wooden stairs rise to the second floor. Bedroom 6 is at one end of the house and has fantastic views over the gardens and grounds, with an en-suite bathroom. Bedroom 7 is also spacious, with an en-suite bathroom, leading through to where the water tank is stored. The final bedrooms, 8 and 9, can be found at the opposite end of the house. The family bathroom on this floor has a fitted granite topped oak wash basin unit, bath, shower, WC and a heated towel rail. Also at this level a large storage cupboard and a small kitchen can be found, with fitted units and a sink. This level of the house is kept light by a large Velux window on the landing.
From the south, continue on the A1 past Stamford, and exit onto the A606 towards Oakham. Continue through the village of Empingham into Whitwell, and turn right towards Exton. From the north, exit the A1 onto the B668 towards Greetham. Continue through the village, and before Cottesmore fork left towards Exton. Continue left onto Cottesmore Road, and after about 1 mile turn left onto Oakham Road. Turn left at the T-junction. Continue straight over the crossroads and into the village. At the Green, turn right and pass the Fox and Hounds pub on the right. The drive to Barham Court can be found straight ahead.