12 bedroom detached house for saleAshby Road, Rempstone, Loughborough, Leicestershire
Guide Price £2,500,000
Reception hall | Drawing room /Chapel | Morning room | Study | Dining room | Kitchen | Sitting room | Domestic offices and stores | Laundry | Library
10 main bedrooms | 10 secondary bedrooms | Attic rooms | 6 bathrooms
Two Lodges | Hermitage Flat | Brick barns
Formal gardens and grounds | Mature woodland | Paddocks
Stable Courtyard with Cottage | 2 Flats | Garaging | Stables | Store rooms
Walled kitchen garden | Garden sheds and traditional glass houses
For Sale Freehold
Rempstone Hall was built in 1792 for William Gregory Williams. The two wings on the south facing elevation were raised to double-storey height, and the balustrade was added at the turn of the 20th century. Extensive additions and alterations were made to the rear of Rempstone Hall during the Victorian era.
The Hall now presents red brick elevations (formerly painted) under slate roofs, and the balustrade makes an excellent feature of the south facing elevation. Between the two projecting wings, there is a five-bay loggia with plain entablature supported on four pairs of ionic columns. Almost all the windows of the house are sashes, with low glazing-bar sashes to the projecting bays. Above the loggia are four plain pilasters and either side are smaller sash windows flanked by single ionic pilasters, that support single modillion pediments.
Internally, the house displays some fine original features, with good carpentry, particularly on the main staircase, and a number of notable fireplaces. Having functioned as a convent since 1978, the house appears to be in generally good order and well maintained as a result of quinquenial surveys, but would require some refurbishment if it were to be restored to its former glory as a private house.
A pillared entrance portico provides access through a double timber door and into the reception hall, which spans the width of the house. The hall provides access to the main south-facing reception rooms, the kitchens, a lift (to the first floor), and a secondary hallway off which there are a number of rooms functioning as common rooms, sitting rooms, offices, and storage. At the western end of the main hall, fluted oak columns flank an archway leading to a magnificent oak staircase which appears to date from the Jacobean period and was perhaps reclaimed for use in this house. The handrail is supported by a fascinating array of beautifully carved spindles, and there is intricate fretwork and carvings highlighted by a fine stained-glass window.
The main reception rooms on the south side of the Hall would have served as formal entertaining and family rooms when the house was originally constructed. The most notable of these rooms is the former Drawing Room (now the Chapel) which is situated on the south east corner of the house and displays panelled walls, stripped and polished timber floor and sash windows with low-glazing bars. This is a stunning room with a particularly high ceiling and beautiful cornice.
The southern section of the main hall has stone flagged floors which continue out into the loggia. The kitchen was refurbished in 2002 and is fitted with a four-oven oil-fired Aga and a range of traditional kitchen cabinets over which are glazed display cabinets, and also a range of fitted kitchen units, including a central island. Adjacent to the kitchen is a laundry room, with a staircase leading up to a linen storage room, and nearby is the staircase down to the extensive cellars.
The principle staircase leads up to the main landing, with further stairs leading up to west and east (currently the Library) bedrooms. There is an attractive carved timber fireplace on the landing, access to south-facing bedrooms with unspoilt rural views, and a door to the rear landing serving further bedrooms and two back staircases. One of these continues to the second floor with further rooms and attics.
Situated about ½ mile to the west of the rural village of Rempstone, Rempstone Hall is a notable house of grand proportions. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, Rempstone is in the Rushcliffe district of Nottinghamshire, although its closest town and postal address is Loughborough, just across the border in Leicestershire.
Communication links are very good. There is easy access via the A6006 to the M1 (J24) and East Midlands Airport about 10 miles away, and the A46 is about 5 miles to the east. Loughborough (5 miles) provides an excellent range of amenities and the vibrant city of Nottingham is about 10 miles away.
There are a number of state and independent day schools in the area providing primary and secondary education (including Loughborough High, Loughborough Grammar and Ratcliffe College), with notable private schools in the region, including Oakham, Uppingham and Repton.
There are two drives into Rempstone Hall from the Ashby Road, each protected by a Lodge. The principle entrance has stone piers and oak gates and leads past East Lodge towards the parking area by the front door, with a spur leading around to the back of the Hall. The western entrance also provides access to the Stable Courtyard and grounds.
East Lodge - 2 reception rooms, kitchen and utility, with 3 bedrooms and bathroom upstairs.
Holy Cross Cottage - 2 reception rooms, kitchen and utility, with 3 bedrooms and bathroom upstairs.
To the west of the Hall stand a range of brick barns and outbuildings including a coach house, providing garaging for 3 cars, an apple store and wash house. Attached to the southern end and set within its own private gardens lies
The Hermitage - modernised and extended in 2004, this excellent cottage has a living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom.
The Stable Courtyard
Standing to the west of the Hall is the fine traditional courtyard built of brick under tiled roofs. There would appear to be potential to separate these buildings from the Hall using the secondary entrance drive, and various alternative uses might be considered (see Planning). Currently, there are 8 loose boxes and a tackroom on the northern side (part with hay loft over), and a pair of double garages with glazed wash down areas flanking the original coach house and bell / clock tower. Two flats have been created from the coach house, one benefiting from living room, kitchen/dining room, bedroom and bathroom, and the other having bed-sitting room, kitchen and bathroom.
To the southern side of the yard, the former loose boxes are now used as a workshop and store room with loft over.
St Katherine's Cottage - 2 reception rooms, kitchen and bathroom, with 3 bedrooms upstairs. There is potential to extend this cottage subject to the usual planning consent.
There are gardens for the Cottage and Flats to the south and west of the Courtyard, which could be sold as Lot 2 (see plan) if not required by the buyer of the Hall.
Gardens and Grounds
The gardens and grounds are a particularly fine feature of the property, surrounding the Hall. To the east a broad gravel pathway leads through lawns bordered by mature trees and shrubs and clipped yew hedging to the orchard, and many mature trees beyond. A beautiful sunken garden lies below the orchard with stone terraces displaying ornamental ferns and azaleas, shaded by a magnificent eucalyptus and a number of wonderful Japanese maples. Beyond there is managed, mature woodland with daffodils, bluebells and snowdrops.
The main lawn to the south of Rempstone Hall is dominated by a magnificent Cedar of Lebanon, whilst magnolia and wisteria grow up the south facade of the Hall. The lawns gently fall away from the Hall to a former tennis court, a water garden and a ha-ha leading onto the two paddocks.
To the west, a woodland path through holly and laurel beneath a canopy of oak and beech leads down towards the walled kitchen garden, complete with extensive glass houses and garden stores. The kitchen garden and a further paddock are separated from the rest of the grounds by a tarmac drive from Ashby Road, which provides access to the paddock and 3 neighbouring houses. This paddock and walled garden form Lot 3 if they are not required by the buyer of the Hall.
The two grass fields to the south of the grounds provide about 8 acres of grazing with 2 fine walnut trees.
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