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Guide Price £860,000

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Situated in a prominent village position, this Grade II Listed rectory enjoys grounds of approximately 1.5 acres (STMS). The interiors include eight bedrooms and three/four reception rooms, while outside there are a range of outbuildings, one housing an indoor swimming pool in need of some renovation and a coach house.

The Story
Waking up in the morning, the owner of The Old Rectory enjoys walking down the staircase into his magnificent hall, which is illuminated by light flooding down from the second floor.
Certainly, the hall is rather grand and vast in terms of internal space, he said.
The limestone floor, the mahogany doors, window lights and architraves combine to give a rich view.
The Old Rectory was originally built in 1649, with the floor area greatly extended in 1849, and an extra floor also added.
Since moving into the eight-bedroom house in 1985, the current owners have carried out extensive restoration works to create the magnificent, family home it is today.
We were drawn to it because everything seemed to have potential and we knew this was a property we could make our own, he added


The Old Rectory is situated on a 1.5 acre plot and comprises the main house, the coach houses, some outbuildings and an indoor swimming pool.
The accommodation in the main house is spread over three floors and the living space on the ground floor includes a large kitchen breakfast room, dining room, drawing room and a gym.
Following extensive works after the owners moved in, a new kitchen was installed and both the family bathroom and en-suite bathroom were revamped with Villeroy & Bosch fittings. The whole house was also decorated throughout.
We have kept the interior style of the house quite traditional and above all maintained its character, he said.


All the rooms are well used by the owners, and all have their own flair and individuality.
I couldn't honestly say I have a favourite room in the house, because I like them all, he said. Although, the drawing room is where I like to relax in the evenings. There is an open fireplace in there to burn either coal or logs on winter evenings and a very comfortable chair.
The spacious dining room is especially useful for family gatherings at birthdays and Christmases.
We have a large dining table in there and if we have a dinner party and are having a jolly time of it, we tend to stay in it, he said.
The former kitchen is now used as an exercise room, where the owners have installed a running machine, rowing machine and stationary cycle.
We also have a TV in this room for video encouragement - and for the Wii and general entertainment, he added.


Most of the bedrooms are on the first floor. The rooms on the top floor are used by the owner and his wife as offices and playrooms for the grandchildren.
The grandchildren use the whole house and garden for playing and these days hide and seek is an impossible challenge with the older ones, he said.
The couple believe their home is special because it offers tranquillity. And despite the size of the rooms there is a cosiness to them in winter, while during hot weather the house stays cool.


During their 25 years at the house, there have been numerous events providing many happy family memories.
Our daughter's wedding stands out, said the owner. We have also enjoyed at least 15 bonfire parties for 50 plus friends and family.
I think we will also remember the happy times spent playing football, golf, badminton and tennis on the lawns during the summer, while the dogs chased round fetching sticks or balls, he added.
However, the time has come for the owners to move on and it is with considerable regret that they have decided to sell.
But we have had a marvellous time living here, he stressed.


The Old Rectory was originally built in 1649, the year that King Charles I was executed by parliament.
The land where the house is located once extended all the way to the rivers Soar and Trent, when buildings on the plot included the main house, outbuildings, coach houses, other cottages and farm buildings, a milking parlour and stables.
Older parishioners have spoken of the last resident rector conducting services and even weddings wearing muddy Wellington boots having come straight from seeing to his cows.
There has been a church on the hill since the 700s, and at one time a passage existed leading from the rectory basement to the church, although there is no sign of this today.


The gardens at The Old Rectory are not only laden with a vast array of vegetables and fruits including asparagus, strawberries, raspberries and blackberries, but also a myriad of birds and wildlife.
More than 30 species of birds can be regularly seen using the feeders positioned throughout the grounds. Some stay and nest all year round, while some are summer or winter visitors.
Regular nesters include wrens, robins, mistle and song thrushes, dunnocks, doves, nut hatches, greenfinches and blackbirds.
Some of the less often seen include sparrow hawks, barn owls, goldfinches and tree sparrows. Swallows and house martins nest in the outbuildings. Other visitors include bats, squirrels, hedgehogs, f


The commanding external elevations of this Grade II listed home, which started its life in approximately 1649 with later additions in 1849, raises expectations as to what lies inside. The ancient, solid panelled door with its traditional glass fanlight above, leads into a bright and impressive entrance hall with the original Yorkstone flooring, worn smooth over time, and gently rising stairs with an elegant handrail guiding to the upper floors and the galleried landing. The doors through The Old Rectory are all solid wood, some of which are highly polished and others that are painted. The long sash windows with original wooden shutters offer lovely views, as the majority of them overlook the surrounding garden, or the church gardens on the opposite side of the road. The drawing room is a cosy, well proportioned room with a striking central open fireplace and casement doors to the garden, a great space for relaxing with family and friends. Polished wood double doors open into the dining room where there is plenty of space and lots of natural light flooding through, creating an excellent atmosphere ideal for entertaining and large family dinners.

Leading off the hallway, you will step down into a room with a small landing and wooden balustrade, which is currently used as a family room and gym. There is access to a small terrace and a further door to the cellar, which provides several rooms, perfect for a workshop, boiler room, drying room and storage. An inner hallway guides to the garden and to what was once a further reception room with original sash windows and shutters still in place, along with central heating. Currently converted into a garage, this area could easily be reinstated as a lovely reception room if desired. Completing the ground floor is the charming kitchen, in need of some updating, but which benefits from a good range of cabinets, a gas hob, electric oven and a sink situated under the window overlooking the garden.


Ascending the stairs to the first floor galleried landing there is access to a further inner hallway with a decorative arched window and a staircase to the second floor. The master bedroom is superb with four large sash windows overlooking the garden and an en-suite dressing/shower room. The remaining three well-proportioned double bedrooms, each boast built in cupboards and washbasins, and are all presented to a good standard. A decorative doorway moves into a further double bedroom which is situated slightly away from the main rooms on this floor, making this a great place for guests to stay.


Rising to the second floor there is a range of rooms which could be used as an annexe, offices or accommodation for older teenagers. A large landing with a deep under eaves storage area leads to an inner hallway with four large rooms leading from it, all with interlinking doors.

The gardens at The Old Rectory are a very special feature, having been nurtured over the years to provide, formal lawns, wooded areas and a fruit and vegetable area, whilst being surrounded by lovely mature trees and a woodland walk, creating a high degree of privacy. There is a generous area of lawn ideal for children to play football. A wall runs around the majority of the perimeter of the garden and set into this is a servant's entrance to some outbuildings which are currently used as a coal house and storage. Two sets of double gates are located on either side of the house, one of which leads to the driveway with plenty of parking and turning space and garage, while the other on the far side of the house leads to the Coach House. The outbuildings are in need of some renovation and are built in mellow red brick with original arched wooden coach house doors and a central personnel door.

A kitchen garden is situated beyond the coach house and there is a further large building which houses the swimming pool, last used nearly twenty years ago. The deep concrete pool is surrounded by a wooden structure with a boiler house and what was once the changing room. A major overhaul of these outbuildings would greatly enhance The Old Rectory and the lovely grounds it stands in.

One of the deciding factors for the owners when they moved into the property was the good road and rail access it offered and the wonderful walking routes nearby, including canals, brooks, rivers, disused railway paths and quiet lanes. Kegworth village has an excellent range of village shops, including a small supermarket, delicatessen, butcher, baker, gift shop and restaurants. There is also a village museum, church and primary school. The village is situated on the River Soar and has a small club by the river for activities such as fishing, boating and rowing. A regular bus service provides access into Loughborough and Derby, both towns offering excellent shopping, schooling and recreational facilities.
Main line stations to London are located in Derby and Nottingham, both providing a good service to St Pancras. Nottingham city has a wealth of theatres, cinemas and wonderful restaurants including Sat Baines and World Service. The National ice stadium is also only nine miles away. Kegworth is just off the M1 at junction 24 which provides good north/south road access for commuters. East Midlands Airport is also only a 10-15 minute drive away.
For days out the Peak District National Park is easily accessible and there are many National Trust properties and parks around the area.

From Nottingham, proceed south on the A453, towards the M1. Take the turning signposted Kegworth. Continue through Ratcliffe-on-Soar and enter Kegworth. After about half a mile, turn left onto the Nottingham Road, towards the village centre. The Old Rectory will be found on the left hand side, prior to the church as you enter the village.

For those with satellite navigation the postcode for the property is DE74 2FH.

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