3 bedroom end of terrace house for saleLutton Road, Polebrook, Northamptonshire
Sold STC £235,000
Full descriptionA charming cottage in a lovely village location: a dwelling associated historically with the Rothschild family.
Polebrook is a delightful village with a 12th Century Church, a primary school, a number of notable houses, and a local pub namely "The Kings Arms". The village borders the famous Ashton Estate, which is considered to be of National Importance, and which estate combines beautiful countryside with heritage quality buildings. The area is characterised by attractive undulating countryside. There are public rights of way through parts of the Ashton Estate.
The beautiful market town of Oundle, situated on the river Nene, lies about three miles to the east end, is famous for its Georgian streetscapes and for its public school. Within the town there is a good range of leisure facilities, including galleries, a theatre, a library and a number of sports venues and clubs. There is also a country park and several riverside walks. The choice of schooling for all age groups is considered excellent.
Commuters can choose from the following three train stations for relatively easy access to London providing a door to door journey time of approximately 1 hr 30 min.
Peterborough train line - approx.50 min (Peterborough is about 14 miles away)
Corby train line - approx.1 hr 15 min (Corby is about 12 miles away)
Kettering train line - approx.1 hr (Kettering is about 16 miles away)
The Rothschilds, the Polebrook Cottages, and Architect William Huckvale
It is highly likely that all three Polebrook Cottages were designed by the fashionable Edwardian/Victorian era architect William Huckvale (1848 (circa) - 1936). Whilst there are no records establishing Huckvale as the architect, these picturesque cottages bear the hallmarks of Huckvale's work, being similar in form and design to the typical "Rothschild" cottages found on the adjacent Ashton Estate (please see the website www.ohllimited.co.uk for some relevant history and photographs). Huckvale was an architect who enjoyed the patronage of the Rothschild family: there are other examples of Huckvale's work on the famous Waddesdon Estate, near Tring, Hertfordshire, and Huckvale even designed the Hon Walter Rothschild's fabled Zoological Museum as well as much of Tring High Street. Pendley Manor (Tring) is an elegant example of Huckvale's architecture.
It seems probable that the Polebrook Cottages were designed for employees of the Rothschild family: nonetheless, these buildings were, (in our albeit subjective opinion) constructed to a high standard, with a view to providing picturesque yet functional rural dwellings. The Hon Charles Rothschild was quite famous as one of the first landowners to provide, for his workforce cottages enjoying a wide range of "modern" amenities. This Utopian vision was developed further via the concept of a "Model Farm Settlement" which provided employment and services as well as useful buildings. The Hon Charles, according to family tradition, first became interested in the Ashton Estate whilst on a butterfly collecting expedition with the Vicar of Polebrook. The Ashton Woodlands contain several interesting species of butterflies. The Polebrook Cottages were named by The Hon Charles' daughter, The Hon Miriam Rothschild, after famous butterfly species - specifically as "Ringlet", as "Swallowtail" and as "White Admiral". This nomenclature is somewhat fanciful in that Swallowtail butterflies are probably absent from the Ashton Woodlands!
Ringlet is at the southerly end of the three cottages. The cottages are of stone construction under thatched roofs and have dressed stone mullioned windows with leaded lights the gardens are quite pretty but could be much further developed. The cottage was completely re-thatched in the 1980's and the thatch was restored in 2011: all thatching work was carried out by the renowned firm of Dodson Brothers, recipients of several awards for thatching. As with the other cottages, Ringlet is offered for sale for the first time ever having been owned and managed as part of the Ashton Estate by the Rothschilds and their lineal descendants since (as far as we can ascertain) the turn of the 19th century.
Prospective purchasers may offer for on, or for two, or for three cottages. Subject to gaining the appropriate permissions, these three cottages would combine well to form one residence.
From the garden, the front door opens into a vestibule leading to the sitting room. The sitting room has an attractive Victorian style fireplace, with a cast iron arched insert and timber surround. There are storage cupboards set into the chimney recesses and access to an under-stairs storage cupboard. Beyond the sitting room, the fitted kitchen has space for cooker, a dishwasher and a fridge and a door leads out to the rear patio. The ground floor accommodation is completed with a fitted bathroom.
A dog leg staircase with an attractive mullion and leaded window on the half landing leads up to three first floor bedrooms. The bedrooms have all been newly carpeted and two of the rooms have pretty cast iron combination fireplaces. The largest of the three bedrooms has a storage cupboard.
Planning Permission and the Extension
Planning permission EN/09/01647/FUL was passed in 2009 and it is understood that a material start has been made thereby ensuring that the planning permission is still valid. If constructed in accordance with the plans the property would consists of two reception room, a study, a breakfast kitchen and a utility room. The first floor would consist of four bedrooms, a bathroom and an en suite bathroom. Prospective purchasers may use free of charge the plans drawn up by David Jackson Architectural Services Ltd. "DJAS Ltd" (Tel: 018327 33660) are available to advise on the extension and can disclose some details of the cost of a similar extension (adjacent). A set of plans is available for inspection and will be donated free of charge to the successful purchaser, with a licence for free use from the holder of the copyright. For the sake of clarity, the sellers offer no warranty as regards planning and development matters, and prospective purchasers must reach their own independent conclusions.
The gardens extend around three sides of the property and are contained within walls and picket fences. There is a seating terrace and also there is the opportunity to buy a Shepherds Hut supplied with electricity. To the rear there is parking for all three properties.
Please note there is no adjacent agricultural land for sale: however
(i) It may be possible to buy some agricultural land further along the Lutton Road, for example, a 5 acre, or 10 acre, or even a 20 acre plot in or around field nos: NG4330 - The Allotment Field or NG0918 - The 20 Acre Lutton Road Field and NG6044 - The Polebrook Airfield. Access to these areas could be via the Lutton Road and continuations thereof.
(ii) It may be possible to rent some adjacent agricultural land.
Fixtures, fittings and chattels (including the Shepherds Hut)
All fixtures, fittings and furniture such as curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments and statuary are excluded from the sale, unless otherwise stated but are, nonetheless, available for purchase. The "Drovers" Shepherd Hut is not new - it is about 2 years old. The Shepherd Hut enjoys a detachable electrical connection, and is a completely moveable "wagon" enjoying functional, yet old fashioned metallic wheels.
The property is to be sold freehold with vacant possession.
The Cottage enjoys oil fired central heating, mains Electricity and mains drainage and sewerage. Broadband service within the Village is deemed generally acceptable.
Leaving Oundle by the A427 and then proceeding across the A605 please take the "Nene Way" towards Polebrook and then proceed into the village. Follow "Main Street" onto the Lutton Road and the three cottages are to be found at the edge of the village on the left-hand side. This Triple Cottage is immediately recognizable by virtue of the thatched roof: parking lies behind the Triple Cottage, and the entrance to the car park lies just beyond the bend in the Lutton Road. Visitors should not park on the Lutton Road itself but in the designated and signposted cottage parking area.
Viewing is by strict appointment through the selling agents, Fisher German LLP, tel. no. 01858 410200, and email firstname.lastname@example.org. The property may be viewed on all days of the week because Managing Agents OHL Ltd (Tel: 01832 272264 Mobile: 07802 356171 and email: email@example.com) may conduct viewings on the instruction of Fisher German. Visitors can also view and walk along the public rights of way through the Ashton Estate, and OHL Ltd Ashton Estate personnel may be available to accompany visitors and/or direct such visitors to the right pathways.
Background and Development Projects
Whilst these cottages are at present "Edge of Village" there is no guarantee that the surrounding land will not in the future be developed. Indeed, if planning policies so permit, the landowner would doubtless apply for permission to develop the surrounding land. The present owner of the cottage (who is at today's date also the landowner) wishes all prospective purchasers to be aware of these facts.
The subject property is part of a larger estate. (The Ashton Estate), and as such it is subject to several obligations, details of which should be evaluated by a professionally qualified solicitor or expert in property matters. Both the vendor and the prospective purchaser understand that there remain a number of unresolved issues, including Title issues, parking, access to utilities including oil, water, electricity, telephone, internet and drainage. Any expenses incurred with regard to all fees and charges, including professional fees, including but not limited to solicitors and surveyors charges are incurred at each party's individual risk. In view of the issues outlined above, prospective purchasers may wish to delay incurring costs until they are satisfied that they do wish to proceed.
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