3 bedroom barn conversion for saleBumble Bee Barn, Greatford, Stamford
Under Offer £230,000
A charming architect designed barn conversion detached barn conversion in the conservation village of Greatford
A Substantial architect designed barn conversion of circa 1,356 sq/ft
Situated in the delightful Lincolnshire conservation village of Greatford
A Residence situated about 6 miles from the historic town of Stamford
A Sitting Room
A Dining Room
Three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms
Solid oak flooring / doors and staircase
Bumble Bee Barn - the name of this small but perfectly formed dwelling trips off the tongue, an evocation, perhaps, of the poetry of Keats or the verse of the Northamptonshire Bard, John Clare. Bumble Bee Barn is of course in the county of Lincolnshire, not Northamptonshire, and lies within the penumbra of the beautiful and Grade II listed residence described as "Manor Farmhouse, Greatford". As the description of this heritage quality Farmhouse implies, Bumble Bee Barn lies in the village of Greatford, the latter about 6 miles from Stamford and about 12.9 miles from the Cathedral City and transport hub of Peterborough. Poetry apart, this elegant Barn conversion lacks an adjacent garden of any size, but interested parties may acquire land elsewhere on the Braceborough (and Greatford) Estate. See Fisher German Website, The Spa Lodge Farm Mini-Estate
The residence is a substantial barn conversion. Solid oak flooring to the ground floor and quality carpets to the first floor bedrooms. Solid Oak doors with barn style latches. Natural oak door frames and skirtings. Open plan living room with feature staircase to the first floor. This property boasts three bedrooms with ensuite bathrooms. Two pairs of French doors leading to the front of the barn. Sealed unit double glazed wood framed windows.
THE COLLEYWESTON ROOF
By good fortune, the Colleyweston Roof is new, having been constructed in recent years. Eliot Roofing of Peterborough undertook the task of sourcing Colleyweston slate and then laying the slates in the traditional manner. The process of laying such a roof is somewhat expensive - but there would appear to be no need to replace this roof for many decades.
THE RENTAL HISTORY
Since the conversion of the barn from an agricultural building to a residence, Bumble Bee Barn has been held as a passive income producing investment. The current rental is about £9,540 per annum or £7.04 per sq/ft. This residence enjoys a relatively modest interior specification, and in our view an higher standard would lead to an higher rental level. It is also possible that the current rental is at the lower end of the open market spectrum.
THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
The electrical systems in Bumble Bee Barn in our view meets the quite demanding standards required of buy-to-let properties. In fact we believe Bumble Bee Barn meets an even higher standard in that according to Sadler Electrical Ltd the system in Bumble Bee Barn is in accordance with the BS 7671 Requirements of Electrical Installations 17th edition i.e. i.e. Bumble Bee Barn is in accordance with the standard demanded of new residential constructions. A new boiler was installed into the property in 2007. The property is fitted with hard wired smoke detectors and intruder alarms.
THE LOCATION OF BUMBLE BEE BARN
As mentioned, Manor House, Greatford is a splendid Grade II Listed structure and Bumble Bee Barn lies in the adjacent farmyard. However, the Barn itself is not Listed. The Manor House and farmyard enjoy separate accesses. Planning Permission has been obtained to convert two other barns present in the Farmyard. Beyond the farmyard lie two Grain Stores that are still in use until April 2017 by the former farm tenant. Thus access across the farmyard is for the next few months shared with the former farm tenant, but use tends to be seasonal and mainly involves grain deliveries at harvest and grain collection at intervals during grain selling season.
THE HISTORY OF GREATFORD VILLAGE
Greatford is a village and civil parish in the South Kesteven district of Lincolnshire. It is situated approximately 6 miles north-east of Stamford. The village has won the best-kept small village competition three times. Greatford is listed in the Domesday Survey of 1086 (under the names Griteford and Greteford). The name is thought to refer to the gravel (or "grit") ford on the West Glen River, and gives rise to the common local pronunciation of the name as "Gretford."
Greatford Hall originally dates back to Elizabethan times, but is actually a reconstruction following a disastrous fire in 1922. The Hall was once the residence and private asylum for Dr Francis Willis, an accomplished physician who treated illustrious patients (including King George III, who was cured by Willis of his madness). The school and schoolhouse date back to 1761 and were closed in 1788.
The "Hare and Hounds" is first mentioned in 1841, and other old properties include the Old House, Manor Farm, the White House, and Old Hall Cottage. But the oldest property in the village is the barn at Greatford Hall, which probably pre-dates the old hall, and was a barn which served as a collecting centre for wool to be transported by Fenland Rivers to Kings Lynn and thence on to the continent.
NEARBY HISTORIC MARKET TOWN OF STAMFORD
Stamford is a bustling, prosperous market town with a wide range of shops, hostelries and attractions. Proclaimed by Sir Walter Scott as "the finest stone town in England", Stamford was declared a conservation area in 1967. It has over 600 listed buildings of mellow limestone in the town centre including five medieval churches.
Stamford has a fascinating history and escaped relatively unscathed despite Oliver Cromwell's siege of Burghley House (one of the most impressive Elizabethan houses in England) and the visit of the fugitive King Charles in May 1643. After the restoration of 1660, the town recovered as improvement to the Great North Road encouraged road trade and the river was made navigable again by a canal.
The consistency and quality of the houses and exceptional streetscapes encouraged the BBC to film 'Middlemarch' in the town and Stamford was also the setting for the 2005 film Pride & Prejudice. The town is regularly a finalist in The Sunday Times "The best places to live in Britain" survey.
There is an excellent range of private and state schools within the local area including Stamford Endowed Schools, Witham on the Hill, Oakham and Uppingham.
Bumble Bee Barn has oil fired central heating, mains electricity, mains water and a Klargester for sewerage. The Klargester obviates the need for use of the public sewerage system and thus there are no sewage charges. Of course one does have to maintain the Klargester unit: we predict that the annual cost will be modest.
FIXTURES, FITTINGS AND CHATTELS
All fixtures, fittings, chattels 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.
From Stamford - please head east on Castle Street towards St John's St. and then continue along the A1175 / Greatford Road. On entering the village of Greatford, please continue down Main Street. Bumble Bee Barn is located on the right hand side and approached down a drive to a gravel parking area.
From Peterborough - please continue to the Lincoln Road/A15 and follow this road as it becomes "Stamford Road" and then proceed onto King Street. Please continue along King Street. On entering the village please continue along Main Street. Bumble Bee Barn is on the right hand side and is approached down a drive to a gravel parking area.
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The subject property is part of a larger estate. (The Braceborough & Greatford 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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