8 bedroom detached house for saleHillmorton, Rugby, Warwickshire
Guide Price £830,000
- Substantial Period House
- Sympathetically Fully Renovated
- Grade II Listed
- 3 Reception Rooms
- Kitchen, Utility & Cloakroom
- Stunning Orangery
- 5 Good Sized Bedrooms
- 2 Bathrooms (1 En-Suite)
- 3 Bedroom Stable Conversion
- Open Double Garage & Parking
Full descriptionA fully renovated Grade II Listed detached 5 bedroom house with a spacious ancillary 3 bedroom stable conversion in the popular residential area of Hillmorton.
A fully renovated Grade II Listed detached 5 bedroom house with a spacious ancillary 3 bedroom stable conversion in the popular residential area of Hillmorton.
Introduction - The White House is a significant detached period house that has been sympathetically modernised over the last decade. With origins from the early Georgian reign, there were also additions to the property through Victorian and pre war periods. The current owner worked closely with the preservation and listed building officers to retain the character and integrity of this substantial house whilst gently introducing some modern creature comforts, including data cabling throughout. The main house has 3 large reception rooms with a central kitchen and a smart orangery. There are 5 double bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. Attached to the rear is a two-storey Victorian stable conversion which has been fully converted to now provide a spacious 3 bedroom separate dwelling. This versatile addition could be ideal for family, friends or provide office space. Outside there is a private mainly walled garden, an open double garage, outbuildings and ample off road parking.
Vendors Comments - This elegant property, which has been beautifully restored and thus transformed into a very stylish and comfortable family home, occupies a wonderful location on the fringes of the historic market town of Rugby. When I first came across The White House back in 2005 it was on the English Heritage Endangered Buildings list, says Louise, and was in a terrible state of disrepair. It was boarded up, so you couldnt see inside, but there was just something about it.
The main house dates back to around 1810, and before I purchased it there had only been three previous owners, so there hadnt been any major renovations and therefore most of the lovely original features were still intact. I actually have a photograph, which was probably taken in the 1920s, that shows the grand interior of the house, and you can see features such as the incredible stone floors and deep skirting boards, which have survived to this day.
It was a huge renovation project, continues Louise, so I enlisted the help of a team of conservation builders who carried out the majority of the work. In everything that they have done they have been wonderfully sympathetic to the style and history of the building. The result is a house that oozes character and charm, and yet one that incorporates all the modern conveniences so necessary for modern life.
Continued.. - I have changed the layout only slightly, says Louise, and this was because I wanted to open up the kitchen, which was tiny, into a much larger, family space with bi-fold doors onto the garden. The other main living areas already had wonderfully grand proportions, so didnt need to be changed, and although this is indeed a very large house it has turned out to be incredibly functional and very easy to live in. I also had the stable block converted into a lovely three-bedroom annex, which we use when family or friends come to stay, and even for holiday lets.
This beautiful home also benefits from a spacious garden, which has been beautifully landscaped. The garden was a real labour of love, continues Louise. When we arrived it was overrun with brambles so it was a case of starting from scratch. I wanted to make sure that the children would have an area where they could really have some fun, so the space has been divided into two quite separate areas; one for play and one for relaxation. Its now a really attractive and very safe garden, which also attracts lots of wildlife.
Ive lived in Edinburgh, Bath and London, but this location has definitely been my favourite. Everything is practically on the doorstep, from shops and amenities to the beautiful countryside that surrounds us, so we have been able to enjoy the very best of both worlds. The transport links are also excellent and the selection of schools is second to none.
During my time here, I have worked hard to restore this family home to its former glory. In return it has given much back to me and the boys, we have really enjoyed living here. I do hope the next occupants approve of my changes, but its now time for new owners to leave their own mark, my work over the last decade is now just a small part of its interesting history.
Accommodation Summary -
Ground Floor - A wide timber door with stained glass original fan light opens into the welcoming entrance hall which has the original oak staircase gently rising to the first floor. A stained glass door leads to the rear hall with two timber doors to the main reception rooms. The drawing room has parquet flooring with a central operational open fireplace with stone surround and hearth. It has a typically high ceiling with original plaster cornices and two front sash windows with operational shutters. The generous dining room has flagstone flooring and would comfortably seat 12 with ease. This room also has an operational open fireplace with original cupboards and decorative archway. There are also two sash window to the front with shutters and a serving hatch through to the kitchen. The third reception room could be used as either a family room or winter lounge. It has a wood burning stove set into a brick hearth with brick surround. There is a fan light over the door and a sash window with full height operational shutters.
Continued... - The kitchen has a range of contemporary oak fronted base units including a conventional drawer set and wider pan drawers with wooden work surfaces and a central island incorporating a sink unit and the Siemens microwave oven, Fisher and Paykel twin drawer dishwasher. Within the chimney breast is a Mercury cooking range with 5-ring gas hob. Quality wall tiles, fully tiled floor and a beamed ceiling. An original door leads to the former servants staircase with a pantry below. Off the rear of the kitchen there is a quality orangery added in 2005 incorporating the original operational well covered by a re-enforced glass cover. This also has a fully tiled floor with 3 side windows and French bi-fold doors providing attractive views over the garden, which also allow natural light to flood in. The inner hallway has the original terracotta floor tiles with a wide door to the garden, a spacious cloakroom incorporating the alarm control panel and the CAT 5e cabling distribution frame. There is also a spacious laundry room with sink unit, original meat hooks and cupboard, ceiling beam and a rear window. Brick steps lead down to the cellar rooms that offer plenty of space for wine, beer and cheese storage.
Entrance Hall -
Dining Room - 7.91 x 4.32 -
Drawing Room - 5.62 x 5.50 -
Kitchen & Orangery - 4.84 x 3.44 -
Family Room - 4.47 x 4.31 -
Laundry & Cloakroom -
Cellar - 4.33 x 3.59 -
First Floor - The landing has exposed floorboards with a gothic sash front window and airing cupboard with fitted shelving and an original decorative archway. The master bedroom has an operational open fireplace with inset tiling, a wooden fender and marble surround. There are high skirting boards and two gothic front sash windows. The second bedroom has an original period fireplace with adjacent drawer set and original built in cupboards. This room also has a front gothic style window and a door and stairs leading to the en-suite. Nicely tucked away (located within the former servants quarters) there is a modern bathroom with an oval shaped bath with contemporary tap. Wide wall hung basin, low-level flush WC and a tiled floor. There is a double width walk in shower enclosure with shower unit and a glazed screen. It has a vaulted ceiling with exposed purlins and leaded light window overlooking the orangery. Stairs also descend to the ground floor. Bedroom 3 also has an original fireplace with timber surround and a sash window to the side. Bedroom 4 has a high level hatch to the loft and a gothic front window. The fifth bedroom has a rear window providing attractive views of the stable conversion and the rear garden. Further steps lead down to the family bathroom which has a free standing claw and foot bath with a fully tiled shower enclosure and a pedestal wash hand basin. White ceramic tiling, shaver point, opaque rear window. There is a further step and door leading to the Sanitan high level cistern with the original Thunderbox with adjacent storage. This room has wooden panelling, tiled floor and an opaque rear window.
Master Bedroom - 5.82 x 5.76 -
Bedroom 2 With En-Suite - 4.45 x 4.28 -
Bedroom 3 - 4.39 x 4.29 -
Bedroom 4 - 4.45 x 4.28 -
Bedroom 5 - 3.64 x 3.06 -
The Stables -
Ground Floor - Attached to the rear of the main house is a blend of Georgian & Victorian buildings used initially for storage and stabling. Converted and fully renovated in 2005 to include raising the roof and constructing a new pitched roof with Spanish slates. This has been fully refurbished and now offers ideal guest accommodation or could provide a source of rental income. There is a central oak door that leads into a tiled inner hall that houses the alarm system. There is a modern cloakroom with RCD consumer unit and exposed brick walling. To the right there is a spacious living room with 2 radiators and exposed brick walls. There are two windows overlooking the garden with a staircase to the first floor and under stairs storage cupboard. The kitchen/breakfast room has a fully tiled floor with a range of contemporary white fronted base and eye-level units. There is a Siemens electric fan-assisted oven and a four-ring electric hob and extractor hood above. There are wooden work surfaces with a stainless steel sink unit and glazed wall tiles. Exposed brick work, central beam with a full height window overlooking the garden.
Living Room - 5.79 x 3.86 -
Kitchen/Breakfast - 3.87 x 3.51 -
First Floor - The landing runs virtually the full width of the stable conversion with a vaulted ceiling, exposed brickwork and purlins. There are two side windows allowing natural light to flood in. There are wall light points and two cupboards, one housing the Megaflo hot water cylinder. Bedroom 1 has an exposed brick and purlins with a vaulted ceiling. There is a side window, door leading to stairs which provide a separate route to the garden and a fully fitted en-suite shower room. There are multiple CAT 5e data ports and power points (fitted to corporate office standards). The second bedroom also has a vaulted ceiling with exposed original timbers and purlins. Exposed brick work, TV point, side window. The third double bedroom also has a high ceiling with an exposed purlin and brickwork on two walls. It also has a TV point, and a leaded light window. The bathroom has a modern white suite comprising: panelled bath, pedestal wash hand basin and low-level WC, there is a Bristan electric shower unit, white ceramic tiling and extractor fan. Exposed brick work, purlin and a conservation roof light
Bedroom 1 With En-Suite - 3.95 x 3.80 -
Bedroom 2 - 4.84 x 2.81 -
Bedroom 3 - 3.97 x 2.83 -
Double Garage, Outbuilding & Parking - On the far side of the house there is vehicular access which also provides parking for 3 to 4 standard vehicles. Turn left through double gates under the carport beneath the stable conversion. This leads to the concrete and cobbled driveway providing further secure parking and gives vehicular access to the open double garage. This provides parking for 2 standard vehicles and has both light and power connected with a new slate pitched roof. From the garage a door leads to a workshop. There is also an additional outbuilding currently used for storing bikes and sports equipment. (Measurement on the floorplan)
Rear Garden - Behind the house there is a brick and cobbled courtyard with a slightly raised lawn area to the left. Just outside the orangery there is a well stocked flower border with specimen grasses, laurels, roses and a climbing jasmine. Along the left hand side there is a high level capped brick wall with some established trees including a fine selection of Holly trees. Beyond the first section of garden there is a new planted area of private garden with a south facing terrace, making it a good location for a barbecue. This section of brick walling divides the garden where there is a larger section at the far end ideal for children to play. This area is fully enclosed with timber fencing on the rear boundary and original brick walls elsewhere. Throughout this section of the garden there are holly, apple, plum and damson trees. There are conifers and established bushes on the rear boundary giving a high degree of privacy. There is a further 2 metre section beyond the wooden fence belonging to the property and a soft fruit area in the far left corner. There is also a small vegetable plot within the garden, which measures 150ft deep with a maximum width of around 70ft (narrowing to 50ft nearer to the house). The rear garden is predominantly north-east facing.
Location - The property is situated in Hillmorton, being a well-served residential area approximately three miles from the centre of Rugby. Hillmorton has a selection of pubs, outstanding primary and secondary schools, a good range of local shops and a regular bus service to Coventry, Rugby and Leamington Spa. Rugby also has a main line train station giving access to London commuters in well under 50 minutes. From Rugby there is easy access to the extensive motorway networks surrounding Warwickshire including the A5, A14, M1 and the M6. There is also an impressive range of state and public schooling available in Rugby and the surrounding area including Bilton Grange, Lawrence Sheriff, Princethorpe College, Bloxham School, King Henrys in Coventry and the world-renowned Rugby School.
Services - Mains water, electricity, drainage, gas, three phase electricity. There is a CAT 5e data cabling system. BT infinity (36M/9.4M speed) and Virgin fibre cabling are available. The Stables has gas to radiator central heating. The White House has a Unico gas to warm air system.
Local Authority - Rugby Borough Council.
Telephone (01788) 533533.
Council tax bands F (The White House) and C (The Stables).
Viewing Arrangements - Strictly via the vendors sole agents Fine & Country on (01788) 820062.
Website Address - For more information visit the propertys unique website address www.fineandcountry.com/50031022.
Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
Directions - From our Fine & Country office, leave town on the Clifton Road to the second roundabout turning right into Whitehall Road. As you approach the next roundabout turn left onto the A428 Hillmorton Road and proceed for approximately 2 miles. Just after the parade of shops on your left hand side and before the Veterinary surgery the property can be found on your left hand side.
Agents Notes - All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure.
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En-Suite To Bedroom 2 -
First Floor Landing -
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