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6 bedroom house for sale

Church Road, Burley On The Hill, Oakham, Rutland

Under Offer £1,345,000

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The Bell House forms part of Burley on the Hill, a
Grade I Listed Palladian Mansion, located on the
highest point in Rutland, from which the views to
the Vale of Catmose and over the pasture parkland
are impressive. Burley on the Hill was constructed
in the 1690s by the 2nd Earl of Nottingham who,
following extensive European travel, oversaw
much of the works personally, drawing on his
European influences, but consulted with Sir
Christopher Wren and other notable architects
regarding elements of the design.

The mansion house forms an H-plan with a
pediment central block and lightly projecting
pavilions, and symmetrical Wings. The Bell House
forms the end of the west wing, creating a Cour
d'Honneur around a highly impressive courtyard,
the periphery of which measures about a third of
a mile. The Mansion was divided in the 1990s
into six individual properties, each designed by the
renowned architect Kit Martin, who has specialised
in the sympathetic division of grand country
houses, and was awarded Country Life's 'Genius
of the Place Award' in 2007.

Comprising the northern end of Burley on the Hill's
western Cour d'Honneur wing, The Bell House
is approached through its own private, largely
walled garden, and has views over The Vale of
Catmose to Oakham, into the Cour d'Honneur
to The Mansion and over much of the 67 acres
of pasture in which Burley on the Hill sits. The
Queen Anne Bell House is constructed of dressed
stone, under a hipped colleyweston roof and
provides versatile accommodation arranged
over three floors, retaining many fine features.
In addition, a contemporary linking garden/
dining room, connects the house to the former
coach house, within which is further versatile
residential accommodation, with a more intimate
barn conversion feel. The original bell gibbet and
insurance seal lend character to the main façade.

The property is approached through twin timber
gates, with attractive ball topped gate piers, to its
largely walled garden, and by stone steps from the garden to a front door set within an attractively
carved architrave, beneath a covered canopy.

The drawing room, alongside the entrance hall,
is a highly impressive dual aspect room, with
vaulted stone ceiling, an open stone fireplace and
two banks of shuttered windows overlooking the
Cour d'Honneur and the garden. The impressive
kitchen/breakfast room has limestone flooring
and has recently been fully refitted with a superb
Mark Wilkinson kitchen. The glazed dining/garden
room, which adjoins the kitchen is by Vale Garden
Houses, and provides lovely views of the newly
landscaped gardens. French doors at one end
also access a charming stone paved breakfasting
courtyard. This garden room links the main house
to the 'west wing' coach house, within which the
Estate's working heavy horses were stabled, and
has been sympathetically converted to now form
superb accommodation.

Within the main house, the staircase rises from
the entrance hall, past the first floor Bedroom 3, a
charming double bedroom with vaulted ceiling and
fine views, and a house bathroom. To the second
floor, the newly fitted en-suite master bedroom is
dual aspect and provides views over the garden
and parkland, as well as the Cour d'Honneur,
whilst the dressing room could also easily adapt to
create a sixth bedroom. Completing the second
floor are bedroom 2 and the shower room.

The former Coach House offers further flexible
accommodation, with ground floor cloakroom and
charming sitting room, with new wood burning
stove set within a stone fireplace, flanked by
hand-crafted bookcases and cupboards. An oak
staircase rises to a first floor office room with fitted
furniture, bathroom and two bedrooms. From
bedroom 5 a wooden staircase leads to a further
sitting room, kitchen and wet room. These rooms
have the potential to be used as an independent
annexe as they are accessible via a separate
exterior door.

Burley on the Hill is located 2 miles east of the
market town of Oakham, and 12 miles west of
Stamford, each of which provides a wide range
of retail and entertainment facilities. Further
afield, a broader range of shopping, cultural
and entertainment facilities are to be found in
Leicester to the west, Nottingham to the north
and Peterborough to the south east.
The area is renowned for the quality of its
schooling, with public preparatory schooling
in Oakham, Stamford and Uppingham, and
secondary education in Oakham, Uppingham,
Oundle and Stamford. The A1, 5 miles to
the east, as well as main line rail links from
Peterborough to London, Kings Cross and from
Kettering to London, St Pancras International,
ensure excellent commuter access around the
country, as well as the continent.
For the leisure enthusiast, there are lovely walks
around the property's 67 acres of gardens and
land, whilst Rutland Water provides diverse
walking, sailing and fishing opportunities.
There are a number of golf courses, including
Luffenham Heath, Greetham and Burghley Park,
close by, whilst Rutland Polo Club is also nearby
at Langham.

The private, largely walled gardens are a
particularly attractive feature of the property.
The gravelled driveway provides ample parking,
and access to the garage and workshop.

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07 October 2016

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