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4 bedroom character property for sale

Holmfield Road, Stoneygate Leicester LE2

Sold STC £700,000

Property Description

Key features

  • LARGE DETACHED CHARACTER PROPERTY
  • SOUGHT AFTER LOCATION
  • 4 DOUBLE BEDROOMS
  • 4 EN SUITE BATHROOMS
  • 3 LARGE RECEPTION ROOMS
  • 26' FAMILY LIVING BREAKFAST KITCHEN
  • OFF ROAD PARKING AND GARAGE
  • SCOPE TO ADD ADDITIONAL BEDROOMS SUBJECT TO NECESSARY CONSENTS
  • CONVENIENT FOR MOTORWAY NETWORK AND RAILWAY STATION
  • CONVENIENT FOR CITY CENTRE, UNIVERSITIES, HOSPITALS, THEATRES AND BUSINESS QUARTERS

Full description

A grand former manse with 3 reception rooms, large extended breakfast kitchen, 4 double bedrooms, 4 bathrooms. Scope to extend into the loft. A huge 304 m2 of internal floor space. Convenient for hospitals, universities, city centre motorways and railway station (approx. 1hr from London)....


DESCRIPTION.

A throwback to a time of style and grandeur, this late Victorian Mance, the former home of one of Britain's best loved authors and playwrights, Sue Townsend, stands on one of Leicester's favourite roads in the sought after and highly regarded suburb of Stoneygate.

Requiring some redecoration but having immense charm and character, 5 Holmfield Road, stands just off London Road behind a mature screen of trees and shrubs.

The large entrance hall having high ceilings with decorative plasterwork: deep skirting boards and a grand staircase rising to the first floor creates an extremely impressive welcome and sets the scene for what's to come.

There are three reception rooms, all equally as impressive and of a size that is to be expected in a property of this quality and stature. Two of the rooms, both with high, ornate ceilings, grand fireplaces and deep windows overlook the front with the third having French doors set in a deep bay, leading out onto the patio.

A rear hallway leads to the huge, extended 26' family, living, breakfast, Cooks fitted kitchen with an Aga, underfloor heating and two sets of double glazed French doors seamlessly extending the room into the private south facing rear garden.

A door leads off the kitchen to a lobby which serves as a walk-in larder, with further doors leading to the outside of the property ( formerly the tradesman's entrance) and the cellar, currently used for storage. A cloak room and a downstairs wc off the entrance hall completes the ground floor accommodation.

A very impressive staircase leads off the entrance hall onto a half landing with a large window overlooking the side, allowing lots of natural light to flood into the hall and onto the spacious galleried landing above.

There are four extremely spacious double bedrooms and a utility room leading off the landing. The bedrooms are all of very generous proportions and have their own en-suite bathrooms.

The master bedroom is a huge 18' x 15' plus a bay window and having a walk in wardrobe/ dressing area leading into the en-suite bathroom.

Access to the vast loft space, which has a dormer window overlooking the front is currently provided by a hatch with a retractable ladder. There is however, subject to the necessary consent, scope to add another staircase and create extra bedroom space if required.

Outside the property to the front, the garden is bounded by a low brick wall and screened from the street by mature trees and shrubs. There is a driveway providing car standing and access to the attached brick garage with loft storage space above.

The south facing rear garden is a true feature, providing a seamless extension to the house when the glazed doors in the kitchen and dining room are opened up, or a peaceful and very private sanctuary for the family to relax.
A patio area runs the full width of the house and round to the side into a gardener's area with a potting shed and pedestrian access to the garage with a very mature and well stocked area beyond.


THE AREA

With its name originating from the Old English “ Stone Road”, Stoneygate which was designated a conservation area in 1978 grew in popularity during the late 1800’s as the population of Leicester grew and wealthy professionals and industrialists looked for a settlement close to the city centre.
Straddling the northern section of London Road which was then and remains today, one of the main arterial routes into the city from the south, Stoneygate is separated from the city on its northern border by 69 acres of parkland known as Victoria Park. Today the park hosts a number of events and activities throughout the year but was until 1883, home to the city’s race course until it relocated approximately 2 miles south to the nearby Leicestershire town of Oadby.

In a leafy setting, mainly comprising substantially built late Victorian / early Edwardian homes, the popularity of the area today is largely due to the proximity of the city centre; its business and cultural quarters, hospitals and universities and London Road railway station which is approximately one hour from London St Pancras, home of the Eurostar.

The outer ring road lies approximately 2 miles south and leads directly to the M1 and M69 motorways and the Fosse Retail Park..
Birmingham Airport is approximately 40 miles away with the East Midlands Airport being approximately 20 miles.

What the vendor Says ...

Every house has a story totell. But perhaps none moreso than number 5, Holmfield Road, the former homeand creative hub of one of Britain’s best-loved authors and playwrights.

On securing her firstmillion-pound publishing deal for her Adrian Mole diaries, Sue Townsend boughtthe former manse in Leicester’s leafy Stoneygate more than 30 years ago, movingin with her husband, Colin, and their family.

But the house stayed at theforefront of their minds, and when Colin spotted an advert for it in the paperwith a different agent 10 days later, he showed it to Sue. “She just rang theestate agent and said ‘I’ll buy it." When asked, do you want to view it,Sue said "No" And that was that,” he continues.

The two-storey property wasthe manse of St Margaret’s Church and was the first of its kind in Leicester tobe built beyond the city limits. It provided the perfect backdrop for thefamily of six, the main selling points for the four children being thepotential for hide and seek, as well as each having their own room.

The couple quickly embarkedupon a long period of renovation, knocking down walls and reducing themaze-like feel of the late Victorian accommodation.

“Originally, there was anoutside toilet, a scullery and accommodation for a maid and butler,” saysColin. “So we simplified it to make bigger rooms.”

Sadly, the on-going workwas completed only three years before Sue died.

"One of the bestthings about it was that Sue could get out into the garden in her wheelchair.She loved the garden. Its walled and not at all overlooked, and despite beingrelatively close to the A6 London Road, it's a peaceful space to sit andrelax."

Given that the ground flooraccommodation comprises two studies, it would be logical to assume that eitherwould have been where Sue penned Adrian Mole’s latest teenage trauma and themany acclaimed plays she would also write.

But according to Colin, herfavourite place to write was at the kitchen table, amid the bustle of familylife.

“We spent most of our timein there,” says Colin. “It’s without doubt my favourite room in the house. Ithas doors that open up on to the garden. I can’t even begin to think how manycelebrations and dinner parties we’ve hosted in there, but I do remember oneChristmas with 26 people around the table.”

Parties – often tocelebrate a new book launch – were frequent, often with 50 or so guests. Andinvites to various neighbours’ houses were equally abundant.

“They’re a very friendlybunch around here,” says Colin. “We were often in and out of each others’houses for dinner and drinks.”

“We loved entertaining aswell,” he says. “There is so much space here, which makes it perfect for asociable, growing family.”
                                                                                                                                                  

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  • Leicester (1.0 mi)
  • South Wigston (2.8 mi)
  • Narborough (5.2 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Leicester (1.0 mi)
  • South Wigston (2.8 mi)
  • Narborough (5.2 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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Aston & Co, Syston

1242-1244 Melton Road, Syston, LE7 2HB

0116 452 0163 Local call rate

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