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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Brownsover Lane, Rugby

Guide Price £550,000

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A charming Grade II* listed property with 4 bedrooms, built to an exacting standard set in a 0.4 acre plot with landscaped gardens, garage/workshop, ample parking and a double carport. Quiet location 2 miles from the train station with an interesting piece of local history. EPC exempt.

Introduction - Fine & Country are delighted to bring to the market this high quality, fully renovated period house offering character, coupled with modern conveniences and a real sense of Warwickshire history. The property dates from the early 16th Century and is thought to be the birthplace in 1515 of the founder of Rugby School, namely Lawrence Sheriff. The property is subsequently rightly Grade II* Listed, being in the 6% of houses classed as of more than special interest. In 2006, the property was painstakingly developed and extended to an extremely high standard by the current owners. Whilst retaining all of the period charm of the property, which has exposed cosmetic and structural timbers both externally and throughout the house, it also provides all modern conveniences. There is an open fireplace, wood burning stove, high quality kitchen and a charming living room. The master suite is on the ground floor, there are 3 first floor bedrooms, a bathroom and a mezzanine/reading room. The property is set in beautifully landscaped gardens featuring a large pond and a chicken coop. There is a generous garage and attached workshop, double carport and plenty of parking. The discerning buyer of the house will most likely be a keen gardener, looking for quality with more than a touch of history!

Vendors Comments - Lawrence Sheriff Cottage is a picturesque Grade II* listed property. It is believed to be the birthplace of the founder of Rugby School, who was a well regarded Rugby Gentleman and Grocer to the great and good, including Queen Elizabeth. It is an exquisite piece of local history. First bought for the current owner Jeremys property business, he liked the cottage so much that he decided to buy it as his own home. Before Id even visited the cottage he says, Id already fallen in love with a photograph of it which I found on the internet! And then of course I couldnt let go of it once Id lovingly restored it! Idiosyncratic and full of character, this 500 year old timber framed building is what one might call the quintessential English country cottage, with wooden beams, leaded secondary glazed windows and quirky original features. Since moving in, Jeremy has installed a bespoke oak kitchen, fireplace and a bathroom. An experienced carpenter, Jeremy built the beautiful panelled oak door himself, elegantly finished with iron studwork. There is even a commemorative sign above the door for the cottages namesake, Lawrence Sheriff. A highly individual property, an operational well even sits in the beautifully landscaped gardens of Lawrence Sheriff Cottage. The garden has stunningly kept lawns, raised beds and railway sleeper edgings, while at the front three cast iron lampposts throw a soft illumination around the building at night, offering security and ease when driving in and getting ones keys out upon returning home. The driveway can accommodate several cars, so the property lends itself to entertaining and family gatherings.

Continued - The property is perfectly located for all major road networks including the M1, M6, A5 and A14 and convenient for Rugby station with its frequent trains to London which take just under 50 minutes. The property is just a short distance from Rugby with its many amenities and choice of good primary and grammar schools. The beautiful Brownsover Hall is also close by, while the property lies just 200 yards from extensive shopping and leisure facilities whilst remaining quiet in its situation on a leafy lane. "My favourite room is the ground floor master bedroom in the extension says Jeremy, with its impressive king beam and en-suite shower room. You feel like you are out of town, but everything is actually close by says Jeremy. After just a short walk down leafy Brownsover Lane is a diverse shopping complex with Debenhams, Marks and Spencer and Tesco, as well as the cinema, gym and Harvester pub. So the amenities are close, but at the house you are in a little pocket of peace and quiet. In the summer time, we really enjoy barbecues with our family and friends says Jeremy. The house lends itself to entertaining, and the huge garden has plenty of space for a marquee for larger celebrations. I will miss the aspect of the property, always nice and bright but not overlooked says Jeremy. But most of all I will miss the garden, with the large pond full of fish. There is total privacy and it is the perfect setting to sit and listen to the water.

Ground Floor Summary - The cottage is entered through an attractive oak door with a stained glass inset panel leading to the entrance hall. Period radiator, terracotta floor tiles, smoke alarm and a thermostat. There is a turned staircase rising to the first floor with a well fitted understairs storage cupboard, alarm control panel. Solid oak ledge and braced doors lead to the ground floor rooms. The main living room has medium oak flooring, wall light points, period radiator and an alarm sensor. Also an operational open fireplace with a stone hearth, surround and mantel piece. To the right there is a bespoke oak log store with eye-level cupboard above and further shelving for books and videos. The secondary-glazed leaded light windows on the side and front elevations provide a fine view over the front garden.

Across the hallway the kitchen/breakfast room was thoughtfully designed and fitted with a range of shaker style cabinets with soft closing doors maximising the available space. As well as the base units, there is an integrated Hotpoint dishwasher and single freezer. Cream Rangemaster electric fan-assisted oven with a five-ring gas hob and extractor canopy above. There are eye-level units on both sides of the canopy, a tall dry food cupboard houses the gas-fired combination boiler, oak work surface areas and further eye-level cabinets on three walls. White enamel sink with a long reach mixer tap, terracotta floor tiles, period radiator and a handsome wood burning stove. Exposed timbers and front and rear windows allowing good light into this cosy room. There is an oak stable door to a rear utility room that also has terracotta floor tiles, oak work surfaces and an eye-level cupboard as well as space for a tumble dryer, plumbing facilities and a further door and leaded light windows to the rear garden.

Off the kitchen, the master bedroom has quality oak flooring with two exposed king-posts and two period radiators. This fabulous private room has wall light points with secondary-glazed front and rear windows. Above the en-suite is a useful storage space accessed via a bespoke wooden ladder (hung on the wall). The en-suite has a white pedestal wash hand basin, low-level WC with a period radiator/heated towel rail. The double shower enclosure has a Mira Realm shower unit with additional shower head attachment. White ceramic tiling, half panelled walls, fitted shelving, shaver point. Extractor fan, secondary-glazed opaque rear window.

Entrance Hall -

Living Room - 4.78 x 4.01 (15'8" x 13'1") -

Kitchen/Breakfast Room - 4.92 x 3.8 (16'1" x 12'5") -

Utility/Boot Room -

Bedroom 1 - 4.67 x 4.57 (15'3" x 14'11") -

En-Suite Shower Room -

First Floor Summary - The first floor landing has exposed timbers and tie bars. Smoke alarm, secondary-glazed rear window providing a fine view over the garden. Bedroom two is a bright double bedroom with secondary-glazed front and side windows. TV and telephone points, fitted wardrobe with clothes rail. An Elite cast-iron spiral staircase meanders up to a useful storage/reading area above the bedroom. Being in the roof space, there are exposed purlins and timbers with a side dormer window and leaded light front window. This area could provide an occasional bedroom space with a sofa bed or even a work area for children using the room below. A low level door leads to the well insulated loft space which does provide some storage and has fitted boarding. The third double bedroom incorporates the chimney breast and has a leaded light front window. The fourth single bedroom has exposed timbers and a tie. Whilst it is a perfectly adequate childs bedroom, this could be used (as it presently is) as a study. It has a telephone point and a secondary-glazed front window. The family bathroom has a white Arron spa bath with a fitted mixer tap and a shower unit above. It has a hinged shower screen with quality mosaic tiling. White pedestal wash hand basin, low-level WC, period radiator with a heated towel rail. Extractor fan, half panelled walls, opaque rear window.

Bedroom 2 - 4.01 x 3.99 (13'1" x 13'1") -

Reading/Study Area - 4.86 x 2.68 (15'11" x 8'9") -

Bedroom 3 - 3.15 x 2.58 (10'4" x 8'5") -

Bedroom 4/Study - 3.17 x 2.26 (10'4" x 7'4") -

Family Bathroom -

Front Garden - 42.67m x 10.67m approx (140' x 35' approx) - To the front of the property there is a central brick and paved footpath providing pedestrian access. There is a Victorian reproduction lamp-post and a beautifully renovated deep well. There are lawned areas on both sides of the pathway with lavender and privet bushes. Steps lead down to the lane, where there is a colourful rockery with specimen heathers, grasses and carnations. There is trellis fencing on the right hand side covered in climbers, passion flower and roses and a further section of lawn here with an attractive Acer tree and a second lamp- post. The frontage has a width of around 140ft and a depth of around 35ft.

Garage, Carport & Parking - 5.35 x 4.32 (17'6" x 14'2") - The sweeping driveway provides excellent parking and turning facilities and has a double open car port just inside the front boundary. The detached double garage was also constructed in 2006 and has two pairs of timber doors with separate fuse controls, ample power points and strip lighting. It is currently used as a well equipped workshop with an enamel Butler sink, work bench, fitted shelving and is fully fitted at the far end of the garage. From here there is a leaded light window and a door to a gardeners loo and the garden. The garage and workshop is also linked to the alarm system. Outside the garage there is a pergola with sleeper steps leading gently up to the rear garden.

Workshop - 3.93 x 2.44 (12'10" x 8'0") - (The workbench, shelving and racking can either remain or be removed from the garage as required).

Rear Garden - 41.15m x 22.86m approx (135' x 75' approx) - Directly behind the cottage is a private large terrace with a third lamp-post and a smart greenhouse. From here there are former railway sleepers employed to retain some of the garden borders and provide steps up to the slightly raised rear garden. The gardens are a particular attraction of the property and the rear garden is around 135ft wide by 75ft deep. The total plot (incorporating the house) extends to 0.40 of an acre. The rear garden is predominately east facing so enjoys the morning and afternoon sun. In the far right corner there is a large summerhouse with cleverly constructed compost bins. The property owns the rear boundary and the left hand flank where there is close boarded fencing coupled with established evergreen trees and bushes providing a high degree of privacy.

In the top left corner of the garden there is a pump and filtration system which feeds a stream of water down to the large well-stocked fishpond. Down the northern side there is a large chicken coop which has 6ft mesh and timber fencing along three sides. This would be ideal for those that enjoy gardening and are looking for the good life there are strawberry beds and an immaculate kitchen garden with 12 raised beds and an irrigation system. As the photographs show, the garden is laid completely to lawn but is beautifully stocked with a wide selection of colourful flowers, annuals, grasses and specimen trees along with rhododendrons. There are also some large rockery areas with carnations, grasses and some large stones. The gardens have been completely designed to ensure that there is not too much maintenance required but they do provide an idyllic and colourful backdrop to this quintessential period house!

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Location - Rugby has grown to become Warwickshires second largest market town, boasting a variety of designer and high street shops, restaurants and pubs. Famed for its public school, the birth of rugby football and the Frank Whittle jet engine, Rugby is also home to the green open spaces of Caldecott Park, Coombe Abbey Country Park, Brownsover Hall and Draycote Water. With a range of excellent schools, Rugby is ideally placed for a well-rounded education. Equally so for transport too, thanks to its convenient motorway links and speedy rail services to Birmingham, Leicester and London Euston in around 50 minutes. Situated on the northern edge of Rugby, this location combines the relaxation of a semi-rural retreat by the River Avon, with plenty of amenities close by including a new retail park at hand and the Warwickshire countryside beyond.

Local Authority - Rugby Borough Council.
Telephone (01788) 533533.
Council tax band E.

Services - Mains electricity, water, BT (25MB broadband), private drainage, mains gas.

Opening Hours - Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm

Directions - From the centre of Rugby, head towards the council offices by The Clock Towers and then follow the signs for the M6 passing the police station on your right hand side. Continue under the railway bridge, turning right at the first roundabout following signposts for the M6. Continue straight over the next two roundabouts then turn left at the third roundabout where signposted towards Brownsover Hall Hotel. Turn immediately left before you enter Eden Park. Continue down Brownsover Lane where 'Lawrence Sheriff Cottage' is situated at the bottom of the hill by turning immediately left. There is a Fine & Country for sale board outside the property. For Sat Nav purposes use postcode CV21 1HY.

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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First Floor Landing -

Fishpond & Waterfall -

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