- GRADE II LISTED
- VILLAGE LOCATION
- VIEWS OVER OPEN PASTURE
- PARTLY WALLED GARDENS
Historical Note - Dovecote House is Listed Grade II as a building of Architectural or Historic interest. The first known indenture is dated 1499 and the property was owned in the1600s by the Lumley family who sold their estate to the Andrews family who then sold to the Spencer family. John Lumley was the Landlord when the house was used as a Drovers pub and he then became the Landlord of the Fox & Hounds. The property derives its name from the 16th Century Dovecote which stands to the side in a walled garden beyond which there is a range of Althorp Estate buildings known as the Dovecote Laundry serving stately homes in the area until the 1960s. In 1986 the property was sold out of the Estate to the present owners who then carried out improvement works.
Reception Hall - 9'09 x 4'00 (2.97m x 1.22m) - Approached through a ledged front door, with bullioned glass pane, stairs rising to first floor with understairs access through a hatch to the cellar. Panelled doors lead to:-
Cloakroom - 6'01 x 4'08 overall (1.85m x 1.42m overall) - Comprising a meter cupboard and a door to the separate WC which has a white suite of WC with concealed cistern and wash basin. There is a heated towel rail and leaded light window to the front elevation.
Lounge - 20'01 x 14'04 (6.12m x 4.37m) - Exposed ceiling beam, wall light points, open hearth stone feature fireplace with Jetmaster cast iron hearth and store cupboard to the side. The lounge has an alcove recess and shuttered leaded light windows to the front elevation one with window seat. A glazed door leads to the conservatory.
Dining Room - 16'02 x 10'07 (4.93m x 3.23m) - Exposed ceiling beam and ingle nook fireplace with box beam over the open hearth fire also with cupboards to the side. There is a leaded light window to the side elevation and three casement window to the rear elevation with window seat.
Conservatory - 19'04 x 11'03 maximum (5.89m x 3.43m maximum) - Amdega hardwood conservatory has a Victorian end double glazed roof over a ceramic tiled floor and French doors open to the rear terrace and garden.
Kitchen - 11'05 x 7'09 (3.48m x 2.36m) - Fitted with light oak floor and wall cabinets with laminated work surfaces incorporating double drainer stainless steel one and half bowl sink unit. Built in appliances comprise the Neff eye level double oven and the four place ceramic hob beneath a cooker hood. Three casement leaded light window to the rear elevation and door to:-
Utility Room - 8'06 x 8'03 (2.59m x 2.51m) - Further cabinets with laminated work surfaces and stainless steel sink unit, boot cupboard, space for freezer and plumbing for automatic washing machine. A ledged door leads to the side access.
Cellar - 15'00 x 12'00 (4.57m x 3.66m) - Approached by a flight of stone steps beneath the existing staircase the cellar has a barrel vaulted ceiling.
First Floor -
Landing - 15'09 x 2'10 (4.80m x 0.86m) - Stairs rising to the second floor, panelled doors giving access to:-
Bedroom One - 14'00 x 10'01 (4.27m x 3.07m) - Three casement stone mullioned leaded light window overlooking the rear garden, exposed ceiling beam, built in linen cupboard, wall light points and door leading to:-
Shower Room Ensuite - 8'07 x 7'00 (2.62m x 2.13m) - Comprising of white suite of ceramic tiled shower cubicle with power shower, pedestal wash basin and WC. There is a mirror, shaver socket and light and a cupboard housing the hot water cylinder. There is a window to side elevation.
Bedroom Two - 14'00 x 10'05 (4.27m x 3.18m) - Attractive open hearth cast iron fireplace, exposed beam, alcove recess and three casement window overlooking the rear garden.
Bedroom Three - 11'11 x 9'03 (3.63m x 2.82m) - Two casement leaded light window to the front elevation, exposed ceiling beam and shelved alcove recess.
Bathroom - 6'07 x 5'10 (2.01m x 1.78m) - With ivory suite of panelled bath, pedestal wash basin and WC. There is an exposed beam, ceramic tiled splash areas, mirror, shaver socket, light and heated towel rail.
Second Floor -
Attic Room One - 17'06 x 14'02 (5.33m x 4.32m) - Approached by a winding staircase with a ledged door to the attic room, exposed roof timbers and window to the south facing gable elevation. Open doorway leads to:-
Attic Room Two - 15'00 x 14'00 (4.57m x 4.27m) - With a sealed tiled fireplace and three casement window to the north gable elevation.
Outside - Dovecote House stands back from the village road behind a deep walled front garden, largely laid to lawn and bounded by very well stocked flower borders containing a variety of fine specimen shrubs, flowers and small trees. There is a gravelled pathway leading to the front door where a brick path leads either side of the house, one terminating in a stone outbuilding comprising an external WC which in turn leads to an enclosed courtyard.
Rear Garden - Approached by a paved terrace beyond the conservatory which is bounded by a brick retaining wall and where there is an external water tap. Steps lead up from the terrace to the main west facing lawn which stretches away from the house and where there is a fenced kitchen garden, the whole bounded by established fencing with some small mature fruit trees and hedges. The rear garden backs directly onto open pasture and there is a tarmac hard standing outside of the boundary which is the termination of the vehicular access. Adjacent to this there is the detached Hovel Barn held under license from the Althorp Estate.
Vehicular Access - There is a Right of Way along a vehicular access to the west of the Dovecote Laundry buildings which leads to rear of the property where planning permission was granted to erect a detached double garage. The current owners have an agreement with the Althorp Estate for the use of a Hovel Barn for garaging as a rent passing of £300 per annum.
Services - Main drainage, water and electricity are connected. Space heating is through electric night storage radiators. The property is connected to BT broadband and Gigaclear Superfast fibre optic broadband is available for connection.
Local Amenities - Within the village there is a village hall and local shop (open part time), the recreation ground and the Parish Church of St Andrews. The Fox & Hounds public house stands in Lower Harlestone where there is also the Harlestone Primary School. Lower Harlestone is also the home of Northampton Golf Club, secondary education is also available at Moulton County School and preparatory education at nearby Spratton and Maidwell Hall. M1 access is to junction 16 Northbound and to junction 15a Southbound and there are aril connections at Northampton Station (London Euston 56 minutes) and travelling North via Long Buckby station calling at Rugby, Coventry, Birmingham International Airport and Birmingham New Street.
How To Get There - From Northampton town centre proceed in a north westerly direction along the A428/Harlestone Road through Dallington and New Duston. On leaving the town continue straight on through Harlestone Firs passing the Dobbies Garden Centre on the left hand side. Take the next turning left sign posted to Upper Harlestone, follow this road as it leads into the village down the hill to a sharp left hand bend. Follow the road as it goes around the bend and at the next junction turn right sign posted towards Great Brington, Follow the road to the far outskirts of the village where Dovecote House stands on the left hand side.
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- Northampton Station3.8 miles
- Long Buckby Station4.8 miles
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