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Burden Lane, Harby, Melton Mowbray

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Added on 15/09/2021

Key features

  • Scenic countryside village location with excellent travel links and amenities
  • Characterful former post office retaining original features and beamed ceilings
  • Luxurious open-plan living, dining and kitchen space filled with stylish touches
  • Four spacious double bedrooms including a sizeable master with en-suite bathroom
  • Array of outbuildings with full planning permission including two-storey barn conversion
  • Ideal for large family looking for a spacious home with lots of potential

Property description

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Located in the heart of the picturesque village of Harby, this unique former post office and shop has been sympathetically converted to an exceptional four-to-five bedroom family home, combining stunning contemporary style with unique original features and a wealth of character.

This beautiful Victorian property is ideal for a large family who would like accommodation for an additional family member or additional income opportunity by means of Airbnb, holiday rental, home business or clinic, with several outbuildings that hold full planning permission in perpetuity. This includes a 19th Century brick-built two-storey barn conversion, with design plans comprising an open-plan living dining kitchen, central feature courtyard, living room, downstairs bathroom and first floor double bedroom, plus private drive.

From Post Office to Perfection!

First attracted to the property over 20 years ago for its unique lifestyle business opportunity that would allow them to work closely from home with their young children, the current owners sought a slice of country life for themselves. The village of Harby was an ideal choice for family life, and they ran the post office and store for 10 years. In 2014, they closed the post office and underwent extensive renovations to convert the property into one family home, reimagining the living space in a complete transformation with a seamless blend of the old and the new. Celebrating the history of the post office, the owners retained the old post box within the kitchen and Post Office sign in the sunny courtyard, in addition to the cast-iron Post Office safe. Further renovations were completed to the kitchen at the beginning of 2021, with new Karndean flooring, sink and appliances, in addition to full redecoration.

Ground Floor

Entering the home through a traditional wooden door, the entrance hall utilises space to great effect, providing an immediately welcoming feel with its characterful oak flooring, original oak beams and pendant lighting. The expansive hall continues down a small step, providing access to the beautiful lounge, kitchen and fifth bedroom, in addition to a contemporary downstairs cloakroom with a two-piece suite comprising a W/C and hand basin, with oak flooring and neutral decoration - plus the original 'Last Collection' Post Office sign!

On the second left from the hall, the roomy lounge with space for multiple sofas is a real haven of comfort: a perfect space for a homely family Christmas, cosy nights by the fire, or simply relaxing with friends. The well-proportioned, neutrally decorated lounge is flooded with natural light, which spills through the large wooden-framed windows to enhance its bright and airy feel, while the downlighters illuminate the room beautifully after dark.

An original beamed ceiling pairs perfectly with a stunning feature fireplace for gorgeous rustic charm, featuring an oak half-mantelpiece and dual-fuel burner at the heart of the room. It's no surprise that the owners' favourite room in the chilly winter months is this divine characterful space, with many happy memories made within its welcoming walls. In warmer weather, throw open the extra large French doors onto the south-facing courtyard for an indoor-outdoor atmosphere, bringing in the soft summer air with the sweet scent of honeysuckle.

The kitchen is the heart of the home, and this gorgeous open-plan living/dining/kitchen space is stylishly designed ready for culinary creations, quality time with your loved ones, and dinner party-worthy entertaining. Offering keen chefs and bakers the perfect workspace, this stunning open kitchen features multiple layouts for family dining, eating at the expansive island, or relaxing with friends. Pairing stylish cream base and wall units with solid walnut work surfaces, the room is filled with modern lines and chic touches that make it a joy to be in, with endless storage and cupboard space for your convenience.

Whilst the newly renovated kitchen is contemporary in design, the room incorporates original features to keep the sense of charm and character that flows through the property. The original post box is accessible from within the kitchen, upholding the traditional Post Office red paint on the inside whilst painted a light blue to the exterior.

The kitchen boasts a Rangemaster electric double oven and hobs with splashback and extractor hood, integrated dishwasher, ceramic half bowl sink and drainer, and space for a freestanding American fridge/freezer, in addition to newly fitted Karndean flooring with toasty underfloor heating. A storage cupboard within the kitchen houses the Baxi boiler, underfloor heating controls and additional pantry space with shelving up to the ceiling. Double-glazed, wooden-framed French doors provide access to the courtyard dining for al-fresco delights, allowing you to bring the outside in during the summer months with memorable family barbecues and relaxed evening drinks as the sun sets on beautiful Harby.

Family is the main focus of the owners' daily lives, and that sentiment is reflected in their home. Having worked tirelessly to create a multi-functional space that could provide a social hub perfect for their needs, the family love to spend time with their now grown-up children in this welcoming and versatile kitchen. Whether they are playing games, eating together, chatting about their day or watching TV in blissful comfort, the kitchen is the centre of all family activity - and one of the owners' favourite rooms.

Accessed both to the left of the stairwell and on the first right of the entrance hall, the property boasts a multi-function room that would be well-suited as a home office or study, as a playroom for young children, or as a fifth bedroom for friends, visiting relatives or elderly parents requiring easy accessibility. Lovingly known as the 'Spuddy' for its versatility as a spare room or study, this neutrally decorated room showcases original beams, a large radiator and white wooden framed windows overlooking the front of the property with lots of natural light.

First Floor

Accessing the stairs via doors in the dining room and kitchen, you'll find a large under-stair storage cupboard currently utilised as a pantry and for storing boots and winter clothing, ideal for busy family life. The wide carpeted staircase takes you upstairs to the home's four double bedrooms and large family shower room, with a window on the landing looking out over the private courtyard.

First on the right, the roomy master bedroom is a perfect retreat after a long day, with cream carpets, neutrally decorated walls, low double-glazed windows that stream light onto the bed, and a large radiator for ultimate comfort all year round. The master benefits from a thoughtfully designed and beautifully appointed four-piece en-suite through a traditional barn-style door, with an unusually large white-panelled, scalloped bath with silver taps, handheld shower head, contemporary shower, silver electric towel rail, sink with vanity mirror and light, and built-in W/C. This spacious oasis features black tiled flooring with walls decorated partially in clean white, with light grey stone-effect tiles and mosaic accent splashbacks surrounding the bath, shower and sink.

To the left, a spacious, neutrally decorated double bedroom offers ample storage space, with built-in wardrobes, cupboards and desk to match the traditional barn-style door. Ideal for children or young adults, this airy room features a white wooden-framed window overlooking the front of the property and downlighters throughout. Next door, a further double bedroom offers carpeted, flooring, a radiator, pendant lighting and white wooden-framed windows looking out over the porch, with neutral decoration. At the end of the landing, a second hall incorporates useful shelving for bedding and towels, providing access to a further double bedroom and shower room.

The fourth double bedroom was originally the master bedroom, with generous proportions in a unique L-shape. Perfect for a young or teenage girl, this sophisticated bedroom is split into two parts with a half-height wall, with a sleeping area in one, and a combined study and dressing area in the other. The room features pendant lighting, white wooden windows to the front and rear of the property, luxurious cream carpets and access to the loft space.

The three double bedrooms are served by a contemporary family shower room, featuring a modern three-piece suite including extra-large double shower with modern rainfall shower head, W/C with silver flush, and white ceramic pedestal sink. The shower room is decorated tastefully with grey tiled flooring, with white tiled walls accented with a decorative turquoise tiled border and atmospheric downlighters.

To the Exterior

To the front of the property, you'll find a sizable parking area with space for up to 7 cars, perfect for a family with adult children, with additional parking to the rear. This ample space could be partially landscaped to suit your tastes, with the perfect opportunity to transform the exterior with a beautiful border wall, low-maintenance shrubbery and a path to the front door - all whilst maintaining multiple parking spaces!

Nestled within the heart of the plot, the property's south-facing courtyard is a real sun trap, decorated in a rustic fashion with large plant beds and aromatic, sweet-smelling honeysuckle. Warm all through the day, it has multiple French doors that lead onto it, allowing for al-fresco dining and relaxing in the sun. The courtyard features the original Post Office signage on proud display, whilst providing access to a multitude of outbuildings including the former post sorting room, postman's W/C, double garage, stores and barn, all fully kitted out with electricity and lighting.

The two-storey brick-built detached barn at 10 Burden Lane opens up a world of imagination to any potential buyers seeking a lifestyle business, ideal for opening a wellness clinic, beauty salon or day spa with its enclosed courtyard and private drive, or for creating your own personal sanctuary for home-working. Alternatively, the barn conversion offers the perfect space for an annexe for elderly parents or family members, whilst also providing the chance to create a unique Airbnb experience or holiday rental for a brilliant income opportunity. Information on the perpetual planning permission for all outbuildings is available via Melton Borough Council under the reference number 11/00614/FUL.

Life in Harby Village

Harby has retained the charm of a traditional small village with its roots firmly in Leicestershire's heritage. The village's history reaches back to the Viking era, first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1085 under the name of Herdebi - meaning 'a collection of farms'. Surrounded by open countryside harking to its agricultural past, this sought-after location offers the perfect pairing of rural tranquility with all of the conveniences and amenities you could wish for in easy reach, with excellent transport links across the East Midlands and close proximity to the bustling market town of Melton Mowbray.

Ideal for families, the thriving village of Harby benefits from a popular pub, post office, flourishing primary school, store, garage, play park, 13th Century Grade II listed church and café. Harby's village hall is the hub of the community, with a wide range of activities and events on offer from fitness classes, music lessons and an art group, to annual pantomimes from the Harby Harlequins, family BBQs, quiz nights and much more. For scrumptious family meals made from locally sourced produce, stop in at the Nags Head - one of the oldest pubs in Leicestershire, dating back to the 14th Century.

For dog owners and lovers of the outdoors, Harby is an ideal location for peaceful walks along the Grantham Canal - from a gentle stroll past a canal-side tearoom to longer walks that provide magnificent views across the scenic Vale of Belvoir. Harby is also a cyclist's delight, with quiet leafy lanes and off-road tracks.



Burden Lane, Harby, Melton Mowbray


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