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Polly Botts Lane, Ulverscroft, Markfield, Leicestershire, LE67

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Reduced on 21/01/2022
Savills, Nottingham

Key features

  • A magnificent period property
  • Breath taking countryside views towards Bradgate Park
  • Lovingly extended and remodelled by the current owners
  • Five / six bedrooms
  • Recently refitted dining kitchen
  • Approximately 7 acres of gardens & paddock

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

A stunning Grade II listed thatched cottage nestling within the highly sought after Charnwood Forest.


Lea Cottage was conceived during the late 1890s by Ernest Gimson the famous founder member of the Arts and Crafts Movement of that period and completed in 1898 for Mentor Gimson, Ernest's older half-brother. The Arts and Crafts Movement has emerged as the major force in the history of British design during the last 100 years and Lea Cottage was the first of three Gimson cottages built by Ernest for the family, largely summer retreats.

Ground Floor - Front entrance vestibule giving access through to the reception hall, beam ceilings, feature Porcelanosa marble tiled flooring and a magnificent original stone staircase leading to the first floor.

Sitting room, a wonderful feature inglenook fireplace with open fire, exposed beams and wall light points.

Garden room, French door to the rear elevation with stunning views, wood strip flooring and further French doors to the side elevation.

Dining room, feature deep original fireplace recess, Porcelanosa marble tiled flooring, heavily beamed ceiling.

Open plan dining kitchen, a recently fitted bespoke kitchen completed in 2020 by Montagu's of Leicester, a range of bespoke fitted units in grey with chrome fittings, a four oven AGA in powder blue with four-ring gas hob, triple ovens and double hotplates. A generous island unit with quartz tops, inset Belfast style sink unit with Quooker tap, breakfast bar, wine cooler, further integrated appliances with a Neff fan assisted oven, matching combination microwave and oven, Miele integrated dishwasher, an American style fridge freezer, wireless charging points for mobile phones. Dining area with leaded deep bay window to the front elevation and matching window to the side.

Utility/laundry room, marble tiled flooring, range of base units with oak work surfaces, Belfast style sink unit, plumbing for washer and tumble dryer.

Downstairs cloakroom with low level WC and wash hand basin.

Rear lobby with built-in storage cupboard and access to further store/wine store.

Rear hall with secondary staircase off leading to the first floor.

First Floor - Landing, heavily beamed ceiling, exposed timber wall beams and built-in linen cupboard.

Principal bedroom, exposed roof trusses, beams and purlins, hand built double hanging wardrobes and matching dressing table, chest of drawers, corner cupboard and beside cabinets. Secondary double glazed lead windows with panoramic views over the garden and Charnwood Forest towards Old John.

En-suite bathroom, walk-in fully tiled shower area, freestanding claw foot bath and shower attachment, low level WC and twin wash hand basins with marble worktop and cupboards and drawers under. Underfloor heating, heated towel rail and leaded window overlooking the gardens.

Bedroom 2, built-in wardrobes and bedroom furniture, beamed ceiling and access to roof void and wiring for surround sound.

Family bathroom, a refitted suite with freestanding roll edge bath with shower attachment, pedestal wash hand basin, high level WC, chrome towel radiator, feature tiling, beamed ceiling, and built-in cupboards.

Bedroom 3, beamed ceilings, built-in wardrobes, corner unit with chest of drawers. En-suite bathroom, tiled bath, shower screen, low level WC, wash hand basin and towel radiator.

Bedroom 4, exposed beams, feature fireplace surround and hanging wardrobe.

Interconnecting sitting/study area/occasional bedroom with leaded window to the front elevation and exposed beams.

Bedroom 5, oak strip flooring, built-in wardrobes and access to roof void.

Outside - Electric gates open onto the gravelled driveway which provides car standing and gives access to the garage which has up and over door, power and light. The gardens are laid to formal lawn including a large area of orchard, the gardens have been enclosed by dry stone walling and fencing and extensively stocked with a magnificent range of Rhododendron and other trees and shrubs.

An outdoor entertaining area consists of a large sun deck at the foot of the lawns which features a large hexagonal shaped barbecue hut with fitted light and power and central firepit. At the rear of these gardens is a large spinney with a large variety of attractive trees and in addition is a good sized productive vegetable and fruit garden with a variety of raised beds, composting areas, the fruit garden being enclosed by stone walling. Along the southern boundary of the property is an adjacent paddock extending to approximately 4 acres running along the length of Polly Botts Lane.

Home Office Building, constructed in a Swiss chalet style with air-conditioning bespoke cat6 wiring system for networking and numerous power points. Attached to the outside of the building is an electric charging point for cars.


Ulverscroft forms the Heart of Charnwood Forest. With some of the counties most expensive and stylish properties, the area is renowned for its outstanding beauty, local attractions including Old John, Bradgate Park (the former home of Lady Jane Grey), The Beacon and The Outwoods.

Other attractions include the local reservoirs at Cropston and Swithland, with golf at Rothley and The Beacon.

The area is particularly well placed for fast access into Leicester and the Endowed Schools at Loughborough, whilst junction 22 of the M1 motorway is at nearby Markfield.

Enjoying an outstanding location with panoramic open views, a superb Grade 2 listed detached five/six bedroom period property. Dating back to 1898 in parts, the property is situated within approximately seven acres of grounds and paddock.


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Polly Botts Lane, Ulverscroft, Markfield, Leicestershire, LE67


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