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Brunts Farmhouse, East End, Long Clawson, Melton Mowbray

£700,000
Added on 26/10/2021
HOUSE AND HOME ESTATE AGENTS, Melton Mowbray
PROPERTY TYPE
Detached
BEDROOMS
×5
BATHROOMS
×3

Key features

  • Period property with original oak beams, antique quarry tiling
  • Expansive driveway for up to 12 cars
  • Three ground floor reception rooms and sizeable living/dining kitchen space
  • Five sizeable double bedrooms
  • Generously proportioned outbuilding with D1 planning permission, ideal for annexed accommodation, business premises or home office
  • Large outdoor heated swimming pool and stunning walled sunken garden

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

Beautifully positioned in the heart of the highly-regarded Long Clawson village in the Vale of Belvoir, this magnificent five-bedroom detached family home is full of charm, warmth and wonderful character. With a long heritage in the village's history, Brunts Farmhouse has been lovingly restored to its former glory and retains many of its original period features; an epitome of idyllic village living that has preserved the atmosphere of its bygone days. The property is particularly appealing to families looking for a home with no end of versatility and space, boasting an extensive range of outbuildings with planning permission for uses including a home office, workshop, clinic or studio, or the opportunity for conversion into an annexe or Airbnb destination.

Property Summary:

Period property with original oak beams, antique quarry tiling.
Expansive driveway with space for up to 12 cars
Three ground floor reception rooms and sizeable living/dining kitchen space
Five sizeable double bedrooms
Generously proportioned outbuilding with D1 planning permission, ideal for annexed accommodation, business premises or home office
Large outdoor heated swimming pool and stunning walled sunken garden

The History of Brunts Farmhouse

One of fifteen houses in the local area that belong to the history of the village, in 1907 the stone farmhouse was rebuilt by the Samuel Brunts Charitable Foundation, a centuries-old organisation that continues to support those in hardship to this day. The property was then purchased some years later by Thomas Hoe Stevenson - one of the original Leicestershire cheesemakers in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and founding father of Long Clawson Dairy. As Thomas had purchased a pub at the other end of the village to manufacture his cheese, during its renovation he utilised the kitchen at Brunts Farmhouse for his cheesemaking - lovingly known as Stilton Kitchen! To this day, the award-winning dairy celebrates his contribution to the local area with a premium brand bearing his name, following his expertise and traditional techniques.

In 1981, the owner's parents purchased the stunning home from local farmers, installing a stunning heating swimming pool in the garden and undertaking further renovations. A decade later, they set up the beloved Brunts Farmhouse Day Nursery in the large outbuilding, which provided 30 years of exceptional rural private childcare and was well-regarded in the local community, before its closure in 2020. Throughout the lockdown, the property's endless space was reclaimed from the nursery's layout, which brings us to the present day.

Idyllic Family Living: The Ground Floor

To the front of the property, Brunts Farmhouse creates a fantastic first impression with a brick boundary wall and large driveway fitting up to 12 cars, wide enough to be split for use for both the property and outbuildings. And, from the moment you step in, Brunts Farmhouse makes you feel truly at home. The beautiful entrance hall gives you your first taste of the home's character, featuring an original quarry tiled floor, pitched pine staircase to the first floor landing, encased central heating radiator, and doors off to the sitting room, dining room, and living/dining/kitchen space.

We'll start our journey in the heart of home with the pièce de résistance, a grand 30x12ft living/dining/kitchen space, exquisitely finished in a rustic yet chic style with an abundance of natural light and original 9x9 terracotta tiling. The open-plan layout offers an ideal area to connect and socialise, enabling your family and friends to relax in comfort and enjoy quality time together. Finished to an exceptionally high standard, the kitchen area comprises bespoke fitted units with stylish marble worktops and matching upstands, twin Belfast ceramic sink, freestanding dishwasher and the ultimate symbol of country living - a beautiful four-oven gas Aga with three hotplates. Simply exquisite for cooking up culinary masterpieces and enjoying its gorgeous warmth on a chilly winter's day, whilst enjoying a view onto the garden.

The room also offers a substantial space for dining, which leads onto a cosy living zone with a freestanding cast iron multi-fuel stove nestled within a stunning brick fireplace, ideal for snuggling up with your favourite book and a glass of red. For additional space, glazed double doors open onto the beautiful separate dining room, with matching terracotta tiling, exposed brick accents, original oak beams, panel latch door, and large inglenook with central fireplace and gas fire. Perfect for entertaining, these delightful rooms have been home to many events throughout its history, with so many happy memories made. From fabulous Christmases (the owners' favourite time of year in the farmhouse), to their second child's christening, and their wedding - on the hottest May Day in 50 years in 2003. With the best weather they could have asked for, the owners married in Long Clawson.

The living/kitchen/dining space is served by a well-proportioned utility room, with space for an American-style fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, ample wall and base units, dual aspect windows and a door to the front elevation with access to a useful timber storage shed. To the other side of this large room, you'll find a breakfast room home to the property's unique second staircase with a useful under-stair cupboard, in addition to double French doors opening onto the private patio and garden that allow the sunlight to flood in.

Offering space in abundance, Brunts Farmhouse offers two further reception rooms, including a spacious home office with original oak beams, tiled floor and wooden panel latch door, providing space for multiple desks and a large sofa as an ideal business hub. This versatile room could also be utilised as a playroom for young children, games room, or large double bedroom for elderly parents, in close proximity to the downstairs W/C, accessed via the side hall, with two-piece white suite and beautifully tiled flooring. From the entrance hall, you'll find a similarly sized reception room currently utilised as a media room, with original strip wood flooring that makes the space perfect for a welcoming sitting room or cosy snug for unwinding with your family at the end of a busy day.

Relax in Total Comfort: The First Floor

The house features a unique layout with two stunning solid wood staircases, leading up to a stylish galleried landing with a large window. From here, you'll find five generously sized double bedrooms that hold timeless charm. At the top of the main staircase, you'll find a tastefully designed and recently refitted shower room that will uplift your mood with its bright white tile, turquoise mosaic tile border, and inviting ambience. The shower room comprises a large corner Triton shower with tiled wall niche that ensures your favourite lotions and potions are always within easy reach, W/C, and sink with vanity cabinet and tiled splashback.

Next to the shower room, the third bedroom is currently used as a craft room, offering a sizable light-filled space perfect for creatives with a stainless steel and mixer tap set within a vanity unit and built-in double wardrobe. Whether your craft of choice is sewing, knitting, painting or scrapbooking, or whether you're looking for additional home office space, a stylish dressing area, or to keep it as a welcoming guest room, this versatile space allows for total flexibility. The fourth double room has a corner fireplace with exposed brick wall for a wealth of character, giving the space a rustic and cosy feel ideal for guests to unwind in comfort.

At the top of the second staircase, the first double room overlooks the garden with a built-in wardrobe which also houses the immersion heater. Opposite, you'll find the most beautiful master bedroom, with a large window overlooking the front of the property, with its huge proportions easily fitting a dressing area, desk, shelving, bedside tables and four-poster bed, with space left over! This soothingly luxurious room will be your very own personal haven; a calming place to rest and restore your energy. The final double bedroom offers an L-shaped layout, with a nook for a dressing area and ample space for a desk too, making it the perfect chill-out zone for a teenage girl.

Opposite the fifth bedroom, the gorgeous family bathroom is a spa-like sanctuary, decorated in a tranquil cornflower blue with contemporary natural stone tiling adding an elegant touch of classic chic. Offering true luxury, the bathroom boasts a large double walk-in shower with fitted curved glass screen, large hand basin and stylish double-ended bath. A useful storage alcove provides the perfect place to store fluffy towels and bathroom essentials, whilst a large obscure glazed window allows light to stream in whilst you soak in the tub or steam in the shower for ultimate relaxation.

Step Outside: Rear Garden with Heated Pool

Occupying a generous plot, Brunts Farmhouse continues its theme of space with a sizable sunken walled garden that will bring you joy all-year-round. Accessed from the driveway and via the inner hall and breakfast room through the double doors, this large and spacious garden features a large paved terrace with adjacent lawned area, ideal for al-fresco dining, entertaining, and spending time with your family and friends exchanging stories of the day over your favourite tipples. The garden is lined with raised beds, perfect for growing vegetables ready to cook into delicious meals on your AGA! Steps from the terrace lead down to an area laid to lawn.
You'll adore the 26x13 foot heated and filtered outdoor pool with fitted cover and adjacent boiler house for the pump and heating, 6 foot deep and one at one end and 3 foot at the other, perfect for swimming invigorating lengths in the morning or cooling off on a hot summer's day. AstroTurf surrounds this half of the garden to ensure a non-slip floor for pool visitors, with an additional seating area perfect for waterproof rattan furniture as you dry off after a dip! To the rear of the garden, you'll find a timber shed for outdoor storage too.

Having brought their children up at Brunts Farmhouse, the family have simply adored the pool, and throughout the first summer of COVID the garden provided an idyllic location to escape the stresses of the world outside. As one of the farmhouse's many unique features they will miss the most, having a pool has been a true people magnet for the owners. Family and friends have invited themselves over at any opportunity, and during their first few years at Brunts Farmhouse, every time they looked outside someone was in the pool!

Annexe or Business Hub: The Outbuilding of Your Dreams

If you thought you'd heard about all of the farmhouse's incredible aspects, we're not quite finished yet. At the end of the garden, you'll find linked brick outbuildings that spark a wealth of opportunity, with endless rooms set within an L-shape that provide the perfect location for a home office complex, beauty salon, clinic or Airbnb set-up. Originally the home of the Brunts Farmhouse Day Nursery, this versatile and fully serviced space must be seen to be believed, holding planning permission for D1 use and comprising three entrance halls, four W/Cs and a combined utility room/WC, a fully-equipped kitchen, office, storage cupboard and five large rooms.

Accessing the outbuilding via one of its entry points to the side elevation, you'll find a welcoming entrance hall offering a built-in cupboard, access to the loft space, and two W/Cs with wall-mounted hand basins. The hall opens onto a large room with floor-to-ceiling window and an area with fitted wall and base units and stainless steel sink with tiled splashback. This room leads you onto the second building via a linked entrance hall, with an office, sizable kitchen, and generously proportioned 21x20ft room. From here, a further inner hall takes you to two child-sized W/Cs, a store cupboard and the third entrance hall, with a 20x12ft room, utility/W/C, and a fourth sizable room with dual aspect windows. In addition to 15 solar panels on the roof which generate a substantial amount of energy, the outbuildings benefit from their own low-maintenance paved yard that provides access through four individual uPVC doors, with outdoor lighting and power, secure gated access from the driveway, and stylish brick wall boundaries.

Ideal for entrepreneurs looking for the perfect space to work and live, this one-of-a-kind space is a blank canvas waiting for you to transform it as you wish. Whether you're an established business owner searching for a house that offers an expansive area for your growing needs, an entrepreneur looking for a delightful property with the opportunity for a lifestyle business, or a couple in the market for a home with accompanying annexe for elderly parents or independent teenagers, Brunts Farmhouse has everything you need and more.

Life in Long Clawson

Long Clawson village sits within a rural parish renowned for its tranquil open countryside, nestled in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir approximately six miles from the bustling market town of Melton Mowbray. With a rich agricultural history and dairy heritage, Long Clawson boasts one of only six dairies in England where Stilton cheese is manufactured to this day. You'll enjoy an excellent location that pairs rural living with all of your modern amenities, offering lots of fantastic facilities including a doctors, cafe, hairdresser, shop and pre-school at your doorstep, with the rest of Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Lincolnshire to explore only a short drive away. The village provides excellent transport links and is ideally placed for commuting to nearby cities, with easy access to Nottingham, and Grantham and Loughborough via the A46 or M1.

The village has a vibrant community spirit and strong social cohesion, boasting a modern village hall with sports recreation ground, play area and nature area with wildlife pond. The village hall is home to an array of diverse groups, clubs and classes, from ballet, sewing and volleyball to Rainbows, Brownies, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. The owners have been involved with various events through the years, including playing in a Ceilidh band at local barn dances, and you'll love the Christmas Tree festival, morris dances, quiz sessions and poker nights too!

For keen walkers and cyclists, Long Clawson will leave you truly spoilt for choice. Enjoy scenic strolls up to the mill or down to the canal, in fact, walk in any direction and you'll find incredible countryside to explore! The local area is hugely popular for both on-road and off-road cycling trails, with many cyclists enjoying a ride along the paths of the Grantham Canal, which winds through the Vale of Belvoir.

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