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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Duncote, Towcester, Northamptonshire


Property Description

Key features

  • Generously sized entrance hall with double French doors to courtyard and cloakroom off.
  • Drawing room with open fireplace and bay window with French doors opening to the garden.
  • Dining room with wood burning stove.
  • Recently created and beautifully fitted kitchen by Neptune with French doors to garden.
  • 24' long breakfast room also with French doors to garden.
  • Light and bright sitting room with doors to garden.
  • Laundry room, boot room, pantry and store room.
  • Five double bedrooms, two bathrooms and shower room.
  • Planning permission for three more bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room. within the integral garage block.
  • Quad garage, boiler room (biomass boiler), workshop, garden store and further store rooms.

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A recently rearranged and refurbished country house of over 5,000 sq. ft. (GIA), set in grounds of almost three acres. Entrance hall and cloakroom, drawing room, dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, sitting room, laundry room, 5 double bedrooms and 3 bath/shower rooms. Quad garage, boiler room, workshop and garden store. South facing garden and grounds. Hard tennis court. About 2.9 acres.

The Coach House dates back to the Victorian era and was built originally, in brick with tiled roofs, as a coach house and stables grouped around a central stable yard. Converted to residential use about thirty five years ago, the house has been extensively remodelled and upgraded over the last two years by the present owners. The property has eco credentials with a wood pellet biomass boiler, PV panels to generate electricity and solar panels to produce hot water. Standing off an unclassified country road leading from the A5, the house is accessed on its east and west sides by gravelled drives. The house surrounds a large central courtyard garden, in the manner of a Roman villa, but has all its principal rooms, including the recently created sitting room, kitchen and breakfast room, overlooking the lovely garden to the south east. There is bedroom accommodation both on ground and first floor levels. Planning permission exists for the creation of three further bedrooms, a bathroom and a shower room within the former coach house, now a four car garage, which forms one side of the house.

Duncote lies to the north of Towcester and east of Greens Norton in pretty rolling countryside. The village is very accessible to Northampton and the M1 to the north east; Milton Keynes with its excellent shopping centre and main line station (Euston 35 minutes) to the south and the M40 and Oxford to the south west.

The Property
Ground Floor
The front door opens to a generously sized entrance hall with a terracotta tiled floor and double French doors to the courtyard garden. Off the hall is the cloakroom with WC. Glazed double
doors from the hall open to the drawing room, which is south west and south east facing. The drawing room has an open fireplace and a bay window with French doors opening to the garden. The rooms along the south east side of the house have been completely reconfigured over the last two years to create a light and bright sitting room with doors to the garden, a beautiful fitted kitchen by Neptune with Aga and French doors and beyond that a 24’ long breakfast room with bay window, once again with French doors to the garden. Adjacent to the breakfast room is a second cloakroom with WC.

A passage off the entrance hall leads to the well proportioned and south west facing dining room which has a wood burning stove and display shelving with cupboards below.

The run of rooms along the north west side of the house have again been recently reconfigured to create a large pantry, two double ground floor bedrooms and a bathroom cum shower room. Beyond is a laundry room, a large boot room, housing one of the hot water tanks and the controls for the heating and hot water systems. Adjacent to this there is a storeroom. Most of the north east side of the house is taken up by the four car garage.

First Floor
Two staircases rise to the first floor bedroom accommodation which comprises the master bedroom, south east and south west facing, with a large bathroom adjacent. There are two further double bedrooms, one currently used as a dressing room, and a shower room reached from the landing at the head of the second staircase.

The approach to the house is over a gravelled drive to a parking and turning area by the front door. There is a second gravelled drive to the north east which leads to the garages and outbuildings. A stream forms the boundary on the south side of the property, dividing it from the grounds of Duncote Hall, now a nursing home.

A hand gate leads into the garden to the south east side of the house where there are two terraces beyond which is a large lawn with flanking borders. This area of the garden is enclosed by beech hedges. A gateway leads to the grounds beyond which are more informal and are alive with bulbs in the spring. There is an allée of copper hazel leading to a rose arbour. Beyond is a further path flanked by topiary. There are many mature trees studding the grounds and in the southern corner is a hard tennis court overlooked by a summerhouse.

The former stable yard at the heart of the house has been turned into a charming courtyard garden quartered by bisecting gravel paths with herbaceous borders surrounding. French doors open to it on all four sides. The extent of the garden and grounds in total is almost three acres.

Outbuildings comprise a log store and an aluminium greenhouse. Beyond is a detached brick and tiled former stable building converted to a workshop, garden store and boiler room housing the wood pellet burning boiler and the pellet storage hopper. There is a further open front and timber built store shed. The former coach house now provides very generous garaging for four cars.

The Location
Duncote is about 2 miles to the north of Towcester which lies at the intersection of the A5 (Watling Street) and the A43 Northampton to Oxford road. The hamlet is set in rolling open countryside in the area known to the cognoscenti as the ‘Golden Triangle’. The nearby village of Greens Norton has a public house, health centre, primary school and a village shop. Towcester has good local shopping with supermarkets, restaurants and a leisure centre with swimming pool. State schooling locally includes Sponne School in Towester while in
the private sector there are preparatory schools including Winchester House at Brackley and Akeley Wood at Wicken and Lillingstone Dayrell. Public schools are at Stowe, Rugby, Wellingborough, Uppingham and Oundle. Local shopping towns are Northampton and Milton Keynes which also has a train station on the West Coast mainline. Duncote is well placed for access to the A43 which link the M1 to the M4.

Milton Keynes 14 miles (London Euston 35 mins)

Northampton 11 miles

Oxford 36 miles

Towcester 2 miles

London 72 miles

(Distances/time approximate)

Directions (NN12 8AQ)
From Northampton and the M1 at Junction 15a, take the A43 south west in the direction of Oxford. At the first roundabout at Towcester, at the junction of the A43 and A5, take the fourth access north onto the A5. Continue for about 1¼ miles and take a left hand turn signed to Duncote. On reaching the village, The Coach House is the first property on the left hand side. From Milton Keynes and the south, proceed north on the A5 signed to Hinkley passing Potterspury, Paulerspury and on to Towcester. Continue through Towcester to the roundabout at the junction of the A5 and A43. Continue straight ahead on the A5 for about 1¼ miles then take a left hand turn signed to Duncote. On reaching the village, The Coach House is the first property on the left hand side.

Property Information
Services: Mains water and electricity are connected. A fairly recently installed wood pellet boiler provides central heating and hot water. The property has the benefit of a Renewable Heat Incentive which has about seven years still to run. Solar panels contribute to the heating of domestic hot water and PV panels contribute about £1,000 a year towards the electricity.

Local Authority: South Northamptonshire Council
Tel: 01327 322 322

Planning Permission: There is an existing planning permission to create a further three bedrooms from the attached garage block. One garage will remain, while the rest of the ground floor would
become a hall, a bedroom and an en suite shower room. A staircase from the hall would rise to two large first floor bedrooms and a bathroom. A glazed gallery, overlooking the courtyard garden, would be created by widening the passage to the rear of the garages.

Outgoings: Council Tax Band ‘G’

Tenure: Freehold

Viewings: Strictly by appointment only with the sole selling agents Jackson-Stops & Staff, 20 Bridge Street, Northampton NN1 1NR
Tel: 01604 632 991


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06 July 2017

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