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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Charley Road, Woodhouse Eaves, Loughborough

Under Offer £2,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Substantial Period Country Home in the Heart of Charnwood Forest
  • Stylish & Extensive Accommodation with Considerable Period Integrity & Character
  • Dating back to the 13th Century
  • Luxuriously Appointed
  • Energy Rating G
  • Superb Open Plan Dining Kitchen
  • Four Reception Rooms
  • Five/Six Bedrooms
  • Two Bathrooms & Two Shower Rooms
  • Approximately 7 acres of Beautiful Landscaped Garden & Wildflower Meadow

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An outstanding and substantial detached historic property of considerable period integrity and character dating back in part to the 13th century. Beautifully presented, the property is situated within its own valley in complete privacy and seclusion within approximately 7 acres of magnificent landscaped garden grounds and wildflower meadows and features an arboretum and dozens of varieties of shrubs, plants and trees. Offering a degree of space, tranquillity and quality impossible to appreciate without inspection, the stylish interior features a delightful split level drawing room with cathedral ceiling, 49'10" luxury dining kitchen and three further reception rooms. In addition are five/six bedrooms, four bathrooms/shower rooms and the most idyllic gardens with natural ponds, stream and paddock/wild flower meadows.


Alderman Haw is situated in a secluded valley in the heart of the forest not far from the highly desirable and well serviced village of Woodhouse Eaves which nestles in the heart of Charnwood Forest. The village offers an excellent range of local facilities and amenities including a well-regarded primary school, numerous pubs and restaurants and a variety of shops, clubs and social facilities. Delightful walks at Windmill Hill, The Beacon, Swithland Woods and the Outwoods as well as Bradgate Park, are all within a few minutes with excellent further shopping and educational facilities such as the endowed schools and the M1 motorway (Markfield) being all within a 10 minute drive. Trains to St Pancras, London are from Loughborough or Leicester (1hr 10mins). Charnwood Forest is reknowned as an area of outstanding natural beauty and for its wonderful local parks including Bradgate Park and Beacon Hill Country Park which is directly accessible via a tree lined walk simply by crossing the road from the wildflower meadows of Alderman Haw. Golf if at nearby Lingdale, Longcliffe and Rothley Park and the area is well known for its desirable villages with a wide variety of local pubs and restaurants.


Proceeding out of Woodhouse Eaves via Beacon road and continuing past the entrance to Beacon Hill Country Park continue across the crossroads and turning thence first right into Charley Road. The driveway can be found after approximately 100 metres on the right hand side. The entrance being marked by two large boulders and a cattle grid. The property is not visible from the road and the access is deliberately 'low key' and could easily be missed.

Superb Dining Room 
21' 0" x 15' 10"
Once again bursting with attractive architectural features including original brick thrawls with wine bins and oak top, stone display alcove, exposed roof truss and beams, exposed stone walling and sealed double glazed windows and door to all sides affording an abundance of natural light. Solid oak wood flooring.

13' 5" x 11' 6"
Having a double aspect with sealed double glazed windows overlooking the courtyard and rear gardens. Heavily beamed ceiling, telephone point and oak door through to:

Inner Hall 
With bespoke Gothic style door and windows onto courtyard and off is a utility room. This inner hall also serves the master bedroom suite and two guest bedrooms.

Utility/Laundry Room 
17' 1" x 9' 2"
With a single drainer sink set within ranges of roll top work surfacing with oak base cupboards under. Space and plumbing for washing machine and space for tumble dryer. Slate flooring and oil fired central heating boiler with manifolds for underfloor heating, electric consumer units, sealed double glazed windows to side and rear and door to outside.

21' 8" x 16' 1"
With deep windows with sills in slate overlooking the rear garden and courtyard together with a double glazed door onto rear garden. Feature inglenook open fronted fireplace with an Efel oil fired stove on a raised hearth. Attractive exposed architectural stone alcoves and brick walling. Heavily beamed ceiling and oak folding double doors leading via a short flight of steps up to:

Magnificent Split Level Drawing Room 
31' 10" x 16' 5"
With Cathedral ceiling, three exposed roof trusses and beams to ceiling. Attractive exposed stone walling to two walls. Deep double glazed picture window overlooking the courtyard with window seat and reclaimed stone plinth together with double glazed door and window opening onto rear garden. A magnificent wood burning stove set within a full height chimneybreast with a stone surround and hearth. Oak staircase to first floor landing and steps leading up to a raised:

Sitting/Music Area 
With solid oak flooring, further exposed stone walls, cathedral ceiling and full height sealed double glazed picture window with matching French doors opening onto the south facing patio and garden beyond. Perpendicular shaped double doors lead from the drawing room to:

Open Plan Dining Kitchen 
49' 10" x 13' 1"
This room comprises a dining area and a kitchen area with double aspect sealed double glazed windows and doors opening both onto the courtyard and the rear onto the sun terrace and garden.

Mains water and electricity are connected to the property. Central heating is provided by an oil fired boiler. Drainage is to a private reed system.

Master Suite 
Comprising a substantial bedroom, dressing room and two bathrooms and also leads in turn to a guest bedroom suite of two bedrooms and shower room.

With dressing table with drawers, sealed double glazed windows onto courtyard and off is an excellent bespoke range of wardrobes with sliding doors, hanging rails, courtesy lighting and drawers. Exposed beams and brick work and a door leading to:

Superb Master Bedroom 
19' 0" x 12' 2"
Again with a cathedral ceiling, exposed roof trusses and beams. Sealed double glazed door and windows opening onto courtyard.

Shower Room One 
Fitted with a four piece white Heritage suite comprising a large fully tiled shower cubicle, wash hand basin within a tiled worktop with cupboards under, low level WC and bidet. Heated towel rail/radiator, limestone flooring, tiled splashbacks, attractive stone display alcove, sealed double glazed window and extractor fan.

'Jack & Jill' En-suite Bathroom 
12' 4" x 11' 6"
Again fitted with a white five piece Heritage suite with chrome fittings comprising a double ended bath within a tiled surround, fully tiled separate shower cubicle, free standing wash hand basin, bidet limestone flooring, extractor fan, double glazed window to courtyard and built-in airing cupboard housing a Megaflow pressurised hot water cylinder. An interconnecting door leads from this bathroom to a guest bedroom suite comprising two bedrooms and its own entrance hall being from the courtyard.

Guest Bedroom Suite 
Which comprises the following:

Entrance Hall 
With limestone flooring, sealed double glazed door onto courtyard, attractive exposed beams and off:

Bedroom Two 
15' 9" x 13' 1"
With Cathedral ceiling, exposed roof trusses, sealed double glazed picture window to side, interconnecting door to the aforementioned en-suite bathroom.

Bedroom Three 
16' 1" x 10' 6"
With sealed double glazed window overlooking the arboretum to front, further double glazed windows onto courtyard, beams to ceiling and TV aerial point.

Further Shower Room 
Fitted with a white three piece suite comprising a large fully tiled shower cubicle, low level WC and vanity unit with a tiled worktop and cupboards under. Tiled splashbacks, mirror, double glazed roof light, extractor fan and contemporary heated towel rail/radiator.

On the first floor approached via an oak staircase from the drawing room is the first floor landing with sealed double glazed window overlooking the rear garden, exposed beams, staircase rising to the second floor and off:

Bedroom Five/Sitting Room 
16' 9" x 13' 5"
With sealed double glazed window overlooking rear garden together with a door leading to a Juliet balcony, exposed beams and wall beam. Access through to:

Bedroom Four 
13' 10" x 12' 6"
With sealed double glazed windows to front and rear, heavily beamed ceiling, wall beams, built-in cupboards, telephone point and TV aerial point.

Agents Note 
These two interconnecting rooms would be ideal as a suite for teenagers, relatives or guests.

Second Floor 
On the second floor approached via a staircase from the first floor landing is:

Bedroom Six/Second Study 
22' 4" x 17' 5"
With a sealed double glazed roof light and windows to three elevations affording views over the gardens and paddocks. Attractive exposed beams. Once again, this is a versatile room which could be modified to create a private bedroom or kept as an open plan mezzanine sitting room, playroom or study.

A particular feature of this remarkable property is its spectacular setting in a valley with a long sweeping approach and magnificent gardens which afford an impressive stunning display of specimen shrubs, plants and trees. Previous owners who were keen botanists planted an arboretum and an extensive list of shrubs and plants are available upon request which include acers, evergreen and deciduous trees of numerous varieties, too many to list but which provide a stunning display of all year round structure and colour. The long approach leads into a large driveway providing hardstanding for a number of vehicles which then continues to the rear of the property to a further large tarmacadam driveway providing hardstanding for numerous vehicles and leads in turn to a brick detached garage block.

Large 'L-Shaped' Garage Block 
Measuring 53'10" x 17'5" (16.4m x 5.3m) by 21' x 18'5" (6.4m x 5.61m) This building is constructed in part of reclaimed materials and comprises:

Double Garage 
A secure double garage with two sets of double doors with light, power, water, loft storage space, large work bench, security system and interconnecting door leading to;

Three Open Bay Garages 
With ample shelving and additional loft storage.

The Gardens 
Being centrally located within its plot, Alderman Haw is surrounded by garden grounds. To the front is the aforementioned arboretum. To the south side of the property is a full width flagstone sun terrace accessed from the dining kitchen and drawing room. In the centre of the property is a delightful ornamental landscaped courtyard garden well stocked with specimen shrubs and plants which is once again accessed from both the living accommodation and the ground floor bedroom accommodation. To the rear is a recently landscaped raised croquet lawn enclosed by dwarf stone and brick walling with a further raised sun terrace, deep planted borders again with a large variety of ornamental shrubs and plants of numerous varieties. There is a raised terrace from which to enjoy views over the garden and also provides an opportunity for alfresco dining and is served by an excellent octagonal summerhouse. The gardens enjoy an attractive leafy backdrop of mature trees and a natural (truncated)

The Wildlife Meadow 
Has a pathway which crosses the B5330 to provide direct access to The Beacon Country Park.

The property has a lapsed planning consent for an indoor swimming pool - plans are available.

Fixtures & Fittings 
All high quality carpets, curtains and light fittings are included. A substantial amount of furniture is also available by separate negotiation.

Alderman Haw - A History 
Alderman Haw is the name of great antiquity, possibly dating back to the Anglo-Saxon period. Local historians state that the property dates back at least as early as 1220 when it was a hermitage which was the property of the Convent of Bermondsey during 1220 - 1235 at which time there were three Cluniac monks living at the property. There is evidence of close connections with Charley Priory and Ulverscroft Priory and the property has passed through various hands over the centuries including The Earl of Leicester, the well-known Farnham Family until more recently, the property was acquired by the previous owners and completely refurbished and remodelled including conversion of a full range of outbuildings into accommodation. During the last quarter of the 20th century, the property was owned by a professor and is wife who were keen botanists and planted the stunning arboretum which features over 50 species of Rhododendron and numerous cedars, magnolias and azaleas. The (truncated)

The property is entered via an oak double glazed front door with matching side screen in Gothic style leading into:

Split Level Entrance Hall 
With a built-in cloaks cupboard with hanging rails and shelving and off:

Kitchen Area 
23' 4" x 13' 1"
Fitted with an attractive range of bespoke painted wood fronted units with high gloss fittings comprising base cupboards and drawers and matching eye level units. A range of granite work surfacing with inset double Belfast sink unit. A range of appliances to include a Falcon range style cooker with induction/ceramic hob set within an ornate brick surround and reclaimed Minster mantel and a further Neff induction hob with Electrolux fan assisted electric cooker in stainless steel. Integrated Panasonic microwave, Rangemaster French style fridge/freezer and dishwasher with matching front. Limestone flooring, tiled splashbacks, cathedral ceiling with concealed lighting and exposed roof truss and beams. Off is an excellent walk-in pantry with fitted light, shelving and slate flooring.

Dining Area 
Being laid with solid oak flooring throughout, attractive exposed stone walling and beams, exposed trusses, four double glazed Velux roof lights and double glazed door to courtyard.

Inner Lobby 
With solid oak flooring, sealed double glazed door onto sun terrace and rear garden. Off is:

Fitted with a two piece suite comprising a low level WC and vanity unit with a tiled worktop and base cupboards under. Megaflow pressurised hot water cylinder housed within a sealed cupboard. Double glazed window onto courtyard.

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