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4 bedroom detached house for sale

Melton Road, Hickling Pastures, LE14

Guide Price £700,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Character 4-bedroom house with Land
  • 4.6 ACRES of of parkland, woodland, grazing
  • Rural yet highly commutable location
  • Compact size with spacious receptions and bedroom
  • Features include leaded windows, open fire and stone walling
  • Light and airy rooms with high ceilings and big windows
  • Scenic countryside views from every window
  • Property Ref: 1804

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Willow House is set deep within its 4.5-acre grounds, within the highly regarded borough of Rushcliffe, South Nottinghamshire.

The spacious living room and kitchen/dining room are triple-aspect and generously proportioned and offer a green vista overlooking either the 1-acre front garden and woods, or the side lawn and tree-lined border, or the 300 yards of its own land extending to the rear. The view extends as far as Beacon Hill about 12 miles away.

There is a lot of glass, and high ceilings, giving an airy ambiance within overall compact dimensions. The size of the grounds may lend the property to being extended if you wished.

The main bedroom is spacious, ensuite, and benefits from the large bay window facing east for the morning sun. There are two further double bedrooms at the back, again with large picture windows, and a single bedroom overlooking the side lawn. These share the Italian-styled shower room, which as with the ensuite offers a generously sized shower enclosure, with the addition of a view even from within the shower!

In recent years the property has been extensively updated, with care being taken to preserve the original character such as the leaded windows.

Outside there is a suntrap patio, partially enclosed by a feature stone wall which retains heat into the evening. The rear and side lawns extend seamlessly into the pasture, which is currently mown as lawn but offers scope for a wide variety of uses ranging from equestrian to golf practice, or simply to walk around and enjoy. Some 2,000 native deciduous trees have been planted over the last two decades.

A grassed-over hardcore track leads to a small brick former stable and tack room, and a machinery shed. Closer to the house is a double garage with power and insulated roof, a tarmac yard and a gravel yard for parking.

Services are mains water and electricity, oil fired central heating, private sewerage and wireless broadband providing typically 10-25 Megabits (Mbps or Mb). The council tax band is F (£2,678).

Viewings are always welcome and may be available at evenings, weekends, and at short notice.


The house is approached down a long drive to an outer yard, thence via a natural stone path to the quarry-tiled porch arched in brick. The oak front door is triple-glazed, incorporating leaded inner panes replicating the original design.


Doors to the living room and kitchen, and to two usefully generous storage cupboards. Stairs lead up past original leaded windows to the landing.


8.3m x 4.8 max A very light room, with a high ceiling and a large bay window overlooking the front garden. At the other end, a glass-wall patio door faces southwest onto the patio. Along the long southern wall are three windows which, like the front door, are triple-glazed with a fully leaded inner pane in the original house style.

In winter the open fireplace, within a marble and solid light oak mantlepiece, burns logs harvested from the grounds.

KITCHEN / Dining Area

5.4 x 5.3m The picture window at the sink overlooks the side garden, with its birdbaths, trees and lawn. The worktops and units are oiled oak, and the floor is Italian tiled.

The dining area provides a view across the grounds and into the distant hills, through the very large picture window. A further window and a fully glazed door giving onto the patio.


A pleasing space with original leaded windows overlooking the front garden.


4.9 max x 5.2m into the bay. The large bay window faces northeast, overlooking the 1-acre front garden with its shrubberies, woodland and lawn.

Ensuite with good-sized 900x900mm power shower.


3.6 x 3.0m, overlooking the grounds to the southwest.


3.9 x 2.6m, overlooking the grounds to the southwest.


3.1 max x 2.7 max An L-shaped single bedroom with a view over the side garden to the northwest.


A warm, bright room with a view over the grounds, a bidet and spacious 900x1000 digital power shower


The tarmac drive is some 75 metres long and gives onto two yards at the side of the house. One yard is inside the dog fence that surrounds most of the land, and one is outside, for visitors. The inner yard is tarmac and leads to the double garage which has power and an insulated roof, or through stone pillars onto the patio. The patio faces south-west, is paved in natural stone and is partially enclosed by a feature spiral stone wall which contains about ten tonnes of mass.

The grounds include a front garden of almost an acre, with lawn surrounding a central shrubbery, bordered and screened by native deciduous woodland. A blue cedar of perhaps 40 years is an attractive specimen tree adjacent to the shrubbery.

To the side of the house, the gardens continue as lawn and woodland, with a brick patio outside the glazed side door from the utility. The lawn extends round behind the house to link up with the patio and more trees in a parkland style, including the eponymous mature Willow.

The garden area totals 1.25 acres, merging into the pasture which is approximately 3.4 acres, measuring 250 x 55m, and makes a pleasant walk in its current parkland form, or can equally be suited to a wide variety of uses of course. There is a small brick stable and tack room and a steel-clad machinery shed.

Over the last two decades, some 2,000 native deciduous trees have been planted, and many have seeded, so now the grounds are richly wooded, with a wildlife corridor along the southeast and northwest boundaries, that also screen the land. There are young plantings within the southwest half of the land, which can be left to grow into woodland or removed with the flail mower if some other uses were wanted. Nearer the house there are two mature apple trees which fruit generously.

The neighboring properties are mainly pasture, with sheep or horses.


The following equipment can be either included or removed as a no-cost option:

John Deere fairway (golf course) mower. This is the key to keeping the land as parkland and gets all the grass cut in less than an hour.

Kubota 24 hp compact tractor. This drives or tows:

Flail mower, for the longest grass and brambles
Finishing rotary mower, 5ft, for if the grass has grown too long for the fairway mower, in Spring.
Roller, filled with water and anti-freeze.
Trailer, ex-army but still going!
Transport box

Property Ref: 1804

Property Ref: 1804
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06 July 2018

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