In a superb location, this detached family house, with double garage, sits on a larger than average plot in the pretty Northamptonshire village of Barnwell. With four double bedrooms and three reception rooms, it boasts flexible and spacious accommodation and has been carefully designed to allow maximum light to flood in. It features an extensive garden, with a patio running right around the house. This attractive and interesting property would benefit from some updating, but it has oil-fired central heating, double-glazed windows throughout and a cottage style kitchen and bathroom. It occupies a quiet, elevated position next to All Saints church, and overlooks Barnwell Brook to the front and fields to the rear.
The village of Barnwell is proud of its royal connections: Barnwell Manor is the historic former home of the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, who still retain the Manor but now live in their London apartment in Kensington Palace. Barnwell’s Montagu Arms is a traditional English public house, and the village also has a shop with Post Office. The Little Ducklings pre-school is located opposite the parish church of St Andrew’s.
Most of All Saints church was demolished in 1825, but its chancel remains, as it was the burial place of the Montagu family in the 16th and early 17th centuries. The Montagu Earls of Sandwich continued to be buried here into the 19th century.
The village is close to Barnwell Country Park where people enjoy walking, visiting the cafe and children’s play area. The market town of Oundle is only 2.5 miles away, offering an excellent range of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, as well as primary and secondary schools. Corby, Stamford and Peterborough are within 15 miles, with rail links to London and access to the A1 and A14.
Barnwell’s Main Street is a no-through road, so traffic is minimal. Barnwell Brook runs the length of the village with houses on either side, making a very picturesque setting.
Visitors approaching All Saints House will be intrigued by the windowed turret beside the porch, which has been designed to let as much light as possible into the property.
Entry to the house is via the enclosed porch, which has a window to the side garden and a door to the hallway. From here, the eye is drawn to the lovely view of the garden and the countryside beyond.
This is the heart of the house: a large, bright space which would make a beautiful family room or dining area. From this hub, doors lead off to the other rooms and the stairs rise to the first floor. A built-in glass-fronted cabinet with shelves below is a nice feature, and there is under stairs space. The floor is tiled, and windows and patio doors overlook the rear garden and the fields beyond. This is certainly a room to be enjoyed by all the family.
The comfortable lounge features a large stone fireplace with hearth and wood burner, perfect for relaxing on cooler days. Windows on either side of the fireplace overlook the front garden, and full-height windows and patio doors lead to the side garden, making this spacious room particularly light and welcoming.
With dark wood flooring and a bay window overlooking the front garden, this room would make a pleasant dining room or second sitting room.
The bright, kitchen has a light tiled floor, tiled splashbacks, cream units, and wood effect worktops, as well as views through the large, window to the church at the side of the property. The ample storage includes an attractive glass-fronted cabinet and a walk-in pantry with shelving, light and power, and a glazed window to the rear. The impressive Rangemaster cooker has five gas rings and a hotplate, two ovens and pull-out storage on either side. The gas supply for the hob is from gas cylinders. There is a Butler sink, plumbing for a washing machine, under counter space with socket for an appliance, and ceiling spotlights. Access to the garden is provided by the back door set in a small lobby, where there is also a cupboard housing the Worcester Bosch oil boiler.
With a light tiled floor, the cloakroom has a wash-hand basin, low-level WC and tiled splashbacks. There is a useful cupboard with hanging space and a glazed window to the side.
A dog-leg staircase, with a window to the side, rises to the first floor where a crescent of windows throws light across the large landing. This is a beautiful area of the house, with a real sense of space, and doors lead to the four bedrooms and family bathroom. There are double doors to the airing cupboard, with shelving, which also houses the water tank.
An exceptionally spacious double bedroom with two windows overlooking the front garden and a window to the side. This is a light, comfortable bedroom with enough space for a seating area or other furniture.
Guests will feel welcome in this double bedroom with en-suite. It has wall lights and wood flooring, and a window overlooks the front garden, affording countryside views across the village. A bi-fold door leads to the en-suite, which has part-tiled walls, a spacious, fully-tiled shower enclosure, a wash-hand basin, and low-level WC. There is a glazed window to the side and wood flooring.
A double room with built-in wardrobes, cupboards, dressing table and wood flooring. There are lovely views over the rear garden and fields.
With countryside views over the rear garden, this is a good-sized double room with wood flooring.
All the family will enjoy this bathroom, whether they like to relax in the freestanding roll-top bath or prefer the corner shower. The tiled floor and part-tiled walls add a hint of luxury. There is a wash-hand basin, low-level WC and heated towel rail. Two glazed windows to the side elevation provide plenty of light, and there is loft access.
The large gardens surrounding All Saints House have enormous potential. Through double, wooden gates, the driveway leads up to the double garage beside the house, past an attractive beech hedge towards a splendid monkey puzzle tree set in a round flower bed. There are outside lights, and the garden is bordered on one side by the church’s stone wall, and on the other by wooden fencing. Most of the garden is laid to lawn with flower borders, shrubs and trees, and there is an extensive patio area with access from two of the rooms. The front garden flows round the side of the house into the rear garden, where there is a useful outside tap. Next to the garage is a side access provided by a metal gate, with a path to the kitchen door, and a wooden gate to the area enclosing the oil tank. The double garage has a small scullery with a sink, and a door into the rear garden. There is plenty of space to erect an outbuilding or greenhouse in the garden. With All Saints church on one side and fields to the rear, this is a lovely place to relax on warm, summer evenings.
Barnwell is a picturesque Northamptonshire village, combining the attractions of living in a small, rural community with the benefits of being near the market town of Oundle, as well as close enough to Peterborough and Corby for rail and road links.
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