Steeped in history, the White Lion is a splendid Grade II* listed stone property in the heart of Oundle’s conservation area. A former Public House dating back to the 17th century, with an abundance of features, yet still maintaining a lovely, homely feel.
The White Lion has an imposing frontage, mullioned leaded lined windows, a Collyweston slate roof, and further architectural elements, all worthy of mention in historical literature.
In addition to the outstanding character found in every part of this period property, this home allows versatile living on three floors with practical modern-day comfort. Five bedrooms, a cellar, several reception rooms and a beautiful garden, alongside off-road parking for two vehicles and garaging, ensuring this appealing home will captivate the interest of many prospective buyers.
One of the most enticing aspects of this residence, is the variety of features which have been incorporated over the years.
The property has been pictured and referred to in John Betjeman's "Pictorial History of English Architecture" page 54/55.
The oak front door from North Street opens into an oak-framed lobby, with a beamed ceiling and wall lantern. Internal windows look into the drawing room, which is accessed through a partially glazed door.
The fabulous stone inglenook sits opposite the bay window at the front of the property, with a seat below, overlooking St Peter’s Church. There are remote control curtains in the bay which can be set on a timer. Stunning wood panelling adorns the adjoining wall. A wooden church pew encloses the entrance to the cellar
Stone steps lead down to the atmospheric cellar with barrel stands and race, reminding the visitor of its former life. Light and power are connected.
From the lobby, on the right-hand side, is the impressive dining room with a fitted oak dresser to one wall. Again, a bay window to the front aspect has a seat under with stunning views of St Peter’s church. A partially glazed door allows entry to the kitchen/breakfast room.
The grand staircase, with under-stairs cupboard, has intricate wood balustrading, and has sight up to the second-floor landing. A glazed door enters the atrium.
This extremely well-appointed kitchen has painted coloured units, some of which are bespoke, incorporating deep pan drawers, eye and base level units and a sink with mixer tap. Hardwood worktops and a breakfast bar offer plenty of space to work, and the newly fitted Neff induction hob, with extractor hood, has an eye-catching Brazilian Granite surround. An integrated Neff eye-level cooker, with warming drawer, is an added extra, as is the integrated dishwasher. Ample space for a large fridge/freezer is available. Ceramic tiled flooring, ceiling spotlights and bi-fold doors to the atrium complete this room.
Formerly the outside courtyard to the pub, this fantastic bright room has a glazed lantern roof with ventilation openers. A feature of this room is the glass-topped well which has planting and lighting inside. Ceramic tiled flooring continues from the kitchen. The rear lobby, ground floor bedroom suite and utility room can be accessed from here.
Stepping down from the Atrium, and with the continued ceramic tiled flooring, is a door to what used to be an annexe; this could easily be converted back to its former status.
A large double bedroom with built-in wardrobes is positioned at the back of the property. It has a large storage recess and an obscure window to the side. Access to the wet room is through a half-glazed door.
The modern fitted wet room has contemporary floor to ceiling tiling, a heated towel rail, ceiling spotlights and a window to the side aspect into the rear porch. The suite comprises a shower, large wall mounted hand basin and a low-level WC.
From the rear lobby is the useful utility room that has plumbing for a washing machine, a large Butler sink with mixer tap, and a range of cupboards, including a broom cupboard, with worktop over. In this area there is also a WC.
An impressive, wide staircase with stunning balustrading, rises to the first floor. A dormer window to the rear elevation allows light to flood in.
Situated at the front of the house is the main bedroom, currently used as a library, with an amazing 17th century carved stone fireplace and beamed ceiling.
Another large double bedroom at the front, which has been opulently decorated and has an en-suite. There is a fitted wardrobe built into the recess, and carved wood double doors access the airing cupboard.
Entered through a half-glazed door from the bedroom, the en-suite shower room has a wooden parquet flooring and a beamed ceiling. (It is understood that this flooring continues under the carpeted areas on this floor.) A corner shower cubicle, sink inset into cupboards and a low-level WC are provided, as well as a heated towel rail and extractor fan.
The sloped ceiling gives this space character, as does the low wood panelling to one wall.
The suite consists of a long bath, large pedestal wash basin under the dormer window, and a low-level WC.
A large double bedroom is built into the eaves, giving added interest with no loss of head height. Built-in wardrobes and shelves allow ample storage, as well as the eaves cupboard behind a trap door. The window at the front aspect has a deep sill.
Positioned at the front of the property, this good-sized double bedroom has fitted wardrobes.
At the back of the house is a covered rear porch, with outside lighting and a lockable boiler/drying room (1.2m x 2m) housing a 'Viessmann’ boiler, which was installed two years ago. Shelving is provided.
The rear garden has a mixture of stone and brick retaining walls. A path of paving slabs leads to the circular lawned area, that has well-stocked, established borders to the path and perimeter of the grass. There is a wonderful array of planting including giant sunflowers, lavender, an acer tree, climbing roses, herbs, to name but a few. A round patio area makes an excellent spot to sit and ponder with the trickling sound from the water feature. Outside lighting, electric power supply and an external tap have been installed.
A block-paved pathway leads to a large, gravelled area that houses the wooden workshop/summerhouse. There is room for at least two cars in front of the large stone built detached garage (3.5m x 7.2m) with pantile roof, which has an up-and-over door, a vaulted roof, light and power. Double wooden gates allow entry from Duck Lane.
A rare find, White Lion is as impressive on the inside as the outside. Enveloped in interesting architectural design, this wonderful family home will not disappoint.
North Street is situated in the centre of the historic town of Oundle, with its regular markets, festivals and a range of independent shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants. The lakes, riverbank and meadows of Barnwell Country Park lie on the edge of the town, as well as beautiful walks within the Northamptonshire county.
With regular direct bus services to Peterborough, Northampton, Wellingborough Kettering and Corby. Frequent train services from Peterborough (London Kings Cross 52 minutes)
All mains services are connected
Gas central heating
Council Tax: Band F
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