Live-in Kitchen/Breakfast Room | Large Conservatory | Sitting Room | Family Room | Shower Room/Wc
Four Bedrooms | Family Bathroom
Out-Buildings Plus Stone Barn | Victorian Game Larder | Stables | Field Shelter | Triple Bay Cart Shed
Paddock, In All About 2.50 Acres
Location: Lilford is an attractive, rural village which evolved around Lilford Hall, a substantial country house with fabulous parkland. The majority of the properties within the village were estate cottages or farm buildings. The village is surrounded by gently rolling farmland and the River Nene runs close-by, on its way towards Oundle and beyond. There are a number of footpaths and bridleways leading from the village, affording access to the countryside. The neighbouring villages of Thorpe Waterville and Wadenhoe each have popular public houses serving food. The nearest shopping facilities are in the historic market towns of Oundle and Thrapston, each about 4 miles away and providing traditional family run shops, businesses and restaurants. Lilford has excellent access to the major road network, with the A14 lying about 5 miles to the South and the A1 about 9 miles to the North-East. There are main line rail stations at Kettering, Huntingdon, Peterborough and Wellingborough, with journey times to London from 50 minute
The Property: This attractive, stone, semi-detached house is set at the end of a farm track, beyond the village, on the edge of the Lilford Estate. The cottage enjoys a high level of privacy and over-looks its beautiful formal garden to the paddock and beyond to Lilford Hall and the Nene Valley. Formerly the cottage for the game-keeper to the Lilford Estate and thought to date from around 1850, the cottage displays many features of the period, including beamed ceilings and open fireplaces. Further indications of its former use include the stone kennels, stables, (part of which has been converted into a substantial annex) and most beautiful Grade II listed hexagonal Victorian game larder with a domed brick ceiling.
The house was sold by the Lilford Estate in 1994 and was then subject to a programme of major refurbishment. It now offers versatile living space with comfortable accommodation and plenty of character. The ground floor is entered via the kitchen which is a large room with ample space for cooking, dining and relaxation. The hand-built kitchen provides ample storage and has an inset Belfast sink. Cooking is via an integrated electric oven and gas hob with extractor above. There is space for a large farmhouse table and the far end is set up as a utility area with Belfast sink and spaces for the usual appliances, adjacent is a shower room/Wc. The sitting room has an original tiled floor, an open fireplace set within the inglenook and a beamed ceiling. A door leads through to the front door and hallway. Across the hall is the family room which has a window seat, open fire and beamed ceiling. Double doors open from the end of the kitchen into the impressive garden room, which currently serves as a formal dining room. Double doors open to the terrace. On the first floor there are three, large, double bedrooms, each with built-in or fitted wardrobes. There is a smaller fourth bedroom which would simply convert to an en suite bathroom for the main bedroom, if required. Each of the bedrooms enjoys wonderful views of the gardens or the countryside beyond.
The house is approached via a gravelled drive with a yard for parking, set adjacent to the former stone built stables, with limited work there could be three loose boxes and a tack room. Attached is the dog kennel. A gated drive runs down beside the garden to a further yard with a triple bay cart shed providing garaging and storage. The house has a beautiful, heavy oak-framed pergola providing a sheltered seating area adjacent to the kitchen. A terrace is set beyond the garden room. A symmetrical box hedged garden with pathways lead under the rose arches to the extensive west facing lawn. The game larder is set to one side. This provides useful storage at present, but could make a lovely garden room or folly. Across the lawn is a productive orchard area, with plum and apple trees. The paddock is set beyond the garden. It has vehicle access from the side drive, past the cart shed. There are two timber stables. There are exceptional views of Lilford Hall and the Nene valley from both the garden and paddock.
Services: Mains electricity and water are connected. Drainage is private and heating is oil fired.