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This week’s property of the week is a ‘picture postcard’ historic English Grade II listed Almshouse, with separate four bedroomed detached cottage, set in the historic village of Sutton Cheney. The properties are listed with Cartwright Hands for £945,000 for both.
The Almhouse and Sutton House are set in the delightful village of Sutton Cheney. Built in 1612 by Sir William Roberts as a hospital for six poor people, the main house is grade II listed providing over 2,000sq.ft of spacious accommodation full of character and set within a glorious plot having a formal ‘cottage style’ garden and views of St James Church.
Looking out over beautiful countryside is a detached four bedroomed cottage previously used for commercial uses now providing over 2,300sq.ft of charming accommodation with a wealth of character that offers versatility for a growing family or conversion to an ancillary or even commercial use annexed to the main house, (subject to planning permission).
Set within approximately 1.3 acres with two separate sweeping drives providing access, a separate parcel of land off the main drive is ideal for equestrian use.
The current owner has sympathetically maintained the main house, and there is also a four bedroom detached brick built cottage in the grounds that has in past had commercial usage. There is 4300 sq.ft of living accommodation across the two properties with character at every turn. Expect to find exposed oak beams, Inglenook fireplaces, original floor and oak doors in The Almshouse, along with a master bedroom suite and a superb formal sitting room. There is also detailed planning permission and footings built for an orangery to extend from the rear elevation.
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The Alms House
Reception Hall 9.51″ x 10.60″
Two windows to rear, stairs.
Dining Room 15′ 2″ x 10′ 4″
Window to rear, double radiator, door to:
Kitchen/Breakfast Room 15′ 7″ x 21′ 4″
This country style kitchen/breakfast room has great potential with original beamed ceiling and exposed stonework, two windows to front elevation, feature Inglenook incorporating AGA cooking range, wall mounted and base level shaker style units with granite effect worksurfaces incorporating ceramic hob and extractor fan above, space for fridge/freezer,
Lounge 20.47″ x 15.16″
Two windows to rear, two windows to front, fireplace, two double radiators.
Landing 7’48” x 9’38”
Two windows to front, open plan, door to:
Master Bedroom 19.52″ x 5.51″
Window to side, two windows to rear, velux window to front, window to front, fitted, three double radiators, fitted carpet floor covering, sliding door, door to:
Window to rear, door to:
Bedroom 2 15′ 4″ x 10′ 6″
Window to rear, window to side, window to front, double radiator.
Bedroom 3 7′ 2″ x 8′ 2″
Window to front, double radiator.
Family Bathroom 8’89” x 11’48”
Fitted with four piece suite with jacuzzi bath, wash hand basin twin wash hand basin vanity wash unit with cupboards under and low-level WC, tiled surround, window to front, double radiator, tiled flooring.
A four bedroom detached property converted in the 1980’s with plain bricks and timber glazed units throughout. The entrance hall comprises of a radiator, wood effect flooring and access through to the kitchen, dining area and living space. There is also access to a downstairs cloakroom/utility area which offers space for extra white goods and has a window to the front elevation. In addition there is a pedestal mounted wash hand basin with chrome tap, ceramic tile splash backs and WC with a fitted boiler.
Kitchen 20′ 5″ x 18′ 1″
The kitchen is fitted with a range of eye and base level units in a shaker style design with granite effect rolled edge work surfaces, a Bosch oven with gas hob, extractor fan, a farmhouse Butler style sink with chrome mixer tap leading to a breakfast bar, large dining space and continuation of the wood effect flooring with carpet in the seating area. There is also two windows to the rear elevation and one to the front allowing lots of natural light. The room also includes a dog legged staircase to the first floor landing and a door to the formal lounge and courtyard area.
Lounge 18′ 1″ x 15′ 7″
A beautiful room with reclaimed hard wood timbers to the wall and ceiling including a feature brick fireplace with a timber lintel over. Also comrising of two large picture windows to the front of the property, two radiators and a TV point.
Open plan breakfast kitchen 31′ 1″ x 16′ 0″
This breakfast kitchen can be accessed via a separate door and comprises of two large double doors opening onto the courtyard. There is a second kitchen in this large space which has been fitted with a range of eye and base level units to a good standard, a breakfast bar, under counter space for appliances, a fitted oven with stainless steel extractor, a glow-worm gas boiler and window to the side elevation.
First Floor Landing
The landing offers beautiful views over the front paddock land and countryside and also gives access to three bedrooms. There is a double panelled radiator, window to the rear of the property and airing cupboard.
Master Bedroom 18′ 0″ x 10′ 6″
The master is a good size double with a built in wardrobe, window to the rear, TV point and two radiators. There is an en-suite comprising of a three piece suite fitted with a wash hand basin, WC and shower.
Bedroom 3 14′ 0″ x 8′ 10″
The third bedroom is again a good sized double with built in wardrobes, TV point, loft access and a velux window providing a wealth of views over the front countryside.
Family Bathroom 9′ 9″ x 5′ 8″
The bathroom is fitted with a four piece suite comprising of a shower, pedestal mounted wash hand basin and close cup WC, a full sized bath, ceramic tile splash backs and a single radiator.
Bedroom 2 16′ 0″ x 11′ 6″
A double bedroom with a wealth of character, windows to the rear and front of the property and two radiators. The room also has en-suite facilities comprising of a toilet, shower and wash hand basin.
Bedroom 4 16′ 2″ x 16′ 0″
The fourth bedroom can also be accessed via the staircase in the tea room and is fitted with two double radiators, a window to the front elevation, a velux to the rear and exposed timbers to the ceiling. There is a dressing area comprising of a window to the front, radiator and access to another bathroom fitted with a full sized bath, wash hand basin and low level WC.
The outside of the property sits on an impressive plot with two tree lined sweeping driveways offering vehicle access to both The Almshouse and Sutton House. To the front of the properties sits a good sized paddock and block paved driveway leading to the front gardens. The garden to The Almshouse comprises of a lovely brick built under slate outer house which could potentially be used for a small business venture and a large pergola seating area. The plot is laid mostly to lawn with mature flowerbeds throughout and a large seating area offering views over the local church, with a pond in set as well as a fountain to the front of the gravelled area. The property has also had detailed planning approved and footings in for a double detached garage and for an orangery to The Almshouse.
Sutton Cheney is a picturesque canalside village on the Ashby Canal. This pretty village has a population of around 550 and is 14 miles west of Leicester and very near to the Battle of Bosworth which occurred in 1485. You can visit the famous site where Richard III died.
The Bosworth Battlefield Circular Trail also offers a country park – this is a perfect location for history, walking, cycling, bird-watching and even canoeing, or enjoy the canalside café. The location is perfect for relaxing and enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
A trip to the 14th Century church of St. James, views of which can be seen from the house, reveals a monument to the builder of the Almshouse, Sir William Roberts. The inscription reads; “here lyeth interred the body of Sir William Roberts, who in his life-time, being devoted both to hospitality and charity, among other memorable works erected, out of a pious mind, a hospital for six poor men adjoining the churchyard and endowed it with 30 pounds worth of land yearly for their maintenance for ever”.
There are a number of independent and state-run schools in the wider area, with easy access to Coventry and Nuneaton.