Agent’s wording:Situated Close to Gilmorton, this fabulous barn conversion has planning permission to split it into two houses. Inside there are five bedrooms, four reception rooms and a wonderful kitchen/dining room. Additionally, there are integral stables, tack and feed rooms, a further barn for storage of large machinery and approximately 9 acres (STMS). A further 6 acres (STMS) of land is available via separate negotiation.
Lynden and Jon were delighted when they came across the large barn and dairy, which were ready to be converted.
And so they put their hearts into creating a gorgeous, light-filled, five-bedroom family home from the building, parts of which date back 200 years.
It was so big and in such a beautiful place, we knew it would be perfect, said Lynden.
With its vaulted ceilings, quarry tile and wooden floors, under-floor heating, expansive windows, luxury bedrooms and stunning drawing room, they are now proud of their exceptionally comfortable home, which also has paddocks and stables.
It has absolutely everything you could need. It is a beautiful place to live. It's big and bright - but it's cosy too. It is set back from the road and quiet. You can see your horses in the fields. What more could you want? she asked.
COOKING WITH FRIENDS
A beautiful, and practical, large kitchen was a top priority when the couple were planning their dream barn conversion - and so they spent a long time making sure it was perfect.
We knew we would be spending a lot of time in the kitchen, it's where we talk and everyone gathers, so it had to be just right, she said.
They built an attractive, and workable, bespoke kitchen, where lights illuminate the vaulted ceiling as well as the work surfaces, and where there is masses of room to linger with a cup of coffee - or glass of wine - and discuss the day.
There's usually a friend or two sitting at the breakfast bar while meals are prepared, she explained: We are a sociable family, it's a sociable house, and people sit and chat or help. It's lovely.
Large wooden dressers and cupboards complement the rich shades of the tiled floor and exposed bricks. While there's room in the barn for a separate dining room, they like to eat at their farmhouse table in the kitchen.
It's an easy-going house, eating here means whoever is cooking isn't left out of the conversation around the table, she added.
A ROOM WITH A VIEW
The couple fell in love with the great character and warmth of the sunny barn, and they were careful to emphasise its charm while incorporating lots of modern comforts, such as top-of-the-range bathrooms.
Plenty of places to relax were also essential, they decided, and everyone has their favourite. Jon particularly adores the main upstairs drawing room, where there are superb views over the countryside. With a high vaulted ceiling and skylights, there's a grand feeling of space, but it's exceptionally comfortable too, he said.
I do like to put a film on the projector and spend the afternoon in there - it's brilliant. You can have a log fire burning on a winter's afternoon, or just look at the views, it is so relaxing, he said.
Or they'll head to the sitting room with its spiral staircase and quirky, contemporary feel, or to the family room, with its double doors leading to the courtyard and garden.
ALL THE EXTRAS
The gym could be another lovely sitting room or study.
This is a large place, and you could do a lot of different things with it, he added, pointing out that the house could easily be divided into a two-bedroom annexe and a main three-bedroom home, while there's space outside for anything from offices to a large garage.
It's one of the things we like, there is so much space and potential here, he said.
It's a brilliant house for parties too, he added, and visitors love the barn's personality, from its glass doors to the secret pull-down ladder in a dressing room: I always thought it would make a brilliant pirate's ship, laughed Lynden.
It's a lovely big family home, ideal for entertaining, and lovely and warm and sunny. It's in a wonderful place - and we are really going to miss the peace here.
With imposing elevations and delightful countryside views, this substantial barn retains a wealth of wonderful features that are reminiscent of its past. Brimming with character there are beams throughout and large handmade wooden windows that let in glorious amounts of light, while the under floor heating heightens the warm appeal. Externally, the mellow brickwork and stone incorporates some weatherboarding and the wide doors remind you of this home's previous use as stables for livestock.
From the beamed reception hall you can enjoy views of the formal gardens through the glazed doors opposite and the wall of glass that is incorporated along the corridor. The flexible layout of the accommodation means that the barn is very versatile and could, if required, be split to provide an annexe for extended family or older children. The central hub of the home is the marvellous farmhouse-style kitchen which is a welcoming room with a luxurious amount of space. At one end there is currently a large table and freestanding furniture, while the working heart of the kitchen is a well planned area with a central island and timber-fronted cabinets supported by brick pillars and topped by a timber work surface. There is also a butler's sink and a double circular stainless steel sink and washer. The brick fireplace is perfect for a Range master, while the vaulted ceiling with beams heightens the sense of space and the range of windows and doors to the front of the barn make it incredibly light.
There is also a secondary entrance into the barn with a hallway that leads to a laundry room and a shower room. The shower room could be accessed from the sitting room and could therefore provide facilities for the two bedrooms above, offering potential as a separate annexe, if this was required.
The generous sitting room has been designed with exposed brick and plaster work to create a rustic effect. From here, a Victorian, wrought iron staircase rises from a circular brick plinth to the first floor. Returning first to the main hallway, a corridor leads to the other side of the barn where there is a light-filled sitting/family room with double doors that open to the formal garden, beamed ceiling with spot lights and solid wooden floors. Adjacent you find the gym which is a fabulous room with double doors that allow you to gaze outside while exercising.
There are also three double bedrooms at this end of the barn, two with en-suite shower rooms and one with an en-suite bathroom. Between the first two of these bedrooms is a dressing room where there is access via a ladder to the attic room which is fully boarded.
Stairs from the reception hall rise to the drawing room with its striking vaulted and beamed ceiling. There are brick pillars and large areas of glass which allow stunning far-reaching views both north and south over the surrounding countryside. A second staircase ascends from the sitting room to two further double bedrooms.
Setting the Scene
Set well off the road, in a small community of converted barns, Washbrook Lodge has approximately 15 acres (STMS) of grounds. This includes three main paddocks, lawns and farm buildings, as well as seven stables, tack room, a hay store and feed room. Washbrook Lodge can be accessed via two driveways but the approach to the front of the barn is off a pretty country lane where the drive winds its way around the paddocks, through wooden five-bar gates onto a gravelled parking area. The second driveway is off the road which leads into Gilmorton and offers shared access to the complex and the adjacent farmhouse to the right.
The family love barbecues on the terrace and there is plenty of space in the gardens for play equipment, vegetable and flower beds.
Jon has planted about 1,500 native shrubs and trees, many along one of the drives, which attract masses of wildlife.
They do look lovely, especially in the summer, he said.
Within Easy Reach
Gilmorton is a very popular village in Leicestershire and Washbrook Barn is set just outside of the village surrounded by some lovely countryside. There is a village shop and post office and three public houses. There is a primary school and the village consists mainly of pretty period properties. Lutterworth College and High School are only a few minutes drive away and the market town of Lutterworth has a good selection of shops, Waitrose, petrol stations, pubs and restaurants.
The easy commute to London was one of the attractions here, with Rugby station - and a 55-minute train ride to Euston - about 10 minutes away.
It is absolutely brilliant, said Jon, pointing out that the M1, M6 and A14 are also not far away.
North Midlands Airport is about 20 minutes drive.
Leicester and Market Harborough are also great for shopping and leisure facilities and there is beautiful countryside here too, said the family, with plenty of excellent places to walk and ride close by.
From the M1, exit at junction 20 signposted to Lutterworth. Proceed through Walcote and on leaving the village take a right turn, sign posted Great Central Cycle Ride into a country lane. This leads towards the village of Gilmorton but there is no sign until the end. Prior to the end of the lane there is a driveway clearly identified by our Fine 'For Sale' board to indicate access to Washbrook Lodge.
For those with satellite navigation the post code for the property is LE17 5PL.
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