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Seller Insight A stunning and truly unique 3 bedroom property attached to the East wing of historic 17th Century Stocken Hall in rural Rutland. The Old Chapel has a quirky architectural character with immaculate detailing and plenty of personality and style. “It was the character of the property and the vast sense of space which first attracted us to The Old Chapel” say the current owners, “as well, of course, as the beautiful manor house setting. It really is quite a magical place.” The property retains many original period features, including a hexagonal kitchen, impressive feature fireplace and vaulted ceiling in the drawing room. The breathtaking hexagonal drawing room is bathed in light for much of the day thanks to its 14 windows, which offer a panoramic view of surrounding countryside. “The space in the drawing room, the vast views over the countryside and the mezzanine over the drawing room are all stand out features” say the owners. “The unusual shape of the kitchen and the fantastic size of the rooms are also amazing.” The property as a whole enjoys plenty of natural light due to the double height windows extending to both floors, while a bespoke kitchen, shower room and study ensure modern luxury in a period setting. “We use one of the upstairs bedrooms as a snug, which with its quirky hexagonal shape is my absolute favourite place to be, especially in winter when it is extremely cosy. We also love the drawing room which is fabulous with its wonderful views. You can look out the windows into the grounds and see the cows and sheep grazing. We will miss so many things! Stocken Hall offers a unique sense of quietness and peace. Although Stocken Hall is shared by 11 homes, The Old Chapel’s location at the end of the Hall benefits from a much more private area.” Though the property was in walk in condition when they moved in three years ago, the current owners have since redecorated throughout. “We have revamped it, putting our own personality into it and bringing it up to date. We have simply enhanced the unique character of the property itself, with contemporary Farrow & Ball colours, a downstairs en suite, new wardrobes and a shower room in place of the upstairs bathroom. A particular favourite feature we have added is the bespoke oak media unit with Farrow & Ball painted detailing.” As part of a country manor estate made up of 11 properties, renovated and converted from the original manor house, including 4 acres of beautifully maintained communal grounds the property offers views of open countryside beyond. The Old Chapel boasts its own private front and rear entrances, so is quiet and secure. “The Old Chapel is south facing over the main gardens to the front of the Hall” say the owners. “We arranged for a patio to be built in a sun trapped area close to The Old Chapel, which although in a communal area, has only ever been used privately. The pond is a lovely area for entertaining and a focal point for neighbours to enjoy a glass of wine on a warm sunny summer’s day or evening. The 4 acres of land at Stocken Hall give ample outside space to have picnics and barbecues without having to go to a park to enjoy the views onto the countryside where cattle and sheep graze in the adjoining fields. In addition to all this, the lovely Morkery Wood is within walking distance.”* * These comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
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SITUATION Stocken Hall is located in open Rutland countryside along a quiet country lane one mile from the village of Stretton. Clipsham village, 3 miles away is well known for both its stone quarry producing Clipsham stone and for the Michelin starred ‘Olive Branch’ restaurant. The village of Greetham, four miles to the west, has a village store and post office and more extensive amenities are available in the attractive market towns of Oakham (8 miles) and Stamford (9 miles) both of which offer a diverse range of shops, bars and restaurants. Burghley House in Stamford has lovely grounds and gardens and offers golf and a year round calendar of events whilst further sport and outdoor pursuits are on offer at Rutland Water, 5 miles to the west of the county, which also offers fishing. The property is well located for commuting being a short drive from the A1 for road travel and an easy drive to Grantham, 12 miles to the north for the high speed Virgin East Coast rail link to London and the North. The area offers a range of excellent schooling with public schools at Oakham, Oundle, Uppingham and Stamford and many well-rated local state schools. DESCRIPTION A truly unique property with many period features, The Old Chapel is stylishly designed and immaculately presented. It occupies the Eastern end of the historic Stocken Hall which was built in the seventeenth century and lived in by members of the Cecil and Hesketh families until the Second World War; just over fifteen years ago it was entirely renovated and converted into eleven properties. Arranged over two floors, the Old Chapel is one of the most substantial properties attached to the main house and benefits from its own private entrances. It has been created in a Victorian addition to the main Hall; built as a then fashionable Palm House it originally had a glass-roof which was later replaced but the scale of the design and stature of the windows still remains and give the converted home its quirky architectural style. Unusual features such as the hexagonal kitchen, the vaulted ceiling in the drawing room and magnificent fireplace make this a wonderfully unique home, which is flooded with natural light from double height windows, which have been cleverly incorporated into both floors.
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In the past three years the current owners have made further improvements to the property, fitting a bespoke Shower room and adding additional integrated appliances. New hardwood window frames were also recently fitted and there are solid oak doors with latch-handles throughout. The Old Chapel sits within maintained communal gardens, beyond which are open country views and, with its period features and stylish décor, it is an impressive property in a quiet, secure countryside setting. ENTRANCE HALL The impressive solid-oak front door opens into an elegant Entrance Hall, built of local stone and flooded with light from a pair of tall windows. A recent extension, the room marries perfectly with the overall look of the listed property; it has a stone floor and an arched opening in local stone, leading to the Inner Hall, plus a wall of bespoke storage cupboards. MAIN HALLWAY The magnificent original fireplace and chimneybreast dominate one wall of the Hall - a lovely reminder of the history of the house. The fireplace, made from local stone has carved detailing and stretches from the hall to the upstairs landing due to its size. From here doors lead to the Drawing Room, Cloakroom and Guest Suite with stairs to the first floor. DRAWING ROOM A light, spacious and stunning room. The front section features original high vaulted ceilings and five walls of double height windows flood the room with natural light. Under the Mezzanine level is the perfect location for a dining table and the room is immaculately decorated, with oak shutters on the tall windows, cast-iron radiators and carpet. A bespoke Neville Johnson media unit in solid oak with storage either side, sits comfortably at the front of the room. An under-stairs storage cupboard has a tromp-l’oeil bookcase and a solid oak door with latch handle leads to the kitchen.
KITCHEN A wonderfully quirky hexagonal room; the many windows flood the space with light and there are lovely views of the gardens and countryside.The unusual room has been cleverly fitted to combine the original shape with modern practicality with a bespoke design by Nathaniel Oliver comprising a range of wall and base units, handmade in solid oak, with a black granite work surface. The Rangemaster double oven with five ring hob sits in a recess with hand painted tiling, there is a double stainless steel sink with mixer tap and waste disposal unit and integrated appliances include a Miele Dishwasher, Microwave, Washing Machine, Tumbledryer and a Neff fridge/freezer. Additional touches include pullout larder cupboards and a bespoke cutlery drawer. The flooring is stone by Fired Earth and there is a contemporary floor to ceiling radiator. A wide stable-door opens out to a secluded patio area - the perfect place for coffee or alfresco lunches and from which to wander out into the gardens beyond. CLOAKROOM This has stone floor and oak shutters, a vanity unit fitted with a stone sink with mixer tap, and WC. GUEST SUITE WITH ENSUITE SHOWER-ROOM Located on the ground floor, this lovely, spacious room is flooded with light from windows overlooking the gardens. The windows have plantation shutters and there are fitted bespoke Neville Johnson wardrobes. A door leads to the newly designed ENSUITE SHOWER-ROOM, which has stone flooring, a white basin, and WC, shower cubicle with shower and heated towel rail. FIRST FLOOR The carpeted stairs lead to a long landing with sloping ceiling and beige carpets. Light comes in on two levels; from Velux roof windows above and the top half of the fullheight windows at floor level. The landing also features the top section of the fireplace which has an inscription carved into the stone. MEZZANINE STUDY The study is located on the Mezzanine level overlooking the Drawing room with views through the tall windows of the room below and of the original timbers of the roof structure. It is fitted with a range of bespoke storage units by Neville Johnson which include television and media centre, display and book shelves, integrated filing drawers, extensive cupboard space and fitted desk. MASTER BEDROOM At one end of the landing, this occupies the space above the Guest Suite and has light from the top half of those windows, as well as Velux windows in the sloping eaves of the roof. It has been thoughtfully fitted to maximize storage space with a range of bespoke wardrobes, cupboards and drawers and there is a covered radiator with decorative grille. SHOWER ROOM Newly designed and installed in 2015, this striking room features Travertine tiles, and white suite comprising of double shower and a basin within a fitted storage unit and WC. There is a heated towel rail and underfloor heating. BEDROOM THREE A charming hexagonal room located over the kitchen, which is flooded with natural light from the top half of the many windows downstairs, plus Velux windows set amongst the original roof timbers
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OUTSIDE & GARDENS Stocken Hall is approached along a private road off which a gravelled driveway leads to the front and around to the side of the property. The Old Chapel lies at the far end of the main Hall and has ample parking in a gravelled area adjacent to the properties front door. The Hall has extensive grounds, maintained by a team of gardeners. Immediately to the side of the Old Chapel is a patio area, which makes a pleasant place to sit. From here mature trees and lawn run down to the open countryside; the owners have a double garden storage shed located beneath one of the trees. Beyond the immediate gardens, the house is surrounded by parkland and open grazing and there are many walks leading from here through the local countryside. PARKING There is ample parking available on the gravelled space adjacent to the front door. Services: Electricity, mains water and drainage. Central Heating: Gas (not mains) Local Authority: Rutland County Council Council Tax Band: E Tenure: Joint Freehold
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EPC Exempt - Grade II Listed
Agents Notes: All measurements are approximate and quoted in imperial with metric equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. For a free valuation, contact the numbers listed on the brochure. Copyright ÂŠ 2016 Fine & Country Ltd. Registered in England No OC350809 Registered Office 2 St Marys Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2DE. Printed 30.11.2016
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