Situated just outside the desirable riverside village of Normanton on Soar in open countryside, a fine country residence of considerable period, integrity and character, situated in approximately 7.8 acres of gardens and grounds with a substantial range of original outbuildings. Read more
Situated just outside the desirable riverside village of Normanton on Soar in open countryside, a fine country residence of considerable period, integrity and character, situated in approximately 7.8 acres of gardens and grounds with a substantial range of original outbuildings. Offering a wealth of original features including a magnificent reception hall, open fronted fireplaces and ornate leaded windows, the property offers extensive accommodation over three floors to include four reception rooms, a fully fitted dining kitchen with four oven Aga, whilst on the first floor, five/six bedrooms, family bathroom and separate shower room and on the second floor, three further bedrooms and separate WC/potential bathroom. Outside an extensive range of outbuildings, stores, garage and stables with potential for conversion (subject to planning). In total, approximately 7.8 acres of grounds, gardens and paddocks only a quarter of a mile walk from the village centre. Fast access to Nottingham, Loughborough, M1. *For a Property Information Book about this property and local amenities click on Virtual Tour*
General General Owned by just three families in its entire history, Normanton House comes to the market offering a very rare opportunity to acquire a substantial Victorian country residence of impressive proportions.
The house and outbuildings have undergone much renovation by the previous and current owners, although the late Victorian architecture and interior style have been carefully retained and enhanced.
The house boasts some extremely fine principal rooms which lead off the imposing Reception Hall with a galleried mahogany staircase. In addition to the Drawing Room and Dining Room, which are particularly impressive, there is a Family Room and Study en route to the spacious Kitchen from the side hall. This air of generosity is repeated on the first floor where there are six Bedrooms and two Bathrooms off the two landings. The second floor offers three further generous bedrooms and large WC, quite capable of the addition of a shower or bath.
Normanton House stands at the end of a private drive off Butt Lane within grounds of around 7.8 acres. The grounds include a wide variety of large mature trees which provide considerable privacy. There are formal lawns with well stocked borders as well as more informal areas thickly planted with bulbs amongst the flowering shrubs and trees. There is a separate paddock of approximately 2.5 acres to the west of the house, a hard tennis court and pavilion.
History History It is understood that the property was built in 1888 for a prominent local land owner, J B Tidmass, who used Normanton House as his main residence. The house remained in his family passing to his daughter on his death.
She married Sir Lambert Ward, a well-known Member of Parliament, who used the property as a summer house and hunting lodge, his main residence being in Cadogan Square, London.
More recently the house was passed on to Lady Spearman, the granddaughter of the original owner who sold it to the previous owners in 1974, the first time it had passed out of her family. The current owners purchased the house in 1999.
Entrance The property is entered via an attractive leaded front door with ornate side screens into:-
Entrance Vestibule With attractive tiled floor and via a pair of ornate leaded glazed front doors with matching top lights and side screens leading through to:-
Magnificent Reception Hall32'6" x 11'10" (9.9m x 3.6m). Featuring a substantial staircase leading to a half landing and first floor with decorative spindles and newel posts. Attractive open fronted fireplace with ornate cast iron grate and surround, French polished mantel and tiled hearth. Moulded cornicings, cupboard under the stairs and off:-
Downstairs Cloakroom With original marble vanity unit with lift up sink. Off which is:-
WC Fitted with a high level WC. Two leaded windows to rear.
Drawing Room27'7" x 19'8" (8.4m x 6m). With deep moulded cornicings, fine deep bay window with leaded lights looking out on to rear gardens and two matching leaded lights to front. The focal point of the room being an open fronted fireplace within cast iron surround with French polished mahogany surround and mantel over.
Dining Room18'4" into bay x 18'1" (5.59m into bay x 5.51m). Formerly the morning room with an open fronted fireplace with French polished mahogany surround and mantel and marble hearth. Deep bay window overlooking gardens with leaded lights and door onto side veranda overlooking the gardens.
Family Room25'3" x 16'9" (7.7m x 5.1m). With two sets of windows to front with leaded lights, moulded cornicing and an attractive open fronted fireplace with a mahogany surround, open grate and mantel and featuring a mahogany carved mirror over.
Study/Library15'6" x 13'1" (4.72m x 3.99m). With a range of built-in book shelving, matching base cupboards and double store cupboards in pine with shelving and attractive original range in ornate surround and mantel, windows overlooking rear gardens with leaded lights and off:-
Large Inner Reception Hall With attractive ceramic tiled flooring, secondary staircase to first floor, off which is a useful store room with original cupboards, shelving and window, door and windows onto rear courtyard and access under cellars.
Excellent Store Room15'11" x 9'1" (4.85m x 2.77m). Formerly the butler's pantry with an excellent range of glass fronted display cupboards with top boxes over, base cupboards, all in solid pine with matching work surfacing, deep Belfast sink unit, ornate original open fronted fire place, windows with leaded lights looking onto rear gardens.
Cloakroom12'6" x 8'10" (3.8m x 2.7m). Fitted with a low level WC and wash hand basin. Ceramic tiled flooring, attractive half height tiling to two walls and ornate original cast iron fireplace.
Fitted Dining/Kitchen18'7" x 15'7" (5.66m x 4.75m). Fitted with a range of bespoke solid pine fronted units comprising a Belfast sink inset within ranges of granite work surfacing with a full range of base cupboards and drawers, eye level units over, original pine base cupboards with drawers and display shelving. The kitchen features a gas four oven Aga in rural blue, with warming plate and twin plates inset within tiled surround, ceramic tiled flooring, three windows overlooking rear gardens with leaded top lights, further matching leaded windows to courtyard and off:-
Pantry/Former Scullery With original brick benches with tiled tops, shelving and windows to side and rear.
Study/Hobbies Room12'11" x 9'1" (3.94m x 2.77m). With pine corner cupboard, ceramic tiled flooring, window onto courtyard, roof light and off:-
Laundry/Utility Room13'1" x 9' (3.99m x 2.74m). With an Ideal Concord gas fired central heating boiler, plumbing for automatic washing machine and space for tumble dryer, Belfast sink unit within pine work top with shelving, tiled splashback, door to outside and window to side, ceramic tiled flooring and useful drying rail.
First Floor Landing Approached via both the magnificent staircase from the reception hall and a second, former servants' staircase, from the inner hall. With easy rise main staircase leads to a generous half landing with full height leaded lights overlooking the gardens. Moulded cornicing. Off is an inner landing with useful store cupboards and accessed from the servants' staircase is an enclosed staircase leading to the second floor.
Master Bedroom26'3" x 20'8" into bay (8m x 6.3m into bay). With picture rail and deep moulded cornicings, deep bay window overlooking gardens and access off on to a balcony over the veranda from which to enjoy views over the gardens. Ornate cast iron open fronted fireplace with tiled slips, matching surround and mantel and featuring an ornate mirror over.
Bedroom Two19' into bay x 18'4" (5.8m into bay x 5.59m). With two built-in double hanging wardrobes, bay window overlooking side gardens with leaded lights, further window onto balcony and picture rail.
Bedroom Three15'11" x 11'11" (4.85m x 3.63m). Currently used as a dressing room with built- in double cupboards, one being the wardrobe with a range of top boxes, ornate open cast iron open fronted fire place, leaded windows overlooking driveway and front gardens and inter-connecting door to:-
Bedroom Four25' x 16'10" + bay (7.62m x 5.13m + bay). With two windows to the front, one being a bay window with leaded top lights, built-in double hanging wardrobe, double cupboard with shelving, a range of top boxes, deep moulded cornicing and picture rail.
Bedroom Five15'7" x 13'1" (4.75m x 3.99m). With double hanging wardrobe, cast iron open fronted fire place, windows overlooking rear gardens with leaded top lights.
Bedroom Six18'7" x 15'6" (5.66m x 4.72m). With ornate cast iron open fronted fireplace, double hanging wardrobe, windows to front and side.
Family Bathroom Fitted with a white suite by Adelphi comprising panelled bath with shower attachment and pedestal wash hand basin with chrome fittings. Three quarter height tiling to all walls, ceramic tiled flooring with underfloor heating, window to front and built-in linen cupboard with full height shelving.
Adjacent WC Fitted with a low level WC. Tiling to the walls, ceramic tiled flooring and leaded window to side.
Family Shower Room Fitted with a three piece suite comprising a large double sized shower cubicle with power shower, pedestal wash hand basin by Adelphi and low level WC. Window overlooking rear garden with leaded top lights, ceramic tiled flooring with underfloor heating and cast iron open fronted fireplace.
Second Floor Approached via a continuation from the secondary servants' staircase is a half landing with walk-in tank room with a Belfast sink and hot water cylinder, useful storage space, window.
Split Level Second Floor Landing With two roof lights and off which is:-
Bedroom Seven16'5" x 13'1" (5m x 3.99m). With two windows to side, built-in double cupboard with shelving.
Bedroom Eight19'8" x 11'10" (6m x 3.6m). With ornate original fireplace and leaded window overlooking rear gardens.
Bedroom Nine/Study16'9" x 11'11" + bay (5.1m x 3.63m + bay). With leaded windows overlooking side gardens, ornate cast iron open fronted fireplace, useful storage space, access to roof space, telephone point and internet point (CAP5).
Separate WC/Potential Bath or Shower Room12'6" x 9'4" (3.8m x 2.84m). Currently fitted with a low level WC and wash hand basin with tiled splashback, but with ample space for a separate bath or shower if required. Access to tank/store room, cast iron fireplace, built-in shelving, leaded window to rear.
Outside The property enjoys a spectacular semi-rural location just outside the village. An impressive tree lined approach leads up to the front of the property to a driveway providing hardstanding for a number of vehicles which leads around to the rear servicing the paddock and also leads to an excellent range of traditional outbuildings comprising a former coach house, store and stables.
Outbuildings, Stores, Garages and Stables The main garage measures 18'3" x 20'1" (5.6m x 6.1m) having double opening timber doors, power and light. There is access to a number of stable rooms and tack rooms. The first outbuilding comprises two loose boxes with doors, two open stands and access to a hayloft and with a tack room off to one side. There is also access to a further tack room and workshop which has power and light. Adjoining both of these buildings is a third stable and former pigsty. To the north end of the property there is a detached barn which is currently used as a log store and access to the paddocks.
This collection of buildings offers considerable potential for conversion to provide further accommodation for potential annexe or offices, etc. (subject to any necessary consents/approvals). To the north end of the property there is an open bay timber framed barn with cedar tiled roof adjacent to which is a re-built brick tractor/mower shed with timber doors.
The Gardens The property sits within the centre of its magnificent garden grounds, ornamental block paved pathways allow access around the property, in addition to which is a flagstone sun terrace with access from the veranda which opens on to the lawn and side gardens with steps up to the meadow and orchard beyond.
Pavilion/Play House With replacement uPVC double glazed shatter proof windows.
Services All mains, water, electricity, gas and drainage are connected to the property. The property is equipped with a gas fired central heating system. The current owners have restored the second floor of the property, which now also has central heating. All the fireplaces on the second floor have been capped with the ground floor having three working fireplaces and BT Infinity broadband is available in the roadside and conduits are currently laid to take this to the property if required. There is a sophisticated alarm system managed by Red Care.
Fixtures and Fittings All fitted carpets, curtains and most light fittings are included.