Enjoying an outstanding location with panoramic open views, a superb Grade 2 listed detached five/six bedroom period property designed by Ernest Gimson, one of the famous pioneers of the Arts and Crafts movement. Read more
Enjoying an outstanding location with panoramic open views, a superb Grade 2 listed detached five/six bedroom period property designed by Ernest Gimson, one of the famous pioneers of the Arts and Crafts movement. Dating back to 1898, the property is situated within approximately seven acres of grounds and paddock. With considerable period integrity, the property offers a wealth of fine architectural features including solid oak doors, substantial exposed roof trusses, wall beams and stone mullioned windows with substantial stone sills and lintels. The property offers a superb refitted dining kitchen, three reception rooms, a superb new en-suite bathroom, a refitted family bathroom and guest en-suite bathroom. Totally unique in design, atmosphere and with special appeal due to it's important architectural history, this fine home demands inspection.
General & History Lea Cottage was conceived during the late 1890s by Ernest Gimson the famous founder member of the Arts and Crafts Movement of that period and completed in 1898 for Mentor Gimson, Ernest's older half-brother. The Arts and Crafts Movement has emerged as the major force in the history of British design during the last 100 years and Lea Cottage was the first of three Gimson cottages built by Ernest for the family, largely summer retreats, the other cottages being "Stoneywell" and Rockyfield" both situated close by. Bentons had the privilege of selling "Rockyfield " twice and copies of the sale particulars are available. Bentons also sold Lea Cottage for the Gimson family and to the previous owners who considerably enlarged and re-thatched it and are now offering it for sale for the current owners who have further enlarged and remodelled the property and grounds. The property has therefore been through two substantial phases of restoration and refurbishment by the current and previous owners.
Ernest Gimson Ernest Gimson (1864-1919) was described by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner as "the greatest English artist/craftsman". Gimson's flair and architectural style developed with the influence i the early years of fellow members William Morris and Philip Webb.
The Old Drawing Room Ernest Gimson and Sidney Barnsley were huge contributors to 20th century furniture design showing a fresh and constant appreciation of the materials they used (mainly oak) combined with a respect of quality and workmanship and an understanding of construction. In September 2001, a number of Gimson pieces were sold at auction in London, one piece exceeding £30,000.
Extract letters are retained detailing the original costs associated with the building - "it amounts to £435 including everything but the carpentry, glazing and thatch, another £150 should be added to cover this". This would have been a huge sum of money in 1898 (see attached original bill of purchase).
The layout of the rooms gives the principal reception rooms and bedrooms a southerly aspect with outstanding panoramic views over the forest. Internally, a great contract exists between the white walls, timbers, stone mullions and transoms of the window openings.
In 1974 there was a fire at Lea Cottage which gave the opportunity for a number of alterations to be carried out including a complete re-thatch and conversion of outhouses into the kitchen, whereupon the kitchen became the Dining Room. The study was added to the northern side with another bedroom above.
Accommodation The property is entered via part glazed front door with matching side screen into entrance porch and via oak multipaned inner doors to:
Reception Hall With double radiator, attractive Porcelanosa marble tiled flooring, beamed ceiling, magnificent original stone staircase off to first floor, oak and glazed screens through to dining room and sitting room and off:-
Drawing Room30'1" (9.18m) into inglenook x 14'9" (4.49m). With heavily beamed ceiling, deep leaded windows onto rear gardens and views beyond with window seat, original inglenook open fronted fireplace with brick hearth a substantial stone lintel and display alcoves, further secondary fireplace to side with copper hood. Two double radiators, telephone point and original exposed stone mullioned window with deep sill to side overlooking gardens, former stone mullioned window recess to side now used for display.
Sun Lounge15'5" x 14'1" (4.7m x 4.3m). Original heavy oak door leads from the reception hall to the sun lounge. Multipaned French doors and full height side screens opening onto a raised sun deck taking advantage of magnificent views, a further matching pair of double glazed doors lead to an enclosed side patio. Exposed oak beam, oak wood strip flooring, double radiator, magnificent stone door release and original stone mullion windows from the drawing room.
Separate Dining Room15'7" x 14'1" (4.75m x 4.3m). With a deep original fireplace recess (used for display), leaded windows to front, double radiator, Porcelanosa marble tiled flooring, heavily beamed ceiling and most attractive oak/glazed screen through to reception hall with original ledged door and off:-
Rear Hall With secondary staircase off to first floor with charming banisters and spindles constructed of natural branches. Radiator, built-in base cupboards, Porcelanosa marble tiled flooring, drawers and eye level cupboards and window to side and off:-
Utility/Laundry Room14'5" x 12'10" (4.4m x 3.91m). With a bespoke range of units by Montague, Porcelanosa marble tiled flooring, Belfast sink unit by Villeroy and Boch with oak work surfacing, full range of base cupboards, double storage cupboards, space for American style fridge/freezer, Porcelanosa marble flooring, space for tumble dryer, two leaded windows to either side, double radiator, white painted beamed ceiling, leaded windows to courtyard and front, double radiator and off:-
Downstairs Cloakroom With low level WC, wash hand basin with period style chrome fittings, beamed ceiling, Porcelanosa marble flooring, leaded window to side.
Rear Lobby With Porcelanosa marble tiled flooring, built-in double cupboard, multi-paned door to side, off which is:-
Wine Store With full height cabinets with racking for wine and timer for central heating.
Dining Kitchen20'7" x 18'1" (6.27m x 5.51m). Extensively fitted with a bespoke range of fitted units by deVOL and Montague housing a Belfast sink inset within range of granite and oak work surfacing with a full range of base cupboards and drawers under, eye level units including glass fronted display cupboards, a matching dresser unit and double pantry unit. Integrated appliances include a four own Aga with gas module, twin plates with twin extractor hoods over within a matching canopy. Integrated Miele dishwasher, Porcelanosa marble flooring throughout, kickboard LED spotlights, heavily beamed ceiling, leaded deep bay window to front, further matching windows to side, provision for wall mounted TV and tiled splashbacks.
First Floor Landing With heavily beamed ceiling, exposed timber wall beams, built-in linen cupboard, off which is:-
Master Bedroom20'3" x 15'6" (6.17m x 4.72m). With magnificent exposed roof trusses, beams and purlins, two hand built double hanging wardrobes and matching dressing table, chest of drawers, corner cupboard and bedside drawers. Secondary double glazed leaded windows with panoramic views over the gardens and Charnwood Forest towards Old John, two double and single radiators, telephone point, leaded door to:-
Luxury En-suite Bathroom With a five piece suite including a large walk-in fully tiled shower with dual shower fitting, tiled in limestone, freestanding clawfoot bath with shower attachment, low level WC and twin wash hand basins within marble worktop with cupboards and drawers under. Full height limestone and marble tiling to all walls, heated towel rail with integrated mirror and TV, second vertical towel rail, shaver point, underfloor heating, stone mullion lead window overlooking gardens, paddocks and views over the forest, LED spotlights.
Bedroom Two17'9" x 16'3" (5.4m x 4.95m). With leaded windows to front and side, a range of bespoke built-in bedroom furniture comprising two double hanging wardrobes, adjacent cupboards with worktop, dressing table and three chest of drawers. Colourwash heavily beamed ceiling with access to roof space, wiring for surround sound and double radiator.
Family Bathroom With a refitted three piece suite by Adelphi comprising clawfoot freestanding roll edge bath with shower attachment, pedestal wash hand basin, high level WC, chrome towel/radiator, three quarter height limestone tiling and matching flooring, leaded window to side, heavily beamed ceiling and built-in cupboards.
Guest Bedroom Three20'6" x 14'1" maximum (6.25m x 4.3m maximum). With two built-in hanging wardrobes, large corner unit with chest of drawers and cupboard, plinth for display, leaded windows to three elevations, provision for wall mounted TV, colourwash beamed ceiling and off:
Refitted En-suite Bathroom With a white three piece suite comprising a bath with Aqualisa shower over and screen, low level WC, wash hand basin, chrome towel/radiator, attractive limestone tiling and matching tiled flooring. Leaded window to side and exposed beams.
Bedroom Four17'11" (5.47m) x 13'7" (4.14m) average. Exposed roof trusses and beams, double radiator, leaded windows to front and rear, original fireplace, hanging wardrobe, off which:
Interconnecting Sitting Area/Occasional Bedroom9'10" x 10'2" (3m x 3.1m). With leaded window to front, exposed roof trusses and wall beams, off which:
Bedroom Five13'5" x 12'10" (4.1m x 3.91m). With a range of built-in hanging wardrobes with top boxes creating alcove for king-sized bed with bedside chest of drawers, oak flooring, leaded window to front, double radiator and access to roof space.
Outside A gravelled driveway leads in via electric gates to the rear of the property providing access to the large garage. The driveway continuing passed the garage and into the rear to a large drive with hardstanding for a number of vehicles. Beyond is a further drive area providing excellent parking. Steps lead down to the front of the property and lawned ground gardens enclosed by granite borders, dry stone walling and mature shrubs. In addition is a boiler house with a recently replaced oil fired central heating boiler and adjacent store. There is outside security lighting around the property.
Granite and Timber Garage33'2" x 13'9" (10.1m x 4.2m). Having up and over door, power, lighting and window to rear.
Games Room15'9" x 15'9" (4.8m x 4.8m). Constructed to a chalet style with doors and window to front with blinds, window to side, fitted light and power. Also providing potential for an excellent separate work from home office facility. In addition is a large wood store and timber built garden shed.
The Gardens The gardens are laid to formal lawn including a large area of orchard, the gardens have been enclosed by dry stone walling and fencing and extensively stocked with a magnificent range of Rhododendron and other trees and shrubs. An outdoor entertaining area consists of a large sun deck at the foot of the lawns which features a large hexagonal shaped barbecue hut with fitted light and power and central firepit. This relaxation area if ideal for enjoying views across the gardens to the main house. At the rear of these gardens is a large spinney with further Rhododendron and a large variety of attractive trees and in addition is a good sized productive vegetable and fruit garden with a variety of beds including raised beds, composting areas, the fruit garden being enclosed by stone walling. Along the southern boundary of the property is an adjacent paddock extending to approximately 4 acres running along the length of Polly Botts Lane.