The perfect Grade II Listed Old Rectory in an edge of village position with far-reaching south westerly views
Kitchen with adj b/fast room
2nd floor 1 bed annexe
Garage & car port
Tennis Court & Swimming pool
40 Panel Photo Voltaic Array
In all about 6.16 acres
Dated 1858 and Grade II Listed, The Old Rectory sits in a commanding and elevated position on the western edge of the highly regarded Rutland village of Market Overton. The entrance, flanked by stone gate piers, leads to a gravel driveway and parking forward of the front door. This opens onto a hallway, with original flagstones, and a cloakroom to the right.
Beyond, is an inner hall into which light streams from a cupola suspended above the central staircase. To the left is the sitting room with a working fire and original features, including working shutters, picture rails and high ceilings with original cornicing, a theme which is mirrored throughout. A dining room is beyond with fitted glass cabinets either side of a working coal fire and a "British" door providing direct access to the lawn. Adjacent to this is the drawing room, which has a working fire and a beautiful bay window with seats framing the stellar view beyond. To the right of the entrance hall is a corridor leading to the ’working’ areas of the house, which include a boot room, a kitchen with a post box red, Aga and an antique range cooker, a breakfast room and a pantry and utility room. The cellar, the access to which is adjacent to the back door, houses the oil-fired boiler.
The elegant main staircase leads to a galleried landing off which runs the principal bedroom with a large en suite bathroom, two further double bedrooms, both of which have basins, and a single bedroom. Diverging from the main staircase is a mezzanine floor leading to two double bedrooms, one of which has an adjoining study, a WC and a family bathroom with a sauna. A green baize door provides access to the rear staircase and to a second floor annexe, with a bedroom, sitting room, kitchenette, bathroom and storeroom.
To the front of the house is an extensive parking area, leading around to the north where there is a U shaped group of outbuildings, including log stores, potting sheds and a garage with a mezzanine storage level and a two car carport. Attached to the north side of the house are two sheds, one of which is a potting shed and the other of which houses a Farm 2000 biomass burner. The current owners use this as the main source of hot water and heating, and burn wooden pallets, although not exclusively, and a range of combustible materials can be burnt within it. This system runs separately to the oil boiler and is activated by a manual switch. In addition to the biomass system, there is a 40 panel solar photovoltaic array installed in the northern corner of the field immediately to the west of the house. This provides free electricity to the house and, when the house has consumed all it needs, feeds into the grid providing the owner with the income from the FIT (Feed in Tariff) for the remainder of the contract (circa 15 years). A note is available which gives more details on actual and forecast outputs and returns.
The garden wraps around the house with the more formal lawn areas to the south and west. The house is framed by a beautiful lime tree and bordered to the field by a Ha Ha. To the north west of the house is a hard tennis court and to the north east, hidden behind hedges, is a wonderful garden area infused by a myriad of informal borders and fruit trees. Within this is a swimming pool with a transparent dome providing year round usability. A small shed houses the swimming pool water filter system, pump, heat exchanger and top up water supply. To the northeast side of the garden, and
bordering St. Peter and St Paul’s Church is an earth bank, which is believed to be a Roman rampart. Beyond the HaHa to the west of the house, there is a paddock of just over 4 acres. A small area in the north-east of the field is fenced off to accommodate the solar array and there is a separate gated entrance providing access from the Teigh Road.
The popular conservation village of Market Overton lies some 6 miles to the northeast of Oakham. The village has excellent facilities offering a doctor’s surgery with dispensary, a community shop owned and run by the village, the Black Bull Inn, and the Church of St. Peter and St. Paul. In addition, there is a cricket club, bowls club and a village hall as well as a children’s play area with an adjacent café at The Lodge. An excellent village website gives further information on facilities and activities: www.marketovertonparishcouncil.co.uk
The village is superbly placed for schools with Oakham, Uppingham and Stamford all within easy reach. Brooke Priory and Witham Hall preparatory schools are nearby and Oundle is easily accessible. Shopping is well catered for in all of the above market towns and transport by both road and rail is good; the A1 is 5 miles to the east and trains from Peterborough station to London Kings Cross take from 45 minutes. Just 6 miles away, Rutland Water offers a myriad of activities including a sailing club, cycling, fishing, walking, bird watching at the reserve, horse riding and climbing, as well as canoeing and windsurfing. Barnsdale Country Club, with further leisure facilities, is close by. There are golf courses at Manton, Luffenham Heath, Burghley Park, Rutland County and Greetham. Several notable local eateries are close and two of the most renowned are Hambleton Hall on the Hambleton Peninsula and The Olive Branch in Clipsham.
From Oakham, take the B668 northeast passing Burley On The Hill. Entering Cottesmore, take the first left hand turn signposted to Market Overton. Continue for 2 miles until reaching the village. Go along Main Street through the village, passing the village shop on your left reaching a T-junction with the Black Bull Inn on your left. Turn left passing the church and The Old Rectory is the next turn on your right.