An exceptionally rare opportunity to acquire a delightful Grade II listed former Bradgate Estate gamekeepers lodge constructed in 1876 and situated within 14.54 acres of delightful gardens, paddocks and surrounded by National Forest land, Martinshaw Woods and outstanding open countryside, yet only a few minutes from Ratby village centre. With sealed double glazing and a wealth of original features, the lodge also offers a separate self-contained cottage annexe, a two storey stone barn and offers an ideal opportunity to acquire two historic properties in an outstanding setting with considerable potential.
The Property This absolutely charming detached former Bradgate Estate Gamekeepers lodge enjoys an idyllic rural setting adjacent to the National Forest, woods and open countryside yet only a stones throw from Ratby village centre and with fast access to Leicester and the M1. Formerly part of the Bradgate Park estate, the cottage is exceptionally attractive with Swithland slate roof, stone mullion windows and offers a discerning purchaser the opportunity to acquire a property in a substantial landholding with considerable potential, subject to any necessary consents/approvals. A separate cottage annexe gives the option of two family living accommodations. The lodge has been in current ownership for nearly 20 years and has been enhanced with the purchase of additional land, giving an impressive landholding of approximately 15 acres of mainly paddock. The gardens have been a passion of the owners over many years and are exceptionally well stocked. Whilst the accommodation is modest, the setting and location of the property are exceptional with a long private drive leading down the side of Martinshaw Woods providing an attractive leafy approach and secure location. Situated behind the lodge are the impressive National Forest woodlands of Martinshaw Wood which afford attractive woodland walks and footpaths lead to both Groby and Ratby. Viewing is essential to appreciate the size of the landholding and setting of the lodge.
Accommodation The property is entered by an original perpendicular shaped front door into:
Entrance Hall With stairs to first floor, stone mullion window to side and off:
Sitting Room16'1" (4.9m) x 12'2" (3.7m) plus recess. With uPVC double glazed deep bay window overlooking gardens and open views, all three windows being stone mullioned, open fronted fireplace with slate surround and mantel, pine cupboard, beamed ceiling, TV aerial point, display alcove and off:
Separate Dining Room12'8" x 11'10" (3.86m x 3.6m). Featuring a deep recessed inglenook fireplace housing a wood burning stove on brick hearth with matching brick surround, beamed ceiling, original clover shaped stone mullion lights, uPVC double glazed window overlooking the garden. There is also access off to the cellar.
Kitchen9'4" x 9' (2.84m x 2.74m). With a range of base cupboards, eye level units, work surfacing, single drainer sink, New World fan assisted electric oven with Hotpoint ceramic hob, beamed ceiling, stone mullioned window to side with double glazed windows, tiled splashbacks and off:
Inner Lobby With door to rear, off which:
Pantry/Utility Room8'3" x 8'6" (2.51m x 2.6m). With plumbing for washing machine, space for dishwasher, fridge/freezer, uPVC double glazed window and original stone thrawl.
On the First Floor Approached via a staircase from the entrance hall:
First Floor Landing Off which:
Bedroom One17'8" x 13'10" (5.38m x 4.22m). With double glazed window overlooking garden, paddocks and open views beyond towards Billesdon Coplow, stripped pine door, access to storage in the roof eaves and slimline panel heater.
Bedroom Two14'10" (4.52m) x 12'8" (3.85m) minimum. With double glazed window overlooking rear garden, exposed beams, slimline panel heater and stripped pine door.
Shower Room11'3" x 9'6" maximum (3.43m x 2.9m maximum). With shower cubicle, wash hand basin, low level WC, uPVC double glazed windows, part tiling, slimline panel heater, stripped pine door and airing cupboard off with insulated hot water cylinder and full height shelving, access to roof space.
Outside A particular feature of this historic and attractive lodge is its setting on the edge of Martinshaw Woods. This whole area originally being part of Bradgate Park. A lane crossing the M1 and proceeding down the side of the woods leads into the front of the property to a large driveway providing hardstanding for numerous vehicles. The lodge itself is surrounded by delightful cottage gardens featuring well stocked borders packed with shrubs, plants and box hedging. The gardens are predominantly laid to lawn, several mature rockeries, fish pond, crazy paved stone sun terrace, the whole enjoying spectacular views, as such that it is hard to believe that the property is so close to Ratby village and accessible to Leicester and the M1. An amount of the surrounding land to the property is protected land owned by the National Forest. Also enjoy the backdrop of the wood with a number of mature trees and in addition are two useful original stone and Swithland slate outbuildings comprising a two storey barn with fitted power and external ladder to a hayloft adjacent to which is a former piggery comprising of brick and stone building with slate roof.
Former Granny Annexe This building has been previously been occupied and consists of two rooms.
Living Kitchen14'4" x 15'3" (4.37m x 4.65m). With open fronted fireplace, radiator, sink unit, cupboard and uPVC double glazed window. Off which:
Former Bedroom14'4" x 10'7" (4.37m x 3.23m). Currently used for storage with uPVC double glazed window, double radiator and off which:
Shower Room Fully tiled with a three piece suite comprising shower, wash hand basin, WC, extractor fan and a double radiator.
Services Mains water and electricity are connected to the property, drainage is to a septic tank and there is no gas available in the vicinity.
The Paddocks Extending to both the east, south and west of the property are grass paddocks enclosed by a mature hedge, the gardens extend to all sides and the whole extending to 14.54 acres. A footpath cross one paddock on the other side of a brook beyond the cottage garden.
Fixtures and Fittings All fitted carpets and curtains are included.