The Elms dates from the 17th Century, was further extended during the 19th Century, and is Grade II Listed. It sits centrally within the village of Duston and in a conservation area. The house has been within the same ownership for 60 plus years and offers opportunities for interior remodelling and expansion with the potential to make a wonderful family home again.
The front door opens into a hall with a kitchen to the right and cloakroom to the left. Directly ahead is a large dining room which opens onto a drawing room. Both are impressive rooms, have parquet floor and an abundance of light. Running off the kitchen and connecting to the oldest part of the house is a breakfast room which provides access to the gardens. Beyond this is a run of rooms which include a study, shower room and bedroom. The original hall with front door lies beyond with the sitting room running off.
On the first floor, there is a run of five bedrooms, all of which have either fitted cupboards or walkin ones, as well as two bathrooms and a separate WC. On the second floor there are a further two bedrooms and a games room. Above the drawing room there is substantial and, potentially, usable loft space. This is accessed by stairs in the adjacent wood shed.
The house has three gated road entrances. Two from Millway, and one from the Main Road, which is the main entrance. This entrance leads, past a run of 7 garages arranged in an L shape, onto a gravelled driveway with a central roundel and flag pole. The garden wraps around the house to the north, east and south with only the original part of the house, to the west, abutting Millway. The garden’s perimeter is well planted with mature trees and shrubs providing excellent privacy.
Immediately to the south of the house is the more formal garden with a gravel and stone terrace running the length of that façade. To the south-east and overlooking the formal area, is a summer house constructed of stone with a pantile roof. Beyond are lean-to potting sheds and a kitchen garden, home to mature asparagus, raspberries, currants and gooseberries. Abutting this is an orchard of apple, pear and plum trees. A gravel drive running from the front of the house connects this area providing easy access for machinery.
In the south-east corner of the plot is a large grass
tennis court. To the north of this is a substantial kitchen garden. To the east of the garages is another orchard of apple and pear trees with a greenhouse & shed. In all, the plot amounts to about 1.8 acres.
There is Listed Building Consent to subdivide the farmhouse into 3 individual buildings (N/2019/0710) with Full Planning Permission to
the same subdivision (N/2019/0707).
In addition, there is Listed Building Consent for the conversion and extension of 2 curtilage listed outbuildings, the summer house and garages, to create 2 new dwellings, Plots 4 and 6 (N/2019/0714), with Full Planning Permission for the same (N/2019/0713). Included within this planning permission is the creation of one new dwelling, Plot 5, which is adjacent to the tennis
These consents and permissions date from mid-September 2019 and can be found on the Northampton Borough Council Website: Http:// planning
Duston, as a settlement, dates back to pre- Roman times, possibly even prehistoric times, and is mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Originally a farming community, and then integral to the local iron ore mining industry, it has been gradually enveloped by the expansion of Northampton.
Today’s Duston, which sits within a conservation area, still retains much of its original village character with a number of local shops and a community feel revolving around the St Luke’s Church and the Duston Village Hall.
Transport links are excellent with a short journey to Northampton station providing links into
London Euston, Birmingham and Rugby. Equally, the M1 motorway is just a short drive away.
Local schooling offers a myriad of options for children up to and including secondary age in its pre-schools, primary schools and secondary schools. Local private schools can be found at Quinton House, Northampton High School for Girls as well as Spratton Hall and Maidwell Hall preparatory schools.
From Junction 15a of the M1 take the A5123 into Northampton. After a mile, and on reaching a roundabout, go straight over following signs for the town centre and Sixfields along the A5076. Go straight over four more roundabouts following signs for Duston. 300m after the fourth roundabout, take a left along Main Road following signs for ‘Duston ¼ mile’. Follow Main Road around to the left and, on the left just before a mini roundabout with a war memorial set back to the left of them are the gates to The Elms.