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.
Croft House is a very substantial individual detached stone house which was built in 2004 and designed for the present owner. The interior extends to approximately 3,300 square feet with five bedroomed accommodation including two suites and a family bathroom as well as a cloakroom and additional shower room. On the ground floor there are four reception rooms a kitchen/breakfast room and large utility room and in addition there is an integral double garage. The house stands in private largely walled gardens laid to lawn and facing in a south easterly direction at the rear. The property also has a large attic space which may prove suitable for extension of the accommodation subject to planning consent.
Entrance Hall (10’2 x 3’9 (3.10m x 1.14m))
Approached through an oak hardwood front door there is a fitted floor mat with a partly glazed door opening to:-
Reception Hall (17’2 x 16’3 maximum (5.23m x 4.95m maximum))
A spacious central hall containing the stairs rising to the first floor with oak handrail and there are oak hardwood doors opening to:-
Cloakroom (6’9 x 3’7 (2.06m x 1.09m))
With a suite by Villeroy and Boch of wash basin and WC. Vertical heated towel rail.
Drawing Room (22’0 x 15’6 (6.71m x 4.72m))
A well proportioned room with a deep coved ceiling and windows either side of the open fireplace which has a slate hearth and an antique pine carved mantle. There are TV and wall light points and further windows and a french door which opens to the rear terrace and gardens.
Dining Room (15’6 x 12’8 (4.72m x 3.86m))
Also with a deep coved ceiling and french door opening to the rear terrace and garden. A further door leads to the kitchen.
Family Room (14’2 x 10’7 (4.32m x 3.23m))
With coved ceiling, TV and telephone point and three casement windows to the front elevation.
Study (10’9 x 9’7 (3.28m x 2.92m))
Also with a coved ceiling, broadband connection (Gigaclear available) and TV point as well as windows to the front elevation.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room (16’6 x 15’6 (5.03m x 4.72m))
With maple-fronted floor and wall cabinets, polished granite work surfaces, incorporating a twin underslung stainless steel sink unit, there are two full-size ovens, a further half oven and a stainless steel microwave, all built-in and made by Bosch. The five place gas hob beneath a stainless steel and glass cooker hood is also from Bosch. Further appliances include the Siemens’ fridge and freezer and the automatic 12 place Bosch dishwasher and there is also an additional dresser unit. The window overlooks the rear garden and a door leads to:-
Utility Room (15’1 x 6’10 (4.60m x 2.08m))
A large room with further floor and wall cabinets with laminated working surfaces and twin bowl sink unit, plumbing for washing machine and a further dishwasher. There is an internal door to the garage, a door to the rear garden and a further door to:-
Shower Room (6’8 x 3’8 (2.03m x 1.12m))
With a ceramic tiled shower cubicle with integrated shower.
Landing (18’2 x 10’8 (5.54m x 3.25m))
The galleried landing has turned newel posts and balustrade and a two casement dormer windows to the front. There is a walk-in linen cupboard with the hot water cylinder, immersion heater and slatted shelving. Solid oak doors lead to:-
Master Bedroom Suite
Bedroom One (23’0 x 16’8 (7.01m x 5.08m))
A very spacious room with built in wardrobes at either side with shelving and hanging space, a four casement window overlooking the rear garden and a door leading to:-
Bathroom En Suite (13’6 x 7’0 maximum (4.11m x 2.13m maximum))
With a Villeroy and Boch suite in white with twin vanity wash basins with cupboards under, a twin ended bath with side tap and an integrated shower cubicle. There is ceramic tiling from floor to ceiling and a vertical heated towel rail.
Bedroom Two (14’10 x 13’1 (4.52m x 3.99m))
Also with a range of built in wardrobes with shelving and hanging space, window to rear elevation and door to:-
Bathroom En Suite (12’6 x 6’0 (3.81m x 1.83m))
With a further Villeroy and Boch suite in white with twin ended bath with corner shower hose, WC with concealed cistern and pedestal wash hand basin. Stainless steel vertical heated towel rail and window to the side.
Bedroom Three (18’2 x 14’0 (5.54m x 4.27m))
A very spacious double room with a four casement window to the front elevation.
Bedroom Four (14’3 x 10’7 (4.34m x 3.23m))
With a two casement window to the front elevation.
Bedroom Five (15’1 x 10’4 (4.60m x 3.15m))
A further double bedroom with a three casement window to the front elevation.
Family Bathroom (12’9 x 10’4 (3.89m x 3.15m))
With a white suite of twin ended bath with side shower hose, pedestal wash basin, WC with concealed cistern and a further ceramic tiled shower and vertical heated towel rail.
Attic Space (41’0 x 13’0 approximately (12.50m x 3.96m appro x imately))
Approached via a retractable ladder through a hatch above the inner landing, the floor is boarded and there is light connected.
The house stands back from Church Lane behind a walled front garden with a central block paved drive leading to parking and turning space and flanked on either side by established lawns with tall mature specimen trees including Beech and Sycamore. There are pedestrian walkways either side of the house to the rear garden.
Double Garage (18’2 x 17’9 (5.54m x 5.41m))
Approached through twin up and over doors and with light and power connections, there is a window and door to the side elevation and an internal door to the utility room.
Approached by a York stone paved terrace there is an established stone boundary wall and close boarded fencing and the garden is largely laid to lawn facing in a south easterly direction and contains a number of mature Fir and fruit trees.
The property will be sold subject to the standard Althorp Estate schedule of covenants.
Church Brampton is the home of the Northamptonshire County Golf Club, one of the finest heathland courses in central England. Within the village there is also the Parish Church of St Botolph and The Bramptons’ Primary School. At nearby Chapel Brampton is the Sedgebrook Hall Hotel and Conference Centre. There is a Waitrose supermarket at nearby Kingsthorpe and a Sainsbury’s supermarket at New Duston. Sailing and fishing are available at Pitsford Reservoir and the M1 motorway north bound is via Junction 16 at Nether Heyford and south bound via Junction 15A at Rothersthorpe. The village is well placed for access to a number of public schools including Oakham, Uppingham, Oundle, Rugby and Wellingborough.
Main drainage, gas, water and electricity are connected. Central heating is through radiators from a Vaillant gas fired boiler which also provides the domestic hot water through a mains pressure unvented hot water cylinder.
Daventry District Council – Band G
How To Get There
From Northampton proceed in a north westerly direction along the A5199 Welford Road to the junction with Brampton Lane at the Windhover public house. Continue along the road passing over the river and take the first turning left sign posted to Church Brampton. Enter the village along Sandy Lane and continue straight on towards the junction with the Harlestone Road. Continue straight over at the crossroads into the Holdenby Road, then turn first left into Church Lane, where the property stands on the left hand side.
£1,050,000.00 Richard Greener, Northampton