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SUNNYSIDE11 Vicarage Lane | Mears Ashby | Northamptonshire | NN6 0EE
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This elegant and attractive home dates from the 1860s and is situated in the heart of this extremely desirable Northamptonshire village. The property is constructed largely in local ironstone under a slated roof with cut stone quoins and mullioned windows. The property was reputedly built by a former vicar to the village for his sisters whilst he was the incumbent at the neighbouring Rectory.
Sunnyside lives up to its name having been designed so that the principal reception rooms and bedroom accommodation are orientated to take full advantage of the immaculate walled garden which lies on the south side. The ground floor accommodation radiates from the spacious reception hall and
provides excellent layout for modern living and entertaining.
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Since their occupation the current owners have carried out a sympathetic refurbishment and redecoration programme, with improvements including rewiring, new central heating with dual boilers and Grundfos water pressure booster. They have also remodelled many of the first floor rooms and refitted all bathrooms with a
combination of fired earth and Italian designer fittings and tiling. Thus
creating a home more contusive for modern living but also retaining many of the original features characteristic of the period of origin including high ceilinged rooms with decorative plaster work, marble fireplaces and sash windows with shutters.
The property provides very spacious and comfortable family accommodation over two floors, with three large and airy reception
rooms together with Victorian style conservatory, games room and spacious well appointed kitchen breakfast room. In addition this floor
has a utility room refitted cloakroom and very useful boiler/boot
room. Upstairs the principal bedroom now benefits from a superb
en suite/dressing room with free standing bath. There are four further
double bedrooms together with shower room, WC and a family bathroom with Victoria and Albert double freestanding bath and separate double shower.
Outside and also lying to the south of the house is a further walled secret walled garden designed by Rosemary Verey of Highgrove gardens fame, with classic Victorian landscaping incorporating triangular planted beds, lawned area and flower borders To the north
of the house is a large enclosed courtyard with high double gates leading to Vicarage Lane. Grouped around the courtyard are the garages and outbuildings which offer opportunity for conversion to additional accommodation, subject to planning consents. step inside
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The front door leads via a covered storm porch into the spacious reception hall. There are stairs rising to first floor accommodation, oak flooring and doors leading to all principal reception
rooms as well as further doors to the cellar, secondary stairs to first floor and refitted cloakroom
with W.C, washbasin on chrome stand and tiling to splash areas and flooring. The light and airy
music room has as with majority of the house, high coved ceilings with decorative plasterwork. The focal point of the room is the superb marble fireplace and cast iron grate, with a bay window
with window seat and shutters to the western elevation and further window overlooking the gardens. Adjacent is the well proportioned drawing room, also with open fireplace with marble
mantle. The room features a large sash picture window providing access to the garden, into which is set sliding wooden doors. There is a serving hatch and fitted cupboards and shelving
to both sides of the fireplace. The focal point of the study/family room is the attractive fireplace
with open grate forming part of a traditional Victorian two oven kitchen range. French doors open to the conservatory.
The heart of the house is the Smallbone kitchen breakfast room, with fitted pine floor and
wall cupboards with tiled work surfaces incorporating a stainless steel one and a half sink unit with mixer taps, there is a space for American style fridge freezer and built-in dishwasher and terracotta tiled floors. The focal point of the kitchen is the Rayburn Nouvelle range cooker,
with modern cooking also provided by De Dietrich double oven and Bosch four ring gas hob. A bay window with pine window seat overlooks the garden, glazed double doors open into the conservatory and there is also a useful walk-in pantry.
The conservatory is in the Victorian gothic style with quarry tiled floor and double doors leading
out onto the sun terrace. The remodelled utility room has modern fitted cupboards, granite
work surfaces, with under slung sink and plumbing for washing machine. Beyond the utility room is a large boot/boiler room with doors to both courtyard and garden. There is a handy shower
area, twin Valiant central heating boilers, Heatrae megaflow hot water tank and Grubdfor water
pressure booster. A door leads to a passage where there is a WC, fuel store and stairs rising to the games room, which has exposed purlins and roof trusses and windows overlooking Vicarage Lane and the courtyard.
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Beautifully framed by the stunning Northamptonshire countryside is the quintessentially English village of Mears Ashby, and occupying a prime location, just along from the pretty church is Sunnyside. Before moving here in 2009 we were living in north London, says Anna, but when the children came along we both decided that we wanted to move to a more rural location, but one
that still had good connections to the city. We wanted the children to have more freedom and a more outdoorsy life, says Emmanuel, and we also wanted space and privacy; something that is terribly
hard to find in central London.
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insightWe are right in the centre of the village, says Anna, just next door to the Old Vicarage and along from the church.
Its a lovely position but we are not in the slightest bit overlooked.
The entire property is surrounded by a lovely old wall so it feels
extremely private and its wonderfully quiet here.
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The original part of the house dates back to 1861, says Emmanuel, but it was extended in the 1960s, so its very
spacious. In 2011 we decided to undertake some renovations
of our own, so we re-wired and re-plumbed the entire property,
installed a new boiler and then carried out a huge redecoration
program. Id say we have updated the look throughout, says
Anna, but we have made sure that all of the lovely original
features have been preserved. At one time a family of vintners
lived here, and so on some of the ceilings are the most stunning
wine related motifs; sometimes its nice to just sit and take in all of
the lovely detail.
This is a lovely place to live, says Anna, and extremely convenient. Mears Ashby has a very vibrant community and
although there are no shops in the centre, we have a great farm
shop on the fringes of the village, which sells gorgeous local
produce and also has a very nice caf. Were also just a matter
of minutes away from both Northampton and Wellingborough,
says Emmanuel. I commute into London every day and the train
service from Wellingborough is excellent. Its relatively easy to get
to work and I have the benefit of coming back to this wonderful
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