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  • SUNNYSIDE11 Vicarage Lane | Mears Ashby | Northamptonshire | NN6 0EE

    Fine & Country Northampton

    Tel: +44 (0)1604 309030northampton@fineandcountry.com2 Mercers RowNorthampton NN1 2QL

    Fine & Country

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    We understand moving home is one of the most important decisions you make; your home is both a financial and emotional investment. With Fine & Country you benefit from the local knowledge, experience, expertise and contacts of a well trained, educated and courteous team of professionals, working to make the sale or purchase of your property as stress free as possible.

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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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  • Accommodation

    Ground Floor

    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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