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Site of 17th century barn now houses comfortable family home

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

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Built in 2002 on the site of a 17th century barn, this detached four-bedroom house in Helpringham contains a wealth of period charm and beautiful touches.

Bricks from the barn have been used inside the property to create impressive exposed wall features; the kitchen units are all handmade by a local craftsman, and there is a striking arched window providing natural illumination to both the first floor landing and kitchen.

Almost every room is equipped with a television point, the study alone contains three telephone points, and the lounge has tv points in different places, which is incredibly useful for altering furniture layout.

In addition the house has a security alarm, external lighting, an outside power source and water tap, while the fully boarded loft fitted with a light and ladder could potentially be considered for conversion, subject to any planning consents that might be required.

The current vendors are only the second set of owners to have lived at the property, and in June 2010, six months after moving in they had the detached garage professionally converted into a particularly versatile studio with oak flooring, numerous power points, and emergency lighting.

Equipped with a separate cloakroom, kitchenette, changing room/store room and main studio, the space is ideal for many different uses, lending itself to becoming an annex, office, guest suite or games room, depending on personal requirements.

The owners say the house is well insulated and has the economy of a brand new building alongside the 17th century brickwork charm, and wooden finishes can be enjoyed everywhere from the solid internal doors, to the skirting boards, windowsills and ceiling beams.

Natural daylight consumes each room beginning with the entrance hall which has a part-glazed door and part-glazed side panels, and with attractive floor tiles that continue into the L-shaped living dining kitchen, which is ideally suited to entertaining, relaxing and cooking.

Solid wood bespoke units include a tall larder cupboard with shaped shelving, while being of a freestanding design means there is a real opportunity to alter the kitchen's layout if desired.

Other features include space and plumbing for a dishwasher and American style fridge freezer; there is an exposed brick chimneybreast recess that can accommodate a double range oven, Belfast sink, and a light feel from three windows and double doors that open onto a rear courtyard.

From here access can be made into the utility which features matching bespoke cupboards, a further Belfast sink, rear window, plumbing for a washing machine, space for another appliance, and the boiler.

Also on the ground floor is a separate cloakroom, well equipped study with front window, three telephone and numerous power points, and partly glazed double doors that open up from the entrance hall to reveal a stunning lounge with ceiling beams.

In here a beautiful Inglenook fireplace with inset lighting and heavy beamed mantle houses a log burning stove, complemented by windows to either side and with a further outlook over the front elevation.

Reaching the first floor is done via an open tread staircase leading off from the living dining kitchen, and is where the impressive tall arched window can be fully enjoyed from both the ground and first floor.

Four double bedrooms and a family bathroom feature upstairs, along with a fitted airing cupboard with shelving, and access to the roof space.

Storage is extremely well catered for throughout the house with each bedroom benefiting from deep built-in wardrobes and cupboards.

The master suite is of a substantial size, has a front facing window and telephone point, and contains a versatile walk-in dressing room with light, power points, radiator, hanging rail and shelving. Also within the master suite is a sumptuous bathroom with arched feature leading to a double ended bath with shower attachment, double shower cubicle with power shower and brass fittings, wash basin and toilet.

Different outlooks can be enjoyed from bedrooms two, three and four, with the third bedroom having dual aspect windows, the second's fitted wardrobe being a triple in size, and all being light and spacious.

Equally impressive is the family bathroom, which also has a double shower cubicle with power shower, white shaped bath, toilet and wash basin.

Not only is the house immaculately presented, but so are the accompanying gardens which surround the property and begin with an attractive low brick front wall with gravel garden behind filled with trees and shrubs.

To one side of the house a paved area leads to the entrance door, while on the opposite side a secluded lawn garden with brick walling and filled shaped beds creates a private and tranquil spot, with block paved patio for entertaining. Continuing to the back reveals a substantial timber shed, extensive paved driveway able to park several cars with double gates at the end, and the converted detached former garage. Helpringham is described as a friendly village with great community spirit, an active hall and church, bowls club, shop and post office, children's play park, and pub restaurant.

Nearby Heckington provides additional amenities including a railway station, and there are enjoyable local walks, with Sleaford the closest town.

Extremely impressive with great versatility and charming features, this executive family home is immaculate in its presentation and very alluring.

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