The Almshouses is a signature building in Monks Kirby. Built in Victorian Gothic style with five gables, turned finials and decorative bargeboards, the front elevation has a unity that makes it difficult to believe it was originally four small cottages. It has been converted into a single family home. It has nearly three acres of land with a superb and private garden overlooking open country.
5 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
3 reception rooms, family kitchen
Detached double garage with studio over
Conservatory and barbecue courtyard
Gardens over half an acre
Stockproof field of over 2 acres
First class local schools including grammar schools in Rugby
Easy commuting via M6 and M1; London Euston by Virgin Trains 47 minutes
Monks Kirby is a conservation area with no through traffic. It has a well regarded primary school, a Grade I listed parish church, two award winning pubs and an active village hall. New comers who want to meet local people will find a ready welcome.
“We have loved living in The Almshouses and bringing up our children’s in Monks Kirby, ” Jane Wright said. “But The Almshouses is too big for us now. It is time for us to downsize.”
The property is entered through an arched timber door that leads to the entrance porch, which has a ceramic tiled floor with glazed screen that leads to the generous entrance hall. This welcoming space gives access to the principle rooms of the house including dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room and garden room. The hall has two windows overlooking the rear garden as well as an arched glazed door that leads to the rear patio, and stairs rising to the first floor with storage cupboard under. The sitting room is a particularly attractive room and has a leaded double glazed bay window, an arched glazed door that overlooks the lily pond, rose beds and orchard, and two further windows that look over the well tended lawns, rear garden and paddock. It has a feature open fireplace with antique cast iron surround and stone hearth and mantle, as well as two double radiators. The formal dining room is situated at the front of the house and has a leaded double glazed window, radiator and ceramic tiled floor. The ground floor shower room/cloakroom has a fully tiled shower cubicle with Mira shower, pedestal wash hand basin and low level WC, ceramic tiled floor, radiator and leaded double glazed window. Steps from the entrance hall lead down to the attractive garden room with outstanding views over the rear gardens, paddock and countryside beyond. It has French casement patio doors leading to the raised patio and further windows to both side aspects.
The spacious kitchen/breakfast room has windows on three sides with a feature arched glazed door that leads to the side gardens and garage. A chimney breast houses the gas central heating boiler and there is plumbing for an automatic dishwasher. The double drainer stainless steel sink is built in to the front double glazed front bay window. A Smeg four ring gas cooker with extractor hood above and twin electric ovens and grills and a comprehensive range of base and eye level units completes the kitchen area. The large utility/boot room has two windows to the sides and a timber door opening onto the side patio. This room has a ceramic tiled floor, a double Belfast sink and a variety of base and eye level units with plumbing for a washing machine.
The first floor landing has two original windows that overlook the rear aspect with a loft access and walk in airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder with generous storage space. There are 5 double bedrooms and a family bathroom (which could be enlarged significantly by re-designing the space within the airing cupboard). The master bedroom has a leaded double glazed window overlooking the fore gardens, built in cupboard space with hanging rail and shelf as well as doors leading to a dressing room hanging rail and shelf and rear window and shaver point, and en-suite bathroom comprising panelled bath with electric Mira shower over, wash hand basin and a low level WC, a double radiator and double glazed rear window. The family bathroom has a rear window, wash hand basin, panelled bath and low level WC, extractor fan and shaver point with part tiled walls. Bedroom 2 has a double glazed front window, exposed floorboards, radiator and pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splash backs. Adjacent to bedroom 2 is bedroom 3, with two rear windows and radiator. Bedrooms 4 and 5 both have radiators and two windows facing the front. Number 4 has built in cupboard space and Number 5 has exposed floorboards.
Gardens & Outbuildings
The property faces the Monks Kirby War Memorial and has a lawned fore garden with a variety of well stocked flower borders, rose bushes and a pair of ornamental crab apple trees. There is off road parking for two vehicles with a gated access that also gives vehicle access to the paddock and at the other side of the house a gravel driveway that provides off road parking for two vehicles and direct access to the recently built detached garage. The garage has double doors with light and power connected. There is pedestrian gate access down both sides of the property to the rear gardens.
The property has significant portions of land to both sides. Nearest to the house is a lily pond with rose garden beyond. Behind that there is the vegetable garden and orchard with a variety of fruit trees and lawns. The south facing rear gardens have raised patio areas with brick-built planting beds and extremely well tended terraced lawns. Steps lead down to the lower lawn with a sunken lily bed, and an attractive hornbeam hedge that screens the secret garden. Beyond lies the paddock.
There are three generous brick built outbuildings attached to the main house, which could be used as potting sheds and storage.
The paddock is bounded on the far side by the Smite Brook; it is enclosed by new stock-proof fencing and has a natural pond. It has a small copse planted by the current owners adjacent to The Revel School Nature Reserve.
Double Garage, Annexe & Conservatory
The detached double garage benefits from a large up and over remote control electronic door and houses a separate central heating boiler and has a personnel door to the side and an internal door providing access to the guest suite.
The guest suite has an entrance hall with ceramic tiled flooring and door leading to the ground floor shower facility with a fully tiled shower enclosure with Gainsborough thermostatically controlled shower over, pedestal wash hand basin and low level WC, and part tiled walls. Stairs rise to the bedroom area, which could double as a perfect office for those who work from home and has ample natural light provided by windows to both front, rear and side aspects together with a Velux roof light. There are splendid views over the gardens and paddock and beyond up the gently rising ground to Pailton. A timber built conservatory attached to the rear of the garage encloses an attractive barbecue courtyard. The conservatory has double glazed windows, a ceramic tiled floor with brick built base.. It is a perfect place to sit and admire the herb gardens and paddock.
Monks Kirby is a small and very attractive village which has the great advantage of easy access from all directions but with almost no through traffic. It is about 8 miles north-west of Rugby and 10 miles from the centre of Coventry. The village is dominated by the Grade 1 priory church of St Edith and there are two public houses, The Denbigh Arms and The Bell Inn, a Spanish restaurant. Junior schooling is available at the highly regarded Revel School (“A good school” – Ofsted 2011). There is an extensive range of excellent senior schooling in Rugby, Lutterworth and Coventry. Maintained schools include Lawrence Sheriff selective boys grammar School and Rugby selective girls High School while Lutterworth (non-selective) Grammar School is rated “outstanding” by Ofsted. Independent schools include Bilton Grange (prep) School, Rugby School, Princethorpe College and the twin grammar schools (Henry 8 and Bablake) in Coventry. Rugby town has The Clock Towers shopping precinct and an extensive range of facilities. There is excellent access to the national motorway and road networks. The M1, M6, M69, M42, A5 and A361 are all within easy reach. There is a superb high speed Virgin Train service from Rugby to London Euston arriving in well under 50 minutes.
Mains water, electricity, drainage, gas, BT (Broadband connected).
Rugby Borough Council.
Council tax band ‘G’.
Strictly via the vendors sole agents Fine & Country on .
Monday to Friday 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Saturday 9.00 am - 4.30 pm
From Rugby head northbound on the B4112 going directly through Newbold, Harborough Magna and on to Pailton. As you descend the hill, take the left turning towards Coventry and continue for a further mile turning right at the cross roads towards Monks Kirby. As you enter the village you will pass the Denbigh Arms on your left hand side. Turn second right onto Brockhurst Lane and The Almshouses is situated on the outside of the bend opposite the War Memorial.
All measurements are approximate and quoted in metric with imperial equivalents and for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property.