Searching for a unique period home within easy reach of Stamford & Oakham? The Old Post Office in Empingham is a 4 bedroom stone built cottage steeped in village history.With its south-facing garden, courtyard, driveway & garage it's the easy-flow & character throughout that makes this home special.
Welcome to the old post office…
Set in the heart of Empingham, near to the historic market towns of Stamford and Oakham stands this enchanting stone cottage dating back to the 1700's. Once a collection of simple thatched cottages with a rich rural past including historically been used to sell the leather saddles crafted in the adjacent 'Saddler's Croft', then a village shop and a post office.
Recognised and loved by local residents and historians as a building of local importance, the home is situated within the village conservation area. Architectural influences from the previously owned 'Ancaster' estate style are evident here with extensions and adaptations made to the building over the years. Constructed using creamy coloured local limestone, a collection of attractive, red brick, decorative stack chimneys and white blockboard fascia adorn the building under an intriguing, sloping red pantile roofline.
Now, a unique four bedroom period home awaits with three reception rooms plus a country kitchen, walk-in pantry and laundry room.
Your english country garden
As you walk up the paved driveway, pause to appreciate the pretty cottage garden and lawn, lusciously planted with vibrant lavender and a variety of deeply perfumed, colourful old English roses amongst other vivid shrubs and plants.
Open the gate and walk beneath the climbing scented white rose as it reaches full bloom in June and early July and stretches across the width of the driveway, now you'll reach the patio terrace tucked behind the cottage; with plenty of room for your garden table and chairs this space is the perfect spot to catch the early morning sun with the first cup of the day.
A home with A history
Step inside into the covered entrance area, where you'll find a terracotta tiled hallway to discard your walking boots and coats with the added advantage of also having a downstairs shower room with basin and loo conveniently situated here.
Next, push open the ancient wooden door with characterful wrought iron hinges and latch and step into your country kitchen diner. Here, pale oak cabinets complement the exposed stone walls and timber beamed ceiling and a large window by the ample sink overlooks the front garden and throws in lots of lovely natural daylight. A walk-in pantry leads off from the kitchen and you'll notice the tiled step here is worn smooth by the many footsteps taken over time – another nod to the humble beginnings of this country village home.
Next, to keep your kitchen chore and clutter free, you have your own laundry room with utility area that leads down from the kitchen; in here another quaint door opens onto the garden with a small path that leads to the garden and driveway.
Time now to explore the rest of the house; on your left you'll find a door that opens into the first of your reception rooms - a light and bright dining room with large window that overlooks Loves Lane. Next, two steps lead to the formal sitting room with attractive bay window that overlooks the unique thatched cottages nearby. If you can pull yourself away from the pretty village scene outside, look up to the ceiling where a number of hooks still remain in-situ and were once used to display the saddles for sale – what a lovely reminder to the history of this building!
Walk back through the dining room past the front door and stairs until you reach the cosy snug with wood burning stove, another door from here leads back into the kitchen, so this lovely room would also double as a wonderful playroom or study.
And so to bed…
At the top of the stairs is the first of the double bedrooms; this charming room has a vaulted timber beamed ceiling and a window that overlooks the cottage garden beneath you. Next to here is another bedroom currently used as a study with a recently fitted shower room next door. Moving along the landing, there are still two more double bedrooms to discover; the first has a window overlooking Loves Lane and the final bright and airy double bedroom has its own en suite bathroom.
On your doorstep…
The village of Empingham is equidistant to the two most desirable market towns in the area; Stamford and Oakham and sits on the edge of Rutland Water. Due to its geographical position and community spirit, Empingham is one of the most sought after villages in the area.
The village enjoys a welcoming and vibrant community organising Open Gardens, church fund-raising events and concerts, bonfire night celebrations and where international sports fixtures are screened at the village cricket club with regular activities and clubs taking place in the village hall on a weekly basis. The village is fortunate to have its own well-regarded CofE primary school, doctors surgery with dispensary and 'Barbara's village store' offers all the essentials seven days a week.
For countryside lovers, within minutes you can reach Rutland Water and there are many bridleways, footpaths and cycle routes available for all abilities from taking an easy stroll to a more challenging or even competitive pace! Local golf courses include Luffenham Heath, Rutland Water, Burghley Park Golf Club, Greetham Valley Golf Club and Rutland County. At the end of an active day, treat yourselves to a meal at village pub 'The White Horse' where excellent food is served and is a popular choice for local residents and returning visitors to the area.
Many residents commute from Empingham to London on a daily basis utilising the Peterborough to Kings Cross direct service, with typical train journey times of approx.. 45 minutes or via Corby to St. Pancras in just over 1 hour.
What we love about the home…
Positioned in the heart of Empingham, here is a gorgeous country home with a rich rural history waiting for its next chapter to begin.
Local towns, approximate distances and travel times:
Stamford: 5.3 miles, 9 minutes
Oakham: 5.8 miles, 9 minutes
Uppingham: 9.6 miles, 16 mins
Peterborough: 18.7 miles, 24 mins
Grantham: 18.3 miles, 22 mins
The bespoke brochure we've specifically designed for The Old Post Office has over 30 gorgeous photos laid out over 16 colourful pages.
Download your copy or call us and we'd be happy to help you discover more about this unique home in Empingham.
The finer details
Off-road driveway parking suitable for two cars plus a single garage.
Mains Gas Central Heating
Rutland County Council, council tax band E
Positioned in the heart of the village with picturesque thatched cottages all around, the Old Post Office is found on the corner of Loves Lane and Main Street. The front door of the home is positioned on the alluringly named 'Loves Lane' side whilst the driveway and garage is reached from the 'Main Street' approach.
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