Where contemporary and classic blend with period features. Tucked away in one of Stamford's finest villages, this beautiful, limestone 8 bedroom family home features pretty walled gardens, an outdoor heated swimming pool, coach house, barn and outbuildings with potential for redevelopment.
Welcome to bainton farmhouse where contemporary and classic blend with period features...
Tucked away in one of Stamford's finest villages, this beautiful, limestone eight bedroom family home features incredible walled gardens, an outdoor heated swimming pool, coach house, barn and outbuildings.
With a typical commuting travel time of little over one hour from London Kings Cross, this magnificent farmhouse has been very stylishly restored mixing historical features with modern flair.
As your wheels crunch on the gravel driveway, there is ample space to park several cars by the house or, if you continue along the driveway past the front lawn garden, there is open-fronted garaging for three vehicles.
As soon as you step inside, charming architectural features begin to reveal themselves and you start to realise how very special this home is; large flagstones tempt you into the hallway where impressive oak beams frame this pleasant room with intriguing twin alcoves and a window with garden views.
Shrug off your coats and place them in the cloak cupboard that's adjacent to the guest cloakroom. Make your way under an arched doorway to your left and you'll arrive in the rear hallway where the impressive staircase with swan neck handrail winds its way to the first and second floors. Pretty French doors at the end of the hallway can be cast open in warmer summer months to allow a cooling breeze to circulate throughout the home.
Resplendent reception rooms
In the resplendent drawing room, elegant bay windows and French doors make the most of the exquisite garden view and fill the room with natural daylight. A Portland-style stone fireplace with open fire creates a welcoming scene in the cooler seasons.
Classic design themes surprise and delight at every turn and in the pleasant sitting room corresponding bay windows and French doors present more of those wonderful garden views with exposed ceiling beams, a built-in bookcase and a magnificent stone inglenook fireplace with open fire. Throw another log onto the fire and curl up on your deep cushioned sofa with your favourite book – although you may be here for a while! A door from here opens to reveal the library, where light streams in from windows on two aspects and make it the perfect room to study, read and reflect. Bespoke wall-to-wall bookcases and cupboards are perfect to display your library collection and a few of your favourite curios.
The music room is ideally positioned just off from the hallway, and again, with windows on two aspects this light-filled room would also make a wonderful children's playroom or cosy teenager's den.
Make your way back through the house, past the entrance hallway and you'll reach the distinctive dining room with original flagstones, exposed timber ceiling beams and mullion window. A door to the side reveals a butler's pantry with fitted shelves to store additional glassware and maybe a bottle or two of port!
French doors entice you onward through a glazed walkway that cleverly connects the farmhouse with the converted stables and opens into the 'Groom's Room'. Here, buff coloured flagstones, original wall-mounted saddle racks, a row of coat pegs and a decorative stone fireplace creates a convivial inner lobby and, with its entrance door onto the driveway, lends itself to more everyday use by the family.
A few steps and an interior door reveal a welcoming first floor office with double aspect windows, exposed stonework walls, fitted book shelves and vaulted ceiling. This wonderful space could be linked to the old coach house below to create a granny annex, home office or potential holiday accommodation.
Family friendly flow
Leaving the Groom's Room, you reach the spectacular kitchen breakfast room. Farmhouse-style cabinetry and flagstone flooring make the kitchen feel welcoming, where friends and family will naturally gather to unwind at the end of a long day whilst sharing a lovingly prepared Aga-cooked supper. Hints of the building's equestrian heritage are echoed here with a vaulted ceiling and four unique, arched, stable windows – there's even a stable door that opens onto the driveway to ease the task of unloading the weekly groceries.
To keep your kitchen chore and clutter free there is a separate laundry room, cloakroom with WC and separate cold-room suitable that's perfect for storing wine and pantry item provisions.
Time now to explore the rest of the house…On the first floor you'll discover five of the eight large bedrooms. The master bedroom is wonderfully spacious with fitted wardrobes and a large window with elegant window seat takes full advantage of those beautiful garden views. A dressing room with further wardrobes is positioned adjacent to the master en suite fitted with bath, separate shower, wash hand basin, bidet and WC.
An equally impressive second bedroom also enjoys fine garden views with similar window seat and an en suite with bath, shower, wash hand basin and WC. A door from here enables this bathroom to be used by the remaining three double bedrooms on this floor, although there is still a further family bathroom to take the pressure off busy weekday mornings!
The wide staircase continues and a porthole window at the stair break looks over the garden and allows a glimpse of the swimming pool. A large double bedroom is on your left and then to the right there is another double bedroom that leads onto a shower room and the final double bedroom.
The south-facing gardens at Bainton Farmhouse harmonise perfectly with the high limestone walls that surround it; large, neatly edged, grassy lawns are framed by lush deep borders filled with annuals and perennials that inject seasonal colour, shape and texture.
Maybe you and your family would enjoy harvesting your own fruits from the walled orchard with delicious eating apples, pears and fragrant peaches? Perhaps the outdoor swimming pool and walled terraced area beckons?
This is a garden that begs for impromptu football games, family cricket matches, croquet or a simple game of tag…all overlooked by a sun-drenched terrace - a quiet spot by the house to enjoy this very special and private garden.
The cavernous barn has large double doors to provide access from the driveway and a second door to the rear opens into the enclosed orchard garden. You can reach the rear garden and pool area from the orchard through a gate in the orchard wall. The barn is an incredible space in its own right, ideal for hosting all-weather garden parties, barn dances and celebratory birthday parties. However, the scope for conversion for a number of alternative uses is well worth further exploration.
On your doorstep
Bainton village enjoys a vibrant and thriving community with a varied diary of events and activities including the much-loved 'Bainton Family Fun Day' where traditional garden-based family friendly games and competitions, cream teas, stalls and music all followed by evensong around the campfire. The 800 year old Anglican church of St. Mary is only 200 meters away from Bainton Farmhouse and welcomes the community to partake in regular worship.
The neighbouring Georgian market town of Stamford was voted for by 'The Sunday Times' as the 'number 1' place to live in the UK and it's easy to see why; Stamford is the proud home to Burghley House, one of England's greatest Elizabethan houses with its magical gardens and deer park, where the internationally renowned Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials takes place every September. There is an excellent choice of well-regarded state schools and excellent independent schools with Stamford Endowed School for girls and boys aged 2-18yrs, all intermingled with antiquarian book shops, galleries, boutiques, cafes, bars, restaurants and a plethora of artisan shops. Alternative private education establishments locally with boarding facilities also include Witham Hall Preparatory School, Laxton House, Oundle School, Uppingham School and Oakham School and are all within a 30 minute journey.
Tallington Lakes is only a few miles away with 205 acres of clean spring water fed lakes which are ideal if you want to water ski, wakeboard, jet ski, dinghy sail, windsurf or canoe. There is also a dry ski slope and a 15-meter climbing tower on the park, so there is something for everyone. When you're ready to explore further, Rutland Water is just 25 minutes away offering a huge choice of outdoor pursuits such as cycling, water sports, open water swimming, triathlons, marathons, fishing and bird watching with some of the best views around.
A short 20-minute drive will take you to the progressive city of Peterborough for its vibrant life, cathedral, shops and services. Peterborough railway station is on the mainline and from there you can be in London Kings Cross within a very manageable 45 minutes.
The finer details
Detached Home – Please note, this is not a listed building
Coach house, barns and outbuildings
Peterborough City Council
Council tax band G
EPC rating: E
Swimming pool (7m x 3.5m)
4 oven Aga with hotplate, integrated Neff electric oven, Neff gas hob, integrated dishwasher
distances and approx.. travel times
• Peterborough Railway Station: 10 miles (20 minutes)
• Stamford: 5 miles (11 minutes)
• Witham on the Hill, Bourne: 9.7 miles (19 minutes)
• Oundle: 15 miles (25 minutes)
• Uppingham: 18 miles ( 29 minutes)
what the owners love about living here…
'We love the garden and spend much of our lives out here; it's somewhere we can truly relax and unwind with our family. It's a real tonic.'
what we love about bainton farmhouse…
The home lends itself brilliantly to busy family life with sociable entertaining space and plenty of rooms to escape to at the end of the day'.
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