A comprehensive rural live/work opportunity comprising an exceptional renovated and extended detached country farmhouse, partially dry-moated and set back in mature grounds, together with four holiday barn conversions, a heated swimming pool, an annexe barn conversion and all seated in 7.33 acre grounds (subject to survey). Please see or request the illustrated brochure for full details. Directions
From Louth take the A16 road north, proceed past Fotherby along the bypass and on entering Utterby village take the first right turn onto Ings Lane. Follow the lane to the eventual junction and bear left, then follow this lane to Covenham village. Proceed round the S-bends and then through to the very far end of the village where Grange Lane will be found on the right, a small no-through lane. Take this turning and carry on until the entrances to Moat Farm are on the right side. The first entrance and driveway is for three of the holiday cottages, the second gated drive gives access to the farmhouse and annexe and further along the lane, the third driveway leads to the single storey fourth holiday cottage. The Property
The farmhouse is estimated to date back to at least Victorian times and possibly earlier, though following planning permission in May 2005, alterations and extensions have created a very handsome country home with a unique and characterful interior arranged in a versatile layout. The ground floor rooms are superbly designed for entertaining or simply enjoying a semi open plan feel. The house has brick-faced principle walls and multiple timber-framed roof structures covered in clay pantiles and natural slates. Heating is by an oil-fired central heating system and the windows are generally of timber-framed, multi-pane design with double-glazed units, together with first floor skylight windows to some of the rooms.
Following planning permission in May 2007, a range of brick outbuildings backing onto the lane with a projecting side wing was converted into three holiday cottages with timber pitched roof structures covered in a combination of natural slate and clay pantiles. Each has its own individual garden, an electric heating system, double-glazed windows and hot water by immersion heaters and electric water heaters. This planning permission also permitted the formation of the impressive heated swimming pool, together with an entertaining and dining barn conversion adjacent, a pool room to house the heating, filter and pump for the pool and the shower changing room adjacent. There is a brick and tiled garage by the gated entrance to the farmhouse courtyard and a separate concrete portal-framed, open-fronted implement and general-purpose store which provides additional garaging if required.
Originally designed to provide overflow stores and an office for the farmhouse, the two-storey brick and pan tiled barn conversion close to the farmhouse now has planning permission for occupation as an annexe and provides independent one-bedroom accommodation with its own heating system and double-glazed windows. In December 2012, a further planning permission was granted for conversion of the detached brick and pan tiled outbuilding to the east of the main complex into a single storey holiday cottage with its own independent driveway, garden and a secluded setting enclosed by paddocks and mature trees. Accommodation
(Approximate room dimensions are shown on the floor plans which are indicative of the room layout and not to specific scale) Moat Farm House Ground Floor Multi-pane glazed double doors to: Entrance Lobby
With LED ceiling spotlights, hardwood glazed double doors with bevelled panes to the reception hallway and a hardwood six-panel door at the side to the: Cloakroom and WC
Ceramic tiled floor and part-tiled walls with base cupboard units in the cloaks area and doorway through to a white suite of low-level, dual-flush WC and pedestal wash hand basin. HRM Wallstar oil central heating boiler with digital programmer and cupboard adjacent housing the pump. Halogen ceiling spotlights. Reception Hallway
A very impressive and spacious room with multi-purpose potential and L-shaped overall with a contemporary large diameter steel and hardwood spiral staircase, having a tubular balustrade to the first floor. Wide double-glazed French doors with matching side panels onto the terrace at the front, part-glazed hardwood double doors to the dining room and to the lounge creating a superb open entertaining space. Further hardwood six-panel door to the: Study/Snug or Possible 4th Bedroom
Brick fireplace with flagstone hearth and mantel shelf, open grate and hatch adjacent to plumbing and controls. Laminated floor covering, high ceiling with spotlights, front window and double-glazed French doors on the side elevation. Lounge
A beautifully proportioned room with four multi-pane sash windows creating a triple aspect, laminated floor covering and multiple ceiling spotlights. High-level glass-fronted, multi-fuel, two-way stove which also faces the dining room adjacent. Electricity consumer unit with MCB's. Dining Room
An interesting room with ceiling open in part to the gallery landing above and enjoying the two-way stove as mentioned previously. Laminated floor covering, ceiling spotlights and part-glazed door from a Storm Porch on the rear elevation with external double panelled doors and a glazed fanlight over, these opening onto the main garden and facing the footbridge across the moat. Further internal bi-folding triple glazed doors from the dining room to:
Open Plan Kitchen and Breakfast Room
Fitted with a range of kitchen units in white which comprise base cupboards and drawers, hardwood block work surfaces with ceramic tile splashbacks, white ceramic one and a half bowl sink, wall cupboards with pelmet lights beneath and two glazed display cabinets. Faced integrated dishwasher, space with cold plumbing for an American-style fridge/freezer and ceramic tile floors which extend through the dining area into the utility room. Belling Kensington range cooker with six-plate ceramic hob, warming zone, double oven, grill and warming compartment together with a matching Belling stainless steel hood with inset lights. Rear window with views across the paddock. Ceiling LED spotlights, smoke alarm and French doors adjoining the breakfast area to outside. Utility Room
Well fitted to complement the kitchen with base and wall cupboard and drawer units, hardwood block work surfaces, shelved storage compartments with clothes rail and radiator inset. Twin recess for appliances with cold plumbing connection, stainless steel single-drainer sink unit and extractor fan.
First Floor (The rooms have high, part-sloping ceilings with massive exposed beams and ceiling spotlights.) Landing
Approached over the large spiral staircase which has high-level windows adjacent, together with wall uplighters. A balustrade extends around the gallery landing above the dining room and there is a shaped archway to the inner side landing with central heating thermostat. Ventilation fan, ceiling spotlights, smoke alarm and wall uplighters. There is a trap access to the upper roof void. Hardwood six-panel doors lead off to the bedrooms and family bathroom. Master Bedroom
A spacious double bedroom with a full-length range of four built-in double wardrobes in beech styling with clothes rails and shelving. Rear window with low sill providing views across the grounds. Ensuite Bathroom
equipped with a modern white suite of low-level, dual-flush WC, bidet, pedestal wash hand basin and tile-panelled bath. Ceramic tile splashbacks and ceramic tile floor with step up into a screened walk-in and wide tiled shower cubicle with mixer unit. Rear window with low sill and views as from the bedroom. Two Velux skylight windows with integral blinds. Extractor fan, wall mirror, shaver socket and wall light. Electric heated towel rail. Bedroom 2 (rear)
A double bedroom with windows having low sills to the side and rear elevation providing views over the gardens and paddock. Built-in single and double wardrobe in beech styling complementing those of the master bedroom and hardwood six-panel door to the large airing cupboard containing a foam-lagged hot water cylinder with immersion heater on timer and linen shelves. Family Bathroom
Well-appointed with a white suite of tiled panelled bath, low-level, dual-flush WC, bidet, pedestal wash hand basin and walk-in ceramic tiled shower with mixer unit. Two Velux skylight windows with blinds, ceramic tiled floor and part-tiled walls. Extractor fan, shaver socket and wall light. Bedroom 3 (side)
With split-level windows on the side elevation and two built-in double wardrobes complementing those of the other bedrooms. The Annexe Ground Floor
Arched panelled door from the driveway into the: Dining Kitchen
With a range of units having beech-effect facings and comprising base and wall cupboard units and drawers, roll edge textured work surfaces and a stone-effect, one and a half bowl sink unit. Stoves electric oven, four plate hob and faced cooker hood. Smoke alarm, space with plumbing for washing machine, rear window and two front windows. Corner cast iron stove on flagstone hearth with ceramic tiling to the rear. Ceiling spotlights and connecting door to: Lounge
With two front windows, laminated flooring, ceiling beam and spotlights. Radiator, consumer unit with MCB's and staircase with spindle balustrade leading to the: First Floor Gallery Landing
with balustrade to the stairwell and trap access to the upper roof void. Front window and six-panel door to: Large Double Bedroom
Having two front and three rear windows, collar beams, two radiators and an electric wall panel heater. Welsh ceiling with spotlights. Door to upper lobby with a further wide panelled door allowing access from an external staircase at the side of the building. Airing cupboard containing the combination hot water cylinder with immersion heater and cold-water expansion system. Bathroom
Ceramic tiled floor and part-tiled walls with splashbacks around a white suite of panelled bath having an electric shower unit over, low-level, dual-flush WC and wash hand basin. Two windows, extractor fan, radiator, wall lights and shaver socket. Holiday Cottages
The four holiday cottages are briefly described below. Each has an electric heating system, smoke alarms, a built-in electric oven, four-plate hob and cooker hood in the kitchen together with a stainless-steel sink unit, washing machine and fridge/freezer or refrigerator. The Hayloft
A substantial brick-built, two-storey cottage with hipped timber roof structure covered in natural slates. Arched, double-glazed double doors opening into a Living/Dining Kitchen with ceramic-tiled floor, units in white with work surfaces and tiled splashbacks. Cast iron stove on slab hearth and oak-effect French doors to the rear. A paddle-style staircase leads up to the first-floor bedroom. There are Two Ground Floor Bedrooms providing space for double and bunk beds, and a Bathroom with a white suite of panelled bath, having shower fittings and glazed side screen, pedestal basin and low-level WC. The First-Floor Gallery Bedroom has a laminated floor covering, two skylight windows and a pine balustrade over the reception area below. Built-in cupboard. Outside there is a garden area with lawn, hedges, pathway and patio, together with a further small outside area on the east side. The Dairy
A single-storey brick and pantile cottage with double-glazed double doors set into an arched reveal to the Living and Dining Kitchen - with ceramic-tiled floor, units finished in white, cast iron stove and a front skylight window. An inner lobby has a further double-glazed door to outside and a linen cupboard with shelving. Pine doors lead off to the bathroom and double bedroom. The Double Bedroom has a laminated floor covering and window with low sill. The Bathroom has a white suite of panelled bath with shower fittings and glazed side screen, low-level WC and pedestal wash basin. On the Outside there is a garden area with slate chippings to a pathway, lawns, hedges and climbing plants. The Byre
A further brick-built, single-storey cottage with a clay pan tiled roof and oak-effect, double-glazed French doors opening into the Living and Dining Kitchen with ceramic-tiled floor and units finished in white. Cast iron stove, front window and skylight window. Lobby with doors off to a Double Bedroom having oak-effect, double-glazed French doors and high-level skylight window; further window to the front elevation. Bathroom containing a white suite of panelled bath with shower fittings and glazed side screen, low-level WC and pedestal wash basin. Outside there is a good-sized lawned garden at the front of the property with hedges, pathway leading to the main entrance and patio area with outside wall light. Field Barn Cottage
A detached single-storey, brick-built cottage with pitched timber roof structure covered in clay pantiles. The building is located away from the main complex of holiday properties within its own lawned garden and a long, sweeping driveway. The accommodation includes a large Living/Dining Kitchen with two pairs of French doors on the rear elevation and a modern range of units to the kitchen area finished in pale green with woodgrain-effect work surfaces, spotlights and pelmet lights. There are Two Double Bedrooms and a Bathroom with a white suite comprising low-level WC, panelled bath with shower fittings to the mixer tap and a pedestal wash hand basin; LED spotlights and extractor fan. Swimming Pool
The swimming pool measures a generous 10m x 5.5m and has a motorized cover, a mosaic tile-effect pool liner and flag-paved surround. The pool is sheltered within a glazed building which has sliding panels allowing the centre section to be open air when the weather conditions permit. At the rear, three shaped brick arches open into a ceramic-tiled Dining and Entertaining Area with a high pine-panelled sloping ceiling above, exposed beams, bench seating on brick bases and a door into the Changing and Shower Room - with a wide shower cubicle, white low-level WC and bracket wash hand basin; ceramic tiled flooring and tiled walls, extractor fan and electric shower unit. Adjacent to the swimming pool and entertaining room there is a brick and pantiled Plant Room accessed through arched double doors and this contains the pump for the swimming pool, the filtration unit and the Heatstar Aquarius swimming pool heat pump with timers and strip-lighting above. The latter is supplementary to the solar panel heating. The Grounds and Outbuildings
The remote-controlled, motorized sliding gate opens onto a paved courtyard leading towards the farmhouse and this also gives access to a Brick and pan tiled Garage to one side and the useful Open-fronted Store facing. The courtyard is enhanced by established ornamental trees, shrubs and bushes with a field gate on the left into the paddock which leads towards Field Barn Cottage. A wrought iron gate with fencing at the side of the farmhouse open onto a sunny patio area with a further matching gate to the rear garden. This comprises a gravelled terrace around a large ornamental fountain with mature trees and shrubs surrounding. A foot bridge leads across the moat to the main grass paddock which stretches across to east and west, enclosed by hedges and wooded copses, and within which the extensive bank of solar panels is located on the west side. There is a grass paddock enclosed by hedges between the main complex of buildings and Field Barn Cottage, beyond which a third grass paddock extends to the far eastern perimeter with mixed hedgerows and mature trees surrounding. Location
The popular village of Covenham is separated into two areas corresponding to the Grade 2 Listed churches of St. Bartholomew and St. Mary, the latter located to the south and all set in an area of attractive countryside just to the east of the Lincolnshire Wolds. The village is set away from the A16 road though within easy reach and thereby ideal for commuting to the market town of Louth, approximately five miles to the south, or the large business centre of Grimsby which is about 11 miles to the north. Covenham has a Grade 2 Listed restaurant, The Millhouse and to the north of the village is the Covenham Reservoir which appeals to walkers and provides a venue for watersports.
Louth is a bustling market town with a range of individual shops, three markets each week and strong secondary schools including the King Edward VI grammar school, (each with specialist status). The town has a golf course, cinema, theatre, attractive parks, a recently completed sports and swimming complex and the Kenwick Park leisure centre on the outskirts. The area is appealing to equestrians with bridleways through the Wolds and out to the coastal nature reserves. There are fishing lakes in various locations and coastal resorts to north and south. Viewing:
Strictly by prior appointment through the selling agent. General Information
The particulars of this property are intended to give a fair and substantially correct overall description for the guidance of intending purchasers. No responsibility is to be assumed for individual items. No appliances have been tested. Fixtures, fittings, carpets and curtains are excluded unless otherwise stated. Plans/Maps are not to specific scale, are based on information supplied and subject to verification by a solicitor at sale stage. We are advised that the properties are connected to mains water and electricity whilst drainage is to a private system, but no utility searches have been carried out to confirm at this stage. The ELDC website shows council tax band G for the farmhouse, T for the Hayloft and The Byre, and A for the Annexe.