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Thimbleby, Horncastle LN9 5RB
Guide price £595,000 | 5 bedrooms

Property features

• Superb Edwardian detached house
• Coach-house conversion to holiday cottage
• Mature grounds approaching 0.75 acre (sts)
• Long driveway, garage and stores
• 4 bedrooms, 2 ensuite shower rooms
• Family bathroom, elegant hall and landing
• Impressive reception rooms with tall ceilings
• Marenda Lindsey dining-kitchen with Aga
• Cottage double bedroom, lounge, fitted kitchen and shower room
• Brimming with character features

A substantial and imposing detached Edwardian country residence with superbly presented, characterful accommodation and a detached coach house holiday cottage conversion, all positioned in large mature and secluded grounds of nearly three quarters of an acre (sts), with a long sweeping driveway.

Directions From the centre of Horncastle proceed along Bridge Street and follow the road to the traffic light crossroads. Turn right here onto the A158 and proceed towards the edge of town and then turn left signposted the B1190 to Thimbleby, Horsington and Bardney. Follow the road to Thimbleby and upon entering the village, Thimbleby Lodge will be found on the right side but screened from the road by mature trees with the entrance driveway opposite The Durham Ox public house.

The Property Dating back to the early 20th century, this handsome Edwardian detached country house is substantially built with brick-faced principal walls beneath a main pitched and hipped timber roof structure with projecting gable to the front elevation, all covered in Rosemary tiles and a complementary garden room has been added with matching mono-pitch Rosemary tiled roof.

The front gable roof projects on ornamental brackets above a two-storey double sash bay with Tudor style panelling and the exterior of the house is enhanced by moulded fascia boards and OG detail guttering. The elevations include further large walk-in bay windows and interesting V-shaped oriel bow windows to some of the rooms. The rear wing of the house projects for some distance with a further gable facing the rear parking courtyard and the house has mainly double-glazed windows and an oil-fired central heating system with a pressurised hot water system.

On the far side of the parking courtyard is the detached coach house conversion which has planning permission for occupation as a holiday cottage and this is also principally of brick construction with a Tudor style gable panel projecting to the centre from the ridge roof which is covered in composite slate. The windows are double-glazed, and the cottage has a separate oil-fired central heating system. Both oil-fired central heating systems are supplied by one large, modern oil storage tank which is screened form the properties by trellis work and the smaller outbuildings to the rear of the main house.

The accommodation features a wealth of character features associated with the era to include high ceilings with ornate moulded coving, dado and picture rails, large moulded 4-panel doors with wide architraves, large windows allowing natural light to flood the rooms and a return staircase with pillared upper balustrade and gallery landing.

Accommodation (Approximate room dimensions are shown on the floor plans which are indicative of the room layout and not to specific scale)

Thimbleby Lodge

Ground Floor

Central Main Front Entrance With wide front door having decorative leaded panes and brick arch over to:

Entrance Porch Quarry tiled floor, internal side window to the garden room and wide part-glazed inner door to:

Entrance Hall An elegant reception area of generous proportions with moulded dado rail, picture rail and ornamental coving to the ceiling. Central heating thermostat and four-panel door with oval four-pane window over to a deep under stairs storage/cloaks cupboard within which the Merlin central heating boiler is located. Ornate shaped archway onto the wide return staircase with moulded wall rail and side panelling in white. Smoke alarm to the ceiling. White four-panel moulded doors lead off from the hallway to the reception rooms and kitchen.

Lounge A comfortable dual-aspect room with high coved ceiling featuring intricate moulding, centre ceiling light point, front walk-in square bay window with double sash and further sash window to the side elevation. Arched recessed fireplace with deep slate hearth and multi-fuel cast iron stove inset, above which is a heavy oak mantel shelf. Sliding glazed double doors with attractive curved glazing bars allow the lounge to be semi open plan with the adjoining:

Dining Room An elegant room for entertaining with a high ceiling having moulded coving, side walk-in bay widow with double sash and a smaller V-shaped oriel bow window. Arched wall alcove with concealed lighting and main ceiling light point.

Sitting Room A cosy room positioned adjacent to the kitchen with independent access from the hallway and featuring a particularly spacious walk-in bay window on the side elevation with subtly coloured square leaded top lights. Oak-effect Karndean flooring laid diagonally. Attractive ceramic tiled fireplace and hearth with arched open grate set into a tall pillared surround with mantel shelves finished in white. Built-in base cupboard to the side, moulded picture rail and coved ceiling. A pair of internal French doors with arched glazed panels open with step down into the:

Garden Room An attractive light and airy room within which the surrounding garden can be enjoyed via uPVC double-glazed windows to three sides, together with French doors opening out onto a large timbered decking area. The garden room has a high sloping panelled ceiling finished in matt white, an internal window to the porch as previously mentioned, floating shelf and two wall uplighters.

Dining Kitchen A range of built-in kitchen units finished in oak by local firm Marenda Lindsey of South Willingham. There are base cupboard units, drawer units, oak-edge, granite-effect work surfaces, double wall cupboard, tall larder cupboard and a one and a half bowl Corian sink unit with ornamental mixer tap. Superb oil-fired Aga range cooker finished in deep blue and black enamel with chrome hot plate covers, all set into a tall oak-framed surround with decorative blue and white ceramic-tiling and concealed lighting. Integrated dish washer, ten LED ceiling spotlights, moulded coving to the ceiling and double-glazed French doors with glazed arched fanlight over to the main garden. Large window also overlooking the garden and smaller window to the opposite side elevation.

Rear Hallway An attractive second entrance into the property, finished in light grey with contrasting woodwork and moulded coving to the ceiling. The hallway is entered from the courtyard outside through a wide part-glazed door and has a ceramic-tiled floor which extends into a useful walk-in Store with window facing the main garden and part-glazed door.

Cloakroom With a white suite comprising low-level WC and a small bracket wash hand basin; side window and ceramic-tiled floor in green.

Utility Room Fitted with base and wall cupboard units finished in cream with roll-edge, granite-effect work surfaces, single drainer stainless steel sink unit and space with plumbing for washing machine, together with space for a tumble dryer. Ceramic-tiled floor, coved ceiling and window to side and rear elevations. Square LED ceiling light and trap access to the wing roof void. Plumbing in situ for a water softener.

First Floor Main Landing With white pillared balustrade extending from the staircase around the stairwell to create a gallery overlooking the half landing, above which is a large eight-pane sash window which creates a light and airy feel to this first-floor area.

Moulded coving, white painted four-panel moulded doors set into white architraves leading off and old-fashioned case iron radiator. Moulded dado rail, chandelier point over the staircase and walk-through opening to an inner landing leading to the family bathroom and second bedroom.

Master Bedroom A large double bedroom of elegant proportions with high ceiling, ornately moulded coving, large walk-in front sash window with double sash, built-in window seat and storage under; side V-shaped oriel bow window and old-fashioned cast-iron radiator. Built-in double wardrobe in white with moulded doors. Connecting door to the:

En Suite Bathroom White suite comprising shaped corner panelled bath with moulded seat, shower fittings to mixer tap and a chrome wall-mounted shower mixer unit with handset; Victorian style moulded pedestal wash hand basin and low-level WC. Ceramic-tiled floor, contrasting ornate ceramic wall tiling from floor to ceiling with decorative moulding, coved ceiling, front sash window and an electric chrome ladder style radiator/towel rail. Part-glazed door with deeply moulded obscure glazed panes.

Bedroom 2 A further large double bedroom with coved ceiling having nine recessed spotlights, built-in double wardrobe and further range of single and double wardrobe all finished in white. Large sash window to the side elevation and V-shaped oriel bow window to the rear. Door to:

En Suite Shower Room White suite of wide ceramic-tiled and glazed shower cubicle, low-level WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Ceramic-tiled walls, chrome electric heated towel rail/radiator, ceramic-tiled floor and coved ceiling.

Bedroom 3 An L-shaped bedroom with large front sash window, high-level TV point, pendant light point and three recessed ceiling spotlights. White moulded four-panel door to:

En Suite Shower Room White suite of low-level, dual-flush WC, pedestal wash hand basin with tiled splashback and ceramic-tiled shower cubicle with folding glazed screen door and a chrome wall-mounted shower mixer unit with handset. Coved ceiling, light-operated extractor fan and high gloss ceramic-tiled floor. Chrome electric heated ladder-style radiator/towel rail.

Bedroom 4 A good size double bedroom with large side window, coved ceiling and built-in dressing table with eight drawers, together with wardrobe in white with top cupboards over.

Family Bathroom A stylish bathroom with a black and white tile effect Amtico floor covering and a white suite comprising a cast iron roll-top, double-ended bath with ball and claw feet together with chrome shower mixer tap, low-level WC and shaped wash hand basin with fluted pedestal on moulded foot. Part ceramic-tiled walls with decorative border, moulded coving to the ceiling, trap access to the roof void and five recessed ceiling spotlights.

Part-glazed door with deeply moulded glazing from the inner landing. Electric ladder-style radiator/towel rail finished in chrome, large sash window and door to Built-in Airing Cupboard which is recessed to one side and contains the large capacity insulated hot water cylinder with immersion heater operating on a wall timer and connected to the pressurised hot water system; linen shelves adjacent and top cupboard over.

Coach House Holiday Cottage Entered by a front door into the;

Fitted Kitchen Range of built-in base and wall cupboard and drawer units finished in white with drop handles and having roll-edge work surfaces, tall larder cupboard, electric oven, hob and cooker hood, washing machine, dishwasher and refrigerator. Space for breakfast table and window to the side and front elevations, together with ceiling spotlights and trap access to the roof void.

Walk-Through Lobby With door into the dining lounge and separate door to:

Shower Room With part ceramic-tiled walls, white low-level WC, ceramic-tiled shower cubicle with mixer unit, glazed circular wash basin on projecting plinth with towel rail and pillar mixer tap. Light-operated extractor fan, two wall light points and chrome ladder-style towel rail/radiator. Mirror-fronted cabinet with shelf under.

Dining Lounge An attractive and spacious room with oak flooring which extends into the side lobby. Seven ceiling spotlights, rear multi-pane window and wide four-panel window from floor level on the front elevation.

Double Bedroom An excellent size with oak flooring, window to the front and side elevation and three ceiling spotlights.

General: The Coach House has feature Welsh/part-sloping ceilings throughout and is heated by an external oil-fired combination central heating boiler connected to radiators within and providing instant domestic hot water.

Gardens and Outbuildings The property is approached by a driveway lading through an initial tree-lined area and then passing through timber gates before sweeping for some distance through the garden to a spacious courtyard parking area for several vehicles with ample space to turn. The driveway branches left to a detached timber garage/workshop 8m x 3.42m overall with double front doors and a side pedestrian door.

The property stands in spacious grounds and the gardens are principally laid to lawn and sheltered by a mature tree belt along the front boundary with a further pedestrian entrance, gate and wide pathway leading around the front garden to the main entrance. There is an impressive raised timber deck wrapped around the garden room with exterior lighting set into the side plinths and creating a superb al fresco dining and seating area. The trees include copper beech, ash, holly, laburnum and Scots pine with established shrubberies beneath.

A long beech hedge with pedestrian opening separates the main garden area from a further large lawn with ornamental trees and there is a patio garden area adjacent the holiday cottage. To the rear of the main house there is a sheltered small courtyard enclosed by the side and rear walls of the house and a range of brick outbuildings with slab paving finished in white, gravel border and this creates a further seating area ideal for morning coffee.

The range of brick outbuildings comprise a Woodstore 2.57m x 1.9m, outside Toilet with white low-level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and light and a further Store 2.28m x 1.9m with screen wall into the courtyard having an inset wrought iron door. On the far side and screened from the house is the large capacity oil storage tank and a general storage area with trellis work onto the courtyard.

The property has many outside lights to include wall lanterns, large flood lights, up/down lighters by the kitchen French doors and further wall lights to the holiday cottage. There is also an outside water tap.

NB The large grounds afford potential to extend the house, construct additional ancillary outbuildings or possibly develop another dwelling adjacent, all subject to obtaining planning permission from the local authority.

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Location Thimbleby is a small, sought-after country village containing a variety of individual properties and has a Grade 2 Listed Church dedicated to St Margaret. The Durham Ox country pub and restaurant is highly regarded and is literally a stone's throw from Thimbleby Lodge. A range of shopping, schooling and recreational facilities can be found in Horncastle market town, which is just over a mile from the property. The Cathedral city of Lincoln is approximately 20 miles away.

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 property is connected to mains electricity, water and drainage but no utility searches have been carried out to confirm at this stage. The property is in Council Tax band F.

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