A handsome and imposing detached Grade II Listed country Rectory standing in mature tree-lined grounds surrounded by open countryside with no near neighbours and having grass paddock land to the side and rear with potential equestrian, horticultural, farming or leisure use (STP). Approximately 5.3-acre grounds in total (subject to survey). Five bedrooms, three elegant reception rooms, contemporary open plan living/dining kitchen with bi-folding French doors, bathroom and modern shower room. Long sweeping gated drive, spacious forecourt, garage, workshop and outbuildings. Directions
From Louth take the Legbourne Road and proceed to the outskirts, then take the first exit at the roundabout onto the B1200 road. Follow the road for several miles carrying straight on at the Manby Middlegate traffic lights and then proceed to the long linear village of Saltfleetby. Continue to the far end of the village and just before the Prussian Queen public house turn left onto Swallowgate Road. Carry straight on along the lane at the first crossroads, pass the left turning and then look for The Old Rectory on the right side. The Property
This substantial detached country residence is listed as Grade II on the Historic England website, which describes the property as dating back to 1829 and of brick construction with a hipped timber roof structure covered in slate. The property enjoys a private and peaceful rural setting with no near neighbouring property and stands well back from the lane within large mature grounds.
In recent times an impressive single storey extension has been constructed to the rear creating a superb and very spacious open plan living/dining kitchen with projecting bi-folding double-glazed French doors on the side elevation and a glazed lantern over. The rear wing also provides a contemporary shower room, rear entrance lobby and utility room.
The main house has a wealth of character features and tall elegant ceilings with multi-pane, mainly sash windows (which are partly secondary-glazed) creating light and airy rooms and providing views across the surrounding countryside and gardens. Heating is by an oil-fired central heating system with hot water supplemented by the oil-fired Aga cooking range. There are also feature fireplaces and the room layout is versatile with a grand entrance hall, staircase and gallery landing.
At the rear there are useful outbuildings comprising a garage with additional inner garage or workshop, stable block converted into one main outbuilding, log store and greenhouses. If equestrian use is envisaged, the stable block would readily subdivide into boxes as required. Accommodation
(Approximate room dimensions are shown on the floor plans which are indicative of the room layout and not to specific scale) Ground Floor
Impressive central main entrance with Portico having four fluted pillars, York stone paving and a part-glazed, four-pane front door with three-pane side panels and working shutters, together with a superb slender arched fan light with radiating spokes. Reception Hallway
Some 9.47 metres in length, including the handsome return staircase with kite-winder steps to the rear, pillared balustrade and mahogany handrail. A notable feature is the large limestone tiles forming the floor throughout the hallway and extending into the kitchen with inset feature taco tiles in contrasting black. Three wall light points, central heating thermostat and coved ceiling with flower head motifs. Under stairs storage recess and coat hooks to one side. Sitting Room
Ornate marbleised slate pillared fire surround framing a recessed fireplace and inset cast iron grate with shaped hood, granite hearth and mantel shelf over. Moulded coving, tall front twelve-pane sash window and a large, wide twelve-pane window to the side elevation providing fine views over the adjoining pasture land and countryside. Family Room
Feature oak carved fire surround with a recessed tiled fireplace, inset cast iron log burning stove and projecting flagstone hearth. The fire surround has twin turned pillars on each side, arched round-backed alcoves and a moulded mantel shelf with carved scroll panels.
Built-in dresser adjoining the fireplace with base double cupboard and tall bookshelves over. Large side multi-pane window providing views across the owned land at the side and countryside beyond. Further window to the rear and wide coving with flower motifs. Dining Room
A third elegant reception room with a polished dark hardwood surround to the granite fireplace and hearth with an LPG flame-effect basket fire inset. Moulded coving to the ceiling extending around two beams. Fine views over the main approach to the property and through the trees to the surrounding countryside. Living/Dining Kitchen
A superb spacious and contemporary space fitted with an extensive range of bespoke units having a pale grey painted finish and varnished oak block work surfaces, together with an island unit of generous proportions with a black granite work surface.
There are base cupboards, drawers, a dresser unit with miniature drawers, white ceramic one and a half bowl sink unit, built-in wine cooler, AEG stainless steel finish electric oven with glazed door and Zanussi two plate electric hob.
Cream coloured LPG Aga cooking range with stainless steel cooker hood over and back boiler connected to the hot water system. Eighteen LED ceiling spotlights, TV lead for a high-level TV and feature glazed lantern above the dining/living extension to the rear, flooding this area with light.
Wide bi-folding double-glazed French doors and a matching fixed side panel onto the rear patio. The living/dining area has underfloor heating and connecting doors to the utility room and: Boiler Room
With Firebird Popular oil-fired central heating boiler, a water softener and the water filtration unit for the private water supply. Electric light and electricity meter. Utility Room
With a long work surface over an oak-faced double cupboard unit, stainless steel one and a half bowl single drainer sink unit, double recess for a dryer and with plumbing for a washing machine. Ample space for a large chest freezer, access to the wing roof void and twelve-pane sash window providing views across open fields to the side. Opening at the rear into the: Rear Lobby
With part-glazed, nine-pane door to outside, ceramic tiled floor, three spotlights and door to the: Shower Room
A contemporary shower room with ceramic wall and floor tiles in bold, modern colours contrasting a white Edwardian-style suite of low-level WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Walk-in mosaic tiled shower area with elegant chrome shower mixer unit, handset and drench head. LED spotlights, extractor fan and tall chrome ladder-style radiator/towel rail. Rear nine-pane sash window. First Floor Landing
A spacious area with the slender pillared balustrade extending from the staircase to form a gallery looking down onto the kite-winder return steps with a large fifteen-pane sash window above. Coved ceiling, chandelier point over the stairs and opening through into a side landing. Bedroom 1 (front)
A large double bedroom with sash window to the front and side elevation, wide exposed floorboards and a large walk-in cupboard/wardrobe with shelves, clothes pegs and hanging rail.
The Trap access to the roof void is positioned within this walk-in cupboard. Bedroom 2 (front)
A further double bedroom of generous proportions, also having a window to front and side elevations and a built-in wardrobe adjacent to the chimney breast with clothes rails. Bedroom 3 (rear)
An equally impressive, spacious double bedroom with window to the side and rear elevations and a built-in double wardrobe with a flame mahogany front at the side of the chimney breast. Bedroom 4 (front)
Presently used as a study, this single room has a window on the front elevation and a wall alcove with a shaped pelmet over. Bedroom 5 (rear)
A single bedroom approached from the inner landing with window to the rear elevation. Bathroom
A spacious bathroom with a white suite comprising panelled bath with two grips, low-level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and corner glazed and splash-boarded shower cubicle with chrome mixer tap, handset and drench head; extractor fan over. Laminated wood plank-effect floor covering, shaver light and door to a large recessed walk-in airing cupboard within which the hot water cylinder is located - this is fitted with an immersion heater and also within this cupboard are the cold water storage and expansion cisterns, linen shelving and a light. Outbuildings
From the driveway which leads around the side of the house there is vehicular access to a large brick and block built Garage with pitched timber roof structure covered in natural slate, single-glazed side window, electric light and an electric motorised up and over door. Two oil storage tanks within the garage, electricity consumer unit with MCB's, light and power points. A 3.22-metre-wide opening at the rear opens into a further Garage/Workshop area of generous size with pitched timber roof covered in natural slates and an opening to the roof void at the rear.
Beyond the garage/workshop buildings there is a Range of former stables which has now been converted into one large games room/workshop or studio, together with a log store. The former has two single-glazed windows, electric lights, power points and a full-length bench with store cupboards under part. There is a pedestrian doorway and double door access on the side elevation. This range of buildings is constructed in brick beneath a clay pantiled roof.
Two detached metal-framed greenhouses. Timber Wendy House. Grounds
The property stands well back from the lane within established spacious gardens. There is a deep front lawn lined by a variety of mature trees with a brick pillared principal entrance having wrought iron gates onto a long sweeping gravel driveway shaped to form a circular turning and parking forecourt before the main elevation.
As previously mentioned, the drive then continues around to the garage/workshop buildings. There is an outside light to the portico and an outside tap on the side wall of the house close to the garage. The trees in the front garden include chestnut, fir trees, yew, sycamore, ash and holly.
The gardens extend around the side of the house and are laid to lawn with further yew tree, copper beech, weeping willow and a feature topiary basket. The bi-folding doors of the living kitchen open onto spacious patio areas extending around the rear extension and along the rear of the original house with corner outside lights, gate onto the rear garden, lawn with wire fence surround and a large orchard with a variety of apple and plum trees.
Directly to the side and rear of the house the grass pasture land provides potential for a variety of uses subject to planning permission or could continue to be grazed. Location
Skidbrooke is a quiet rural hamlet positioned away from main roads in a predominantly agricultural area and is some 7 miles from the market town of Louth. Popular with locals and tourists alike, Louth has numerous independent shops, three main supermarkets, schools and academies including the King Edward VI Grammar, and a wealth of recreational facilities such as cinema, theatre, sports centres, swimming pool, golf course, tennis academy etc. The rural area is popular with equestrians with day passes to ride on the nearby beaches, miles of bridleways and the Kenwick Park Leisure and Equestrian Centre on the Louth outskirts 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 are not to specific scale and approximate boundaries are indicated by the red lines on aerial images and subject to verification by a solicitor at sale stage. We are advised that the property is connected to mains electricity whilst drainage is to a private system and water is by a private supply - no utility searches have been carried out to confirm at this stage. The property is in Council Tax band E.