The launch of Sholebroke Farmhouse to the market offers a rare opportunity to acquire a period 18th century farmhouse enjoying all the benefits of a rural setting with excellent connectivity by road and rail. Under the watchful eye of the current owners, the original part of the property has been renovated and sympathetically extended to create a comfortable and stunning family home ideally suited for modern 21st century living. Within the new part of the house lies the Smallbone kitchen/breakfast room which opens onto the dining area and family/cinema room which combined, create an ideal formal and informal entertaining area. The farmhouse enjoys an idyllic position approached down a long drive with mature grounds surrounding it on all sides, offering both privacy and protection. Complementing the main accommodation is the addition of a detached stone double garage with ancillary accommodation above, currently used as home offices but equally adaptable as an independent annexe if required. As with all unique and individual properties, a viewing will be essential to fully appreciate not only the quality and setting of Sholebroke Farmhouse and its relationship to parkland and woodland, but the lifestyle opportunities on offer. THE ACCOMMODATION A studded oak door opens to reveal the oak floored entrance hall with stairs rising to first floor and allowing access to both reception hall and sitting room. The latter enjoys a triple aspect with limestone fireplace housing gas fire and to one side is a glazed door opening onto the side garden. Both the reception hall and kitchen/breakfast room enjoy wonderful views over the front drive and grounds. The bespoke oak fitted kitchen is by Smallbone of Devizes with extensive run of base and eye level units and black granite work surfaces. Cooking facilities are provided by the Falcon range cooker with five ring gas hob and Miele steam oven. Other fitted appliances include Zip hydro tap, two Miele dishwashers and drinks fridges, Siemens fridge/freezer and recess for American style fridge freezer. The family/cinema room and adjoining dining area have exposed oak flooring and dividing them are sliding doors which peel back to create one large entertaining area. The dining area overlooks and enjoys direct access, via bi fold doors, onto a flagstone terrace looking across to woodland. The utility/boot room is also by Smallbone with full height storage units, double enamel butlers sink, plumbing for washing machine and dryer and the cloakroom lies at the far end. FIRST FLOOR The landing runs along the rear of the original house with views across the adjoining parkland. The well proportioned and air conditioned master bedroom suite enjoys a peaceful location overlooking the park with dressing room and stunning bath/wet room with limestone flooring and double sink vanity unit. A bi fold door opens onto a south facing balcony. Lying on this floor are two further bedroom suites, one with air conditioning and shower room with the other having an en suite bathroom. Inbetween lies a further double bedroom, currently used as a study, along with family shower room. SECOND FLOOR Having a very cosy feel in the eaves, is bedroom five being another air conditioned double bedroom with its own en suite shower room and walk-in cupboard. The dormer windows provide elevated views across the parkland. OUTSIDE Situated to the east of the farmhouse and accessed off the block paved drive is the detached stone double garage with one of the garages currently converted to air conditioned home gym. Stairs rise to two air conditioned offices with cloak and shower rooms inbetween. GARDEN AND GROUNDS The farmhouse enjoys an idyllic position surrounded and protected by its own mature grounds and is approached over a private drive that falls down to the farmhouse. A natural stream is an attractive feature running through the middle of the garden and on the western side of the drive is the hard tennis court with attractive fencing and Texplay II surface. Opposite lies an area of woodland comprising mature chestnuts in the main along with fenced dog kennel. A narrow gauge railway track runs through the woodland but is excluded from the sale. A path runs around the entire house which gives way to areas of formal lawn and to the rear is a south facing paved entertaining terrace with raised decked seating area overlooking the hot tub. The rear boundary is defined by parkland fencing. LOCATION Sholebroke is a small hamlet lying to the north of the village of Whittlebury which is set on the edge of the historical Royal hunting forest of Whittlewood. The village boasts a shop and bakery along with Church of England primary school, Fox & Hound public house and Whittlebury Park Hotel with golf course and spa facilities. Within a short drive is the thriving market town of Towcester with artisan shops, restaurants and both Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets. More extensive shopping and leisure facilities are provided in the county town of Northampton and Milton Keynes with Bicester Shopping Village and Oxford within easy reach too. The hamlet is surrounded by attractive countryside providing excellent facilities for both walking, cycling and riding. Sporting facilities locally include Silverstone motor racing circuit, golf at several nearby courses along with Pitsford Reservoir providing both sailing and fishing opportunities. DIRECTIONS (NN12 8TF) From Northampton and the M1 (junction 15a) take the A43 south west towards Towcester and Oxford. Pass Towcester on the dual carriageway and then take the next exit signed onto the A4132 to Whittlebury and Buckingham. Just after passing the entrance gates to Whittlebury village turn left onto a private road. Proceed all the way down to the bottom and having passed the farm buildings, the drive to Sholebroke Farmhouse will eventually appear in front of you.
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Guide price £1,495,000