Unique Buildings Converted Into Homes

Converted homes are very popular with buyers, whether converting from scratch or buying something that has already been lovingly resorted. From a former school, church and bank to a windmill, lifeboat station or watermill, thousands of unique buildings have been transformed into amazing homes by many self-builders across the country, giving them a brand new lease of life. We currently have a former post office, coach house, barn and pub for sale, so we thought we’d give you a bit more information about them…

Old Welland Cottage – a converted pub

For a large part of the C20th, this building originally operated as The Welland Inn. This fine house was bought by the current owners in 2009 as a derelict pub and has been completely transformed over the last decade by stripping it back to its bare bones and starting almost from scratch. Key works include adding a new roof incorporating Welsh Penrhyn slates and clay pantiles, improved insulation, flooring re-laid using the original refurbished pub floorboards, a brand new Heat Recovery system, re-rewiring, re-plumbing and a new drainage system that includes a well and soakaway outside that automatically feeds the fruit trees. The owners have also installed a working repro Victorian handpump which is a nice exterior feature for watering the garden. Read more

The Coach House – a converted coach house

This is an immaculately presented, converted coach house which is almost 300 years old, and astonishingly for its age, the owners have managed to upgrade its EPC from an F to a D! The property provides the perfect accommodation for multi-generational living with a two bedroom annex on one side and a spacious home with five bedrooms on the other whilst a good-sized, landscaped garden faces east and south. Read more

Chapel Lane – a converted post office

Chapel Lane is a charming, Grade II listed former post office, located in the popular Rutland village of Barrowden. As carved in the stone surround of the tall, central, arched window, the main part of the house was built in 1823 and the brick post office, with its pretty bargeboard on the gable end, added to one side in the late 1880s. With four reception rooms and four bedrooms all set over three floors, and a delightful spacious, walled rear garden, this is a highly desirable property in a much sought after location. Read more

Grange Court – a converted barn

Grange Court is an immaculately presented, Grade II listed stone barn conversion on the edge of the Lincolnshire village of Carlby. It sits in an idyllic setting discreetly hidden from view and arranged around a central courtyard which opens out onto gently sloping, South-facing landscaped gardens and a paddock with open countryside views beyond. In a cluster of four properties, the barn and neighbouring farmhouse date back to the 1800s and were originally owned by the Brownlow and Cust families. Part of the barn would have provided shelter for pigs and cattle or sheep, with a covered crew yard, and a hay barn in the two-storey section. Read more

Find Out More? 

For more information about these stunning conversions, or to be kept up to date on those we will be selling in the future, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or 01832 808 008.

Homes to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

A special extended bank holiday weekend this week is allowing communities and people throughout the United Kingdom to come together to celebrate the Queen becoming the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, which marks 70 years of service. In celebration of this historic milestone, we have selected some of our homes for sale offering the perfect venue to host a fantastic party with friends and family…

Seatonthorpe Hall – Thorpe By Water

Where’s not to throw an amazing bash at this colossal home?! Plus you get to create all of the entertaining space yourself, which to us sounds like great fun. Guests will enjoy partying by the poolside or having a game of snooker in the games room once they have enjoyed a few drinks and canapés in the exquisite gardens and a delicious supper in the impressive open plan kitchen/diner. The evening can then continue with one of your favourite Royal films playing in the cinema room which also has a bar. Plus, with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms, there’s plenty of room for your guests to stay over. Read more

Red House Farm – Donington

This is another stunning house where you could have a pool party or a bit of a competition in the games room. The gardens offer the perfect place to enjoy drinks and nibbles, but should the weather take a turn for a worse, there is a magnificent orangery-style conservatory to move into. You could have games galore on these lawns…. pin the tail on the donkey, badminton or croquet perhaps? Guests don’t need to worry about driving home either as with five bedrooms plus a bedroom in the annexe, there’s plenty of space to sleep. Read more

The Village – Orton Longueville

This charming Grade II listed former rectory is set over three floors including 8 bedrooms, and is full of original features including Georgian sash windows, panelling and fireplaces your guests will adore. There is just under an acre of gardens which includes a pretty patio terrace for sitting down with friends and family. At the centre of the house is a splendid open-plan area for cooking, dining and relaxing. A recent orangery extension is filled with natural light from the huge roof lantern, double-height windows, and bi-folding French doors that open out to the terrace, seamlessly blending the interior and outdoor spaces, perfect for summer entertaining. Read more

The Coach House – Colsterworth

This is a stunning converted coach house which provides the perfect accommodation for guests to stay over after your celebrations. There is a two bedroom annex on one side and a spacious home with five bedrooms on the other. Meanwhile, a landscaped garden and a terrace provide the perfect setting for drinks, canapés or even al fresco dining. Although if it’s too cold, you can feel like you are outside when sitting in the kitchen or living room as they both have a wonderful connection with the gardens. For that extra touch, why not cook supper using the ingredients you have grown in your very own vegetable patch? You can then serve a delicious pudding using the fruit from your fruit trees. Read more

Chapel Lane – Barrowden

For a more intimate gathering, this charming Grade II listed home is ideal. It has an oak framed garden room and a spacious walled garden and patio surrounded by pretty box balls, hedging and topiary, offering the perfect place for entertaining friends and family. Guests will also be in awe of the charm and character that is in abundance everywhere they look. It’s a former post office and offers plenty of light. Read more

The Weathervane – Wadenhoe

The garden is completely enclosed and not overlooked at all. It features a spacious, paved terrace directly along the back of the house over which a rainproof pergola has recently been erected for all-weather dining, easily reached from both sets of French doors making it ideal for entertaining. Read more

Find Out More? 

We have many more homes offering plenty of space for entertaining friends and family. Contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 – we would be delighted to show you round any of our homes.

Homes with swimming pools

Summer’s just around the corner, so let’s make a splash in one of our swimming pools! Whether indoor, outdoor or both, pools add a whole new level of enviability…

Seatonthorpe Hall – Thorpe By Water

This exquisite house is yours to build, where you will be delighted to see on the buildings plans a 10,516Sq. Ft. indoor heated swimming pool with Jacuzzi, sauna and changing rooms. We wouldn’t mind taking a dip in here admiring the garden views. This really is a mansion of dreams where luxury is in abundance inside and out! Read more

Red House Farm – Donington

This stunning Georgian farmhouse has an indoor swimming with two changing/shower rooms, WC and plant room. Its size is ideal for length swimming or for splashing around with your children or grandchildren. Read more

Find Out More? 

Contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 – we would be delighted to show you round any of our homes.

In The Press… Country & Town House

This gorgeous Grade II Listed Georgian home offers elegant country living in a leafy corner of Peterborough. We are delighted to see it in the press again – this time for Country & Town House’s round up of best homes new to market. Its location is highly desirable: it’s quiet yet only a 10 minute drive from Peterborough station, with its excellent transport links. Meanwhile, inside, the rooms are typically Georgian – they’re well-proportioned with high ceilings and sash windows – but they’ve all been beautifully modernised to leave them feeling fresh and stylish. Read the full article here.

For more information about this beautiful home, why not have a look at it on our website?!

In The Press… Times Bricks & Mortar

We are delighted to see another one of our homes in the press again! This time Times Bricks & Mortar, which has featured College Farm in it’s round up of homes for sale around £600,000. Read the full piece here.

The Times describe it as: “On the fringes of the village of Moulton, this 19th-century four-bedroom farmhouse is brimming with period charm: high, beamed ceilings; original York stone floor and an inglenook fireplace housing a Jotul log-burner. More than 2,100 sq ft of living space includes four reception rooms, a kitchen, utility room and ground-floor shower room plus a separate pantry. The vendor describes the lower ground floor level as “strictly, a demi-cellarette as it is only half-sunk into the ground with windows to the outside”. Thinking about schooling? Spalding, about five miles away, has two selective secondaries ranked in The Sunday Times Parent Power Schools Guide. You also get 0.6 acres, barns and outbuildings.”

For more information about this stunning home, give us a call on +441780 750 200 or have a browse through all of the photographs on our website.

Homes where you can grow your own fruit and veg

Growing your own fruit and vegetables at home is one of the most rewarding ways to use the garden. With food prices rising, many people are realising the cost effective benefits too, so we’ve put together a selection of our houses for sale where you can produce your own delicious produce to cook with at home …

The Coach House – Colsterworth

Here you can cook supper using the ingredients you have grown in your very own vegetable beds, before serving up a delicious pudding using the produce from your fruit trees. Read more

Seatonthorpe Hall – Thorpe By Water

This new build plot near Seaton has plenty of gardens and grounds (approx 6 acres plus the opportunity to buy 15 more…) to create your own vegetable patch somewhere. Whether big or small, Seatonthorpe Hall offers the perfect set up to unleash your green thumbs and enjoy the fresh taste of homegrown food. Read more

The Village – Orton Longueville

It’s time for dessert, and what better way to treat your guests than with a delicious pudding made from fruit in your garden? This delightful former rectory has plenty of pretty fruit trees to pick from such as apples and pears. Read more

Find Out More? 

Contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 – we would be delighted to show you round one of these glorious homes.

Homes with glorious gardens

Gardens are a major selling feature at this time of year for buyers, as flowers bloom, plants thrive and greenery flourishes, but outdoor space as a whole has shot to the top of a buyer’s house hunting list. This is due to the pandemic where we all found a new found love for our gardens, whether it was for al fresco dining, creating interesting play areas for the children or for a bit of horticulture from homebound green thumbs. We believe this is a trend that is set to continue for the rest of the year, especially during the warmer months, so with that in mind we have selected some of our homes for sale with gardens to suit a variety of requirements…

Chapel Lane – Barrowden, Rutland

Spring has definitely sprung at this charming Grade II listed house in a popular Rutland village, as the tulips bring gorgeous colour into the walled garden. The sunny and barely overlooked garden is deceptively large as it turns the corner at the back into a more secret, secluded area. With plenty of places to sit in the sun or shade, the garden retains structure all year round with box balls, hedging and topiary. Read more

Red House Farm – Donington, South Lincs

The grounds at this beautifully presented farmhouse largely consist of the lawn to the front (ideal for children’s trampolines, slides and swings perhaps?) delineated by a striking, curving walled haha, beyond which stretches the post and railed paddock of about one acre. Read more

College Farm – Moulton, South Lincs

The attractive gardens at this Georgian farmhouse are mainly lawn with an area to the front divided by a high, old wall behind which is a brick shed and a private, sheltered, paved area capturing the sun from late morning onwards. Evergreen hedging borders the garden and divides it up into sections. At the back, a delightful triangular box garden has been clipped to create sculptural forms for year round interest, and a timber trellis arch leads you down to further lawns where a greenhouse is to one side. Read more

Find Out More? 

Contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 – we would be delighted to show you round one of these glorious gardens.

Why is Spring an excellent time to sell?

Chapel Lane, Rutland

Spring is traditionally one of the best times of year to sell a country house. People are feeling happier with blue skies, lighter warmer days and a bit more sunshine in their lives rather than the dark cold days of winter. Families also begin their house search in time for the new September school year. Combine this with today’s very active market as a result of ‘pandemic buyers’ flocking to the countryside, Spring 2022 is a great season to be selling …

Buyer demand is still very strong causing record prices

Demand over the last two years has been truly remarkable, causing far more buyers than there are homes for sale. Rightmove have recently reported there are twice as many buyers as there are sellers and when compared to this time three years ago, sellers are twice as likely to find a buyer within the first week of launching. Meanwhile, house selling weather forecast, PropCast, has found buyer demand is very strong in our area. Anything over 50° is considered a very hot sellers’ market so in Grantham for example, the market heat temperature is 74°, meaning 74% of homes for sale are under off or subject to contract. In Stamford it’s 73°, The Deepings it’s 72°, in Rutland it’s 67° and in Bourne it’s 67°. This indicates sellers in our area have a very good chance of selling their home quickly – as long as you make sure your chosen estate agent has priced and marketed your home correctly of course.

As a result of demand outweighing supply, house prices keep on rising. Rightmove’s latest Index says the average house coming onto the market jumped by 1.7% last month to £353,545, in the biggest month-on-month increase since the mid-noughties. Meanwhile Nationwide reports annual house price growth increased 14.3% between February and March this year. 

Beautiful gardens

Your garden is more important than ever before now, being a big priority for those looking for a country house. The joy of this time of year is that gardens are starting to look very pretty with lots of colour and greenery. This makes for a stunning setting not just on viewings but also in photographs. If you’re lucky enough to have a south facing garden as well, prospective buyers will be able to see just how much sun they can enjoy during the day if they live there themselves.

More light and warmth

This time of year brings longer days, which is great news when selling a home. This is because a brighter home has a much better chance of selling than a darker one. Our professional photographer can really maximise the natural light to create amazing photos as well. Also, given the choice between moving home in the freezing cold and pouring rain, or the warmth of the sun, most buyers will choose the latter. 

Families are looking for schools now

The new school year starts in September and for some families, this means their children are starting at primary or secondary level. With school places now secured, such buyers are now looking for a family home close by, usually within a twenty minute drive. We are very lucky in our part of the country as the region boasts some outstanding schools such as Oundle School, Uppingham School, Casterton College, Oakham Primary, Prince William, Spalding High and Grammar and Stamford Junior and High School. Homes with three plus bedrooms, two bathrooms house and a good sized garden close to these schools are highly sought after. 

Find Out More? 

Contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 – we would be delighted to explain further the benefits of selling in Spring.

Buyer demand remains very strong in Rutland, Stamford & South Lincs

Chapel Lane, Rutland

Buyer demand is still going strong in our local area according to recent findings by house selling weather forecast, PropCast, with Grantham leading the way.

PropCast analyses buyer demand across England to see what percentage of homes for sale are being snapped up, and we thought we’d see how some of the areas we sell country houses in are performing. Here are the results in order of market heat… 

LocationMarket HeatType of Market
Grantham74°Very hot sellers’ market
Stamford73°Very hot sellers’ market
The Deepings72°Very hot sellers’ market
Rutland67°Very hot sellers’ market
Bourne67°Very hot sellers’ market
Spalding62°Very hot sellers’ market

Source: PropCast

So what does this all mean for local sellers? 

The PropCast tool calculates ‘Sold STC’ and ‘Under Offer’ properties as a percentage of ‘total stock’ for sale, down to postcode district level. The temperature metaphor is often used when describing property markets and so using artistic license, the tool uses a degree to express a percentage.

Markets states are designated as follows:

·  0° – 25° = very cold / extreme buyers’ market

·  26° – 34° = cold / buyers’ market

·  35° – 49° = hot / sellers’ market

·  50° -100° = very hot / extreme sellers’ market

Using Grantham as an example, PropCast says it has a market heat of 74°. This means 74% of homes for sale are under offer or subject to contract, indicating a very hot sellers’ market where it is much easier to sell a property, and quickly. The results for Stamford, The Deepings, Rutland, Bourne and Spalding are just as impressive. 

We too have seen how hot our local housing market is right now. The country house market has certainly thrived over the last two years, and it is still going strong despite a rise in energy costs and mortgages. Our homes are attracting buyers soon after they launch whether off-market or on the open market, with both local and London buyers being a key part of those transactions. Some buyers are a little bit more cautious about how much they spend now, but we are still going to sealed bids and bidding wars due to the volume of people liking what they see.

For example, in the Rutland village of Seaton, one home went to sealed bids with the winning bid being 13.7% over the asking price, whilst we agreed a sale on another house two days post launch at 7.6% over the asking price. In a small village just outside of Stamford a buyer paid full asking price within a few days of launch. Meanwhile our Oundle office secured a sale on a house 3.3% over the asking price before it hit the open market, whilst in a small Lincolnshire village we had an open house where the buyer instantly paid full asking price.

Find Out More 

For more information about how our Fine & Country team can help achieve success for you in any of these locations, contact Jan or Ildi on 01780 750 200 or e-mail stamford@fineandcountry.com.