As you arrive at this charming farmhouse, the decorative brickwork and vintage, timber plank and iron front door give you a sense of the period integrity at Fen End Lodge, which proudly displays a 1699 date plaque at its entrance. The cinnamon and brown hues of the ancient, wood flooring which greet you once inside the reception hall offers a warm welcome and draws you into the elegant sitting room, where a relaxed oasis at the end of the day will see you ensconced beside the wood-burning stove enjoying the warmth of flickering flames. Invite your friends and family to dine with you in the perfect setting of the adjacent formal dining room and they will enjoy the comforting warmth of an open fire laid within the stone fireplace. Follow the hallway onwards to the rear of the home to reach the spacious kitchen/breakfast room, where the large Aga stove generates a welcoming ambience and you will find plenty of storage in the traditional, wood cabinetry lining the walls, with contemporary granite stone to work tops. Further units and a home for your additional kitchen appliances is provided by an adjoining utility room, and the kitchen also has access into a vestibule, with terracotta tiling to the floor, offering the ideal space to cast off outdoor wear as you enter the home from the garden via a back door. A study offers a quiet hideaway without household distraction and in the basement below, a cellar will enable you to store your wine collection in the perfect conditions.
Take the oak staircase from the hallway and you reach the light and airy landing area, which allows you to retreat into one of three good-sized bedrooms on the first floor. The principal room benefits from a well-appointed en suite shower room and a spacious family bathroom offers a shower cubicle and a bath tub for a soothing soak before you retire. A second stairway will take you up to the attic level rooms, decorated by the ancient timber framework, where there are two further bedrooms and two storage rooms to stash away treasures.
The Old Hayloft is Grade II Listed and offers excellent secondary accommodation in a charming dwelling adjacent to the farmhouse. This annexe comprises a first floor bedroom and modern shower room, along with a smart kitchen, living room, and a separate dining room, which doubles as a bedroom if required. Your dependent relatives will find a comfortable welcome in this cosy abode, as will an overnighting guest. Although your teenage children will definitely want to claim the space for themselves.
The beautifully designed and maintained garden will provide you with an outdoor sanctuary. Manicured hedging and picket fencing form the boundaries and swathes of cooling grass will invite you to walk barefoot on a summer’s day. Terraces offer opportunities for outdoor dining, entertaining and relaxation and a plethora of mature shrubs and trees, along with perennial plants create an attractive haven, with the open countryside beyond the perimeter offering a stunning borrowed landscape.
Oil-fired central heating. Mains electricity and water, private drainage.
Only those items mentioned in these particulars are included in the sale. All others are excluded but certain items may be made available by separate negotiation.
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The grounds extends to approximately 22 acres of relatively flat land and whilst currently in use as a thriving livestock farm, if your passion is for all things equestrian, Fen End Lodge offers the potential for adaptation to provide excellent facilities. Extensive outbuildings and their approximate measurements can be listed as cattle shed of 90ft x 30ft, with concrete floor, mains water and electricity which might convert to stabling; a main barn of 120ft x 80ft, also with electricity and water just outside; a lean-to outbuilding of 120ft x 20ft with mains electricity and an additional storage shed with concrete floor and fluorescent lighting. The land on offer at Fen End Lodge is conveniently situated in a single block, which is ring fenced with stock-proof fencing.
Nestled in stunning terrain, Fen End provides a haven of tranquillity, whilst being just a short distance from the amenities you just can’t live without at the larger village of Balsall Common. If you are looking for leisure activities, there is a village cricket club and tennis courts, with golf enthusiasts being well accommodated at nearby West Midlands Golf Club. Travel a mere five miles to the east and you will reach the historic, market town of Kenilworth, home of Kenilworth Castle, where you will find an array of independent shops and eateries, including, Michelin-starred, The Cross. Comprehensive shopping and cultural hubs are accessible in every direction, including Leamington Spa, Warwick, Solihull and Stratford-upon-Avon, home of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and, of course, Birmingham with The National Exhibition Centre, International Airport and Railway Station. When you need a restorative dose of fresh air make your way to nearby footpaths and bridleways for walking, horse riding, cycling or running. First rate education in the vicinity can be found at Warwick School, Kings High, Kingsley and Saint Martin’s, whilst Heart of England offers an excellent state school option.