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The Smithy has a wealth of charm and character with unspoilt views

By Boston Target  |  Posted: September 05, 2012

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If walls could talk The Smithy at Old Leake would have countless tales to tell, the oldest part of the house dating back some 350 years, the newer part 160 years.

Once the village blacksmith shop, the property has an extremely old cider pear tree by one wall, and many years ago the open fields to the back would have been where the market was held.

Steeped in history and having retained a number of original features, the house is now a stunning home with an abundance of modern comforts creating spectacular living accommodation that is generously sized and enjoys wonderful unspoilt views.

From the vaulted ceiling in the sitting room with original beams, to the two garden wells and retrieval of an original piece of stained glass taking pride of place between the sitting and dining rooms, The Smithy has a wealth of charm and character.

Much of the work to update the property has been finished only recently, the current owners of almost eight years taking time to alter the internal layout for improved flow between rooms, and adding finishes of a high standard.

Opening up the now luxury fitted breakfast kitchen from its previous three-room status has resulted in one completely enticing room, while adding a carriagehouse and garage at the end of the driveway offers excellent parking facilities.

All improvements have been carried out sympathetically, the house enjoying gardens to three elevations that include an attractive bradstone brick pathway to a stable style door, small walled garden by the utility, and further lawned grounds between the house and drive containing a variety of fruit specimens.

A mesmerising home, each internal ledge and brace door that is opened reveals another breathtaking room, the breakfast kitchen being a wonderful example with bespoke handcrafted soft-close drawers and cupboards complemented by oak work surfaces.

Two solid oak beams feature to the ceiling; there are slate effect porcelain floor tiles, a double Belfast sink, two sash windows, dishwasher plumbing, space for an electric range style cooker and fridge freezer, and an exposed brick arched recess housing the Rayburn cooker with back boiler providing the domestic hot water and heating.

Continuing on open plan style is the family room with views of the main garden, pine flooring, and a working cast iron fireplace with granite tiled hearth.

Television, telephone and Sky connections can be found throughout the property, along with 14 striking cast iron old style radiators.

Of very similar proportions to the family room is the dining room, which has dual aspect windows and access to an under-stairs cupboard, while its versatility makes it equally suited for office use.

The separate utility is accessed from the kitchen and contains an original window, porcelain sink, storage cupboards, appliance space and plumbing, and a skylight window that not only illuminates this room, but also the fully tiled ground floor bathroom next door.

Beautifully finished it contains a white shaped bath with rain-head shower above, wash basin with cupboard beneath, and a toilet.

Retrieving an original stained glass window, reinforcing it between two pieces of clear glass, and inserting it between the dining and sitting rooms not only creates a unique feature, but also adds a reminder of the property's history.

The sitting room is an absolute joy not only boasting oak flooring, an exposed brick wall, original exposed beams in the vaulted ceiling, a roof light and two sash windows, it also has a Fatso cast iron multi-fuel burner that has been beautifully presented on a raised brick platform with brick back and wooden mantle.

The final ground floor rooms are a guest bedroom with en suite bathroom, which have been converted from what was once The Smithy's garage.

Now two light and airy rooms with sash windows and charming shaped ceilings, the double bedroom has built-in mirror-fronted wardrobes, while the en suite with aqua laminate flooring has a contemporary white freestanding bath, counter basin on a wooden stand, and toilet built into the wall.

Equipped with a security alarm, external security lighting, different loft spaces, and heavy insulation, all carpets with the exception of one have been replaced within the last six months, and there is an entrance porch with solid wood flooring and staircase to the first floor.

Three double bedrooms and a luxurious bathroom feature upstairs, the third and fourth bedrooms having sash windows overlooking the garden and built-in wardrobes and alcoves with fitted shelving, with access to an over-stairs cupboard in bedroom three.

A further door opens onto the landing area where bedroom two and the bathroom are revealed, both rooms enjoying uninterrupted views over open fields through sash windows towards Wrangle Church.

Featuring a dormer window, the bedroom has built-in mirror-fronted wardrobes incorporating the airing cupboard, while the bathroom, which was completed just last month, contains a white freestanding roll-top bath with shower attachment, wash basin, toilet and aqua laminate flooring.

Externally The Smithy has a water tap and power point, range of fruit trees and bushes that include apple, quince, cherry, blackcurrant, and gooseberry, and off road parking along a gravelled driveway, which leads to a detached wooden garage with carriagehouse.

Located within easy reach of the villages of Old Leake and Wrangle means there are a range of amenities nearby including shops and schools, while the A52 provides good road links to Boston and Skegness.

The Smithy is, without doubt, a stunning home.

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