Saturday, July 11, 2020

Look inside a piece of Stamford’s history

This Victorian Grade II Listed property presents a wealth of stunning period features. Sympathetically renovated, to bring it into the modern day, owners Tricia and Guy went the extra mile in ensuring The Gables retained and reclaimed its integrity and grandeur.

Twelve years ago Guy and Tricia bought The Gables – a property in a poor state, in need of some TLC. The home became the couple’s ambitious renovation project, and after a year of work the family moved in. In the renovation the family ensured to maintain its Victorian, grand feel. The couple created a decent sized kitchen, a utility room, added an ensuite bathroom to the master bedroom, overhauled the electrics, restored features and reinstated those that had been lost.

She continued: “All the work we have done here has been a labour of love, but there are certain aspects of the work, like the tiles, that hold a particularly important place in my heart. We spent a long time trying to find the tiles, some of which are actual Victorian originals and we travelled to Europe to collect them.”

The couple were primarily drawn to the home because of its situation in Stamford. Placed in the prominent location of High Street St. Martins, it is in the heart of the town. In one direction there are a variety of restaurants, shops and cafes, the bustling market centre, meanwhile in the other, one is provided a taste of the countryside. As Guy notes, you can be at Rutland Water in ten minutes by car, or at the coast in an hour and a half, or in London by train in under an hour.

The double fronted property was built in 1882 by Joseph Corby, the former mayor of Stamford and an architect who designed prominent buildings in the town including the Burghley Estate offices. Peeking inside The Gables, one is welcomed by an entrance hall with graceful oak panelling, stained glass windows and ornate cornicing, all characterful features typical of the period which one continues to see throughout the home, scattered alongside classic fireplaces, of which there are seven in total, encaustic tiling and bay windows.

Left of the entrance is a formal dining room, perfect for entertaining, and which Tricia notes has hosted a number of family Christmases and makes inviting people over for dinner quite special. Meanwhile to the right is a snug with a working marble fireplace. Continuing through the house one will find a utility room, cloakroom and finally the kitchen, which, as Tricia says, is the centrepiece of the house. Opening out to a south west facing garden, the kitchen features a high-grade granite surface, pantry, and space for a double-sized cooking range.

Moving to the first floor, one will discover the dual aspect sitting room with high ceilings, French regency style marble fireplace, original floorboards and picturesque views along High Street St. Martins. Tricia notes that this is her and Guy’s favourite room in the home: “We call it the blue room. As the name suggests it is painted blue and was actually blue before we moved in too. From it you can see all down High Street St Martins. While the views from every window here are spectacular of Stamford, that particular room is very peaceful, and we go there to read, listen to music, or just have a chat together. It’s a really nice room.”

The master bedroom is also located on the first floor, with its original Victorian fireplace with gothic inset tiles and an ensuite shower room. A spacious family bathroom is also on this floor, decorated with hand painted tiles, alongside a further bedroom/study. Up another floor are two more sizeable bedrooms. Outside, the property has a secluded rear garden which one can reach through the house or via an external gated passageway. It has a seating area, shrubs and plants. The walled garden also hosts a shed, prime for storage. Tricia notes: “Although you are in the centre of town, it is a very private garden and in the summer it has a Mediterranean feel. When you’re sitting out there it is very quiet and peaceful.” The home also has a basement.

After renovating the property to ooze regality but also familial warmth, and living in it for just over a decade, the family are now selling. The rare gem is now on the market with Humberts for £925,000. See this article in the October edition of Lincolnshire Today Magazine.

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