Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Step inside this fashionable former farmhouse

Down a quiet lane in the South Lincolnshire Fens one will come across a handsome Grade II listed building. The former Georgian farmhouse has been brought into the twenty first century, with its owners, David and James, transforming it into a stylish home during their three years here.

Over 200 years ago Whaplode House was a rather large farm, at the time on the Crown estate. Now, the home is split into two residences, with Lincolnshire Today’s featured property the most substantial part, presenting four big double bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite, and a single bedroom which could be used as a dressing room.

The abode also holds a spacious family bathroom, with a centred bathtub and separate shower, and three reception rooms, as well as a small cellar. The family’s favourite room, however, is the kitchen. “For us it is the hub for the family,” David said. “We have two small children and spend a lot of time cooking, baking, and listening to music – the kitchen is our go-to place.”

Inside, the house offers high ceilings and a wealth of original features, including period fireplaces, panelled doors, and moulded arches. Meanwhile an abundance of natural light floods into the property through the large sash windows. Also worth note is the property’s original oven in the dining room, that would have been used years ago, and the home hosts a lovely built in bread oven, though this is in need of restoration.

Whaplode House is also an ideal family home, with its garden room, leading from the dining room at the back, being utilised as a playroom. The wall of bifold doors here, that open on to a terrace, offer stunning views of the garden and countryside beyond, and in the summer provide a refreshing current of air, especially when opened alongside the windows to the front. The terrace meanwhile is backed by an old, south facing wall and is perfect for relaxing and entertaining in the sun. A further paved area faces east down the other side of the house, onto which the back door opens.

Outside of the property, in the garden, stands a significant outbuilding with studio space, which bathes in light, an office and a workshop, great for those working or running a business from home. The studio building is currently used as a spacious gym, but could be employed for a variety of activities, for instance for an art or yoga studio.

The garden itself is predominantly lawn, low maintenance, and is shielded by a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees, including fruit trees and a walnut. It is also visited by birds, particularly a lot of pheasants, and hare. Not overlooked, the garden is very peaceful and gets sun all day. The property also presents parking for three cars at the front, with room for a further car down the side.

Despite enjoying their time at Whaplode House, David and James are now selling the striking property, which sits on the edge of Whaplode village. The home is on the market for £450,000 through Fine & Country.

To see this article in full, visit the July edition of Lincolnshire Today here.

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