If you’ve ever dreamt of becoming the lord or lady of a listed 18th-century farmhouse in the heart of the English countryside, now’s your chance.
Boasting stunning period details interwoven with exemplary contemporary design and 4.15 acres of garden, paddocks and woodland, Launde House also offers four bedrooms and bathrooms, a detached annexe, a dedicated recreation room, and a swimming pool.
Although crammed with original features, the property is fully modernised. Besides upgraded wiring, the house benefits from smart, NEST-controlled under-floor heating throughout powered by a new boiler; smart internal and external Lightwave lighting; and an updated smart alarm system including eight external CCTV cameras. There’s also satellite broadband to the main house and 4G broadband in the annexe.
You’ll find this parkland-style rural retreat adjoining the grounds of Launde Abbey on the border between Leicestershire and Rutland – all just a few miles from the market towns of Oakham and Uppingham and several excellent independent and grammar schools.
A leisurely drive through gorgeous countryside will bring you two sets of electric gates. These reveal a sweeping gravelled driveway that will deliver you to the main house and triple garage or the stable block, which has been converted into an annexe/office suite. The triple garage has 3 electric up and over doors.
Pause to admire the ironstone, double-fronted exterior complete with pretty dormers and characterful stone lintels. Passing a neat, hedge-lined front lawn, you’ll come to a stone patio with a part-glazed front door that complements the Georgian windows.
Step through into a bright and spacious hallway illuminated by a mixture of pendant and recessed lighting. Here, a charming exposed brick floor meets contemporary paintwork that matches the carpet to a half-landing staircase with a window seat. Underneath is a storage cupboard accessed by a wooden door with traditional iron T-hinges.
You’ll discover a delightful sitting room or snug on your right, where bold dark blue walls and exposed beams emphasise the huge period inglenook fireplace. Meanwhile, a soft cream carpet and a charming shuttered window seat with a central casement opening to the front garden invest the space with light.
Across the hall, the tastefully decorated study comes with library-effect feature wallpaper, two shuttered window seats to restore your focus, and a handsome cast-iron fireplace.
Country Kitchen Dreams
This cosy and welcoming enclave leads into a spectacular dual-aspect, two-tiered dining kitchen pulled together by a beautiful flagstone floor, recessed downlights, and a central breakfast bar.
On the lower level, deep-set windows and a barn-style door provide lovely garden views to accompany quiet morning coffees and leisurely lunches. Alternatively, open the French doors to take food or drink out onto the side garden and pool terrace.
In the kitchen, chunky beams complement a shiny black four-oven AGA integrated into a fabulous range of shaker-style white under-lit cabinetry topped with granite and oak. There’s also a separate in-built Neff oven, a concealed dishwasher, and two sinks.
Just beyond, there’s a walk-in pantry with space for an American-style fridge freezer. From the dining area, you’ll find access to the cellar and a bright flag-stoned secondary hallway leading to a sizable laundry room boasting loads of integrated storage and a deep Butler sink – not to mention the views!
From the secondary hallway, doors lead to the rear garden and a triple garage with a store room. There’s also an elegant traditional-style two-piece cloakroom beside the back door.
Entertain in Style
Continuing past the kitchen, the flagstone floor descends into a super-stylish cinema room with a private bar and feature lighting, including the disco variety. This is the perfect space to entertain guests year-round, perfect oak floor and modern double doors opening to the garden on either side.
Meanwhile, a wide oak staircase rises to a spectacular triple-aspect vaulted cathedral of oak and glass that opens via two sets of doors onto a timber-decked veranda and lawn. Topped by a chunky beam, the tall rendered chimney breast adds further drama, setting the scene for countless parties and sunny weekend afternoons.
A short oak staircase from the vaulted sunroom leads to a private landing opening to a lovely guest double with dual-aspect country views and a modern en suite shower room. The remaining three bedrooms are accessed by the main staircase in the hallway.
On the first floor, a sumptuously decorated master suite takes centre stage. This super-king-sized space features a plush cream carpet, chandelier fittings, and a private seating area with a wall perfect for a generous sized art piece or TV.
The master also comes with a fully fitted dressing room that flows seamlessly into a huge and luxurious wet-room-style en suite. Here, you can choose between soaking your cares away in the tiled walk-in rainfall shower or a double-ended roll-top copper bathtub with matching double countertop basins. Large, back-lit mirrors make it easy to get ready, while a tall heated towel rail and a stylish back-to-wall mounted toilet complete the set-up. Shuttered windows also offer both privacy and natural light.
Also on this floor, you’ll find another double bedroom with an en suite shower room, while a second half-landing staircase connects to a massive triple-aspect double bedroom with eaves storage, an en suite shower room, and views across the Chater Valley.
Previously a stable block, the fully converted detached annexe embraces a sizable fenced patio beside a dedicated parking area. It features brightly lit and easy-to-maintain contemporary décor throughout the various living spaces, which include a double bedroom, a lounge, a breakfast kitchen, and a three-piece shower room.
Not only could you use the annexe for housing relatives or guests, it would make a peaceful and private office complex, especially as it also comes with separate access to a home gym.
Launde House lies nestled in 4.15 acres of grounds. Immediately surrounding the house, you’ll discover several large stone-flagged terraces and stepped timber decking, allowing you to drink in the views at any time of day. This includes an enclosed terrace surrounding the heated swimming pool, which is shallow at one end and deepens to 2 metres.
Mature landscaped gardens and part-fenced paddocks with a water supply lie to the south and west, providing ample opportunities to enjoy roaming your estate, hosting barbeques and picnics, growing vegetables, or keeping animals.
An idyllic bluebell wood with a pathway also extends to the east, meeting the parkland adjoining Launde Abbey beyond. At night, the wood is lit up by extensive outdoor lighting, while a carpet of blue appears in the springtime.
Out & About
Just 6 miles from Oakham and 7 miles from Uppingham, Launde House offers privacy and tranquillity within striking distance of historic market towns. Just down the road, the Launde Abbey Coffee Shop serves up delicious freshly cooked food, while a 20-minute car journey will bring you Rutland Water – great for cyclists and water sports enthusiasts.
Half an hour away, Leicester City Centre is teeming with big brands along High Street, Humberstone Gate and Gallowtree Gate. Once a Roman forum and medieval marketplace, the historic Jubilee Square often hosts open-air cinemas and festive events, while theatres, museums, and live music venues flourish throughout the city.
For travelling and commuting, East Midlands Rail services run from the nearby town of Market Harborough to London St Pancras (c. 60mins). Corby is the same distance as Market Harborough and is also a great option. The area is also renowned for its prestigious schools, including the independent Brooke Priory Primary and Oakham School, private schools in Uppingham, Stamford, and Oundle, and Leicester Grammar.