Mr Clarke thinks :
The quality of the home is exceptional. Everything is immaculate.
Church Lane is a pretty, quiet residential street in the old part of Stamford overlooking a pretty maintained garden and postcard worthy terraces. This two-bedroom townhouse with private garden has been cleverly extended and immaculately renovated using a calming palette of soft tones and carefully chosen materials that bring light and colour to the original Victorian interiors.
The ground floor of the house has a wonderful sense of scale, with a large open plan and a bright kitchen / dining room that opens to the garden at the rear. The living room retains its elegant original proportions with a large window flooding the room with natural light - close the new shutters and this becomes a cosy space for nights in. Stripped original floorboards run underfoot and a fireplace with log burner sits centrally with bespoke cupboards either side. The kitchen is incredibly bright and is lit from above with skylights set into a smart apex that gives the space welcome volume. Bi-folding doors open effortlessly onto the private garden making the home feel larger.
There is a concerted use of quality materials throughout the house, bringing a contemporary aesthetic to the period interior, including Corian worktops, chic pale coloured units, built in hob and oven and lots of storage.
The first floor of the house retains its original layout, with two bedrooms and a family bathroom with a bath and shower. The main bedroom has wardrobes that are set either side of the original fireplace. The large sat windows in the main bedroom look out across a beautiful garden and the church spires beyond. The second bedroom has garden views and countryside in the distance.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The design of the kitchen and the way the garden is part of the home is wonderful.
A loft room has been converted into a flexible space that can be used as a guest room or a study. New Velux windows flood the space with natural light and the original joists have been exposed to showcase the charm of the house.
There is also a basement, which has been treated to a stylish and quality renovation - floors have been skimmed and laid with a modern flooring. The original stone staircase has been retained and the brick wall exposed, which is a nod to the past. A WC has also been added. This is a great space to set up a home office, studio or playroom.
The garden has been landscaped to provide a space that can be used in all seasons. Step out of the bi-folds and you are under a canopy with two solid oak posts. The patio area is constructed of sandstone slabs, which is perfect for opening the bi-folds in the summer and increasing the entertainment area size. An artificial lawn with well-established flower beds makes it a great garden for low maintenance while looking green throughout the year. The slatted fence is a contemporary design feature that juxtaposes beautifully with the railway brick wall. The garden has been split into two sections, with a gravelled carport at the rear.
Church Lane is a short walk from the centre of Stamford and moments from the train station. You are also conveniently positioned to get to the meadows and Burghley House.
- Three words : Thoughtfully. Designed. Home.
Our favourite part
Standing in the kitchen with a drink looking at the views over the garden. Bliss.
Local Life in Lovely Stamford
Voted one of the top 5 locations to live in the UK, the Georgian town of Stamford can afford to boast about its beauty and culture. Romantic, historic and incredibly desirable, the town offers so much in the way of heritage and with over 400 Grade I and II listed buildings, character and charm lies round every corner.
Within a short hop and step from each other are an abundance of independent and brand name shops, cool bars, fantastic array of restaurants and funky cafes. You have to check out Shekleton Wines (takeaway or sit in). If you like your tea served in a traditional tea pot with a sweet something on the side then the Crown Hotel is for you - even your well-behaved dog can expect a welcome treat! For those that enjoy a good Sunday roast the Bull & Swan serves delicious roast dinners and their traditional puddings are something to behold - they even have an outdoor cinema in the summer months! The best treat by far to start any celebration is a cocktail at the world-famous George Hotel. Whether you dine in the Garden Room or the main restaurant, the food, service and atmosphere is second to none.
There is the stunningly beautiful Burghley House and estate which holds many annual events such as the Burghley Horse Trials, Game Fair, and the extremely physically challenging “Rat Race”.
There are some fantastic schools for kiddly winks of all ages and private schooling is available in town at the renowned Stamford Endowed Schools.
Commuting couldn’t be easier, it’s a short walk to the towns very traditional Railway Station which provides access to all local and national rail services. London, amazingly is only 55 mins by train and 1 ½ hours in the car (well assuming no roadworks on the way!), the A1 runs just to the west of the town, giving easy access to both north and south.
Stamford is surrounded by some breath-taking countryside and bringing an element of this to your door we have the Stamford Meadows which runs alongside the River Welland to help you blow off the cobwebs or to just enjoy a long Sunday ramble. Rutland Water, Europe's largest man-made lake, is approximately 5 miles from town and offers an exciting day of water sports and facilities including fly-fishing and sailing.
Period charm without the drama
- Closest village/town: Lots and lots of pretty villages surrounding and the market town of Oakham is nearby
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: A plenty – Stamford has many fantastic independent shops mixed with a few high end branded stores
- Supermarket: Waitrose, M&S, Sainsburys, Morrisons, Lidl (or ‘Lidelle’ as us locals call it)
- Pubs: Shekleton Wines for a takeaway bottle. Toby Norris for a great pint, The Wine Bar for fizz and a giggle, Bull & Swan for its Scotch Egg, Paten & Co if you’re feeling trendy – there’s loads to sample.
- Walks: Endless countryside walks.
- Newly renovated 2-bed Victorian home in a beautiful part of Stamford. Stylishly decorated with new plumbing and wiring throughout. Set on a quiet street, with views of Church spires. Newly landscaped garden.
- Location -- Very close to the meadows, Burghley House and the train station.
- Design features -- Original fireplace. Original brick wall feature. Newly sandblasted/pointed/rendered front of house.
- Historical features - original floorboards (renovated), stone staircase to the basement, exposed beams in loft room, original fireplaces.
- Recent renovations include -- Completely new wiring / plumbing throughout, with new boiler/radiators. Extension added to the back. Building completely insulated on exterior walls, dramatically improving heating efficiency. Added toilet to the basement with saniflo system. New staircases throughout. 1st floor new walls to improve landing area. Complete new bathroom. Front room floor boards restored (but not original). Fitted wardrobes in master bedroom.