Mr Clarke thinks :
To find a property with this amount of space and privacy is very rare and much sought after.
There are many factors that make Old Farm a magical home - the stunning setting is the first thing that will make you stop and breath in the fresh air. From the lawn of Old Farm you look out over your land and across uninterrupted country views with just the sound of tweeting birds and the horses hoofs. The second thing is the size and scale of the house and the outbuildings - the property is big, very big but it is not overpowering. There are stables, stores and barns that have planning permission to link to the main house and make Old Farm into a new property altogether. The third factor about the house is the warmth and the familiar sense of home. Old Farm is a gorgeous family home with space, style, potential and a very exciting future. Let go through the facts: 7.19 acres of gardens and land. Grade II Farm House with 6 bedrooms and 8 reception rooms. Planning Permission granted to extend and develop existing buildings.
Dating back to the 15th Century Old Farm has a glorious and fascinating past (that we will be delighted to tell you about over a cup of tea). The house oozes charm and is full of original features like the original Fleur de Lys wall painting, the inglenook fireplace in the lounge with its barrel top and the original old ham cupboard to the side, and the Jacobean staircase. There are wonky bits and creaking floorboards but it all adds to the history and fun of the home. One of the great aspects of the property is the juxtaposition of the new with the old.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The character and unique features like the wonky beams.
The Dairy has been converted into a vaulted drawing room, which looks out onto the stunning garden. There is a modern oak framed garden room and a bespoke library that contrasts with the warm charm of the original house.The designs for the proposed development are very exciting.The architect envisages a home that is centred around the courtyard with the barns transformed into two storey accommodation that links effortlessly into the main house. There will be a new entrance hall and staircase, a games room, studio, utility and cloakroom downstairs, which will flow beautifully into the kitchen.The first floor will be a stunning high level galleried staircase and landing area with three major bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms.
New owners will have the opportunity to make these plans come to life and create a bespoke home. The garden is worthy of a feature on Gardeners World. We can imagine Monty Don walking around and waxing lyrical about the heritage plants, the stunning backdrop and the wonderful lifestyle that the owners must have. There is space for chickens, a kitchen garden and a cricket pitch. Surrounding the garden is just over 7 acres of land where the current owners keep sheep and horses. New owners may want to run a small-holding, rent out stables and land to horsey types, lease land to a local farmer or keep their own horses.
- Three words : Character. Charm. Warm.
Our favourite part
The beauty of the setting.
I've had an idea for a film for a while - a rom com based in an idyllic little English village. The setting would be the star of the film, it would epitomise the English countryside. There would be rolling fields, lambs being born, horses trotting along the lanes, a handsome farmer doffing his cap as he drives past on his tractor. The cast would be a mix of wealthy ex-Londoners who have fled the smog for fresh air and families who have been in the village for generations. The romance would revolve around a quaint pub, where phones are banned and everyone is super duper charming. The love story would be about a couple who move into the village and create a beautiful home for themselves and their family and fall in love all over again because the village is just so blinkin' perfect.
The setting... Mousley End.
The old romantics... auditions being held.
Mousley End is a tiny little hamlet in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside. You are minutes from Leamington and Warwick in one direction and Solihull and Birmingham in the other. There are train stations that can whizz you into London in under 90mins and there is Birmingham International that can fly you across the World within a twenty quid taxi.
Waitrose is the closest supermarket. The pub is called The Case is Altered and is possibly the best pub in the history of all drinking establishments. There is a cricket club, tennis club, rugby club and, thank goodness, no night club.
- Closest village/town: Lapworth, Rowington, Dorridge
- Stores: Lapworth & Shrewley Stores are close by.
- Supermarket: Waitrose in Kenilworth darling (Ocado is much easier though!)
- Pubs: The Case... seriously you need to go, just make sure you turn your phone off.
- Walks: Endless countryside walks are on your doorstep