Mr Clarke thinks :
When you are sitting in the orangery, looking out across the garden, you feel a million miles from the hustle of the world. This is a magical place.
Sitting on the edge of Lapworth village, amongst a cluster of beautiful homes and open countryside, Little Rising is a charming country residence with a wonderfully spacious interior and a stunning garden.
The Lapworth countryside in autumn has a beauty all of its own - morning mist settles on the churned fields and sheep are lit by gentle sunlight, the ancient woodland around Packwood House and manicured gardens within urge you to get into the fresh, crisp air and enjoy the beauty of this part of Warwickshire. The community is as wonderful as the landscape and you are always greeted with a warm smile on a dog walk and a good chat at the village shop or the pub. This is village life at its best.
Little Rising is a picture-perfect country home, set in just under an acre of beautiful gardens on the exclusive Rising Lane. Standing in the stunning new oak organergy at the back of the property, looking out across the manicured lawns, kitchen garden, pond and fields beyond you feel a million miles from anyone, yet you are moments from the heart of the village, five minutes from Knowle and Dorridge, 15 minutes from Solihull and under 30 minutes from Birmingham International Airport.
Inside the home there is a warmth that emanates from the history and charm of the building and you are invited to sit in one of the many reception rooms to breath in the atmosphere and enjoy the peace. The downstairs is divided cleverly into the kitchen and utility spaces, breakfast room, dining room and a study, reception hall, vast lounge and new light and spacious living room in the orangery. Upstairs can be accessed by two staircases - two separate wings - and you will find four large bedrooms. The main bedroom has an en-suite bathroom, lots of storage and gorgeous views.
Mrs Clarke loves :
The charm and history of the home. I would have so much fun styling every room.
The garden is a delight. The views across the fields are calming and bucolic, there is a peace and tranquility that is so rare to find and the garden is picture perfect. Off the orangery is a large deck to sit and relax, there are huge lawns, a pond, kitchen garden and Victorian greenhouse. To the side of the house, behind a lavender hedge is a quiet spot to soak up some afternoon sun and there are lots of little areas to potter, work, play and relax.
The property has been remodelled and renovated over the last few years and it is now a modern home within a Grade II listed house. The layout is a mix of open-plan rooms and private spaces, which makes this ideal for a variety of buyers as you can set up the rooms in a number of ways to suit. There is potential to re-configure the layout further if required.
The house is stylish and large, but there is something so much more than square feet and rooms to this place - there is a charm and a peace that we have been captivated by.
- Three words : Bucolic. Peaceful. Stylish.
Our favourite part
The location is just heavenly.
Lapworth has everything a village should have.
Lapworth is a great village tucked away in the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. But it's certainly not remote. In fact we think it is better connected than most places in England. You could be jetting off to warmer climes from Birmingham airport, which is only 20 minutes away, zipping along to London from Lapworth Station or zooming down the M40 quicker than Mrs Clarke can say "supper's ready". If it is Birmingham you are wanting to get to then Lapworth station runs regular services to all Birmingham stations.
The school is very sought after and mums are queuing up to get the little ones enrolled. After drop off they head to The Virgin Active for some pilates. "There is a great network of people in the village. Lapworth has a really friendly community."
That's the boring stuff done! Did I mention there are three pubs? Mr and Mrs Clarke's favourite is The Boot. "The beer is delicious and the food is wonderful. George, the very handsome Manager recommends the annual bonfire "It's a must see. The teepee in the back garden is great for a fancy party."
Lapworth is surrounded by stunning countryside and some lovely National Trust properties. The cycling around the area is fantastic and with Dynamic Rides, a great cycle shop in Hockley Heath, there is always someone to jump on the saddle with.
"We love Lapworth because it's so friendly. Everyone says hello when you are walking the dogs along the canal and it's just a really pretty and safe place to live" said a well heeled and well dressed gentleman when we last popped into the village for a bottle of wine the pop shop.
You are close to lots of little hubs like Hockley Heath, which has a McLaren garage if you fancy a new car, a great fish and chip shop, a superb Indian restaurant, and a dry cleaners. Henley-in-Arden for great ice cream, Warwick, Solihull, Leamington and Kenilworth. It's a well connected place to live.
Lapworth is located between Warwick and Solihull. It boasts not one but three pubs, a cricket club and a train to London & Birmingham. That must be why Mr Clarke loves it.
- Closest village/town: Lapworth
- Post Office: 1
- Stores: Lapworth Stores run by one of the nicest shop keepers you will ever meet, DJ.
- Supermarket: Waitrose in Kenilworth is only fifteen minutes away or Tesco is in Shirey. Hockley Heath has Steve Mills butchers and a few shops for the necessities.
- Pubs: Lots of them. The Boot is superb, The Tom O' The Wood is wonderful & The Navigation does some very good ales and then there is the glam Punch Bowl.
- Walks: Endless walking along the canal or in the countryside.
- What's old? The property is a Grade II listed country property dating back to the 16th Century.
- What's new? The property has undergone vast improvement over the last few years including. New oak orangery. New Worcester Bosch boiler. New downstairs shower room. New shower upstairs. New windows. New wooden floors downstairs. New log burner. Upgraded loft insulation. New garage door. New oak boundary fencing. New alarm, outside lights and much more.
- Working from home. The broadband is super fast, there are several spaces that could be set up for home offices, it's peaceful
- Garden. The plot is circa 0.9 acres and includes a south facing rear garden with vast lawned areas, pond, Victorian style greenhouse, two sheds, walled kitchen garden and patio areas with a lavender hedge. At the front there is a beautiful stone drive with ample parking and a double length garage.
- Downstairs highlights. Country kitchen with Aga. Beautiful new oak orangery at the rear of the house with underfloor heating looking out into the south facing gardens. Oak panelled living room with log burner. Utility spaces including wine room, shower room, laundry.
- Upstairs. Four large bedrooms and two bathrooms.
- Tenure. Freehold.
- Services. Mains water and electricity. LPG powered central heating.