The Acorns: a mighty house for the family
B EAUTIFULLY finished and maintained, this home has rightly earned the accolade of being termed "outstanding" by the selling agent.
The Acorns is a 200-year-old detached barn which has been converted to provide 3,900 sq ft of living accommodation.
Modern interior design blends perfectly with the original features of the barn to showcase design elements such as cathedral ceilings and exposed roof trusses.
All five of the bedrooms have en suites but the master bedroom suite offers a true sense of luxury.
Features of the bedroom include French doors to rear garden, there is a walk-in dressing room, while the en suite includes a cast iron freestanding roll topped bath with claw feet, large shower with twin shower heads, high level WC and his and hers wash hand basins.
All of which is set off by attractive limestone tiled flooring and splashbacks.
There are also French doors opening to the rear garden.
A real feature bedroom is bedroom two.
It has exposed limed trusses and beams, French doors opening to a Juliet balcony and within the bedroom itself there is a feature roll edged bath with contemporary chrome fitting. An en suite WC is located off the room.
Lizzie Bateman, sales manager at Bentons, said: "The layout of the accommodation, with bedrooms over two floors, ideally suits both family and retirement buyers seeking spacious accommodation for guests or returning children.
"There is a substantial guest bedroom with a ground floor sitting room, en suite and separate access, and this lends itself to accommodate either a dependent relative or an au pair."
The accommodation is well balanced with four reception rooms and there is a superb luxury living kitchen.
Reception rooms include an impressive sitting room which features a cathedral ceiling with exposed roof trusses and beams, and a corner fireplace created from reclaimed brick.
There is a family room, music room and a playroom.
A superb living and dining space can be found within the kitchen.
Here, as well as having an extensive range of bespoke units finished in cream and with granite work tops, there is a central island with Belfast sink.
Appliances include a Falcon range gas cooker with twin ovens and five-ring gas hob, a Bosch dishwasher, Kuppersbusch microwave and a fridge/ freezer with ice and water dispenser.
There is plenty of space for a dining table and chairs.
And the sitting area of this room is a great place from which to enjoy the surroundings – there is an oak framed deep bay and French doors looking out over the gardens and open views.
With ancillary rooms including a utility and cloakroom, as well as an entrance hall and inner reception hall, there is certainly plenty of space within this lovely home.
Outside, the property is situated within stunning gardens, which have been professionally landscaped to include level lawns with deep shrubberies, gravelled pathways, sun terraces with a variety of mature trees and specimen shrubs.
To the front are further landscaped gardens, a gravel driveway leading to the double garage and all of this is enclosed by electric gates and fencing.
These gardens have French lavender hedging and a variety of ornamental shrubs and plants.
Lizzie said: "The gardens are south facing and enjoy outstanding and uninterrupted open views over the Vale of Belvoir towards Old Dalby. They are enclosed on two sides by high brick walling and feature ornamental outside lighting.
"Off the sitting room is a large circular ornamentally paved patio with further block pathways leading around the entire property with a further sun terrace off the kitchen.
"In all, this is an extremely spacious and stylish family home on the edge of a highly desirable village with outstanding open views."
Upper Broughton is a particularly unspoilt village on the Nottinghamshire/ Leicestershire border.
It is ideal for fast access to Nottingham and Melton Mowbray, the A46 at Hickling Pastures providing fast access to Leicester, Loughborough, Newark and Lincoln.
The village is situated around a traditional green and has facilities that include a popular pub (the Golden Fleece), butchers, cricket green and tennis club. Local primary schooling is at Kinoulton.