Incredibly spacious and versatile, this handsome, substantial 1960s red brick house is the perfect home for a large, extended family. Tucked away in a desirable small-town residential cul-de-sac, it’s within easy reach of both the city and the countryside.
Six bedrooms and a flexible layout grant plenty of scope for day-to-day living, relaxation and home working. The house also offers a ground-floor annexe with independent access for older relatives or returning offspring. The clean lines of its modern architecture present an enviable blank canvas for establishing your style with interior décor; from the minimalist to the experimental, the possibilities here are endless.
Make a Grand Entrance
Pull in through an attractive low-level boundary wall framing a brick paved driveway spanning the width of this sympathetically extended house, which boasts a multitude of lattice-effect double-glazed windows. Note the in and out entrances, parking for multiple vehicles, and an integral double garage with remote control roller shutter door.
Grand double doors invite you into a large, porcelain floor-tiled hallway acting as a welcoming reception area with seating space. Adjacent, you’ll find a conveniently placed cloakroom where you can freshen up before passing the elegant staircase with a turned wood balustrade.
A glazed door to your right opens into a generous, carpeted sitting room. Light streams in from the front-facing bay window and through two sets of glazed patio doors leading into the conservatory, effectively creating a magnificent entertaining area that can spill right out into the back garden. In winter, close the doors, draw the curtains, and cosy up for an evening in with your loved ones.
Bring the Outdoors In
The conservatory draws in the sunshine year-round thanks to a run of picture windows and fully glazed doors overlooking a paved patio and impressive lawn – the perfect spot to watch the birds.
With blinds for shading, the stylish pitched roof adds character to this garden room, while an easy clean tiled floor keeps things practical.
In one corner you’ll discover a door into the study or home office, tucked away from distractions and with a bay window view over the front drive.
A Cook’s Delight
At the other end of the conservatory, another glazed door leads to an impressive breakfast kitchen ready for preparing fabulous family meals or a feast for a crowd.
An abundance of worktop space pairs with a battalion of units in smart wood veneer and deep grey tiling in between, while a matching breakfast bar acts as a partial divider from the dining area. Place a table and chairs here and enjoy a fresh brew while gazing through the French doors into the garden.
Integrated appliances include a double electric oven, five-ring gas hob with stainless steel extractor over and a dishwasher, but there’s also a spot for a good-sized fridge freezer. A large baking cupboard takes care of your baking supplies and store cupboard essentials.
Another glazed door brings you into the utility room, which houses the wall-mounted gas central heating boiler and offers concealed space for a washer and dryer.
The utility also marks the beginning of the annexe, with an exterior garden door creating an exclusive and level entrance if needed. The wet room contains a shower cubicle, basin and loo, and also features underfloor heating, which continues in the upstairs suites.
The adjacent large annexe bedroom brings you close to nature with its picture window and sliding doors straight into the garden. A doorway from here opens into the double garage, which could be harnessed to extend the annexe – subject to appropriate permissions.
Return to the utility area and take the frosted-glazed door into the lounge – a bright and expansive room where a large bay window overlooks the front drive. Made for communal relaxing and entertaining, the lounge could become a social hub for the household to meet with the annexe’s resident, who could also use it exclusively if desired. A second door takes you back to the central hallway, completing your tour of the ground floor.
Fabulous First Floor Features
There’s plenty to delight and surprise on the first floor, starting with the huge galleried landing at the top of the stairs – another superb sociable space where the family can gather and relax together. Windows on three sides flood this charming nook with natural light, and you can also access the loft space from here.
The second star of the show is the enormous double aspect master bedroom. The largest room in the whole house, this principal suite has twin picture windows surveying both the front drive and back garden. In the en suite, discover a supersize walk-in rainfall shower alongside a basin and loo.
Enter bedroom number two via an adjacent dressing room, which could become a charming nursery. Twin windows illuminate this lovely room, which also benefits from a large built-in wardrobe.
Across the hallway lies a family bathroom shared with two further double bedrooms, one of which enjoys direct access to it as an en suite. Bedroom four comes with its own en suite shower room and a built-in wardrobe, completing the upstairs tour.
Al Fresco Elegance
Step out into a delightful back garden spanning the width of the house, which can be accessed by all the rear rooms or via a side gate. Well screened by a mix of mature conifers, deciduous trees and evergreen hedging, you’ll enjoy a good degree of privacy.
The paved terrace offers an excellent spot for evening drinks, cooking up feasts on the barbecue, and dining al fresco with family and friends while the kids play on the immaculately kept lawn. The green-thumbed will also relish picking out sunny spots for planted containers.
Around and About
Oadby is a small town some three miles from Leicester that provides for all your day to day needs, but it’s within easy commuting distance of the city via the A6. South Wigston station (c.3mi) and Leicester station (c.2.4mi) run regular services to London St Pancreas International (approx. 70-90 minutes).
Oadby has plenty of supermarkets, pubs and restaurants, with even more choice in the city itself. There are several local primary schools rated ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted, including Launde Primary and the renowned Leicester High School for Girls, both of which are less than a mile from the property. St Crispin’s Grammar School, Beauchamp College (‘Outstanding’), and Stoneygate independent school are yet more options to consider.
Fitness fanatics will enjoy a session or two at Manor Road Gym, which has everything from a swimming pool and tennis courts to a fitness studio, artificial pitches and badminton courts.
Alternatively, head over to Shady Lane Arboretum, which sits next to a fantastic golf club. A lovely place to walk and play, it boasts a plethora of wildlife habitats, including woodland, meadows and grassland, and even a brook running through a medieval settlement. Where better to exercise the dog or let the children run wild?<br /><br />