Beautiful rooms, with high vaulted ceilings, stunning views out across the countryside and individual character features - The Barns at Burntstump are going to be simply spectacular. Surrounded by undulating hills and leafy woodland, the four buildings are ready and waiting to be taken into the next exciting phases of their existence. Planning permission is in place for their conversion into attractive homes that are sympathetic to their history and location. The current owner has lived close by for approximately 10 years now and believes those eventually living here will relish the setting as much as he does. "These barns sit in the middle of a 32-acre estate with woodland, where all sorts of wildlife, including deer live," he says. "They are secluded and tranquil and yet still within reach of Nottingham and Newark, and enjoying access to good schools, shops and local facilities."
TALES FROM THE PAST
The striking red-brick barns and stables, which date back to the 18th and 19th centuries, have a fascinating history, which is intertwined with one of the best-known novels, films and plays about the first world war. "They were once part of the Seely estate," the current owner explains. "General Jack Seely was a great friend of Winston Churchill and was very active in World War One, leading one of the last great cavalry charges in history." This was at the Battle of Moreuil Wood in March 1918 and General Seeley rode his war horse Warrior over the top. "The general's horse survived and remained with him throughout the war and until 1942," he adds. "He is said to have been the inspiration for War Horse."
One of the barns adjoins the attractive period farmhouse, where the current owner lives. The majority of the rest of the buildings are then in a U-shape, which is set around a courtyard. Each will have its own garden and parking spaces. "The planning permission is for four homes in total," he explains. "The accommodation for all of them is essentially on one floor. The carriage barn is open to the front and will have a spectacular glazed frontage, together with four bedrooms. Another barn will have three bedrooms and a mezzanine floor while the remaining two will also each have two bedrooms."
CHARACTER AND CONTEMPORARY
While the internal finish will be very much up to the developer, it is fair to say the buildings hold great potential for a striking combination of character and contemporary features. "They have lovely pitched roofs and exposed king truss beams but also offer large, open airy spaces," he says. "The homes will retrain the original beauty of these fabulous old buildings but will also be very comfortable and modern homes to live in." He adds: "The carriage barn in particular will enjoy spectacular views because of its glazed frontage."
The surroundings are known for their picturesque countryside and many beauty spots. Burntstump Country Park is an attractive wood with lots of features: it is popular with dog walkers and families, and has easy access and a good combination of wooded and open grassy areas. "Newstead Abbey, which was once home to Lord Byron is just five minutes from here," he says. "This is a spectacular place to walk and visit." Founded as a monastic house in the 12th century, this historic property is set within 300 acres. It was home to Byron in the 19th century and now houses a collection of his belongings, furniture and letters. Its scenic grounds include Japanese gardens, laid out in 1899 by a Japanese horticulturist.
Burntstump is also within easy reach of The Dukeries. This is a district, which is known for its grand estates and country houses. "There are lots of stately homes you can visit - one has been transformed into a luxury hotel and spa." The barns are located approximately 200m from the road; gates will be located on the drive to ensure the privacy and seclusion of those living there. "The thought of the barns becoming places to live is very exciting," he says. "They are in such a fantastic location and the buildings themselves could become very special homes that have so much character and enjoy wonderful views."
SETTING THE SCENE
The barns are in an attractive rural setting. Each property will have two parking spaces and a garden. A shared driveway will give access to all four properties.
The barns are approximately 7 miles north of Nottingham City Centre. There are a couple of pubs within walking distance and some glorious woodland walks starting from the edge of the driveway. There
are several villages which are nearby, these offer a variety of amenities, and include Calverton, Papplewick and Linby. Primary schools can be found at Calverton and Papplewick and The Colonel Frank Seely secondary school at Calverton which is just 4 miles.
Private schools include Nottingham High School for Girls and Boys, Trent College and Holygirt.
WITHIN EASY REACH
Location of the property is exceptionally convenient for travel to Mansfield or Nottingham by car. At the top of Burnstump Hill is the A614 which leads directly to the A1. Junction 27 of the M1 is only a few minutes away. Five minutes drive into Hucknall, where a tram takes you to Nottingham City Centre in less than 20 minutes. East Midlands, Manchester and Birmingham airports are all within 1.5 hours and mainline stations at Nottingham and Newark have fast and regular services to London.
From West Bridgford take the A60, follow this road through Nottingham towards Mansfield. Having left Nottingham, at the roundabout take the first exit, still the A60 and continue for about 1 mile and the properties can be found on the right hand side identified by our For Sale sign.
For those with Sat Nav the post code is NG5 8PN