- Apartment in former Victorian manor house
- Grade II listed
- Two double bedrooms
- Sitting room
- Kitchen/dining room
- Period features throughout
- Two allocated parking spaces
- Communal gardens
A two double bedroom 1,673 sq. ft. ground floor apartment in a Grade II listed Victorian former manor house with communal gardens, allocated parking and no upper chain. This apartment is situated within Manfield Grange which was built in the Arts and Crafts movement in the Jacobean Revival style from Northampton ironstone with Rutland stone dressings under a Collyweston tiled roof. The house and the apartment retain many original features. These include wood panelling, stained glass windows, stone mullion windows, exposed ceiling beams, doors set in mahogany surrounds with mahogany pediments over, and ornate mouldings. The accommodation includes an entrance hall, kitchen/dining room, sitting room, an en suite bathroom to the master bedroom, and a main bathroom. The property is within a few minutes walk of excellent retail, transport and local amenities. The current vendor has increased the lease to a 187 year lease.
Main Entrance to House Double doors open to a communal lobby where there is an entry phone connected to all the apartments, exposed stone walls, a plaque commemorating James Manfield's gift of the estate and an entry phone controlled door to an inner hallway. The inner hallway opens to the main entrance hall of the house where a staircase leads to the first floor.
Apartment Entrance Hall and Sitting Room The entrance hall has original wood flooring, the entry phone system and hardwood panelling to two walls. The sitting room has built-in mahogany bookshelves and an ornate carved inglenook style fireplace with mahogany benches to either side, tiled surround, hardwood mantel shelf and wood panelled ceiling. The wood panelling continues over the outer part of the fireplace and creates a screen with columns and heraldic devices. There is half height panelling to all the walls, a deep silled window, a brass chandelier, and doors – which are no longer in use – in the corners of the room.
Kitchen/Dining Room The kitchen/dining room has wood flooring and half height panelling to three walls, some of which includes panels with heraldic devices. There is a brick fireplace with a stone surround and hardwood mantel shelf with a commemoration plaque over. Two steel chandeliers hang from the ceiling. The kitchen area is along the rear wall and is fitted with a range of modern wall and base units with laminate work surfaces over. Integrated appliances include a Bosch double oven, Bosch gas hob and cooker hood, and a Bosch fridge/freezer. There is space and plumbing for a washing machine and a tumble dryer set into a central island unit. A door opens to the garden and a further door opens to the master bedroom.
Bedrooms and Bathroom The master bedroom has wood flooring and half height wood panelling to one wall. The bow window has a window seat below and the ceiling beams have decorated corbels. There is a range of fitted bedroom furniture and two buil-in cupboards, one of which contains the two boilers. The en suite is fitted with a modern white suite. Bedroom two has wood flooring, half height wood panelling and a deep silled window seat. A hexagonal bay has French doors opening to the gardens and there is a brass chandelier and a built-in double wardrobe. The bathroom is fitted with a modern white suite which includes a bath with a shower over.
Outside The property is approached via a tree lined drive with lawn to either side. Apartment 5 has two private parking spaces. The communal gardens are to the rear of the house and are directly overlooked to by Apartment 5. The communal gardens - which back on to Eastfield Park - consist of a lawned area, gravel pathways and a larger lawn bordered by trees.
History James Manfield, a leading Northamptonshire shoe manufacturer, commissioned local architect Charles Dorman (1838-1901) to design a neo-Jacobean mansion at Weston Favell, east of Northampton, which was completed in 1899. In 1925 Mr Manfield donated his property Weston Favell House to the town and it became known as the Manfield Hospital for Crippled Children (later Manfield Orthopaedic Hospital). This closed in 1992 and was converted into apartments under the name Manfield Grange. Behind the house lies Eastfield Park, a public green space of 60 acres with a lake, which formerly belonged to Weston Favell House.
Situation and Schooling Spinney Hill is less than a mile from Northampton town centre and has shops, pubs and restaurants within walking distance. Services from Northampton railway station to Euston take 59 minutes. Primary schooling is available at Parklands Primary which is 10 minutes' walk away, and the property is in catchment for Kingsthorpe College (2 miles away). There are private schools in Spratton, Pitsford, Maidwell, Wellingborough and Northampton.
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