The beauty of life at Mulberry Hall is that it offers the best of all worlds, according to the current owner. The splendid period house is just a short stroll from the village of Sutton-on-Trent and yet it sits in beautiful seclusion within its own magnificent, mature grounds. “It is very, very private here and yet we can walk the children to school every day or we can go to the supermarket, butcher’s, library or doctor’s,” she explains. “There is a nice village community if you want to be part of it, but we can also return home to enjoy all the privacy and space we have here.”
HEART AND SOUL
Dating back to 1903, the impressive detached property was built by the Forshaw family, who were well-known in the area as shire horse breeders. “We loved it as soon as we walked in through the door,” she recalls. “We knew we wanted to carry out work on it, but it is the kind of house that for some people immediately tugs at the heartstrings.” Sympathetic renovation work has taken place at Mulberry Hall over the 14 years they have been there, but it was three years ago that the most extensive project occurred. “We carried out a two-storey extension which gave us an additional three bedrooms, two en suite bathrooms and a family bathroom upstairs, as well as three new reception rooms downstairs and the opportunity to extend the utility room,” she says.
Today the ground floor of the house offers substantial, very flexible reception space. This includes a generous lounge, family room and dining room, as well as an office, games room, craft room and snug. The kitchen breakfast room is also spacious, and there are two cloakrooms and a utility room. “It is fantastic for modern family living,” she emphasises. “You can really arrange the rooms to suit your own needs – we have a pool table in one room and crafts in another but someone else might wish to have additional work space or an art studio, for example.”
Upstairs, there are eight good-sized bedrooms. Three of these have en suite shower rooms and there are two family bathrooms. “Our master bedroom is lovely, with its large windows and cherubs on the ceiling,” she says. “We look out to the front of the house, over the garden and the fields.” The whole house is carefully decorated to offer a comfortable balance of period features and comfortable, 21st century living. “We have retained ceiling roses and fire surrounds, for example, but it is also bright, with a modern feel throughout with most of the ground floor benefitting from Karndean flooring.” There is an open fire in the family room and a wood-burning stove in the drawing room. “We have a solid oak kitchen, with quartz and granite work surfaces” she adds.
Mulberry Hall has been a wonderful place to share with friends and family. “It is a great place to entertain as there is so much space inside and out on the terrace or in the garden,” she says. “We are lucky to be able to entertain a large number of guests due to the size but can also cater to smaller intimate family gatherings as well." The garden is very much an extension of the home. It has been landscaped to offer children’s play areas and artificial grass for playing all year round. “We also have some lovely trees here, including a cherry blossom, horse chestnut and some apple, plum and pear trees.”
The owners have enjoyed exploring their surroundings: taking the children to cycle down the country lanes or to walk beside the River Trent. “It is also very easy to travel from here, to pick up the A1 road north or south, or to catch the train to King’s Cross from Newark North Gate – this only takes an hour and 15 minutes so there are quite a few people from the village who commute into London to work every day.” They will miss the ease of living at Mulberry Hall when they leave, as well as its astounding space and glorious gardens. “It has been a lovely place to live,” she stresses. “We love its character, its space and the opportunity it has given us to be part of the community yet to have our privacy as well.”
SETTING THE SCENE
Mulberry Hall is set in outstanding grounds of approximately 2.7 acres. These include beautiful, mature, enclosed gardens, with areas of lawn and large trees, including the namesake of the property a Mulberry Tree framing the front of the property. There is a lovely sunny terrace for outside dining and entertaining. For children, there is a play area and a space with artificial grass. The grounds offer ample parking for numerous cars.
WITHIN EASY REACH
The village of Sutton on Trent is a well built busy village with close road links ideal for an everyday commuter. It is located 8 miles north of Newark-on-Trent, and 10 miles north of Retford, Within the village itself is a surgery, Co-op, Library, Methodist Church and a Primary School rated 'Good' by Ofsted in February 2018 and the village pub named The Lord Nelson Inn. Newark in located just over 10 miles from the village and has an excellent train link towards London St Pancreas which will get you there in an 1 hour and 15 minutes. You are located 1.8 miles from the A1 and just over 7 miles to the A17 and A46. The beautiful town of Lincoln is 17.9 miles awayand o offers an array of shops, bars and restaurants but also the Lincoln Cathedral and Castle. Not only is this town known for its history it also offers the Lincoln University and an excellent night out.
Leaving Newark on Trent, head along Beacon Hill Road towards the A1 signposted Doncaster/A1. Slip onto the A1 and after 6.8 miles take the exit signposted Carlton/Sutton-on-Trent/Weston/Normanton-on-T/Kneesall. Turn right straight away then take the 1st left onto Great North Road/B1164. Continue on this road for 1.2 miles then turn left and then left again onto Eaves Lane. Follow this road round until it becomes Mulberry Path then at the fork in the road turn left away from the train tracks and you will be on the private land now for the property.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode is: NG23 6NF