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7 bedroom detached house

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7 bedroom detached house

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Property features

  • Entrance Porch, Hall, Cloakroom
  • Dining Room, Morning Room, Library
  • Study, Kitchen, Large Open Landing
  • Drawing Room, Boudoir
  • Principal Bedroom Suite; 2 further Bedrooms, Bathroom
  • Galleried Landing, 4 further Bedrooms
  • Bathroom, 5 room Cellar with Wine Bins
  • Range of Stone Outbuildings, Garaging
  • Additional Cottage by separate negotiation
  • In all approx 4.5acres

Nearest schools

school icon  Oundle Church of England Primary School (1.0mi.)
school icon  Laxton Junior School (1.5mi.)
school icon  Oundle School (1.5mi.)

Property description

Historical Note

Cotterstock Hall was built in 1656-1658 by John Norton and is an interesting example of a house built by a small landowner and parliamentarian during the years of the Commonwealth. The house was subsequently altered in the early 18th century. The poet and playwright John Dryden was a frequent visitor and is thought to have stayed in the south-west attic room at the Hall when visiting his relatives, the last of whom, Rev Sir George Booth, died in 1797.

The house was bought by Jane, Dowager Countess of Westmorland, in 1843. It was said of the countess that she was "... perhaps not mad, but nobody ever approached so near it with so much reason." She died in 1856 leaving the house to her younger son, Col. H. S. Fane. He began alterations, principally the addition of the new staircase hall on the north side, but died the following year leaving the house to a cousin Henry Dundas, third Viscount Melville. Viscount Melville was a noted general who played a distinguished part in India as a brigadier-general in 1848–49, chosen to command the column sent from Bombay to co-operate with Lord Gough's army in the Second Anglo-Sikh War. He was second in command at the capture of Multan and then joined the main army with his force for the Battle of Multan. On returning to Britain, he was appointed Governor of Edinburgh Castle and Commander-in-Chief Scotland.


Cotterstock Hall is of an 'E' plan design with walls in ashlar limestone with stone mullioned windows with leaded lights and a Colleyweston stone slated roof. The house, the extent of which is over 8,000 sq. ft. gross internal (excluding the cellars), is over three storeys and faces almost due south with distant views from the upper floors towards Oundle. The house has a date stone of 1658 and the arms of Viscount Melville above the front door. The house is surrounded by a large and well-timbered garden with many fine and mature trees. The extent of the garden and grounds is approximately four and a half acres.

There is a range of outbuildings attached to the west side of the house, further outbuildings and garaging facing a courtyard and a garden store in the north west corner of the garden. Within the courtyard are two attached cottages, No 2 Cotterstock Hall Cottages is let on a 999 year lease commencing from 1968 (edged blue on the sale plan) whilst No 1 Cotterstock Hall Cottages (edged yellow on the sale plan) has vacant possession and can be made available to a buyer of Cotterstock Hall, by separate negotiation. Its accommodation is as shown on the floor plan and extends to a little over 1,700 sq. ft. with two reception rooms, four bedrooms and two bathrooms. It has a south facing front garden and a 20 metre deep rear garden to the north, which includes an ornamental fish pond. The boundaries of the rear garden are pegged and it will be the responsibility of the buyer of The Hall to erect boundary fencing/hedging should they not acquire the cottage.

The Hall is at a point that it requires refurbishment and updating.


The small village of Cotterstock lies about 2 miles to the north of the market town of Oundle, which is home to the well-known public school and has good local shopping facilities and restaurants. Peterborough, about 14 miles to the north east, has extensive shopping and leisure facilities as well as a station on the East Coast mainline with regular trains to London (Kings Cross) taking from about fifty minutes.

Other public schools in the area include Uppingham and Oakham. There is trout fishing and sailing on Rutland Water and golf at several local courses.

Directions (PE8 5HD)

From Oundle take the A605 in the direction of Peterborough. About a quarter of a mile beyond the roundabout on the edge of the town take a left turn signed to Cotterstock. After another half mile turn left again signed to Cotterstock, cross the River Nene and on entering the village, Cotterstock Hall will be found on the right shortly after The Old Vicarage. White gate posts on the right mark the entrance.

Property Information

Lotting:- The Hall is available with or without No 1 Cotterstock Hall Cottages. If the buyer of The Hall does not purchase No1, the cottage will subsequently be sold. Rights of way on foot and with vehicles will be reserved over part of the drive and the courtyard.

Rights of way:- Nos 1 and 2 Cotterstock Hall Cottages and The Dovehouse have the benefit of rights of way over the drive to Cotterstock Hall. The drive currently used was originally the back drive to the Hall. The front drive formerly entered at the south east corner of the garden, beside the entrance to The Old Vicarage, and there is still a gate at this position. It is shown on the 1900 OS plan. This drive could probably be reinstated, subject to obtaining Listed Building Consent, to create a more impressive approach to the house.

Services:- Mains water, electricity and drainage are connected. The house has an oil fired central heating system.

Local Authority:- East Northamptonshire District Council. [use Contact Agent Button]

Cotterstock Hall Council Tax Band 'H '
No 1 Cotterstock Hall Cottages Council Tax Band 'F '

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2. We have not carried out a detailed or structural survey; we have not tested any services, appliances or fittings. Measurements, floor plans, orientation and distances are given as approximate only and should not be relied on.
3. The photographs are not necessarily comprehensive or current, aspects may have changed since the photographs were taken. No assumption should be made that any contents are included in the sale.
4. We have not checked that the property has all necessary planning, building regulation approval, statutory or regulatory permissions or consents. Any reference to any alterations or use of any part of the property does not mean that necessary planning, building regulations, or other consent has been obtained.
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