STYLISH LIVING THE BEAUTIFUL, MATURE GROUNDS OF APPROXIMATELY FOUR ACRES MADE BENVENUTO THE PERFECT EQUESTRIAN HOME AND COUNTRY RETREAT.
Taking a stroll around their extensive grounds, Andrew and Janet Ward think back over all the happy times they have spent at Benvenuto.
The couple moved to the property, which sits in approximately four acres, close to Markfield, in Leicestershire, in 2006.
We were drawn to the character of the house and the mature, sweeping grounds, recalled Andrew. There were lots of beautiful trees and it felt very secluded. Today approximately half of the land is given over to paddock and to the extensive equestrian facilities, while the other half is formal garden.
The property is set in attractive countryside and most of the rooms in the house enjoy views out across the gardens or the stables, he added.
CHARACTER AND COMFORT
Benvenuto (which means welcome in Italian) is thought to date back to the 19th century. Substantial alterations were made, however,
around 1932. When we bought it we knew we wanted to renovate and alter it ourselves, Andrew explained. We bought it in the August and did not move in until the following March, as we carried out such a lot of work. Renovations to the house saw the creation of reception spaces that were comfortable and easy to live in, together with five generous bedrooms.
We wanted to retain the character of the house while also bringing it up to contemporary standards of comfort, he added.
OPEN PLAN LIVING
The house now has a bright, open ambience, with windows bringing in plenty of natural light. We spend much of our time in the kitchen. This is a large open plan room, where people can cook, eat and talk to each other.
The garden room is another space that we use a lot on a day-to-day basis. This is at the back of the house and is a nice place to sit and enjoy the view.
Benvenuto has been a great entertaining property, with room inside for Christmas gatherings, and plenty of outdoor space for garden parties. Our son was married here, he said. It was a lovely occasion for which we had a marquee
out on the lawn.
IN THE SADDLE
Many family times have also centred on the equestrian facilities, where the Wards have enjoyed keeping horses over the years. We modernised the equestrian facilities and added a floodlit ménage. We have three stables, as well as a tack room and some feed and storage areas.
He continued: This has been an excellent place to ride. My youngest son learned his horse skills here and this would be a superb home for anyone else with equestrian interests. The grounds, which also include a large pond, attract lots of wildlife, especially birds.
The beauty of living here is that it does feel very secluded and peaceful and yet we are just a few minutes’ drive from the M1 and the A50, and just two minutes from the village, he said.
We have the convenience of being close to everything we need yet we enjoy a rural life within beautiful countryside.
The village of Markfield sits within both the National Forest and Charnwood Forest and in the Hinckley and Bosworth district of Leicestershire.
The settlement dates back to at least the time of the Norman conquest and is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Merchenefeld.
Markfield has close links with the Methodist movement and was often a stopping point for its founder John Wesley. He preached in the parish church but as his visits became popular he would hold meetings out on the village
There are a variety of public footpaths radiating out from the village, including the Leicestershire Round, which passes along Main Street. To the north-western side of the village lies the Hill Hole Nature Reserve.
GROUND FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
Situated on the outskirts of Leicester in the village of Markfield is Benvenuto. Formerly built in 1832 as a stone built cottage, it was almost completely rebuilt in 1932 with just the original chimney being retained. The property was extended during the 1970’s but fell into decline before the current owner bought the house in 2006. Between September 2006 and March 2007 the property was renovated
and extended with a complete refurbishment. At the same time the stable block were extensively improved and the addition of the flood lit ménage a couple of years later gave it first class equestrian facilities.
The name ‘Benvenuto’ is reputed to have come from a previous owner, an Italian jeweller, the name means ‘Welcome’ in Italian. The beautiful, mature grounds of approximately four acres makes this an ideal country retreat or perfect for a home with equestrian facilities.
Entered via fine double oak doors the entrance hall has a beautiful oak staircase leading up to a galleried landing, the oak theme continues throughout the property along with sunken spotlights and coving to most rooms. The hall
offers access to the majority of the downstairs accommodation. There is a cosy study with fireplace, cloakroom and box/computer room, bevelled glass doors to dining room and then on into the garden room which has patio doors out into the garden and display the view beyond.
The crafted kitchen has two bow windows which, once again, take full advantage of the views. The appliances include range cooker, integrated dishwasher, fridge/freezer, plus a further built in freezer. There is a useful utility
room just off the kitchen. The lounge has a bay window looking out over the garden.
FIRST FLOOR ACCOMMODATION
Upstairs off the landing is the master suite which has a lovely double aspect walk in clothes cupboard and an en-suite shower room. The guest bedroom also has an ensuite; the three further bedrooms are all of a generous size and have fitted wardrobes. Family bathroom with separate shower cubicle.
As mention the property stands within approximately four acres. These are entered via electric gates, the house itself is hidden behind mature trees, the drive leads to a double garage. Both the house and garage are protected by a full security system with both alarm and lighting. Block paved paths and patios, within the garden are fruit trees, a raised fish pond and water feature. A summer
house/games room plus a garden mower and tool storage timber shed are tucked away within the garden with raised vegetable boxes.
The majority of the garden is lawn with a variety of mature trees.
There is a separate entrance to the stable area, these were extensively refurbished and now have light, power and mains water.
A vulcanised rubber, floodlit ménage and gravelled hard standing for vehicles, plus a horse box parking bay. The stable area has a small paddock and opens into a field, there are open views to the rear.
SETTING THE SCENE
Benvenuto can be found on Thornton Lane, which is a highly regarded
road of similar properties. The family home sits within four acres of
gardens, paddocks and fields. The property has a private location
behind mature trees and an electric gate. A drive leads to the double
garage and onto the house, which was completely renovated by the
current owner in 2006/2007 to the highest standard. The stable area
which included three stables, feed store and tack room, ménage, small
holding paddock, field providing grazing and hard standing allowing
parking for several vehicles. Within the garden are a variety of fruit
trees, raised vegetable beds and an ornamental fish pond. There are
two timber buildings measuring approximately 7m x 5m, one used as a
games/summer house and the other as a garden store, a five bar gate
gives access to the field.
Markfield is a commuter village sitting within both the National and
Charnwood Forest and in the Hinckley and Bosworth district of
Leicestershire. It is South East of Junction 22 of the M1.
The Fieldhead Hotel is nearby to the property and the village of
Markfield has two public houses – The Queens Head and Bulls Head,
a Co-Operative supermarket, GP Surgery, a Chemist and Post Office.
The village benefits greatly from being surrounded by easily accessible
countryside. There are a variety of public footpaths radiating out from
Leicester city centre is 9 miles South East and East Midlands Airport is
13 miles North.
WITHIN EASY REACH
Leicester is 9 miles away and East Midlands Airport is 13 miles and
slightly further away is Nottingham 25 miles away.
Road links are extremely well catered with the property lying between
the M1 and the A46. Both Nottingham and Leicester have a excellent
range of shops, schooling and recreational facilities including theatres,
restaurants and bars.
Leaving Nottingham via the A606 proceed in a South Westerly direction.
At the roundabout turn right onto the A46, follow the A46 for some
distance, turning right onto the A50 towards the M1 junction 22. After
the first roundabout turn left onto Ratby Lane, at the T-Junction turn left
onto Thornton Lane.
For those with satellite navigation the postcode is LE67 9RP.
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