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Gunpowder plot country house

North Luffenham Hall is a country property with a notable history. Built in 1555, the house was acquired in 1559 by Simon Digby and it just so happend that a Digby was named as one of the conspirators in league with Guy Fawkes; meetings were thought to have taken place at the Hall during the planning stage of the gunpowder plot in 1605.

Inside the reception hall has a stunning open fireplace and a 17th century carved oak over mantel. The drawing room and library off the fine hallway enjoy lots of natural light and both have magnificent views to the grounds outside, while the large kitchen/breakfast room is the heart of the house, and has a vaulted ceiling with exposed roof trusses, and a large skylight. The dining room and sitting room back towards the rear of the house and are both excellent rooms for entertaining.

Upstairs an oak staircase leads up to the first floor, where the master bedroom suite has charming views from the front of the house; the remaining four bedrooms on this floor are spacious, while the Digby Room, thought to have been the scene of the plotting, has a large fireplace and panelled walls. The second floor offers a five further bedrooms.

The eastern end of the house is the leisure complex and offers a large billiards room, separate gym, plus an indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna.

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Outside sit just over six acres of gardens and grounds with lawns to the south. To the west a sunken water garden leads to a pond. The old chapel lies to one corner and there is also a pretty rose garden, and a kitchen garden in this area. The walled garden leads round to the new tennis court and is surrounded by a young apple orchard, and various fruit trees including some very old olive trees. 
Outbuildings include a main barn, six loose boxes and a separate workshop and tack room.  

North Luffenham Hall is situated to the south side of the village of North Luffenham in Rutland. The A1 is just over five miles to the east and nearby Oakham and Stamford provide excellent local amenities and schools.

The guide price is £3.45m. For further information please contact Strutt and Parker on 020 7318 5190 or visit

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