Country life in the peace of Haddon
VAST space, great swathes of green, and a private location in the country – The Manor House in Haddon was seen as an ideal place to bring up a family.
It appealed to Lucy and John Roe because of its considerable space and grounds when they upped sticks 15 years ago from a farmhouse in Castle Bytham, in Lincolnshire, which had little land.
John, a chartered accountant, also wanted to be close to work, in Peterborough, to the centre of the city and the railway station.
The Manor House also suited equestrian pursuits, as their daughters, Sophie (21), Emily (19) and Anna (16) enjoyed riding.
The Roes were attracted to the house – stone-built in 1875 at the front and brickbuilt from the 17th century at the rear – because of its size and original features such as fireplaces and cornicing. Wide staircases and lots of windows give it a very light feel throughout.
General home improvements have been carried out, including installing a new kitchen and new bathrooms.
Impressive wrought iron gates set into a substantial brick gateway open on to a long, lilac and laurel-lined gravelled driveway leading to the front of the house.
There is a copse, lawns, fruit trees, three paddocks, a bridge over a stream to the tennis court, various outbuildings and a filtered outdoor swimming pool.
Entry, via the original door, is into a reception hall, off which are the drawing room and breakfast kitchen.
The sash windows of both rooms allow in lots of light. The grand drawing room also draws the eye to its ornate marble fireplace housing an open fire.
In the kitchen, a typically high-ceilinged room at the front of the house, there is exposed wooden flooring, wall panelling, fitted units, an oil-fired Aga and butler sink.
Off the kitchen to the side are four further rooms, the utility room, boot room, cloakroom and larder.
In the heart of the house are the spacious dining room featuring a marble fireplace and French doors to the tennis court and the sitting room which focuses on stone fireplace.
At the rear is a selfcontained annexe, which consists of a bedroom, sitting room, bathroom and fully functional kitchen.
There is also a boiler room, and men’s and women’s WCs, in situ from the days, prior to the Roes’ purchase of the property, when The Manor House had a short-lived existence as a restaurant.
On the first floor, at the top of the landing there is a light and spacious area which could be ideal for computer use or reading.
The main bedroom is a generous size, features ceiling panelling and leads off to an en suite bathroom. The other bedroom at the front is similarly generous in proportions and is, typically, light and airy in feel.
There are four further bedrooms, a guest room, and two bathrooms, the family bathroom fitted with a cast iron bath and a power shower, on the this level.
A concealed staircase leads to the second floor. It is a totally renovated space housing three “overflow” bedrooms and a box room – ideal as escape dens for teenagers.
They offer views of the gardens, tennis court and fields beyond, and the streets of Haddon respectively.
Outside, there is a courtyard garden, and a number of outbuildings which provide storage and workshop space. The large barn, complete with new electrics, is used as a party/games room – “ideal for entertaining”, according to Lucy.
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priVate location: The Manor House in Haddon was seen as the ideal place to bring up a family.