Outwoods Drive, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11
83-85 Outwoods Drive is an impressive 5 bedroom period house, designed for modern living yet retaining many original features. Converted from two farm cottages dating back to late 1700s, this property was the original `Lodge Farm', and was surrounded by open fields until the growth of Loughborough during the 1930s.
The layout includes an entrance hall, leading into an open plan kitchen diner with stairs down to a utility room/pantry located in the original cellar. On the ground floor there is plenty of family space with a lounge, sitting room, snug, study and a shower room. Upstairs there is a master bedroom with en-suite, 3 further double bedrooms, a well-proportioned 5th bedroom, plus a spacious family bathroom. Outside the property benefits from extensive parking, a separate garage and a workshop/gym which is part of the house, accessed from outside. The private, south facing garden includes social seating areas, mature herbaceous borders and a raised vegetable area.
Each room has a variety of character features including beams, an original range, a copper washer, exposed brickwork, fireplaces, an A frame window, pitch ceilings, original latch doors and a mezzanine loft space in one of the bedrooms. The property has two staircases, multiple storage areas, offering versatile and functional accommodation.
The present owners have lived in the property for nearly 30 years and have extensively upgraded the property, including double glazed hard wood windows and solar panels. The property is set back from the road and is located in a highly sought-after area on the Forest side of Loughborough with excellent transport links, access to the motorway network and the University.
Ground Floor accommodation:
Entrance Hall. Half-glazed door, double glazed window, cupboard, radiator.
Kitchen Diner. Zoned to include a clear dining area with beams, original doors and a wood-burning stove set into the fireplace.
The kitchen area includes oak units, underfloor heating, an island with granite top, a pitched ceiling with skylights and door to the garden.
Utility/pantry. Accessed from the dining area, down some brick-built steps. This is half under-ground, with a window replacing the original coal door. It has built in floor and wall units and plumbing for a washing machine.
Study.An extension by the current owners, this includes a pitch ceiling and underfloor heating.
Sitting room.The sitting room contains the original cooking range (decorative rather than functional), beams, French doors onto a decking area of the garden, windows to the front and rear.
Lounge. The lounge enjoys high ceilings, a sash style window to the front of the property and a smaller window to the rear. The original open fireplace has been replaced by a wood-burning stove.
Snug. The downstairs snug was originally used for food storage and the hooks can still be seen in the beams. There is an exposed brick wall and an oak staircase leading to the first floor.
Shower room. The downstairs shower room has a brick built `washing copper' in one corner, originally used for heating domestic water for baths and laundry.
First floor accommodation:
Bedroom one. The master bedroom offers a modern en-suite, built in wardrobe and further storage shelving, currently used as a dressing area. The bedroom enjoys a window to the front, and the sliding doors provide a large doorway onto the landing.
Bedroom two. With a sash style window to the front of the property and built-in cupboard.
Bedroom three. Accessed by steps from the second landing, this bedroom has exposed oak trusses, an A frame window and wooden steps up to a vaulted mezzanine area, currently used for sleeping.
Bedroom four. With a sash window to the front of the property, original feature fireplace (decorative) and build in wardrobe.
Bedroom five. With sash window to the front of the property and a built-in cupboard.
Family bathroom. Containing an original cast iron roll-top bath and a walk-in shower. There is tongue and groove on the walls and two generous built-in cupboards. The bathroom is `jack and jill', and could easily be adapted to be accessed from only one door.
Outside. There is a separate garage, a versatile workshop/gym (located above the utility room/pantry). This is accessed via external steps. The front of the property includes ample off-street parking and a garden. There is a side gate to provide access to the rear of the property. The south facing garden includes a decked seating area, lawn, mature borders, a raised vegetable patch and the hand-hewn stone trough.