Are you searching for a six-bedroom detached family home with a quiet, rural feel but close to excellent schooling and essential amenities? Then Balmore House, nestled in a secluded location on the outskirts of the vibrant village of Blaby, Leicester, could see your dream come true. Occupying grounds extending to 1.73 acres, including a 1-acre paddock, and featuring an audible alarm system, gas central heating and double glazing throughout, this fantastic house combines space with a cosy and inviting atmosphere.
Find Balmore House set back from Winchester Road, partly screened from view by neat hedging and mature trees. As you approach the property via a gravel driveway, note that the house is surrounded by fields rather than neighbours, granting pleasant views over the countryside as you explore.
You will find ample parking for several cars in front of the property's brick and part-rendered façade, as well as an integral double garage with a utility area, internal door and rear access, which could become a superb workshop if desired.
Step through a part-glazed lobby into a bright and impactful formal entrance hall lined with a beautiful parquet floor. Originally constructed in 1938, the property has since been materially extended and updated with care throughout.
Nowhere is this thoughtful attention to detail more evident than in the country-style kitchen and breakfast room. Head there now, passing under an elegant arch framing the attractive carpeted staircase before entering the back of the house. Here, gorgeous stone tiles unite the casual dining area – containing integrated storage – to the rest of the kitchen, with the separate spaces demarked by a sturdy beam supported by exposed brickwork.
The brickwork continues to punctuate the modern décor in the kitchen itself, accenting the breakfast bar and forming a lovely surround for the Fisher & Paykel dual-fuel double oven topped with six gas hobs and grill, plus warmer drawers below. Other integrated appliances include a Kenwood dishwasher and a Samsung American-style fridge-freezer with ice-maker and water filter to the breakfast area. You will also find a great range of light wood units and an extensive granite worktop, as well as a sink overlooking the raised side terrace.
Locate the utility room via an internal door to a garage with rear access – a convenient place to clean up after venturing around the paddock. The downstairs cloakroom lies between the garage and kitchen and incorporates a basin and loo.
From the kitchen, double doors open into a formal dining room, which benefits from garden-facing windows, and chandelier fittings that illuminate the stone tiles underfoot. This brilliant entertaining space can accommodate a large dinner party, with another set of double doors leading to a paved terrace and lawn – great for summer parties. With the rear of the property featuring multiple viewpoints, it is easy to keep an eye on the children playing outside while you leisurely prepare dinner in your wonderful new kitchen.
Relax & Unwind
As you return to the hallway, peep through into a delightful snug that offers leafy views before continuing into the long and spacious living room, brightened by three leadlight windows. A striking brick fireplace surrounds a cosy stove that will be much enjoyed by all the family during the upcoming festive season, perhaps with traditional Yuletide garlands hung on the lintel above.
On the left side of the hall awaits a lounge featuring leadlight windows to the front and side aspects, while warmed by an elegant working fireplace and hearth. Tucked behind the lounge is a peaceful study or home office with storage.
Time to Sleep
Upstairs, a cheery first-floor landing provides direct access to all six bedrooms. Straight ahead lies the master suite – a brilliantly proportioned double bedroom filled with natural light partly thanks to double doors revealing a private sun terrace. Store all your clothes and shoes neatly away in the dressing room, where you can choose your outfit for the day in peace. The modern and spacious en suite bathroom – comprised of a bath with hand-held shower attachment, basin, loo – completes the master, so why not set out some candles and soak your cares away?
Just left from the landing, you will find bedroom two – a stylish double with a contemporary en suite shower room and plenty of space for a large wardrobe, making this an excellent retreat for guests or older children. Three further doubles, decorated with soft tones, and a sweet single/nursery forms the remaining accommodation on this floor. These rooms are served by an immaculate, spot-lit family bathroom boasting high-quality wall tiling and lyno underfoot, bath with hand-held shower attachment, and a separate shower.
The grounds of Balmore House sweep around the property, from the front lawn to a fenced back garden that offers potential for keeping horses. Terraces to the side and rear meet an open lawn and 1-acre paddock housing a brick-built outbuilding with a concrete floor measuring approx. 36' X 18', divided into two large stables and a storeroom. With such a versatile area to play with, there is no end to the possibilities here.
On Your Doorstep
The village of Blaby can be found around 4 miles south of Leicester. With a bus route on Winchester Road offering quick access to the city, where trains run direct to London St Pancreas station, you can see Balmore House is very well-placed for commuters. Junction 21 of the M1 (c. 3 miles) provides access to the national motorway network, and you can travel internationally from East Midlands Airport (J23A of the M1) and Birmingham International Airport.
Both Blaby and Countesthorpe offer a brilliant range of shops, restaurants and pubs, including The Baker's Arms; a thatched public house dating back to 1484. Fosse Park shopping centre is just a few miles down the road, with a wide variety of essential amenities available in the city of Leicester itself.
The local area also benefits from play parks and sporting facilities such as Blaby Golf Centre, which is just across the road. Well-regarded schools include the Ofsted-rated Outstanding Badgerbrook Primary, Brockington College (Good), St Crispin's Grammar, Stoneygate independent school and Leicester High School for Girls.