A ‘Goldilocks’ country house that’s just about right in every way

Big enough to be spacious, small enough to be comfortable and manageable, Glebe House just might be the perfect sized country house, according to Penny Churchill.

Some country homes can be a daunting prospect. Unruly gardens that have been largely neglected for decades; vast tracts of land that could easily be managed as a full-time job; crumbling bricks and mortar that need to be repaired in accordance with listed building regulations; and of course the phrase that sends shivers down the spine of many homebuyers: “overall upgrades required”.

Fortunately, no such concerns exist with the sale of Glebe House in Northamptonshire, the ‘County of Squires and Arrows’. This charming house in the pretty village of Twywell, 10km from Kettering and 10km from Oundle, is in a way a Goldilocks house – not too big, not too small – which came on the market at an indicative price of £2.85m through Savills. at Stamford.

Described by agents as ‘a perfectly sized country house set in beautiful gardens’, the handsome former Georgian vicarage, which is not listed, does exactly what it says on the tin.

Impeccably restored by the current owners, whose family home it has been for 25 years, Glebe House stands in approximately 4½ acres of landscaped gardens, paddocks and woodland on the edge of the village, with views of St Nicholas’ Church.

It offers everything a sporty country family could want, including a secluded swimming pool and pool house, tennis court and stables.

The classic Georgian house offers light and airy accommodation over three floors, including four reception rooms and a huge family kitchen/breakfast room.

There is also an elegant master suite, five further bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor and three double bedrooms, plus two bath/shower rooms, on the upper floor.

Glebe House is for sale at £2.85million – see more photos and details.

Also in the nearby market

In nearby Islip, this house – for sale with Woodford & Co at £1.295million – sits right on the banks of the mill and has five bedrooms and a beautifully renovated interior, plus a large garden, mooring and fishing rights.

At £775,000 with Jackson-Stops, Mulso Cottage is another option, a very pretty five-bedroom cottage in the historic village of Finedon with an elevated position and walled gardens.


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