Brought back to glory
A grand Victorian hunting lodge with a fascinating history is the setting for this beautifully refurbished period home at Thorpe Satchville.
Stripped back to basics and brought back to its former glory, Number 3 Pinfold Court is one of five converted properties within the original, mansion-sized Lodge in the northeast Leicestershire hilltop village.
Built in 1896, opposite stables now converted into homes, Pinfold Court gained an air of intrigue as the home of Belgian-born 1920s business magnate Alfred Lowenstein in his bid to impress the upper echelons of English society.
After World War One, Lowenstein amassed a fortune as a powerful European financier, boosting his wealth with the delivery of electricity to developing countries.
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He mysteriously disappeared in 1926, flying the Channel in his private plane en-route to conclude a major business deal in South America.
Since buying the property in 2004, the current owners have labored long and hard, painstakingly restoring the wealth of original features and adding their own personal style. The result is a beautiful home echoing the original grandeur of the Lodge.
Two lounges on separate floors, three bedrooms across two storeys, two bathrooms, a large breakfast kitchen and separate dining room provide flexible living options, ideal for a professional couple, downsizers, or active retirees.
Basic renovation included damp proofing, new guttering, preservation of the exterior Tudor style timbers, new electrics, heating and plumbing systems.
Two high-spec bathrooms and a neat little ground floor toilet, plus the stylish free-standing kitchen were installed and travertine flooring extends through the entrance hall.
Layers of thick gloss paint were stripped back to reveal the huge Scottish pine wooden windows, deep skirtings and picture rails.
Original fireplaces were restored to working order. and they installed a sunpipe on the top floor, flooding light down the stairwell.
Local craftsmen have also restored the large oak front door, stained glass windows and intricate plasterwork in the first floor snug, originally the hunting lodge Chapel, as well as two staircases and a beautiful gallery housing floor to ceiling bookcases.
The snug/TV room has an original barrel vaulted ceiling, leaded light windows, and a large open fireplace with a big wall-mounted TV above, while the master bedroom offers space and privacy. The sloping ceiling adds an intimate feel even though it homes a king-sized bed.
Walking from the bedroom, the first thing you see in the morning is miles of rolling countryside stretching west across Leicestershire.