Space and style in fine period home
A fine country house with a wealth of space and living options has given the Rist family a wonderful lifestyle with room to grow.
This period, three-storey family home in Orchard Lane, Great Glen has been a perfect place to set down long-term roots over the 14 years Tracey and David Rist have raised their two daughters from toddlers to young adults.
"All along this house has given us the space to adapt to our needs in a lovely space with flexibility and scope that has allowed us to keep on changing," said Tracey.
Dating from the mid-17th Century, Carlton Lodge was originally two cottages.
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The date they were joined as one is uncertain but the property retains two staircases and two front doors. With five double bedrooms on the first floor and three attic rooms above, there is room for a large family to spread out in style.
"When we first moved in, Carlton Lodge was in good order but we needed to get certain rooms to our taste," said Tracey.
"Several of the rooms have changed function over the years as the girls have grown up. We have revamped the kitchen and added a conservatory, which has now become the hub of the home.
"What was a very formal sitting room is also now a family cinema room with a pull-down screen. The smaller sun lounge has become a sewing room and one of the attic rooms is used as a gym."
The beautifully arranged accommodation combines period grace, ample proportions and original features with contemporary style.
The front door opens onto a bright, airy reception hall running through the core of the house with clay-tiled flooring, a tiled fireplace and staircase rising to the first floor.
The main reception rooms face south, with views over the landscaped garden.
The L-shaped drawing room features timber flooring, a beamed ceiling, brick fireplace and recessed bookcases. French doors lead into the garden.
The sitting/cinema room has a vaulted ceiling, oak flooring, wood burning stove and a gallery of windows overlooking the garden. Across the hallway, the oak floored dining room has views across Orchard Lane to pastureland.
A major bonus of the house is the garden, extending over an acre and with a duck pond.
"We love the garden and have spent many hours improving it," said Tracey.
"Tall leylanders which blocked the light were taken out and the garden has lots of colour all year round.
"We also have productive fruit trees, a small kitchen garden to grow our own potatoes and vegetables and there is an area fenced off for chickens – all perfect for family living."