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Distinctive Leicestershire properties show auction’s diversity

A chocolate box cottage, an art deco apartment and a modern family home are among the Leicestershire properties available to buy through SDL Auctions this month.

They illustrate the diversity of lots being sold by the auctioneer, which has continued to operate successfully and safely throughout the lockdown period, switching its room auctions to behind closed doors alongside continuing its daily online auctions.

The thatched cottage in Swepstone falls firmly into ‘dream home’ territory. Dating back to around 1670 and believed to be one of the first dwellings in the village, Swepstone House in Church Street was extended and modified in the Victorian era and has been lovingly maintained and sympathetically upgraded over the past decade by the current owners.

While retaining character features such as beams, exposed brickwork and an inglenook fireplace, the property has been tastefully decorated throughout, has had the roof ridge re-thatched and a bespoke Shaker-style kitchen installed. It has a new stylish family shower room and en-suite bathroom, while the oak flooring on the ground floor has been reclaimed.

The property offers spacious accommodation, including two reception rooms and a snug, a breakfast dining room and five bedrooms. Outside are stunning gardens, a paved courtyard, driveway parking for four cars and a new wooden carport which has the potential to be turned into a garage, subject to planning permission.

Carl Finch, auction valuer, said: “This is a truly stunning dream cottage which ticks all the right boxes. It is packed with character features but you don’t have to compromise on comforts as it has all the conveniences you’d expect in the 21st century. It’s a fabulous property in a beautiful location.”

The Grade II listed thatched cottage has a *guide price of £540,000 and is for sale by conditional online auction in partnership with Newton Fallowell Ashby De La Zouch, ending at noon on Thursday 11th June.

A period property from a very different era can be found in Hinckley. Flat 3, 32 Albert Road, is a spacious first-floor apartment in a striking art deco building on the corner of Druid Street. Originally built as offices for Moore and Osbourne in 1935 and designed by local architects Symington, Prince and Pyke, the property was converted into four flats around 10 years ago.

Entered via a communal entrance hall, stairs and landing, Flat 3 features a private hall, lounge, well-proportioned and fitted living kitchen, bedroom and a bathroom. It has gas-fired central heating, uPVC double glazing and allocated parking for one vehicle.

It is in a popular and convenient town centre location, making it an ideal addition to a rental portfolio, with a potential monthly income of £475-£500.

The property is for sale by conditional online auction in partnership with Castle Estates Hinckley, with a guide price of £82,000, ending on Tuesday 16th June at 2pm.

Carl said: “This flat is housed in a truly striking building and the interior doesn’t disappoint either. It’s a spacious property which has to be seen to be appreciated. Definitely one for the discerning investor.”

For those who prefer a more modern property, 114 Dairy Way in Kibworth Harcourt, could fit the bill. With a guide price of £200,000+, the modern detached property is in excellent order throughout and would make an ideal family home.

“This house has show home quality and is ready to move into straight away. The size and style of the property, along with its village location, make it the perfect place to raise a family.”

The gas centrally-heated and uPVC double-glazed property has a reception hallway, cloakroom, lounge and living kitchen on the ground floor, with an en-suite master bedroom, two further bedrooms and a family bathroom on the first floor. Outside it has a garden, driveway and carport at the front, with countryside views, and landscaped rear gardens.

Kibworth has an excellent range of facilities including two health centres, dentist, public transport, shops, restaurants, sports clubs and schools for all ages from nursery to age 16.

114 Dairy Way will be sold in SDL Auctions’ national property auction on Tuesday 30th June, with a guide price of £200,000+.

The auction is in place of SDL Auctions’ usual auction at the King Power Stadium in Leicester and will be broadcast live from the company’s head office auction studio, with bids being taken by proxy, by telephone and over the internet. By running auctions in this way, alongside online auctions, SDL Auctions has sold 252 lots and raised £31 million for sellers since the start of lockdown, with lots selling for an average of 16% above their guide prices.

To find out more about any of the properties, or to discuss selling your own property at auction, please contact the team on 0116 254 9654 or click here.