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£289,995 - £359,995
4 and 5 bedroom properties
Oakham Heights, Barleythorpe, Rutland
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Thorpe Manor is a select development of three, four & five bedroom homes located on the Northern edge of the historic market town of Oakham and within a short walk of the sought after village of Barleythorpe.
The town is home to the renowned Oakham School and hosts an excellent variety of independent shops and eateries plus the nearby Rutland Water is a centre for sporting and recreational pursuits.
The town's ancient history is reflected in every facet of its architecture. The impressive spire of Oakham parish church, a grade I listed building built during the 14th century, dominates distant views of the town for several miles in all directions.
Another popular and historic feature is the open-air market held in the town's L-shaped Market Place every Wednesday and Saturday, where the ancient octagonal Buttercross with its pyramidal roof (another grade I listed building) shelter the old water pump and wooden stocks. Nearby, Oakham School is housed in a series of impressive ironstone buildings.
Then there's Oakham Castle, which wasn't strictly speaking a castle, but rather a fortified Norman manor house. Only the great hall of the castle is still standing and the building is attractively ornamented with Romanesque architectural details, including six carvings of musicians. It is also a grade I listed building. Traditionally, members of royalty and peers of the realm who visited or passed through the town had to pay a forfeit in the fol of a horseshoe. This unique custom has been enforced for over 500 years, but nowadays it only happens on special occasions (such as royal visits), when an outsize ceremonial horseshoe, specially made and decorated, is hung in the great hall of the castle. There are now over 200 of these commemorative shoes on its walls. The earliest datable one is an outsize example commemorating a visit by King Edward IV in about 1470.
Further afield, the gentle waters and easy green hills of Rutland Water have made it a major centre for outdoor pursuits. There's sailing at Rutland Sailing Club, cycle hire with Rutland Water Cycling and a water sports centre at Whitwell on the north shore. Rutland Water also attracts a wide range of waterfowl, which prompted the establishment of a nature reserve with no fewer than 27 hides and two visitor centres at its west end.
By road, Oakham is located within easy access of the A1 and the M1, providing links around the county.
By rail, Oakham railway station provides regular links to Peterborough, Leicester, Birmingham and Stansted Airport. Oakham railway station is positioned approximately halfway between Peterborough railway station and Leicester railway station, at both of which passengers can board a train to London.
There are also two direct services from Oakham to London St Pancras (one early morning and one evening) and one evening return service from London St Pancras each weekday.