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This fine PERIOD residence is set in SECLUDED grounds approaching ONE ACRE. The property displays many ORIGINAL features throughout the THREE reception rooms and KITCHEN BREAKFAST room. There is also a detached SOUND STUDIO.

Top Lane Cottage is so well hidden from view that many people who have lived in the area a number of years are unaware of its existence. It's tucked away down a long drive in secluded grounds of about an acre yet it's in the centre of the village. The original part of the house dates back about three hundred years. It has evolved over time and since then it has been considerably extended, and more recently the older part of the house has been totally renovated.

The unrivalled position of this property made this cottage irresistible to the current owner when he came across it 12 years ago. "Visiting for the first time I was enchanted by the way the long drive opened up to reveal a pretty cottage in such a large tranquil garden," he says. "It's incredibly quiet here as there is no passing traffic." The house itself didn't disappoint either with the rooms being large and light, with high ceilings.

"The beauty of this property is that it is a traditional house which is perfect for a modern lifestyle," continues the owner. "There are many historical features including the thatched roof on the old part of the cottage, exposed beams and fireplaces. The lounge has a woodburning stove which is lovely on cold days and in the summer the French doors can be opened onto the patio and garden. This house is a wonderful place for entertaining whatever the time of year and in the dining room we can easily seat 10 guests. The room looks out over the garden in two directions and is very light."

On a day to day basis the kitchen/breakfast room is clearly the hub of the house where there is a family sized table. Upstairs there are four bedrooms - one in the older part of the house and three in the modern extensions. "The master bedroom is a fabulous size," explains the owner. "It's on two levels with an en-suite bathroom and a dressing area which looks over the garden. Off the landing on the first floor there is a balcony and also a family bathroom."

Within the grounds at Top Lane Cottage there is a large garage and on the side of that two rooms which have been previously used as recording studios. "There is a lot of space here and this area still has the potential to be converted into an office or an annexe," says the owner. "The total plot for this property is about an acre, including the drive, but the actual garden within that is about half an acre. It's a great garden with a lot of lawn, plenty of mature trees including poplar, ash and oak and some flowering cherries. The garden faces southwest and catches the sun until the end of the day. It's a great place in summer and there is also a large natural pond fed by a stream running across the land.

"Abbotsley is a quiet village and there is a pub within walking distance of the house. It's a great place to live especially for people working in London. St Neots with its station is ten minutes away and from there trains into Kings Cross take 50 minutes. The A1 is ten minutes' drive with the M11 and Cambridge being about 20 minutes by car. There are supermarkets in St Neots and nearby Cambourne, and a primary school in the neighbouring village of Great Gransden.

"The biggest selling feature of this property has to be its location. It's an almost magical place and is wonderful to return home to particularly in summer. I have loved the area and made many lifelong friends."

Oak door to:

15'6 X 14'3 (4.72M X 4.34M)
Double glazed window to rear aspect. Feature inglenook fireplace with brick surround and quarry tiled hearth with Bressumer over. Radiator. Exposed timbers. Stairs to first floor landing with under stair cupboard. Quarry tiled floor. Wall lights.

19'3 X 15'5 (5.87M X 4.7M)
Double glazed windows to front side and rear aspects. Feature inglenook fireplace with brick surround, detailed recess and Bressumer over. Exposed timbers to walls and ceiling. Double doors to rear aspect. Wall lights. Two radiators. TV point.

17'10 X 16'0 (5.44M X 4.88M)
Feature bay window to side aspect and full multi paned window and double doors to front overlooking the garden. Oak floor. Two radiators. Wall lights. Exposed original timbers. TV point.

Multi paned window to rear aspect. Radiator. Tiled floor. Recess display area.

Fitted in a two piece suite comprising low level W.C. and hand wash basin. Tiled floor. Extractor fan.

23'0 X 15'10 (7.01 X 4.83M)
Feature bay window to side aspect and double multi paned doors with side panels. Feature brick built fireplace with wood burning stove, Bressumer over and quarry tiled hearth. Exposed timbers to ceiling. Two radiators. Wall lights.

15'3 X 14'6 (4.65M X 4.42M)
Window and door to side aspect and half glazed stable door to rear aspect. Fitted in a comprehensive range of base and wall mounted light oak units with complementary work surface over. Glass display units. Rangemaster electric cooker with extractor over. Built in double oven. Wine rack and spice drawers. Stainless one and a half bowl steel sink with drainer and mixer tap. Space for dishwasher. Timbers to ceiling. Under pelmet lighting. Ceramic tiled floor. Radiator. Spotlights to ceiling.

10'0 X 9'9 (3.05M X 2.97M)
Window to side and front aspect. Floor mounted oil fired boiler (New November 2010). Fitted in a range of base and wall mounted units with complementary work surface and stainless steel sink and drainer. Spotlights to ceiling.

14'3 X 14'0 (4.34M X 4.27M)
Double glazed window to front and rear elevations. Radiator. Two storage cupboards. Extended landing with radiator and multi-pane doors and window to Balcony. Airing cupboard housing hot water tank and shelving.

23'0 X 13'10 (7.01M X 4.22M)
Window to side and front elevations. Split level floor. Two radiators. Wall lights.

11'2 X 7'9 (3.4M X 2.36M)
Double glazed window to side elevation. Fitted in a four piece suite comprising double end roll top bath with claw feet and mixer tap, low level W.C., hand wash basin and shower cubicle. Timber floor. Spot lights to ceiling. Heated towel rail.

19'2 X 11'3 (19.2M X 3.43M)
Window to front and side elevations. Spot lights to ceiling. Radiator.

16'0 X 14'0 (4.88M X 4.27M)
Double glazed window to front, side and rear elevations. Two radiators. Slight height restriction.

10'0 X 9'9 (3.05M X 2.97M)
Window to side elevation. Radiator.

Double glazed window to side elevation. Fitted in a three piece white suite comprising panelled bath with mixer tap and shower attachment, low level W.C. and hand wash basin. Timber floor. Half height tongue and groove to walls.

The property is approached by a 150ft private drive which opens onto a block paved parking area leading to an oversized garage and studio.

The gardens are mainly raised and laid to lawn with many mature trees offering a high degree of privacy. Block paved path with leads to a rear courtyard area and also to the natural pond. Oil tank. Covered log store.

Sound studio divided into two areas fully insulated. Lobby with window and opening to:
13'3 X 12'3 (4.04M X 3.73M)Power and light connected. Fully insulated.
19'9 X 12'9 (6.02M X 3.89M)Air conditioning. Fully insulated.

20'6 X 13'6 (6.25M X 4.11M)
Power and light.

Agents Notes:
Extended early 1970's
Plot approaching 0.8 acre
Council tax band F

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20 October 2011


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