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7 bedroom house for sale

Linton, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4PT

Guide Price £4,250,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Renovated 7,265 sq ft house
  • Staff annexe
  • In all about 90 acres
  • 2 detached houses
  • Extensive outbuildings

Full description

Tenure: Freehold


Horseheath Lodge is situated in an attractive valley within the parish of Horseheath, a beautiful pocket of countryside on the Cambridgeshire/Suffolk border near the villages of Horseheath (1.5 miles), West Wickham (2 miles), Linton (2 miles) and Withersfield (5 miles). Saffron Walden is 8 miles to the South, the equestrian town of Newmarket is 13 miles to the North and the "high tech" university city of Cambridge is 13 miles to the North West. The main house itself is approached via a long impressive drive and sits in the middle of its own land. Day to day shopping can be found in Saffron Walden which also boasts an art gallery, cinema and leisure centre, whilst Cambridge offers a comprehensive selection of shops and services including upmarket supermarkets, restaurants and specialist shops. The city also has a theatre, cinema, art gallery, extensive cultural and recreational amenities and the world leading Cambridge University.


Horseheath Lodge has recently been refurbished to a very high standard and is set within formal parkland. The surrounding land has been landscaped to provide a wonderful setting for the main house. Lot 1 comprises of the substantial yet manageable Grade II listed 7 bedroom country house with an excellent balance of formal reception rooms and family rooms. The ancillary accommodation includes a staff annexe, period and modern outbuildings, a walled garden, greenhouse, parkland and woodland extending to 80 acres in total.

Lot 2 comprises Flint Cottage and stable yard with 10 acres. Flint Cottage is a charming brick and flint cottage attached to a traditional cart shed. The accommodation comprises three bedrooms and bathroom, kitchen, sitting room and dining room. There is potential for extension to the current cottage by conversion of the attached cart shed (subject to necessary planning consents). To the rear is a walled garden with a garden store. The stable yard comprises 24 loose boxes in a selection of buildings. The yard is beautifully compact and surrounded by a number of post and rail paddocks with an outdoor manege. There are two Dutch Barns, one of which has been converted into 5 stables. The second is an open sided barn ideal for hay storage and further equestrian facilities.

Lot 3 is The Farmhouse, a brick house with a tiled roof comprising three bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen, sitting room and dining room. In addition, there is a large garage, adjoining store and a well maintained garden.

Further land and cottages are also available by separate negotiation.


The House is approached via a white gate beside Lodge Cottage (Lot 4) down a long drive sweeping through the parkland and arriving at a large gravel parking area to the front of the house. A stone step leads up to the front of the house where a large oak front door leads into the Reception Hall. The interior of the house is adorned with period features throughout and radiates character and charm, whilst the flow of the house from one room to another is remarkable for a property of this size. A Living Control System has been fitted in the majority of the principal rooms with fitted speakers in the ceilings of these rooms.

Ground Floor
The front door opens into the imposing Reception Hall providing direct access to the main staircase leading to the first floor galleried landing lit by a large glazed lantern. Four further doors lead off the Reception Hall into the main ground floor rooms comprising: The grand Dining Room with elaborate panelling, dado rail, open fireplace, working shutters and excellent views over the lawns to the front of the house. Opposite is the Drawing Room, a well proportioned south facing room positioned to benefit from natural sunlight. With bay window, working shutters, and large open fireplace with marble surround flanked by bookshelves on both sides.

The Study/Playroom is entered through a door leading off from the Entrance Hall, a light room benefitting from the morning sun. French doors lead out to a terrace on the eastern side of the house. The room also benefits from fitted shelving, cupboards and an open fireplace with Victorian grate.

The stunning, oak floored Sitting Room has a large bay window providing a vista of the lawns at the back of the house. Two French windows with shutters and a further French door lead on to the Loggia Dining Area and there is a large fireplace with marble surround. The Kitchen is at the heart of the house, it has been fitted with a range of handmade units with green granite working surfaces incorporating a shelved larder unit. Integrated appliances include a Bosch electric oven, 4 oven Aga with two ring ceramic hob, Bosch dishwasher and deep glazed ceramic sink with waste disposal unit. The room has a limestone floor and French doors out to the terrace. Further along the Inner Hall a number of rooms are found, including the Cloakroom, Office, Boot Room, Scullery and Flower Room, also accessed from here via a back staircase.

First Floor
The staircase leads up to a light, well-appointed Galleried Landing giving access to; The Master Bedroom Suite is located in the Southern corner of the house over the Drawing Room with wonderful views over parkland to the East and West and an open fireplace. The Dressing Room is fitted with a range of wardrobes with mirrored panels and links directly through to the En-suite Bathroom with free standing oval bath, walk-in shower, twin basins, WC, marble tiled floor with underfloor heating and heated towel rail. Bedroom 2 and Bedroom 3 are fitted with built-in wardrobes, open fireplaces, and working shutters and have commanding views to the South and East. Bedroom 4 benefits from a walk-in cupboard, open fireplace and working shutters and views over the grass Tennis Court. Next door is a further Bathroom with travertine flooring, underfloor heating, a large walk-in shower, twin wash basins and WC. Bedroom 5 has an open fireplace flanked by a built in cupboard. Bedroom 6 has an open fireplace with wonderful views to the front of the house. The shared Bathroom for these bedrooms has a polished granite tiled floor, underfloor heating, free standing bath with shower mixer over, WC and a pedestal basin. Bedroom 7 can be found further along the landing with a large shelved cupboard. The En Suite Bathroom has a panelled bath with a shower mixer, WC, bidet, pedestal wash basin, heated towel rail and a fireplace with a Victorian grate and Marble surround.

The Cellars extend beneath much of the ground floor, comprising a series of rooms connected by barrel vaulted brick "tunnels" including 2 wine cellars with brick bins, a Boiler Room with twin oil fired boilers and stores.

Staff Annexe
The staff annexe is connected to the main house and can either be accessed via the main house on the first floor or through its own external front door. On the ground floor there is a Sitting Room and Kitchen/Breakfast Room with oak block flooring, fitted units with a stainless steel sink, cooker, walk in larder and a further cool cupboard beyond. On the first floor are 3 bedrooms, a bathroom and generous storage areas which extend over the garaging and playroom/gym.

Gardens and Grounds
Horseheath Lodge is approached from the South, passing Lodge Cottage (Lot 4) and Jersey Cottages (Lot 5). The drive continues past post and rail fenced paddocks and mature woodland, before arriving at a large gravelled turning area flanked by the formal lawns at the front of the house. The back drive leads away from the house over an attractive brick bridge and continues to the road.

The gardens immediately surrounding the house consist mainly of wide lawns with a few herbaceous and shrub borders. The formal lawns predominantly lie to the south and west of the house, leading to the nearby woodland, creating a very tranquil setting. Beyond the house are commanding parkland views with a number of splendid mature trees including Wellingtonia and Oak.

Looking West, beyond the gravelled turning area to the front of the house lies an open lawn flanked by the back drive and post and rail fencing to one of the many paddocks. The sweeping lawns are studded with many fine trees including Oak, Lime, Maple and Pines. At the rear of the house, the lawn climbs to a recently installed grass Tennis Court, and continues to the woodland beyond.

The back drive forks with the primary spur leading on towards the main house and the other bears left and leads to The Farmhouse (Lot 3), Stable Yard and Flint Cottage (Lot 1). The drive continues to the back of the main house. A farm track leads past Flint Cottage to the entrance of the Walled Garden, a machinery/log store and a small brick agricultural building.

To the North East of the house, lies a newly restored brick and flint Walled Garden which is currently used as a productive kitchen garden, with plenty of beds and fruit cages growing seasonal vegetables and fruit and a large lean-to Greenhouse. The Walled Garden is also home to a recently planted Ornamental Garden with an array of shrubs and two formal lawns.


From the M25/South
Leave the M25 at Junction 27 and exit onto the M11 towards Harlow/Cambridge. At Junction 9 on the M11, take the A11 towards Newmarket. Signposted after 3 miles turn onto the A1307 Haverhill & Cambridge. At the roundabout, take the 3rd exit onto A1307 heading to Haverhill. Continue to follow the A1307 for about 4 miles passing through the village of Linton. After Linton the road divides into dual carriageway, after half a mile the entrance to Horseheath Lodge can be found on the left hand side, beyond a short slip road.

From the M11/North
Leave the M11 at Junction 10 and then at the roundabout take the first exit onto the A505. Continue over the next two roundabouts and the road merges with the A11. Remain in the left hand lane and proceed up the slip road onto the 'Fourwentways' roundabout taking the 3rd exit onto A1307 heading to Haverhill. Directions then as from the M25 south. Continue to follow the A1307 for about 4 miles passing through the village of Linton. After Linton the road divides into dual carriageway, after half a mile Horseheath Lodge can be found at a turning on the left hand side.

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