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6 bedroom farm house for sale
- DETACHED FAMILY HOME
- IMPRESSIVE WROUGHT IRON GATED ENTRANCE
- SWEEPING DRIVEWAY WITH PARKING FOR NUMEROUS VEHICL
- SIX BEDROOMS, THREE OF WHICH HAVE EN-SUITES
- FIVE RECEPTION ROOMS
- STUNNING FARMHOUSE STYLE KITCHEN
- SELF-CONTAINED ONE-BEDROOM ANNEXE
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 5581 SQ FT
Watching the woodpeckers in the trees or the family of hawks swooping above, the owners of Moat Cottage have relished the seclusion of their home and the rural tranquillity it has offered them.
The cottage they bought seven years ago, close to Newport Pagnell, has been extended and modernised to create an expansive, comfortable home where the family can really make the most of the fabulous setting.
My husband had a vision of what it would look like once it was finished - and he was right, it is superb, said one of the owners.
It's wonderful. Inside we have a comfortable home with lots of exposed beams and outside we can look out over trees and fields, and watch the horses.
At the heart of the house is a two bedroom, period cottage, which once had a moat running around it. The owners converted a nearby former agricultural building and then brought the two together to create a fabulous six bedroom home.
Later they went on to create a self-contained one bedroom annexe as well, complete with its own en suite bathroom, kitchen and sitting room/dining room.
This house has worked incredibly well for us. My parents lived in the annexe, which was great. There's a door, which meant they could come into the main house if they wished.
Equally, they had their privacy. They had their own drive and terrace so could entertain their own guests whenever they chose.
She added: We have six children so the main house, with all its space, has been perfect for us.
The large family has enjoyed being able to spread out through the house or come together for meals and leisure time.
We tend to live in our kitchen a lot, she admitted. There is a huge breakfast bar in there that can seat 10 people. This is where everyone congregates to eat before dispersing to their own rooms unless we have a proper family meal together in the dining room.
She went on: The drawing room is also a lovely room. We have a big, open fire in there so it's very cosy. I'll sit in there with my husband in the evenings or will sometimes spend time with the boys in the playroom at the other end of the house, where they can make lots of noise or watch their own DVDs.
Sunshine and Relaxation
Upstairs, bedrooms lead from the galleried landing. This is beautiful, I love the way you can walk all the way around it and can see the exposed beams, said the owner.
The master bedroom, with its en suite bathroom featuring an unusual, contemporary red shower booth, is particularly spacious.
I love this room and the shower, which is like a telephone box, is great - it's really different, she said. One of the other bedrooms has its own balcony. You can sit up there and catch the sunshine as you look out over the fields.
Set in two acres (stms), and with so much internal and external space, Moat Cottage has been perfect for entertaining, she continued.
This has been a great house for having lots of people in - you could invite 50 people and almost not know they were here because there are so many rooms, she said.
When we have parties outside, people spread out in the garden and fields. We have barbeques on the terrace in summer and bonfires in the winter. It has just been fantastic.
With two of the older children leaving home, and the owner's parents moving out of the annexe, she said the time had come to find a smaller property.
This has been a wonderful place to bring the children up. They have been able to go off and explore - it has given them a lovely life, she said.
I think we will miss the location and we will miss the house because we have built so much of it ourselves. We have loved it and I am sure another family will now enjoy it as much as we have.
On sunny afternoons, the owner and her children will often wander down to the nearby river, where there is a mill.
This is the Great Ouse, the fourth largest river in Britain, which is home to all sorts of water birds and has a history as one of the country's most important water ways.
It is so beautiful down there. It is a lovely place to have picnics, she said.
In the summer, the children paddle in the water and will have a go at fishing. Having access to the river has been one of the lovely things about living here.
There is a lot of history connected to the area around Newport Pagnell.
The town was first mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Neuport, which in Old English means New Market Town.
The suffix Pagnell came later when the manor passed into the hands of the Pagnell (Paynel) family.
There was once a Saxon manor house in the paddock behind us, said the owner of Moat Cottage.
Archaeologists also believe there was a moat running around the house once. When we carried out the building work they came to have a look at it.
As you enter the property via the impressive entrance hall with galleried staircase, there are various doors leading to a cloakroom, large drawing room, study and either another family room or a gym which is its current use. Stepping into the stunning farmhouse-style kitchen with its imposing centre island and views to both the front and rear of the house, you can then pass into the second wing of the home and are struck by the beautiful dining room with access to the annexe and inner lobby with second staircase to the first floor. Off the lobby there is a second sitting room or a perfect games room perhaps. All the rooms on the ground floor offer delightful views over the surrounding gardens.
Divided into two sections via separate staircases, the first floor offers split accommodation which is perfect for children or guests. The main staircase and galleried landing lead to the bulk of the bedrooms including a very spacious master with open plan dressing area and en-suite. Bedrooms 4 and 5, with family bathroom, complete the floor with another staircase leading to a loft room, ideal for children or as a hobby room. The second wing has bedrooms 2 and 3 each boasting their own en-suites and shared landing area.
Self Contained Annexe
This ground floor annexe is perfect for privacy from the main house but still accessible so not to feel too detached. With a Living/Dining area, Kitchen and bedroom with en-suite, this really is an ideal place for an elderly relative or teenager to have their own space, including access into the gardens.
Setting the Scene
As you approach the house via the long private road you begin to realise the size and beauty of this secluded family home. Offering very versatile living space coupled with the six bedrooms, self-contained annexe and stunning gardens truly makes this an all round family home.
The current owners have designed and built large parts of the house with family living in mind including a games room, multiple bathrooms, study and the all important gardens which are easily maintained or a brilliant space for the more creative gardener. Indeed, sitting in the sunshine in the pretty surrounds or chatting to friends on the terrace, the garden at Moat Cottage has been greatly enjoyed by the owners.
It is beautiful sitting out there and looking out over the fields. My husband hand-built a fantastic gazebo and because the garden is enclosed it was ideal when the children were really small.
Today some of the youngsters' play equipment is out in the field. Here they even have a zip wire, she explained.
There is such a lot of outdoor space. A new owner could possibly keep horses here or build a swimming pool. There is still so much potential.
WITHIN EASY REACH
The house is only a few minutes drive to junction 14 of the M1 and the historic town of Newport Pagnell with high street shops, pubs and restaurants. The centre of Milton Keynes is a 5-10 minute drive with vast shopping facilities, night life and a main line train station with direct links to Euston Station.
From the M1 motorway take the exit directing you towards Newport Pagnell. Follow the country road for approximately 3 miles until you reach a roundabout where you take the first exit onto the h3 road for half a mile. At the next roundabout turn left onto Willen Road and just before the hill turn left again following the road around as you pass numerous fields before seeing the signpost for moat cottage.
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