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8 bedroom detached house for sale

West Wratting Road, Balsham, Cambridge, CB21

Sold STC £2,250,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6,783 sq ft of accommodation
  • 4 receptions
  • 8 bedrooms
  • delightful mature gardens
  • in all 2.04 acres
  • kitchen
  • breakfast room
  • pantry, larder & utility
  • extensive cellars

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A substantial Grade II listed former Rectory renovated to a high standard


Sutton Hall is situated at the eastern end of the attractive village of Balsham. There are good facilities in the village including a well regarded butchers, a village shop/post office, historic parish church and primary school. Further local facilities are found within nearby Linton. Comprehensive cultural, recreational and shopping facilities are available in the centre of Cambridge 10 miles to the west. There is secondary schooling at Linton Village College together with Hills & Long Road sixth form colleges in Cambridge and renowned independent schools in both Cambridge and Saffron Walden.

For the commuter there is ready access to the west of Balsham onto the A11 dual carriageway which leads south to the M11 (Junctions 9a & 10 - via the A505) and north to the A14. Mainline rail services are available from Whittlesford station in to London Liverpool Street Station together with services from Cambridge to Liverpool Street and Kings Cross. Stansted Airport is 27 miles to the south accessed via the M11 (Junction 8). The M25 and central London are 41 & 61.5 miles away respectively.


Sutton Hall is a substantial former rectory in Tudor gothic style with brick and knapped flint elevations under steeply pitched tiled roofs. Dating back to 1839-42, the house was built on the site of an earlier building. The architect, J. Wild, was an exponent of the high Victorian movement of architecture although little is known of his other works. The house was comprehensively restored and refurbished in 2008/9 with great sensitivity towards retaining its period feel and original features. Works included complete re-wiring, the installation of a high quality multi zoned heating system which includes thermostatically controlled electric underfloor heating beneath the extensive original flagged stone floors to part of the ground floor, replacement and installation of new bathrooms and a kitchen.

Part-glazed double doors open into an entrance lobby which leads into the main & staircase halls which have flag stone floors and a beautiful sweeping staircase leading to the upper floors. To the left is the original dining room, now used as a large reception room, with three tall windows overlooking the gardens to the front and an open fireplace. The drawing room faces west and has a deep bay with French doors to the garden and an open fireplace with marble surround. From the flag stone floored inner hall, with original maid's bells, there is a family or TV room, two cloakrooms, one with a large shower and a separate utility room. At the far end is a study with open fireplace and access down to the extensive cellars which include ample built in wine storage.

The well fitted kitchen with Lacanche range cooker, granite work surfaces and space for an American style fridge is found beyond the large breakfast room with original dresser, breakfast bar overlooking the garden and a Clearview wood burning stove together with access to the secondary staircase to the first and second floors.

At first floor level the main staircase rises further to the southern end of the house to two large bedrooms, a well fitted dressing room and a characterful bathroom with large shower, free standing roll top bath set centrally at the end of the room in a glazed bay. The second of the two bedrooms at this end of the house has been used as a sitting room/library with lovely views towards the church and was perhaps formerly a pair of rooms, the southern end being top lit by a large dormer window.

The rest of the first floor comprises three bedrooms, a dressing room, a bathroom and a shower room. The dressing room has built-in bespoke units and can be accessed from either of the adjacent bedrooms. To the far end a further door leads to the secondary staircase which leads down to the breakfast room and up to the second floor where there are two small bedrooms and one large together with a plant room housing the pressurised hot water cylinder, a deep glazed sink and units. All of the upstairs rooms have polished original floor boards and, in common with the ground floor, have good ceiling heights and fireplaces, deep skirtings and original doors.

The house is set within a secluded site of around two acres backing onto the historic parish church.

The property is approached through tall brick pillars which lead into a shingle drive which winds through a mature tree belt and leads up to the front of the house where there is a deep parking area. To the front of the house is a large expanse of lawn with further parking beyond providing a high degree of privacy for the house. The drive continues around to the outbuildings of brick and flint construction providing garaging for a number of cars, a plant room housing the industrial oil fired central heating boiler, a water softener and fuel stores. The rest of the grounds back onto the churchyard, are partly walled with box hedging, a large beech tree and further planting together with a paved terrace. Within the grounds there is a further restored outbuilding or Bothy with brick elevations which houses a wood store and a garden room, with open fireplace, wood burning stove and a sink.

In all 2.04 acres.

Square Footage: 6,783 sq ft
Acreage: 2.04 Acres


From London proceed north up the M11 taking junction 9, the A11 exit. Continue on the A11 and take the second exit signposted Balsham and Fulbourn. At the top of the slip road turn right and proceed for about 3 miles to Balsham. Continue through the village onto West Wratting Road and the entrance to Sutton Hall will be seen on the left hand side.

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21 June 2016

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