5 bedroom house for saleKings Mill Lane, Great Shelford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22
- 3,757 sq ft of accommodation
- 5 bedrooms
- impressive double length vaulted reception
- dining hall
- minstrel's gallery
- drawing room
- in all 0.31 of an acre
Charming extended Grade II listed period residence with versatile accommodation in delightful, picturesque waterside location
Willow End is situated in a picturesque riverside location tucked away by an historic mill at the end of a quiet no-through road, yet close to the heart of Great Shelford. This sought-after popular village provides a good variety of local shops for everyday needs including a butcher, Co-op and Tesco stores, award-winning deli, grocer, chemist, restaurants and public houses. The village is just 4 miles to the south of the high tech University City of Cambridge. There is a direct cycle path alongside farmland and the railway to Addenbrookes Hospital and the newly established Medi-Park to the south of the City and onto Cambridge Station.
There is a primary school in the village and further schooling for all age groups in the area including notable independent schools in Cambridge such as St Faiths, The Perse CoEd, The Stephen Perse, King's College and St John's prep schools, The Leys and St Mary's.
For the commuter, there are regular train services from Great Shelford station leading to both Cambridge and London Liverpool Street stations. Services to King's Cross are also available from Cambridge station.
Cambridge is a beautiful city with immense cultural heritage and comprehensive shopping and recreational facilities including the recently completed Grand Arcade shopping mall. The M11 is just 3 miles away (Junction 11) which leads south to the M25 and London and north to the A14 which connects with the A1/M1 and M6. Stansted Airport is 24 miles to the south situated off Junction 8 of the M11.
This is a unique period residence - much larger than expected with three "wings" providing really versatile accommodation over two floors. Principally of weather boarded elevations with dormer windows beneath a part thatched, part pantiled roof, the property has been extended over the years to make the most of this idyllic situation alongside the River Cam. Grade II listed as being of historic and architectural interest, the mix of the ancient and more modern accommodation with independently accessed bedrooms offers versatility for a variety of uses as required.
The side hall leads to a vast, vaulted double reception room serving as a dining hall and sitting room either side of a central painted brick fireplace. With a tiled floor and exposed timber frame, the high dormers allow light to flood this space. The adjoining kitchen and conservatory overlook the gardens and there is a staircase to the minstrel's gallery and guest bedroom beyond. To the left of the entrance hall are a shower/utility room, cloaks, butler's pantry and a side door (providing independent external access to this side of the property). At the far end, stairs to the right lead to the master suite and there is a door to the drawing room. This is a delightful triple aspect addition to the property and provides a tranquil space away from the main accommodation with French door to the garden and a central fireplace with painted surround. The master suite of bedroom with superb river views, fitted cupboards and an en suite bathroom with twin wash basins is approached from the previously mentioned staircase.
To the far side of the main reception room is the "Thatched North Wing" - here there are a charming suite of timber framed rooms which can be configured to suit and could provide annexe accommodation if required. At present, there is a reception hall/studio providing an alternative main entrance to the property through double doors to the vaulted reception room with double doors to the front aspect as well as to the rear garden. Steps lead through an ancient oak door down to a snug/family room with turning stairs to bedroom 3, and access to a rear hall with a ground floor bathroom, adjoining fifth bedroom and a spiral staircase to bedroom 4.
Willow End is the last property on the right at the far end of Kings Mill Lane (a private road). It is situated opposite Kings Mill itself and enjoys an idyllic setting adjoining the River Cam, wi th plenty of parking. A shingle drive to the front of the property (see note below) provides private parking for at least two cars and access to the front doors.
The informal private waterside gardens wrap around the house with lawns, flowers and shrubs. There are various places to sit - including a terrace beside the drawing room - enjoying the southerly aspect overlooking the river, the water meadows and woodland beyond the opposite bank and the lovely paddock to the rear. The river frontage - with riparian rights - extends alongside the house and garden.
The whole site extends to approximately 0.31 of an acre.
The area to the front of the property does not officially form part of the curtilage of the house but has been maintained and tended by the owners of Willow End and the access and parking area are subject to appropriate rights and easements.
Square Footage: 3,757 sq ft
Acreage: 0.31 Acres
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