5 bedroom detached house for saleRenhold, Bedfordshire
Sold STC £1,600,000
- Entrance hall
- Four reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Utility room
- Five bedrooms (three en suite)
- Two bathrooms
- Mature garden and grounds
- Range of traditional farm buildings
- In all approximately 1.89 acres (0.765 Hectares)
The launch of Church Farm to the open market for the first time since 1953 provides a rare opportunity to acquire a stunning farmhouse, along with a rural residential development opportunity.
Church Farm enjoys a private position nestled next to the parish church and backing onto open farmland to the north. The farmhouse and buildings are approached over a private gravelled drive off Church End.
The farmhouse is Grade II Listed and is believed to date from the 17th century. The house was originally constructed of timber frame with pebbledash render under a tiled roof. In the mid 1970s the house underwent a full and extensive renovation which included the addition of a single storey extension to the rear. Whilst in need of some upgrading the house offers very comfortable family accommodation over two floors and is ideally suited for entertaining. The mature grounds surround the property on all sides and extend to just over 1.25 acres.
The traditional range of farm buildings lie to the south of the farmhouse and are Grade II Listed in their own right. Redundant for modern agricultural needs they have the benefit of full planning and Listed Building Consent for conversion into two four/five bedroom dwellings. The two conversions combined will offer approaching 5,300 sq ft of living accommodation. Both will benefit from their own private courtyards and grounds.
A viewing will be essential to fully appreciate the delightful setting of Church Farm and the development opportunity it offers.
A six panelled front door opens into the entrance hall with glazed door opening into the reception room, with exposed oak flooring along with brick fireplace with decorative painted mantelpiece. An inner hall runs through the middle of the house from where the stairs gently rise up to the first floor.
The generous sitting room lies on the eastern side of the house with attractive views across to the parish church.
The room benefits from a dual aspect and a pair of French doors open onto the front garden. The focal point of the room is the decorative open fireplace. The study also enjoys a dual aspect with views across to the church and the farm buildings.
Lying at the western end of the farmhouse is the dining room ideally suited for entertaining with polished oak flooring, decorative fireplace and French doors opening onto the raised paved terrace running along the front elevation.
A connecting door leads through to the kitchen/breakfast room equipped with a range of base and eye level units. Lying off the kitchen is the utility/boot room, and boiler room housing a Worcester Bosch oil fired boiler.
At the far end of the inner hall is the cloakroom which also doubles up as a bathroom, along with storage cupboard.
The master bedroom suite lies at the western end of the farmhouse and benefits from views over rolling farmland and across to the farm buildings. Lying in one corner is the walk-in dressing room and the other a bathroom suite. Adjoining is a further double bedroom with en suite bathroom.
Lying at the eastern end of the house is a further double bedroom enjoying views across to the church with en suite bathroom, along with two additional double bedrooms served by a family bathroom. The landing also allows access to a pair of airing cupboards, both fitted with slatted shelving.
Lying to the rear of the house is an outside gardeners cloakroom.
Garden & Grounds
Church Farm is approached over a gravelled drive which gently rises up to a large parking area lying to the south of the farmhouse. The left hand side of the drive is edged by an herbaceous border. To the right of the drive a lawn gently rises up to the northern boundary which is defined by clipped Leylandii hedge. In the middle of the lawn is a brick built ornamental fish pond, and a laurel hedge defines the eastern boundary along with mature horse chestnut trees.
A raised paved terrace runs along the front elevation with paved paths running along the eastern and western elevations and joining up with paved seating terrace lying to the rear of the house, which gives way to a further area of lawn. The main lawn lies to the west of the farmhouse and enjoys a high degree of privacy with mature clipped Leylandii hedge defining the boundaries. A herbaceous border runs along the eastern side and mature specimen trees edge the lawn including a line of copper beech, horse chestnut, yew and pear to name a few.
In the south west corner of the parking area and enclosed behind a yew hedge is a further lawned garden.
The traditional farm buildings lie to the south of the farmhouse and comprise a range of brick and timber barns centred around a concrete courtyard, formerly providing open yard, livestock pens, open fronted machinery stores, threshing barn and workshops.
The scheme has been designed to create two substantial barn conversions overlooking their own private courtyards, with additional private gardens and garaging.
Barns A and D
Forming a U shape Barn A is the former threshing barn which backs onto Church End, and has an attractive timber frame. Barn D adjoins and comprises a single storey range overlooking the courtyard. Combined the two barns will provide approximately 3,200 sq ft of gross internal accommodation and are shaded blue on the farm buildings floor plan.
Internally Barn A will provide part vaulted main reception room, along with cloakroom and office to the ground floor. A mezzanine first floor has been designed to accommodate two double bedroom suites. Within Barn D lies the kitchen which leads into the dining/breakfast room with bi-fold doors opening into the courtyard. Adjoining the kitchen is the utility room and at the northern end are two further bedrooms served by a family bathroom, along with study which could easily provide an additional bedroom if required.
Externally the courtyard will provide off road parking, access to a double garage, along with private garden both to the front and rear of Barn D.
Barns B and C
The barns sit at the back of the plot and will enjoy commanding views over its private courtyard and grounds. The conversion includes a mezzanine floor and will provide approximately 2,100 sq ft of gross internal accommodation shaded green on the farm buildings floor plan.
Internally the main accommodation is located on the ground floor with the heart of the barn being an open plan kitchen/living/dining room connected to a snug and cloakroom. The master bedroom suite lies at the western end along with staircase access to first floor double bedroom suites. At the eastern end are two further bedrooms served by a family bathroom.
Externally the barns will be approached over a sweeping drive which will run past the front garden and allow access to the double garage and off road parking. Lying closer to the barn will be a courtyard garden enjoying a westerly aspect.
Full planning permission was secured on the 13th May 2016 under application No. 16/00143/FUL with seven conditions attached. Listed Building Consent was also granted on the same date under application number 16/00144/LBC with twelve conditions attached. A copy of the permission and consent can be obtained from the agents or downloaded from the Bedford Borough Council website http://edrms.bedford.gov.uk/OpenDocument.aspx?id=vOtGeBvxLrR7v%2bUTuHMCug%3d%3d&name=16 00143 FUL DN.pdf
The village of Renhold is located to the north east of the county town of Bedford and provides a village shop/post office, a public house and a church. The area is very well served for schooling of all ages including the renowned Harpur Trust schools in Bedford and Kimbolton School. There is a lower school in Church End with middle school in Great Barford and upper school in Bedford.
The county town of Bedford provides a wider range of shopping and leisure facilities and the village enjoys good road access to the historic city of Cambridge and Milton Keynes. Bedford also benefits from a main line railway station with Midland Main Line Service to St Pancras International within 30 minutes. East Midlands service runs from the station providing a direct link into The City and onto Gatwick and the South Coast. The area is well served by road communications with A1, A6 and M1 junction 13 within a short travelling distance. Air travel is available locally at Luton with Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted airports slightly further afield.
From the A421 follow signs to Renhold. Proceed through the main part of the village and having negotiated the traffic lights you will arrive in Church End. The drive to Church Farm will appear on your right immediately having passed the Parish Church of All Saints.
Services: Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil fired central heating. Mains water and electricity are connected to some of the farm buildings.
Local Authority: Bedford Borough Council.
Tel: 01234 267422
Outgoings: Council Tax Band G
Viewing: Strictly by appointment through the sole agents Jackson-Stops & Staff. 1 Market Place, Woburn, MK17 9PZ. Tel - 01525 290 641
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