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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Willow Lodge, Bull Bridge, Upwell

Guide Price £650,000

Property Description

Key features

  • A Double Gabled Modern Family Home Set in Outstanding Gardens and Grounds
  • Offering Reception Room, Sitting Room, Study and Conservatory
  • Five Bedrooms, Two En-Suites and a Family Bathroom
  • Separate Studio Accommodation with further potential to extend
  • Gym, Floodlit Tennis Court, a Double and Triple Garage
  • Benefiting from Private Riverside Mooring with Decked Jetty Facility
  • Manicured Private Lawns, Gardens and Grounds of circa 2.17 Acres (STMS)
  • The Accommodation extends to 5,965 Sq ft

Full description

Willow Lodge is a large and impressive property sitting in West Norfolk fenland beside the Popham's Eau. This river is part of a wonderful labyrinth of navigable waterways, some the original river courses such as the Nene and the Great Ouse, and some manmade cuts, all the result of the draining of this fertile land centuries ago. There is a free, thirty-five foot mooring on the Popham's Eau, down the bank from the garden, which means you have access to miles and miles of boating to, say, March and Peterborough, or Cambridge and Ely.

Well set back from the road and approached through a wide gateway within mature trees, the buff-coloured house with extensive terracotta pantile roofs, stands proudly behind a sweeping, gravel, carriage driveway, a pretty cedar in the centre. Its adjacent complex of garages, and self-contained annex - complete with gym - above, mimmick the style of the house and add to the impressiveness of the property. The glazed front porch ahead leads you into the original part - the old cottage ? which was built to some religious principles with the front facing west and the back facing east. Either side, newly created gable-ended wings envelop the smaller heart of the house forming a very substantial property indeed.

Inside, you immediately feel this is a home of warmth, comfort, full of natural light and very spacious. To the left of the entrance hallway, with the timber carpeted stairs on the right, is a lovely, welcoming kitchen. The cream fitted kitchen is high quality bespoke and features a soft pinkish-toned marble for worktops. A double, stainless steel, under-counter sink with a brushed stainless steel mixer tap over, sits under a wide window overlooking the side of the property. Another huge window faces the front drive allowing in plenty of natural light. The impressive Leisure range-cooker with an electric double oven and ceramic hob, stands within a recess suggesting a chimney breast, all built with attractive, exposed, reclaimed bricks from one of the old barns. Decorative ceiling timbers are a feature, which continues in the main reception room and the second sitting room, and add to the homely feeling of a farmhouse kitchen.

Also overlooking the front of the property, but at the far end of the entrance hall, in the other southern ?wing', is a wonderful, almost thirty-foot long reception room. Fully carpeted, and featuring an unusual style of inglenook fireplace, with archways within the red brick either side, and a striking cast iron hood, it is a beautiful, spacious living area with double doors opening into a fully-glazed conservatory at the back.

Upstairs, the huge bedrooms are all fitted with wall-to-wall carpeting and extensive cupboards and wardrobes. The master bedroom is an L-shaped room in the southern wing, with a window overlooking the front, and an en suite shower room. The bedroom behind the master has a washbasin and vanity unit within the fitted cupboards, all neatly concealed. Another bedroom at the back, but in the other wing, has a vast en suite accommodating not only a bath but also a sauna; the space is certainly impressive.

Outside, the grounds are immense, the plot occupying about two acres. As well as a large vegetable garden with a greenhouse, there is also the tennis court and a big naturalistic pond; there are different cultivated areas for sitting, wandering through and admiring, including a lovely pergola blanketed with a white rose and other climbers. When they first purchased the land there was a solitary willow tree in the middle, hence the name Willow Lodge.

The location has good links via road and rail to cities and other parts of the country. Downham Market is 10 minutes drive away which has a direct rail link to London, and March is about fifteen minutes with trains to Peterborough and Stansted Airport. Huntingdon is about thirty minutes down the road by car.

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25 July 2016


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