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6 bedroom detached house for sale

HOUGHTON, Cambridgeshire


Property Description

Key features

  • Stunning Grade II Listed Home
  • Six Bedrooms
  • Orangery & Conservatory
  • Kitchen Breakfast Room
  • Many Period Features
  • Luxury Master Bedroom Suite
  • Tennis Court
  • Double Garage With Studio Above
  • Mature Grounds Of 1.25 Acres
  • Grade II Listed

Full description

Located in one of the area's most sought after residential roads, this beautifully presented Grade II Listed Queen Anne house offers over 5,000 sq ft of immaculately refurbished accommodation and stands in secluded landscaped grounds of around 1.25 acres. The Miller's House dates in part to the late 17th Century and was the former home of Potto Brown, a renowned miller and village philanthropist, who managed the water flour mill in Houghton. The property has been carefully restored to a very high standard and retains a wealth of original and reclaimed features, including an impressive original spindle staircase, cast iron radiators and elegant bay and casement windows with deep sills. The house offers six double bedrooms and four reception rooms along with a kitchen breakfast room, conservatory and orangery. A gated entrance opens to an extensive gravel driveway and double garage with a studio over. The mature landscaped grounds offer a high degree of privacy and include a fully enclosed tennis court.

This beautifully renovated and restored six-bedroom Grade II Listed family home, which dates back to the 17th century and is steeped in history, is located along a sought-after road in the attractive riverside village of Houghton. Set in landscaped and secluded gardens of approximately one and a quarter acres, which include a hard tennis court and a summer house, the property also has a detached double garage with a studio above.

“We came across the Miller’s House by chance,” remember the Darnells. “We were biking along Thicket Road one day and noticed what appeared to be a run-down and uninhabited looking old house; there was no ‘for sale’ sign at the time, so we thought little more of it. However, several months later, we spotted an advertisement for an open day at the house in a property magazine. We decided to attend and were taken aback by the sheer size and character of the house; we saw that it had the potential to be restored to provide a wonderful family home, and we finally purchased the property over the August Bank Holiday, 1993.”

“Tragically, the property suffered a fire in 1994 and extensive reconstruction was needed to restore many of the original features,” explain the Darnells. “However, it also gave us the opportunity to incorporate our own ideas. The ground floor living accommodation now comprises three reception rooms plus an orangery and a large conservatory, as well as a breakfast kitchen with an adjoining utility room. The kitchen leads out into a courtyard, which for us is one of the nicest parts of the garden, where we enjoy afternoon tea and bask in the sun. The garden has also been the venue for many barbecues and rounders’ matches, while in 2008, we hosted our daughter’s wedding reception in a large marquee on the lawn.”

“The village of Houghton has good amenities and an excellent primary school, while transport is provided to all senior schools including the private school Kimbolton,” continue the Darnells. “Houghton is a good base for walking and biking, including to the neighbouring towns of Huntingdon and St Ives; Huntingdon station has commuter services into London Kings Cross. The village also has easy access to Cambridge and Peterborough. Houghton is an active community with a tennis club and a cricket club, while highlights of the year include the summer Feast Week and the free Christmas Lights night when there are carols, a fair, food and a visit from Santa.”

“Houghton has the added attraction of the National Trust’s Houghton Mill, which is a lovely water mill spanning the River Ouse. One of the millers, Potto Brown, is commemorated by a statue on the village square; he was well regarded as a philanthropist, who amongst other things established schools in Houghton and Wyton, St Ives and elsewhere. Potto Brown lived in the Miller’s House, so this house has some significance in the history of the village.”

“We will miss every part of the house – it has been a truly amazing family home,” conclude the Darnell family.

Main Hall - Hardwood door to:
Split level original brick floor in herringbone pattern. Ornate cornice to ceiling. Wood panelled wall with dado rail. Original spindle staircase to first and second floor landings. Wall lights. Traditional radiator.

Drawing Room - 6.02m x 5.82m - Bay sash window overlooking garden and leaded window to front aspect. Feature open fireplace with exposed brickwork and brick hearth. Exposed timber floor. Exposed timbers. Glazed door to:

Conservatory - 8.99m x 3.71m - Of glass and brick construction with French doors to paved terrace, glass roof and window openings to three sides. Brick flooring. Two ceiling fans.

Music Room - 5.82m x 5.44m - Bay sash window to front aspect. Exposed timber floor. Original cast iron fireplace with timber mantle over. Original exposed timbers and cornice to ceiling. Traditional radiator.

Orangery - 5.23m x 3.76m - Atrium roof with windows to side and front aspects and French doors to terrace. Ornate cornicing. Attractive brick floor. Steps up to panelled door to:

Rear Hall - Door to outside paved courtyard. Dado rail. Decorative panelling and cornice. Brick floor.

Cloakroom - Window to side aspect. Two piece suite comprising low level WC and inset hand wash basin with cabinet under. Tongue and groove panelling to dado height. Brick floor. Cornice to ceiling.

Sitting Room - 6.58m x 4.14m - Two windows to side aspect and window to rear aspect overlooking the courtyard. Cornice to ceiling. Brick floor. Exposed timbers to ceiling. Inset ceiling lights. Traditional radiator.

Inner Hall - Steps up to half glazed door to garden. Brick floor. Tongue and groove panelling to dado height. Wall lights.

Cloakroom/Wc - Window to rear aspect. Tongue and groove panelling to dado height. Cornice to ceiling. Two piece suite comprising low level WC and hand wash basin with cabinet under.

Dining Room - 5.87m x 3.43m - Two deep multi-pane windows to rear aspect. Exposed timber floor. Cornice to ceiling. Exposed timbers to ceiling. Wall lights.

Kitchen Breakfast Room - 9.07m x 6.02m - Windows to side aspects overlooking gardens. Exposed timbers to ceiling. Fitted with a range of handmade reclaimed pine base and wall mounted units including drawers, glass display units and shelves, with oak work surfaces over. Butler sink with Corian double cut drainer. Double oven with four ring gas hob and extractor canopy over. Cupboard with space and plumbing for dishwasher. Full height cupboard with space for fridge freezer. Inset ceiling lights. Breakfast area with brick built open fireplace with exposed brickwork and hearth. Wall lights.

Rear Lobby - Brick floor. Exposed timbers and panelling. Dado and picture rail. Traditional radiator. Door to:

Utility Room - 2.74m x 2.18m - Window to rear aspect. Matching reclaimed pine base and wall mounted units including a tall storage cupboard. Oak work surfaces. Butler sink with Corian double cut drainer. Housing and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Exposed timbers to ceiling. Down lights. From the Utility Room the panelled lobby leads out to the courtyard with an outside Boiler/Cloakroom housing three boilers and a mega flow water cylinder.

First Floor Landing - Sash window to front elevation. Split level landing with wall panelling and lights. Cornice to ceiling. Stairs to second floor landing. Traditional radiator.

Master Bedroom - 6.78m x 5.74m - Large dormer windows to rear courtyard and back garden. Feature vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers. Ornate cast iron fireplace with tiled surround. Down-lights. Traditional radiator. Door to:

En Suite Bathroom - Three piece suite in white with traditional fittings comprising cast iron enamel roll top bath with claw feet, mixer tap and shower attachment, low level WC and pedestal hand wash basin. Exposed pine floor. Door to:

Wet Room - 3.84m x 1.96m - Window to side elevation. Large 6' wet room area. Centrally heated towel rail.

Bedroom Two - 4.42m x 3.68m - Two windows to rear elevation. Cornice to ceiling. Hatch to loft space. Raised door to:

Store/Hobbies Room - 5.69m x 2.64m - Restricted head height. Fully carpeted. Radiator.

Bathroom - Two windows to rear elevation. Four piece suite in white comprising cast iron enamel roll top bath with traditional fittings and claw feet, mixer taps and shower attachment, WC with high cistern, bidet and pedestal hand wash basin. Exposed pine floor. Centrally heated towel rail. Inset ceiling lights. Cornice to ceiling.

Galleried Second Floor Land - Wall panels and cornice to ceiling. Traditional radiator.

Bedroom Three - 6.25m x 5.18m - Sash window to front elevation. Original cast iron fireplace. Cornice to ceiling.

Bedroom Four - 5.59m x 5.13m - Sash window to front elevation. Original cast iron fireplace. Cornice to ceiling.

Top Landing -

Bedroom Five - 6.22m x 4.19m - Window to front elevation. Hatch to loft space. Traditional radiator.

Bedroom Six - 5.79m x 4.50m - Windows to front and rear elevations. Hatch to loft space. Traditional radiator.

Outside - Fully paved terrace and walled sun trap courtyard with timber gates opening onto the extensive gravelled driveway leading to the garage block. The drive is accessed via twin remote controlled gates with intercom and provides extensive parking and turning for several cars, and has further double gates leading to the rear garden. The mature private gardens have a paved terrace with retaining walls, expansive formal lawns with well stocked borders and shaped flower beds. A variety of broadleaf and evergreen trees including oak, cedar and magnolia provide an excellent degree of seclusion and privacy. There is an attractive ornamental pond with a fountain. A summerhouse with lattice windows which is power and light connected makes an excellent entertainment area. There is also a brick built potting shed.

Tennis Court - Fully fenced floodlit tennis court.

Double Garage - 5.49m x 4.11m - Two sets of double timber doors. Brick built with pitch roof. Power and light connected. Pedestrian door to lobby with cloakroom comprising low level WC and hand wash basin and spiral staircase leading up to:

Studio - 5.41m x 3.53m - Two Velux windows to side and front elevations. Sink with drainer. Wall lights.

Agents Notes - Mains gas connected
Built 17th Century
Grade II Listed
Council Tax Band: H

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04 August 2016


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