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2 bedroom detached house for sale

ICKWELL, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire


Property Description

Key features

  • Thatched 17th Century Cottage
  • Grade II Listed
  • Two Bedrooms
  • Two Reception Rooms
  • Kitchen Breakfast Room
  • Seperate Dining Room
  • Enclosed Garden
  • Outdoor Entertaining Area
  • Sought after Village
  • Excellent Transport Links

Full description

Beautiful thatched cottage in lovely sought after village. Dating back to the 1600's it has character and charm, with surprisingly high ceilings and great sized gardens. Set at the end of the village, with great commuter links, it is only a 15 minute drive to mainline stations and very convenient to the A1, yet in a quiet and peaceful location. The property includes two double bedrooms, the main with walk in wardrobe and lovely en suite. There is an eat in kitchen with Rayburn, Butler sink, dishwasher, plus a very useful utility room with built in storage. There is also a sitting room with feature fireplace and a separate formal dining room. Large enclosed gardens wrap around the property with reclaimed brick feature walls and includes a 'Bali' thatched breeze hut and outdoor entertaining area and off street parking for two cars.

Ickwell can be easily described as a quintessential English village. It is very pretty, has a rural setting, a charming mix of properties, a village green and a pub and here, nestled quietly in the village, is this delightful thatched cottage, built in the 1600s.

It was the location of the village which attracted Emily to view the cottage. She knew the wider area well, but desired a property in a rural location, but within easy distance of a main line station, together with a fast journey time into Kings Cross, and Ickwell was perfect. Close by is Biggleswade which has the essential railway station offering a fast journey time into the capital. In addition, the small market town also has everything required from supermarkets, gyms and sports facilities to good schools. The Shuttleworth Collection is very close in which vintage aircraft and cars are on display and often, summer concerts, are held in its grounds. In addition, Ickwell is an active, friendly, village in which many social events take place in the village hall.

It was not hard to fall immediately in love with the cottage. Its position in the village was ideal and it could be described as the perfect chocolate box cottage. Built in the 1600s, it has been well maintained throughout the years, with each and every enhancement sympathetically blending with the character of the cottage. An entirely appropriate extension had also been added and I could move in immediately and enjoy everything around. It has such a welcoming environment and its convenient location creates the perfect venue for relaxed suppers in my atmospheric dining room.

On a cold winters day, there is nowhere I would rather be than to be tucked up in the reception room, sitting in front of a glowing fire in the inglenook. It is such a warm, cosy and welcoming room. All my visitors like to linger in here.

My house is surrounded by its garden, which is extremely quiet and peaceful. I have created a cottage style garden and its perfumes and colours are quite lovely. It is also a space in which I like to enjoy al fresco dining with my friends. I also have a small gazebo to which I like to retire with the morning papers and a coffee, whenever possible.

Although a traditional cottage, it is bright and sunny and features a glass atrium which connects the old with the new, thus enabling light to flood the ground floor.

I will miss so many things about living in this lovely cottage and village. I will especially miss the garden but my experience of living here has been highly fulfilling and extremely happy.

Kitchen - 3.51m x 3.36m (11'6" x 11'0") - Two multi pane windows. Cream painted base and wall mounted units with plate rack. Antique larder cupboard and wine rack. Granite work surfaces with inset Butler sink with mixer tap and cut drainer. Oil Rayburn set in inglenook fireplace. Exposed timbers to vaulted ceiling and walls and exposed brickwork. Quarry flagstone floor. Wooden door and step down to:

Sitting Room - 3.38m x 3.63m (11'1" x 11'10") - Multi pane window. Vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers to walls and ceiling. Brick fireplace housing wood burning stove with timber bressumer over and slate hearth. Radiator.

Hall - Exposed brick floor. Exposed timbers to walls and ceiling. Radiator.

Utility Room - 1.80m x 2.20m (5'10" x 7'2") - Multi pane window. Space for washing machine with wood worksurface over and inset Butler sink with mixer tap and cut drainer. Tall built in cupboard and wall mounted storage cupboards.

Family Bathroom - 2.84m x 2.12m (9'3" x 6'11") - Claw foot freestanding bath with shower attachment. Exposed timbers to walls and ceiling. High level WC. Marble sink inset in cabinet. Separate shower unit. Two radiators.

Dining Room - 3m x 3.38m (9'10" x 11'1") - Multi pane window. Vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers to walls and ceiling. High skirting boards. Radiator. Open to glass link with full height windows with hexagonal patterned lead inserts leading to:

Hallway - Two timber doors leading to the garden.

Bedroom Two - 3.35m x 2.09m (10'11" x 6'10") - Multi pane window. Hatch to loft space. Radiator.

Master Bedroom - 3.08m x 3.80m (10'1" x 12'5") - Two multi pane windows. Timber door to walk in wardrobe. Vaulted ceiling.

En Suite - 1.53m x 2.37m (5'0" x 7'9") - Multi pane window. Three piece suite comprising of low level WC with concealed cistern, hand wash basin with mixer tap, set in cabinet and corner shower cubicle with mosaic tiles. High ladder towel rail. Extractor fan.

Outside - Gravel parking area. Garden laid mainly to lawn surrounding the property, with block paved and gravel paths. Thatch breeze Bali hut and outdoor entertaining area. There are mature borders with shrubs, a herb garden and a functional lamppost. The gardens are secluded and fully enclosed with hedging and fences.

Agents Notes - Grade II listed
Built circa 1600s
Conservation area
Oil boiler
Thatch ridge redone 5 years ago
Council Tax Band: E
Central Bedfordshire Council

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Listing History

Added on Rightmove:
18 May 2016


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