4 bedroom detached house for saleMAULDEN, Bedfordshire
- 18th Century Thatched Cottage
- Period Features
- Separate Dining Room
- Four Bedrooms
- Double Garage
- Well-Served Village Location
- Open Field Views
- Grade II Listed
This charming thatched home is located in the sought after and very well served village of Maulden, boasting a convenience store, public houses and well-regarded schooling. There are period features throughout the property including exposed beams and open fireplaces. The versatile accommodation includes two ground floor bedrooms, one with en suite, family bathroom, sitting room with vaulted ceilings, dining room, large study, kitchen and two further bedrooms on the first floor. Set in mature gardens of approximately a third of an acre which surround the property with open fields to the rear. There is a large double garage with workshop and office above.
This picture perfect thatched cottage sits in a beautiful location on the fringes of the much sought after village of Maulden, in the heart of rural Bedfordshire. Around forty years ago, after the house had fallen into a severe state of disrepair, it was purchased by the husband of the current owner, who went on to spend twelve years painstakingly restoring it to its former glory. It is now a beautifully presented family home that is bursting with character and charm.
"My husband was an architect," says Jenny, "and he was definitely looking for a project when he came across Pennyfathers Cottage. It was almost derelict at the time with no heating, no mains drainage, decaying thatch the list goes on. Over the twelve years of restoration he did the majority of the work himself, and I have to say he did the most beautiful job. Its now a really cosy and comfortable home thats filled with beautiful period features."
"While renovating the house, he also built the garage," continues Jenny. "It has a workshop at the back and an office on the first floor. We actually toyed with the idea of turning it into a granny annex as it has both plumbing and electrics, but that could be a future project for the new owners, should they so desire."
This lovely home is enveloped by around a third of an acre of grounds, which back onto open farmland. "The garden at the rear of the house faces south and is therefore very sunny," says Jenny, "and secluded. Its mainly laid to lawn, but we do have a nice patio area and weve created flowerbeds to give colour throughout the seasons. Its a lovely place to just sit and enjoy the surroundings."
Favourite room: "One of the nicest rooms in the house is the sitting room," says Jenny. "It has a beautiful vaulted ceiling, a big fireplace and weve decorated it using warm tones. Its an incredibly cosy room and extremely light and bright when the sunshine is streaming through the French windows."
Favourite aspect of the grounds or surrounding area: "Maulden itself has two pubs and a Co-operative store, and nearby Clophill is a lovely village with a convenience store, two pubs, an excellent Italian restaurant and a Post Office," says Jenny, "but on a day-to-day basis I generally head into Ampthill. Its a small town with a Waitrose, a very good butchers shop, a bank, numerous hairdressers, antique shops everything one needs, and its only a short drive away."
Memorable event (if not another favourite room or unique feature): "The cottage has a very nice feeling of space throughout," says Jenny, "and it has been a great house for parties. Over the years weve had some tremendous get-togethers with family and friends."
What theyll miss most / why they are leaving: "Memories go with you," says Jenny, "but its the character of this house that I shall miss the most. It will be a terrible wrench to leave, but it would be lovely to think of another family growing up here and enjoying all that it has to offer."
Porch - Solid oak door to front aspect. Built in storage cupboard.
Entrance Hall - Original quarry tiled flooring and exposed original beams and pine ceiling.
Kitchen - 3.73m x 3.40m (12'2" x 11'1") - Window to rear aspect. Hand made pine kitchen comprising a substantial range of floor and wall mounted units incorporating a one and half bowl sink unit with mixer tap over and additional cupboard under, solid pine work surfaces, waist high double electric oven and four ring induction hob with extractor canopy over. Space for a washing machine and dishwasher. Exposed original beamed ceiling and under unit lighting. Original quarry tiled flooring and pine built breakfast bar. Radiator.
Living Room - 5.23m x 4.06m (17'1" x 13'3") - Windows to side and rear aspects with French doors opening to rear aspect. Wall lights. TV point. Open fireplace with exposed brick surround and brick hearth. Exposed beams and vaulted ceiling. Two radiators.
Dining Room - 4.77m x 4.04m (15'7" x 13'3") - Window to front aspect. Feature inglenook fireplace with inset grate, copper canopy and exposed brick surround. Original quarry tiled floor. Exposed original beams and wall lighting. Radiator.
Ground Floor Bathroom - Obscure window to the rear aspect. A five piece suite comprising panelled bath, separate shower cubicle, low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin and bidet. Tiled splashbacks. Exposed beams.
Study - 4.16m x 3.40m (13'7" x 11'1") - Window to side aspect. Pine panelled ceiling with spot lighting. Integrated work station and latch door leading to Guest Bedroom.
Master Bedroom - 4.80m x 4.14m (15'8" x 13'6") - Windows to front and side aspects. Extensive range of hand made integrated wardrobes. Original exposed beams. Wall lighting.
Guest Bedroom - 4.16m x 2.51m (13'7" x 8'2") - Windows to side and rear aspects. Pine panelled ceiling. Radiator.
En Suite - Obscure window to rear aspect. Fitted with a three piece suite comprising shower enclosure, low level WC and pedestal wash hand basin. Tiled splashbacks. Original brick flooring. Radiator.
First Floor -
Bedroom Four - 4.95m x 4.47m (16'2" x 14'7") -
Bedroom Three - 4.75m x 4.47m (15'7" x 14'7") - Windows to front and rear elevations. Exposed beams. Radiator.
Outside - There is an attractive wrap around garden laid mainly to lawn with shaped curved borders containing a variety of plants, shrubs and bushes. Extensive paved patio area enclosed by hedging and providing gated side access. To the side of the property the garden is laid mainly to lawn with a variety of shrubs and bushes. Greenhouse. Mature trees. The gardens are enclosed by picket fencing and well-tended hedging. To the front there is shingled off road parking for numerous vehicles, an original working well and a lawn area enclosed by low level brick walling and hedging.
Workshop - 4.11m x 2.36m (13'5" x 7'8") -
Double Garage (Potential Annexe) - 6.27m x 5.51m (20'6" x 18'0") - Double width garage with timber door, power and light connected. This could be converted to create an annexe subject to planning conditions.
Wc - Fitted with a low level WC.
Office - 8.43m x 3.55m (27'7" x 11'7") - Three double glazed Velux windows. Two wall mounted heaters. Eaves storage. Recessed ceiling spotlights.
Agents Notes - Built circa 1700
Grade II Listed
Council Tax Band G
Gas fired radiator central heating
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