6 bedroom detached house for saleGRAVELEY, St Neots, Cambridgeshire
Sold STC £1,500,000
- Striking Victorian Home
- Over 5600 Square Feet
- Beautifully Presented
- Period Features
- Three Reception Rooms
- Six Bedrooms, Four En Suites
- Study & Library / Bedroom Seven
- Generous & Mature Grounds
- Peaceful Village
- Excellent Access To Cambridge & London
Full descriptionThis striking Victorian home has been sympathetically extended to offer over 5600 square feet of beautifully presented accommodation. The Old Rectory is located in this peaceful village, with central Cambridge just a 30 minute drive, whist nearby St. Neots offers excellent amenities under 15 minutes away, including commuter rail services into London. The sweeping gravel drive and turning circle reveals the striking front façade and generous grounds which surround the property. The grand hall is a fitting entrance and offers access to three reception rooms, kitchen breakfast room and utility. The six bedrooms located on the first floor are all a good size, four of which are served by recently refitted en suites. There is a library and study on the second floor. The south facing rear gardens are well stocked and lead to a pond with a covered seating area, and numerous mature trees and large lawns.
Beautifully framed by the rolling Cambridgeshire countryside is the picturesque village of Graveley and in a prime location, not far from the centre, is The Old Rectory, a handsome Victorian family home that is enveloped by an acre-and-a-half of glorious grounds. "When we first happened upon The Old Rectory just over thirteen years ago, I have to say it was in a pretty poor state," says Andy, "but nevertheless we fell in love with it straight away as it was just the type of house wed always dreamed of owning; a handsome Victorian former rectory, set within gorgeous sprawling grounds."
"In terms of the renovation, we hit it hard in the first few years as it needed a huge amount doing to it just to get it habitable and up to modern standards. From the top to the bottom, inside and out, weve pretty much done everything, but all the work has been done to an extremely high standard. Weve also tried to do everything in a sympathetic manner; its by no means a museum piece but, wherever possible, weve reinstated features that had been removed, and the dcor weve chosen is very much in keeping with the style of the building. Its been a project that weve thoroughly enjoyed and its been wonderful to see the house come back to life."
"Id describe the garden as very beautiful, but at the same time an interesting space," continues Andy. "When the church owned the property it was huge, but over time some of it was gradually carved up and sold off. We went to great lengths to extend the space by buying the property next door, adjusting the garden and then selling on that house. It enabled us to alter the entrance of the property to make it more private, and to create a much larger garden that now includes a large pond, a small area of woodland and two large lawns, one of which overlooks the neighbouring field."
"There are two rooms that I particularly love," says Andy. "One is the old kitchen thats now been transformed into a cinema room, and the other is the attic room that was once a former rectors library, and which still has the original Victorian bookcases. Its become a retreat for my wife and I, its where we tend to go for a bit of peace and quiet when the house is full of our children and their friends."
"For us the location has been absolutely ideal, says Andy. "The village is in a wonderfully rural setting, and I can literally walk for miles and not encounter a single main road. However, the bonus is that with the fast rail service from St Neots, I could also be at my desk in central London in just over an hour, whilst Cambridge is about a half hour drive away."
"One of the major changes we made was to move the kitchen into a more central position within the house," says Andy, "and now its the real hub of the home. Its a lovely big sociable space with double doors that can be pushed back into the wall to connect it with the adjacent dining room, creating a fabulous area for entertaining, and patio doors that extend the space out into the garden when the weather is warm."
"What will we miss? The house, the garden, the village everything," says Andy. "Its a real family home, and just a wonderful place to be."
Stone steps to solid wood front door with two carriage lights to:
Entrance Lobby - 3.87m x 2.10m (12'8" x 6'10") - Two windows to front aspect. Quarry-tiled floor. Corded door bell. Picture rail. Recessed ceiling lights and central light with ceiling rose. Covered radiator. Door with inset stained glass window with matching side and over panels.
Entrance Hall - 6.78m x 4.10m (22'2" x 13'5") - Return staircase to first and second floor with glass pitched sky light above. Dado and picture rail. Cornice and frieze. Ceiling rose. Feature fireplace with cast-iron fire, granite hearth and timber surround / mantel. Understairs storage cupboard. Wall and picture lights. Two covered radiators.
Drawing Room - 6.13m (excluding bay) x 5.34m (20'1" (excluding ba - Three bay sash windows with rising shutters to front aspect. Double sash window to side aspect with rising shutters. Picture rail. Cornice and frieze. Ceiling rose. Open fireplace with cast-iron fire, granite hearth and marble surround / mantel. Recessed ceiling lights. Three covered radiators.
Family / Cinema Room - 5.99m x 5.22m (19'7" x 17'1") - Two double sash windows to side aspect with rising shutters. Picture rail, cornice and frieze. Ceiling rose. Open fireplace with cast-iron fire, marble surround / mantel and brass railings. Ceiling mounted 3D projector and 9ft onyx screen. Integrated 7.1 surround sound (cinema system available by separate negotiation). Recessed ceiling lights. Two covered radiators.
Rear Lobby - Door with inset glazed panel to rear aspect. Full height double shallow cupboard.
Cloakroom - Multi-pane window to rear aspect. Two piece suite comprising a low level WC with concealed cistern and wall-mounted hand wash basin with mixer tap. Tiled floor and part tiled walls. Extractor fan. Recessed ceiling lights. Sliding doors to cupboard housing floor-mounted boiler, water softener (not working) and large pressurised hot water tank.
Dining Room - 5.35m (excluding bay) x 5.07m (17'6" (excluding ba - Three bay sash windows with pull-up shutters to front aspect and window seat with covered radiator under. Picture rail. Cornice and frieze. Ceiling rose. Open fireplace with cast-iron fire, granite hearth and marble surround / mantel. Recessed ceiling lights. Two covered radiators. Bespoke double-height sliding glass doors to:
Kitchen Breakfast Room - Two sash windows and French doors to rear aspect. Cornice. Fitted with bespoke painted solid wood units with Canadian Blue Eyes granite worksurface and splashbacks. Large split level island including an inset one and half bowl sink with worksurface cut drainer, swan neck mixer and filtered water tap, integrated dishwasher and steamer. Three ring, two hot plate induction hob with extractor and light over. Double oven / integrated grill. Integrated larder fridge. Recessed ceiling lights. Two covered radiators. Plinth heater.
Utility Room - 6.82m x 2.85m (22'4" x 9'4") - Multi-pane window to rear aspect. Doors with inset panels to rear and front aspects. Double doors to larder cupboard. Built-in base and wall-mounted units with complementary worksurfaces. Inset stainless steel sink unit with drainer and swan neck mixer tap. Recessed ceiling lights. Hatch to cellar. Door to garage.
First Floor Landing - Vaulted ceiling with pitch glass skylight above. Exposed beams. Dado rail. Central chandelier and feature lighting. Recessed ceiling lights. Door to large shelved linen.
Family Bathroom - Two sash windows to rear elevation. Fitted with a four piece suite comprising a wall-hung low level WC with concealed cistern, double-ended bath with central wall-mounted mixer tap, walk-in oversized shower with glass door and overhead rain shower head, and wall-mounted vanity unit with porcelain surface and hand wash basin with swan neck mixer tap and mirrored vanity unit above with light. Recessed mirrored display. Smart lighting including recessed ceiling lighting, display lighting and hidden uplighters. Fully tiled. Extractor. Large heated towel rail. Tall radiator.
Master Suite - Door with stairs down to:
7.77m (max) x 6.68m
Three multi-pane windows to front elevation. Three French doors with internal steel and glass frame to rear elevation. Extensive range of fitted furniture including wardrobes, bedside tables and headboard, dressing table and drawers with window seats. Hatch to loft. Recessed ceiling lights. Three covered radiators.
Multi-pane window to rear elevation. Five piece suite comprising a wall-mounted vanity unit with storage and tiled surface and twin square hand wash basins with pillared mixer taps and large wall-mounted mirror over. Wall-hung low level WC with concealed cistern, a double-ended bath with tiled surround, surface mounted mixer tap and hand held shower attachment. Large walk-in shower with overhead and hand-held shower attachment, with glass door. Tiled floor with underfloor heating. Two extractors. Recessed ceiling lights. Two doors to built-in vanity storage.
Bedroom Two - 5.34m x 5.01m (max) (17'6" x 16'5" (max)) - Sash window to rear and side elevations. Picture rail. Cornice and ceiling rose. Sliding doors (one mirrored) to large wardrobe with storage over recessed shelves. Recessed ceiling lights. Two covered radiators.
En Suite - Three piece suite comprising a low level WC with concealed cistern, corner shower with glass screen and overhead shower, and vanity unit with storage and worksurface including a hand wash basin with swan neck mixer tap. Wall-mounted vanity mirror with lighting. Fully tiled. Extractor. Recessed ceiling lights. Heated towel rail.
Bedroom Three - Triple sash window with folding shutters to front elevation. Picture rail. Cornice and ceiling rose. Sliding doors (one mirrored) to large wardrobe with storage over recessed shelves. Feature fireplace with cast-iron fire, inset tiles and marble surround / hearth. Recessed ceiling lights. Covered radiator.
En Suite - Multi-pane window to side elevation. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC with concealed cistern, corner shower with glass screen and overhead shower, and vanity unit with storage and worksurface including a hand wash basin with swan neck mixer tap. Wall-mounted vanity mirror. Fully tiled. Extractor. Recessed ceiling lights. Heated towel rail.
Bedroom Four - 5.29m x 4.29m (17'4" x 14'0") - Triple sash window to side elevation. Sash window to rear elevation. Picture rail. Cornice and ceiling rose. Recessed ceiling lights. Two covered radiators.
Bedroom Five - 4.15m x 4.11m (13'7" x 13'5") - Sash window to front elevation. Picture rail. Cornice and ceiling rose. Feature fireplace with cast-iron fire, stone surround and timber mantel. Built-in wardrobe and chest of drawers. Covered radiator.
Guest Suite - Bedroom:
5.35m x 4.72m
Triple sash window to front elevation. Picture rail. Feature fireplace with cast-iron fire, inset tiles, stone surround and timber mantel. Built-in furniture including wardrobes, chest of drawers and large dressing table. Recessed ceiling lights. Covered radiator.
Sash window to side elevation. Four piece suite comprising a low level WC with concealed cistern, walk-in shower with overhead shower, bath with surface mounted swan neck mixer tap and hand held shower attachment, and wall-mounted vanity unit with porcelain surface and hand wash basin with swan neck mixer tap and mirrored vanity storage above with light. Large wall mirror. Fully tiled. Recessed ceiling lights. Extractor. Heated towel rail.
Second Floor: -
Library / Bedroom Seven - 8.03m x 3.30m (26'4" x 10'9") - Two velux windows to side elevation. Cast-iron fireplace. Extensive original built-in bookcases. Recessed ceiling lights. Covered radiator. Radiator.
Study - 4.23m x 3.29m (13'10" x 10'9") - Sash window to front elevation. Recessed ceiling lights. Radiator.
Outside - A sweeping gravel drive with turning circle leads to the garaging and offers ample parking. The grounds wrap around the property and are extremely private. There is an abundance of mature trees. Bark woodland path leading to covered deck overlooking a large natural pond. Side lawn. To the rear there is a large terrace with mature climbers and roses overlooking the lawn. Well stocked borders. Outside lighting and tap. Fully enclosed by mixed fencing, walls and hedging.
Garage - 7.08m x 5.70m (23'2" x 18'8") - Two double doors to front aspect and one to rear aspect. Multi-pane window to rear aspect. Power and light connected.
Further Information - Date Built: 1853
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