5 bedroom detached house for sale

Caldecote, Cambridge, CB23

Guide Price £2,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Grounds of approximately 36 acres offering Equestrian facilities
  • Simply stunning, 16th Century Grade II listed timber framed farm house
  • Simply stunning in every way
  • Idyllic setting and secluded position with field views
  • Ample natural light and a wealth of character and charm
  • Renovated throughout to a high standard
  • Welcoming reception hall, five reception rooms
  • Delightful open plan kitchen / breakfast room
  • Five double bedrooms, master ensuite
  • Set in beautiful private gardens of approximately 2 acres

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

"We'd lived locally and had driven past the property for years, always thinking how perfect and beautiful it was, so, when it became available we jumped at the chance" says Julie. "The main part of the property is 16th century timber-framed with loads of character and, what made it even more perfect for us, was that it had been completely renovated and there was no work for us to do." "Manor Farm is an important property for the village and a great amount of care and attention was paid to the work," adds Scott. "In fact, it won a conservation award for the renovation."

"It's a wonderful 'home' to live in," continues Julie. "Every room has either a double or triple aspect which means it's really light throughout, but my favourite room is the large kitchen / breakfast room. We did make a few changes here to add a contemporary twist which, alongside the traditional brick floor and huge Inglenook complete with a wood burner, make this a very cosy and sociable room."

"We are situated in the older part of the village which is rural and peaceful," explains Scott. "The local church is active and sociable (the annual outdoor film night is always good fun) and the newer part of the village offers a shop, garage, social club and village hall. We're also very close to Bourn Golf Club / Health Centre and a couple of gastro pubs.... As well as, probably, the best Indian in Cambridge!"

"We are less than 20 minutes from Cambridge and, when travelling to London, the train from Royston takes just 35 minutes."

"But we love being at home!" says Julie. "The mainly south facing garden is about two acres and is a wonderful spot to enjoy the views. There's a knot garden created to an original 16th century design complete with white roses and a sundial - it's a beautiful feature and can be seen from all the rooms. We also have a fruit orchard which looks spectacular dressed in spring blossom and then provides fruit in the autumn - and the stream flowing through the garden is great for kingfisher spotting. Or we simply sit on the patio, watching the sunset whilst sipping a glass of wine!"

"But don't forget the Alpacas, we've separated a section of the garden for our family of Alpacas. They're easy to keep and provide so much enjoyment."

Beyond the garden, there's a further 45 acres of pasture land. This is rented to a local farmer, so it's maintained, it provides an income and "guarantees that we 'own the view'," explains Scott. "We have wonderful open views and cannot see another house from our garden, yet we are in a village and close to bigger centres when needed. To coin a phrase, it really is the best of both worlds."

"We've had some very special times here and memories that will last a lifetime - from big family Christmas dinners in the spacious dining room, to sledging down fields of snow and walking home across a pink vista as the sun was beginning to set, to the torch-light walks across fields to the firework displays in the next village," recalls Julie.

"We feel very privileged to have been a custodian of the property for our chapter in the book of Manor Farm and will be proud to hand over the 'Manor Farm Box' of historical records, documents and original farm stamps to the new owners, some of which date back to the 1700s. It's a very special property and provides a very special home."

A truly delightful and spacious detached farm house dating back to the 16th century. Situated on the fringe of this highly regarded and sought after village which is within easy commuting distance either by car or bicycle of the Historic University city of Cambridge approximately 7 miles away.

Tucked behind well maintained mature hedging and trees on a slightly elevated positon many people will drive by not knowing that such a distinctive and quality family home is hidden away.

Sweeping by the electric five bar gate into the long and wide, block-paved driveway to the rear parking area, there is ample parking for the whole family and for visiting friends and relatives. With an additional turning area allowing easy access back onto the country lane, the driveway and parking area has been thoughtfully screened from the rest of the garden.

As you step out of the car you may be pleasantly surprised at just how quiet it is. The wind in the trees and the chorus of bird song breaks the still air. Being obscured from the road you notice just how attractive the house is as you approach the front door. What lies beyond the front door is a beautifully presented family home offering the warmth and character of a period farmhouse, yet with the contemporary twists and conveniences ideal for modern day family life. Welcome to Manor Farm.

The wide wooden front door swings open into a welcoming reception hall. With beamed walls and a taller than expected ceiling you are bathed in natural light aided by the French doors at the end of the hall which give a glimpse of the rear garden. A balustrade dog leg stair case rises to the first floor and doors lead off to three of the reception rooms and a curved wall leads to a corridor giving access to a GUEST CLOAKROOM. This comprises a contemporary style white two piece suite with wash hand basin and "floating" low level flush WC.

Entering into the BREAKFAST ROOM which runs through into the kitchen it is obvious you have just entered the "hub" of the house. The solid oak flooring is noted as soon as you walk on it. The feature, partially exposed brick Inglenook fire surround brings a feeling of warmth and depth to the room, yet the contemporary style cylinder log-burner makes for a perfect match. An extended peninsular bar with solid oak work surface and storage cupboards under give a natural free flowing divide between here and the kitchen. Doors lead off to the drawing room and dining room.

The DINING ROOM is lovely and many happy evenings have been spent entertaining family and friends in this characterful room. With heavily beamed ceilings and walls you may be forgiven for thinking the room will be dark. It is far from it, offering a dual aspect with two large windows to the side and a further window to the rear, the room is bathed in natural light. A further door returns to the main reception hall.

The fitted KITCHEN is a light and airy room enjoying a dual aspect with views over the front driveway, so you can keep watch on who is coming and going with views over the garden and a half glazed door to the driveway which tends to be the "everyday" entrance door for family and friends. The carefully planned kitchen has been fitted with a comprehensive range of quality "soft close" base units and pan drawers with ample granite work surfaces above, matching larder unit and a range of built in Neff appliances. The kitchen is ideal for the keenest of chefs and for meeting the demands of every day family life. The fitted double berth twin ovens and induction hob have been thoughtfully positioned ensuring the kitchen and breakfast room are convivial to all those that are in the room, as they face towards the breakfast area.

LAUNDRY / UTILITY ROOM is an excellent size room and offers full width granite work surface with storage under, water softener, cupboard housing the "Megaflow" water system and the floor standing oil fired central heating boiler provides domestic hot water and heating.

Further ground floor CLOAKROOM which is ideal for those that have been working or enjoying the garden, saving the need to walk through the house to the guest cloakroom.

Returning to the breakfast room a door to the side of the Inglenook leads through to the DRAWING ROOM. This room really is delightful with a large Inglenook fireplace with exposed brick, inset traditional style log burner and Bressumer beam over are the feature of the room, but do not dominate or overpower. Being square in shape, the room is easy to position furniture and with two large windows overlooking the formal garden, further window and French doors onto the patio, it is yet another room bathed in natural light.

Off the reception hall the SITTING ROOM has a beamed ceiling and walls and is surprisingly light and airy. An exposed brick fire surround with inset log burner, raised hearth and wooden mantle over compete for the focal point of the room with the large "drop" window overlooking the formal gardens which is a real delight and strikes you as soon as you enter the room. A further door leads through to a lobby area with door giving additional access out onto the front driveway and a further door into the family room.

The FAMILY ROOM also has beamed ceilings and walls and benefits from a dual aspect with windows to the front and rear. This room has been previously used as a music room. This was ideal being the furthest away from the peace and tranquillity of the drawing room.


The dog leg staircase leads to a landing area which is another feature of this remarkable house. With a high vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and being bigger than many bedrooms in new build houses this could be used as a READING OR COMPUTER AREA for young children.

A hallway leads through to the MASTER BEDROOM SUITE which enjoys a triple aspect over the gardens and has a matching double and single wardrobe linked with matching drawers. The EN-SUITE BATHROOM is of good size and comprises a "P" shaped bath with shower over, low level flush WC and wash hand basin.

The GUEST BEDROOM has views over the fields and beyond and benefits from an EN-SUITE SHOWER ROOM which comprises a walk in shower cubicle, low level flush WC and wash hand basin.

There are three further BEDROOMS all larger than your traditional double bedroom.

The FAMILY BATHROOM is beautifully fitted with a contemporary style suite with dual ended bath, wash hand basin, 'floating' WC and walk-in double shower with glass screen and rain forest drencher. After a long day in the office or a hard day at home what better way to end the day than a hot soak in this luxury bathroom.


The block paved driveway and parking area is ideal for large families or those that have frequent visitors as there is ample parking and a large turning area. The double width cart-lodge offers covered parking for large vehicles and has a side garden store. With crawling Wisteria along the front entrance the fragrance is amazing when in bloom.

There is a further double height, detached garage and workshop that has previously accommodated classic cars which the previous owners of Manor Farm used to restore. Having twin double doors to the front the garage can easily accommodate large vehicles. There is a personnel door to the side leading into the workshop space. This building could be converted into a home-office for those wishing to work from home and be independent to the main house.

Offering a necklace garden of approximately 2 acres, the patio and lawn has been beautifully designed and laid out and enjoys a southerly aspect ensuring maximum sunshine all year round. With a variety of young and mature trees including apple, pear, plum and hazel, the garden also offers plenty of shade when the sun is at its hottest. Towards the lower end of the garden is a large pond with raised decking area which extends out over the pond and many lazy summer evenings have been spent listening to the variety of bird songs, whilst watching the sun set.

The paddocks and grounds extend to a further 45 acres where access can be gained to the nearby villages of Toft and Kingston by foot across the fields being a family Sunday walk or fetching provisions from the village shop.


Caldecote is a delightful village situated six miles to the West of Cambridge, making it an ideal village for those wishing to commute into the city by bicycle or by car. Surrounded by popular villages such as Toft, Bourn and Kingston and within the catchment area of the highly sought after and respected Comberton Village College. A short walk away is Hardwick Wood, which is an attractive and historic deciduous wood, easily accessible from Highfields Road This is an ancient woodland referred to in Domesday Book as 'a grove of fences' and coppice management has occurred here for many hundreds of years. This is ideal for family outings or walking the dog.

The village even gets a mention in the Domesday Book of 1086 and counts 17 people as residents. However, the people listed in the Domesday Book were not, as we now know, the first to occupy the village. Archaeological excavations in advance of the new developments at the end of the 20th and beginning of the 21st centuries have revealed that our King William the Conqueror, undertook a survey of his newly acquired realm and it is noted that ancient Britons and Romans had made their homes in what has now become Highfields Caldecote.

Train Stations Foxton 9 miles
Cambridge 9.2 miles
St Neots 13 miles
Royston 12 miles

Primary Schools Caldecote Primary school 1 mile
The Vine Inter-Church Primary school 5.7 miles
Bourn CofE Primary Academy 2.6 miles

Secondary School Comberton Village College 2.9 miles
Cambourne Village College 4.8 miles
Trumpington Community College 9.4 miles

Council South Cambridgeshire District Council

*Distances are approximate and are intended to be a guide only.

Viewing arrangement is by appointment only. Please contact in the first instance Gavin Human, Regional Director. Telephone or Text to 07809 339329 during or after office hours. Email gavin.human@fineandcountry.com or Cambridge Office 01223 363700

Thinking of selling? If you are thinking of selling and have yet to put your house on the market, we would welcome the opportunity to offer you a free, without obligation valuation. With over 25 years of estate agency experience Gavin Human has a wealth of knowledge and experience to share with you, ensuring you receive accurate advice on pricing and how best to market your home to the widest possible audience. 

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