5 bedroom detached house for saleHigh Street, Babraham, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22
Sold STC £2,250,000
- 5 bedrooms
- 4 reception rooms
- detached 1,214 sq ft 2/3 bed cottage
- 1,658 sq ft barn
- swimming pool and former tennis court
- garages & former pump house
- in all 2.33 acres
Grade II listed detached village house with delightful gardens and grounds in 2.33 acres
Home Farm House is tucked away on the outskirts of the village, just off the High Street and is approached over a private road which also serves the adjoining farm. Babraham is a sought-after small, pretty village some 4.1 miles south east of the Cambridge city boundary and is particularly convenient for the Babraham Institute, Granta Park, Addenbrooke's hospital and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The George Inn is set back behind the village green and St Peter's Church, which dates back to the 12th century, is nearby.
Excellent primary schooling is available in Babraham with further state schooling for all age groups (including the well regarded Sawston Village College) in the large neighbouring village of Sawston (High Street 2 miles). Here there is also a large sports and leisure centre together with a good range of everyday shopping and recreational facilities and a medical centre. Independent schools are within easy reach of the historic yet high tech city of Cambridge, along with a wider range of shopping, recreational and cultural amenities.
For the commuter, there are mainline rail services from Cambridge (to both London's Kings Cross and Liverpool Street Stations) and Whittlesford or Great Shelford into London's Liverpool Street or King's Cross stations (from 60 minutes and 1 hr 24 minutes respectively). The M11 Junction 9 is 5.3 miles, Whittlesford station is 3.5 miles, the A11 0.7 miles and Stansted Airport is approximately 22 miles distant.
Home Farm House is a most handsome Grade II listed detached property in an exceptionally desirable and sought after location, towards the edge of this popular south Cambridgeshire village. The original mid -18th century farmhouse - formerly part of the Babraham Hall Estate - was altered and considerably enlarged circa 1830, resulting in a delightful mix of Georgian and early Victorian architecture. Of painted brick elevations with dentil cornices beneath a mixture of slate and tiled rooves, the property has an array of superb period features, including deep skirtings, four-panelled doors and moulded architraves. The rooms are light and spacious, many with high ceilings and double aspects.
The welcoming main entrance is to the side of the house and is approached via a substantial panelled front door with patterned metal glazing bars to the fanlight above. The accommodation flows well from the central hall with its 19th century closed string staircase and fireplace to an inner hall to one side which in turn links to both the kitchen and the impressive, high ceilinged principle reception rooms with east facing bays. The kitchen is well fitted with a range of painted units, cupboards and drawers with granite worktops and splashbacks. There is a deep stainless steel 1 ½ bowl sink unit with mixer taps and adjacent granite work tops with drainer indentations. The central island incorporates various cupboards and drawers and there is space for a range cooker with steel splash back and extractor hood. In addition there is space for a large fridge/freezer and microwave and a further range of granite topped units within the dining area. Here there is a door to the side hall and a fireplace and chimney on the opposite wall fitted with a Jotul log burner, providing a delightful focal point, particularly in the winter months. This area in turn opens into the garden room - a lovely light-filled sitting area, fully glazed to the rear with central French doors and glazed panels and further doors besides, it provides a super link to the garden and raised rill terrace. A side door opens onto a secluded dining terrace with a vine covered pergola and lead wall fountain. The entire kitchen and garden room area is tiled with travertine marble. There are a variety of sash and casement windows.
The drawing room is double aspect with a central fireplace and deep bay window overlooking the sunken lawn. Adjoining is the well proportioned dining room with cupboards beside the chi mney breast and an ornate corner cupboard, fireplace with a carved surround and a similar box bay window. In the older part of the house is a charming "snug" sitting room with a bay window to the front, fireplace with carved surround and deep cupboards beside - one of which proves sufficient space for a retractable TV unit. Here there is a painted floor and a pretty corner cupboard with shaped shelving. The adjacent pamment floored side hall provides access to the shelved double aspect study, cloaks and useful cellar with separate wine storage area. In addition there is a rear hall/boot room - another double aspect room with parquet flooring, fitted cupboards, back door and door to utility room with plumbing for washing machine, space for tumble dryer and coat and boot storage space.
The delightful turning staircase leads to a good landing with deep linen cupboard (which, we understand was the location of the former "back stairs"). The impressive master bedroom with fireplace and wooden flooring enjoys views to the garden and barn and leads to the luxurious bath/shower room, fitted to a high standard with an impressive range of bamboo resin and wenge fronted cupboards, twin square wash basins screened yet part open through to the roll topped free standing bath with mixer taps and shower attachment, window seat, separate shower cubicle with both drench and hand- held shower fittings, and a WC cubicle with frosted door. The bathroom has underfloor heating and air conditioning. The landing beyond the master suite leads to two further double bedrooms and a family bathroom fitted with an oval wash basin, bath with tiled surround and a large shower cubicle. Branching to the left of the stairs is a guest wing with large double bedroom with fitted cupboards and three windows to two aspects. The adjacent bathroom is fitted with a roll topped bath with ball and claw feet and a separate shower. At the end of this landing is a separate WC. The fifth bedroom with cupboard completes the first floor accommodation.
The property is approached via electric gates leading to a concrete and shingle drive with parking area. Beside this drive (behind a beech hedge) is a detached brick and flint cottage with a slate roof. This building, known as Clock Cottage, is approximately 1,214 sq ft. The surprisingly spacious accommodation provides hall, sitting room, study/3rd bedroom, fitted kitchen/dining room, 2 bedrooms, bathroom and a private south facing terrace to one end approached directly from the main bedroom.
Beyond is a vast detached weather-boarded barn of 1,658 sq ft.
To the left, the drive leads to a brick and flint slated garage block comprising 3 garages with up and over doors and fourth or kennel/useful store.
The gardens and grounds surround the house and provide a delightful variety of areas for sitting, admiring and alfresco dining, from the sheltered inner courtyard near the kitchen, to the raised rill terrace with semi-circular box hedging surrounded by a channel of water; from the elegant sunken lawn flanked by stone steps to the parterre with box hedging and a central weeping silver pear tree. Yew hedging divides the garden into "rooms" whilst a pergola with climbing roses leads the visitor to the paved pool area and former tennis court beyond and a pan-tiled garden shed. An avenue of maple trees are the final surprise at the far end of the garden.
Beside the drive is a former brick and flint pump house, part of which houses the borehole used by the adjoining farm.
Square Footage: 4,752 sq ft
Acreage: 2.33 Acres
From central Cambridge, proceed in a southerly direction on the A1307 (Hills Road). At the Addenbrookes roundabout take the second exit and continue on the Babraham Road, over the second roundabout. At the dual carriageway, keep right and turn right into the village, passing the George pub on the left. The drive will be found on the edge of the village on the left just beyond the last row of cottages.
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