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6 bedroom detached house for sale

Rectory Lane, Kingston, Cambridge

Offers in Excess of £2,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • 6 bedrooms including master suite with dressing room
  • 5 bath/shower rooms (4 en suite)
  • 4 reception rooms
  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Utility Room
  • Cloak Room
  • Double garage with office/studio above.
  • Games Room
  • Extensive array of workshops, stores and stabling within the old thatched barn
  • Planning permission to extend kitchen

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Historical Note

The Old Rectory is a Grade II* Listed property and as the name suggests, carries an historic connection to the neighbouring church. The original house dates from as early as the thirteenth century and was added to later in the 15th Century. Many of the features within the house are mirrored in the neighbouring church including the cusped windows which were believed to have been installed in the early 14th Century. There was however a greater accolade still to be placed on the Old Rectory when in 1457 the property was acquired by King Henry VI at which point it was gifted to his new Cambridge foundation, which stands today, better known as Kings College. The property then remained in college ownership for centuries, housing many of the past great fellows of this notable institution. It was only relatively recently in 1926 that the property was sold to a private buyer. The Old Rectory is one of the oldest remaining residential properties in Cambridgeshire and with only three previous private owners, this would be seen as a rare opportunity to become part of a marvellous history, to be told in years to come.


Description

The Old Rectory is a standing testimony to a piece of residential history that has been painstakingly and sympathetically restored and improved, to present what now stands as one of the finest houses in the county. The property is Grade II* Listed which has protected so many of the irreplaceable features, such as the inglenook fireplaces with Herringbone brick work, the garderobe and newel staircase, the stained glass windows and stone archways throughout the property. As well as retaining reception rooms that, put simply, are of a scale and elegance that is rarely seen in the modern era. One of the most notable features would be the fireplace found in the family room, which was restored back to the original Tudor bricks over a period of ten years to preserve yet another piece of history within this wonderful home.

The ground floor accommodation flows neatly from a warm and welcoming reception hall with one of the aforementioned inglenook fireplaces. Continuing straight ahead would lead you into a modern kitchen with a large central island with a wooden surface, whilst the kitchen units are topped with a pale marble. The seating area to the far end offers one of many fantastic viewing points to admire the historic walled garden and interesting landscaping of the property. The kitchen also benefits from an electric total control Aga with an additional electric hob module and a ceramic Belfast sink. Turning left from the hallway would provide the first real glimpse of originality with an arched corridor leading to the family room and drawing room. The latter with a wood burning stove set into an inglenook fireplace, wooden floors, original exposed stone walls, whilst the family room offers similar comfort but also a raised wooden music platform which is currently home to a beautiful grand piano (not included in the sale!)

From the ground floor an exquisite stone staircase spirals to a split level landing. The property provides five bedrooms currently, whilst a large landing area that has been opened out was once a further bedroom and could be again. Three of the bedrooms benefit from en-suite facilities and each and every room enjoying wonderful views of either the church, the gardens or the surrounding countryside. The master bedroom is spacious, bright and with lovely high ceilings. The modern extension over the kitchen provided a better balance bedroom and accordingly a former bedroom has been altered to create a beautiful en-suite bathroom fitted with a Lefroy Brookes bath and sanitary ware and an additional dressing room.

The property offers a remarkable blend of modern touches and historic grandeur to create an atmosphere of comfort, contentedness and a quality of living that the majority can only aspire to enjoy.


Outbuildings

A recently constructed timber clad
garage stands off the gravel courtyard.
This purpose built building not only
provides parking for two cars but
also has a superb office above with
exposed timber arches, hand made oak
cupboards and enough space suitable for
accommodating conferences and board
meetings. There is a flag stone entrance
hall, small kitchen, cloakroom and a
storage cupboard to the left and right.
Downstairs leads to a games room/music
room which has been used for recording
live music, although this area would
also lend itself to being a fabulous home
cinema room.

To the East of the gravel courtyard
stands an old thatched barn which is
made up of stabling, log stores and
garden workshops. Planning permission
(detailed below) has been granted to
convert to ancillary accommodation.to
convert to ancillary accommodation.


Planning Permissions
The following planning permissions have been
granted but have as yet not been instigated.
1) The property has full planning consent for
the extension of the kitchen by removing
the eastern wall and pushing out to create
a large kitchen with separate breakfast area
that would be installed on two sides with
concertina doors bringing the inside out and
vice versa. This area is denoted by the red
line on the floorplans.

2) The Old Rectory has planning permission
for the refurbishment and conversion of the
thatched stables outbuilding to ancillary
accommodation and for storage, for use
in association with the main dwelling.
The accommodation provided would be
two bedrooms a kitchen, sitting room and
a shower room. The former timber framed
garden store remains.

3) Planning permission also exists for the
rebuilding of the retaining wall between the
church and The Old Rectory.

The Old Rectory, sits in the middle of 2.7 acres of beautiful landscaped grounds in the heart of the village of Kingston, neighbouring the All Saints and Saint Andrews Church. The position in the village with an exceptional open outlook makes it a very peaceful and enjoyable position.

Kingston itself is an attractive village lying approximately 7 miles to the west of Cambridge and is surrounded predominantly by arable agricultural land and accordingly much of the village is a designated conservation area.

The neighbouring villages of Bourn and Toft have many facilities between them including two post offices/shops, a doctors surgery, nursery school, three restaurants and two 18 hole golf courses, including one with a gymnasium and indoor pool. There is a primary school in Bourn and the property is in the catchment area of Comberton Village College, one of the most highly respected regional village colleges in the Cambridgeshire area. Cambridge offers a wider range of private schools of including the well known Perse School, St. Faiths, The Leys and St. Johns.

The Old Rectory is as impressive when looking from the inside out, as it is from the outside in, particularly due to the undulating countryside the property looks across. Accessed via a private driveway with a pair of five bar wooden gates, the driveway is immediately flanked by an expanse of lawn on either side. To the East and South the lawns run away past the old thatched barn towards the naturally fed duck ponds and former paddock lands. To the North a paved pathway skirts around the house where a wonderful wooden pergola leads towards an elevated dining area which serves as a fabulous viewing point to each corner of the grounds. To the North lies the former walled gardens with the historic red bricked wall still standing and forming the northern perimeter. Neat box hedging remains and, sitting in an elevated position, the site provides views down towards the grass tennis court.

To the west the focal point remains the striking church. The old driveway can still be seen and the perimeter wall still stands with the few steps that many have taken when making their weekly pilgrimage.

The grounds in all sit at approximately 2.7 acres but remain low maintenance with lavender borders surrounding the property and a wash of seasonal colour from over two thousand planted daffodils and blossoms on the beautiful specimen trees throughout the grounds. Many of which have stood unaided for a substantial time and one would imagine will stand for many more.


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21 September 2016

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