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7 bedroom detached house for sale

Shudy Camps Park, Shudy Camps, Cambridge

Guide Price £4,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Reception hall, music room, library and snug
  • Sitting room, dining room and billiard room
  • Kitchen, utility room and prep kitchen
  • Gym and golf simulator & cinema room
  • Second kitchen and cellar with wine stores
  • Master bedroom suite with an en suite bathroom
  • Two spacious dressing rooms and six further bedrooms
  • Elizabethan House with four bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, dining room, and study
  • Stabling, tack room and feed store
  • Triple garage and workshop

Full description

The Hall is a Grade II Listed Queen Anne house. The property was constructed by Marmaduke Dayrell in approximately 1700 and remained in family ownership for three generations. It was later occupied by Rev. Cannon Thornton, who was the vicar of Shudy Camps and Canon Emeritus of Ely Cathedral. During WWII the parkland was requisitioned by The British Army and the house occupied by The Royal Air Force. It has now returned to private ownership and over the last 12 years the estate has been gradually pieced together with the acquisition of various cottages within the grounds.

The Hall is a striking and substantial Queen Anne house in one of the most desirable parkland settings in Cambridgeshire. Standing proudly in the centre of approximately 29 acres, the red bricked property is fundamentally a 17th Century house with later 18th and 19th Century additions. Notable external features include a run of beautiful sash and case windows with symmetrical arches either side and a central pillared porch believed to be part of the 19th Century extension.

Externally the appearance is of a scale and style that is excitingly rare in the locality. However it is only once inside the property that the true grandeur and scale can be fully appreciated. Immediately on stepping through the entrance to the impressive hallway, your eyes are drawn to awesome ceiling heights, beautiful archways, delicate cornicing and marble floors. Turning through either archway, further features come to the forefront. In the drawing room, a magnificent open fireplace and decorative ceiling roses are immediately apparent. The incredible height of the sash windows, all with working window shutters, brings exceptional levels of natural light into the property. A turn to the left would see you walk through the music room to the library. Dark wood and fitted bookshelves provide a warmth to the room, supported by yet another open fire with an interesting brass based leather lined seat surround. As one would expect, the formal reception rooms leading off from the hall are equally exciting. The dining room is again of unrivalled scale with a mighty wood burning stove at one end; there is a warm and welcoming ambience enhanced by the red brick surround and deep red carpet. The central antler light fitting and decorative cornicing add a touch of grandeur and fun to what is a wonderful entertaining space.

As well as magnificent formal areas, the more functional areas are equally appealing. A fantastic kitchen with valuted ceiling, triple arched windows and views across the parkland is found in the eastern wing. The central breakfast bar is fitted with an induction hob and pop up extractor fan. The units are topped with a black granite surface on top of traditional shaker style cupboard including a very large corner fridge, all of a quality and style commensurate with a house of the era. The essential Aga provides the necessary home comfort. As well as the main kitchen, there is also an adjoining spacious pantry and utility room making it a very useful and practical space for both family enjoyment as well as for entertaining.

The first and second floors provide generous proportioned bedrooms with more of the same attention to detail found downstairs. This includes a magnificent master suite with two bathrooms and two dressing areas, subject to personal preference and flexibility of use. All the rooms have exceptional views and perhaps there is no better than from the first landing, looking far over the tree lined avenue and across the surrounding countryside.

The second floor is a less formal area and is ideal for extended family use and multiple guests, with a games room and adjoining bedrooms and bathrooms. However, for those who seek a more active entertainment area there is a superb gm, additional "American Diner" themed kitchen and a golf simulator and cinema. This is strategically positioned across the hall from the more traditional entertainment in the billiards room.

The Hall at Shudy Camps Park sits in a picturesque, elevated setting on the eastern edge of the old farming village of Shudy Camps. Lying just 15 miles from Cambridge and 8 miles from the market town of Saffron Walden, the area is popular amongst those commuting to London, as well as those looking to take full advantage of all that these historic centres have to offer.

Cambridge, besides the world renowned university and spectacular cottages, offers some of the best private schooling in the country. The Perse, The Leys, St. Faiths and St Johns are held in high accolade as well as Hills Road Sixth Form College, the highest rated rated state school in the UK, which has now topped rankings for 22 consecutive years.

The property is well placed for the A11 and M11 giving access to London Stansted Airport as well as road links to central London. Trains from Audley End into London Liverpool Street run from as little as 55 minutes, whilst services from Cambridge station to London Kings Cross run frequently from just 45 minutes.

Saffron Walden has a wonderful market square as well as local shops, restaurants and a newly refurbishes Waitrose. Cambridge offers a more complete range of high street stores and supermarkets, leisure facilities and no fewer than three Michelin starred restaurants.

Perhaps though, the main attraction to the city remains the architecturally stunning sights of the colleges, museums and churches as well as the University Botanic Gardens.

Equestrian Facilities -
Shudy Camps Park has an enviable setup for the equestrian enthusiast. There is a stable yard which provides stabling for 4 horses, a tack room and feed stores. The principal yard has a good expanse of hard standing suitable for reversing horse lorries and transporters right to the doors of the stables.

The paddocks are beautifully maintained, with high quality and well maintained post and rail fencing surrounding each of the six principal paddocks and two smaller ones. There is also a competition sized arena with mirrored boarding to one end and silica sand and rubber surface.

Gardens and Grounds -
The gardens and grounds at Shudy Camps Park are synonymous with the quintessential English country house. Tree lined avenues and manicured lawns surround the house, which in turn sits in a prominent and elevated position, where the surroundings can be appreciated from all the principal rooms.

The driveway winds through mature woodland flanked by paddocks on each side. Sweeping past the cottages and through an opening within a 10ft high brick wall, the driveway then opens to a large expanse of gravel. The principal land slopes away to the west with the paddocks and dressage arena lying towards the southern boundary.

From the top of the stone steps on the edge of the courtyard you are led down to a ha-ha and the avenue of 38 Chestnut trees which in turn leads to a circular clearing of beautiful hornbeam. Throughout the park there are a number of mature specimen trees including Metasequioa, Sequoiadendron, Cedar, Liriodendron, Acer, Magnolia and Amelancier, to name but a few.

To the rear of the property the more formal landscaped gardens are found. These have been carefully crafted with the aid of garden designer, Sylvia Newman. Of particular note is the picturesque reflection garden with a beautiful stone pond flanked by established hedging which presents a tranquil and protected area to enjoy the peace and quiet.

Immediately behind the house, stepping out from the leisure wing, a paved terrace leads to a hidden kitchen garden with raised beds and a central pegola. The beds are bordered by Yew hedging with an established Lleylandii perimeter hedge. The block paved pathway leads through to an enclosed garden with a covered wooden pergola/bbq house, creating a wonderful entertaining space. Not least, the alfresco dining area is found immediately beside the outdoor heated swimming pool.

The eastern boundary is formed by a pathway that leads around an existing natural lake with a wooden jetty and wooden gazebo. The view across the lake to the rear of the house is one of the finest on the estate.

Elizabethan House -
Adjoining the principal house is a superb 2,500 sq ft Elizabethan house that forms part of a beautiful courtyard to the rear of the property. The Elizabethan house is set over three floors and has a number of very attractive features, notably a magnificent solid wooden front door and a superb red bricked fireplace in the drawing room. The property is timber framed but has retained good ceiling heights and is a wonderfully balanced, four bedroom family home. The accommodation comprises a master bedroom with en suite bathroom, a generous family bathroom with bath and shower and a further shower room serving the two top floor bedrooms. This would make superb ancillary accommodation for a family member or indeed could achieve a commercial return through the rental market.

The Lodge -
The Gate Lodge to The hall has been reacquainted with the principal house during the tenure of the existing owners. Impressive red bricked gate piers with wrought iron gates lead to an attractive and well appointed four bedroom house. The property has seen some updating with a modern kitchen and bathrooms having been installed.


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