5 bedroom detached house for saleFerry Lane, Cambridge, CB4
Guide Price £2,850,000
- 5-8 Bedrooms
- 4-5 Reception rooms
- Separate Cottage
- River views
An historic and impressive Grade II listed property with separate attached cottage, in all extending to some 5750sq.ft. Nestled on the banks of the river Cam with extensive river frontage, this charming residence offers spacious and versatile accommodation and sits beautifully within mature and largely secluded grounds of 0.77 acres.
Versatile accommodation with attached cottage
Beautiful mature gardens
Elegant main reception room
Impressive part converted barn
Less than a mile from the city centre
Situated in a peaceful setting on the banks of the River Cam, Roebuck House is known to be one of the oldest buildings in Old Chesterton.
The deeds of Roebuck House can be traced back to 1690 when a young Richard Rose inherited the building and almost 35 acres of land overlooking the River Cam. As one of the oldest buildings in Chesterton, the partly timber-framed property has been developed throughout the centuries.
Roebuck House has a colourful history and been home to a number of Cambridge academics including JBS Haldane. A scientist in the field of physiology, genetics and evolutionary biology, he made innovative contributions to the fields of statistics and biostatistics. The impressive house was also home to Charles Martin, the British scientist and director of the Lister Institute between 1903 and 1930. After a short term in Australia, Martin returned to the UK in 1933 and equipped Roebuck House as a Laboratory, where in conjunction with scientists at the Lister Institute, he resumed his experiments on nutrition and continued this throughout WWII. Reverend Robert Robinson occupied the building in the late 1700s, living in the property for over 30 years. A font built in the grounds of Roebuck House can still be found in the heart of the garden leading down to the river and was used by Robinson to perform impromptu baptisms.
The original property consisted of just a long central barn house that was slowly expanded and adapted by various owners throughout history. The impressive frontage was added by Robinson and was subject to the window tax, a significant cultural and architectural force in England, France, Ireland and Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries. A number of the front windows at Roebuck House were bricked up and masked by a superficial façade to avoid the associated charges, and remain on the property to the present day.
Requiring some restoration and up-dating, Roebuck House presents a unique opportunity to acquire a spacious home with gardens extending to about 0.77 acre fronting the River Cam, about 2 miles from the city centre.
The property retains many period features including the deep sash windows with seats incorporated, exposed beams and timbers in the barn room, open fireplaces and an elegant main stair case to the first floor.
From the front of the property, steps lead up to the leaded light door opening to the entrance lobby which in-turn opens into an impressive 20'4 x 13'4 reception hall/sitting room featuring a large open fireplace with marble surround and log burner incorporated, dado rail, picture rail and the deep sash window with seat incorporated overlooks the main garden. A secondary stair case leads from this room to the cottage lower ground floor.
The drawing room is off the reception hall and enjoys superb views to the south over the beautiful gardens and towards the river. This is a bright room with an open fireplace and timber surround, dado rail and picture rail and a wide arched recess with small display cabinet adjacent. A door leads to the conservatory which in-turn has a door to the garden and the cellar.
The elegant stair case leads off the inner hall with the study adjacent.
The kitchen breakfast room has views over the west terrace and rear courtyard, with a door leading through to the back lobby and converted barn beyond. There is a gas fired Aga set in a large arched brick fireplace with display niches and range of pine wall and base units with double bowl sink incorporated and matching dresser and tall cupboard. The utility room has access to the rear courtyard and is fitted with a sink with cupboards below and space/plumbing for a washing machine. Off the utility room is a cloakroom with tiled floor, low level WC and hand basin.
The impressive converted barn is an excellent family room measuring 32'9 x 17' overall with vaulted ceiling and a wealth of exposed timbers, an open fireplace with raised hearth and two sets of doors leading to the large terrace to the south. There is also a rear access to outside. A feature of note is the tiled 'draughts board' incorporated into the floor.
The attached cottage has a lower level ground floor with one room directly accessed from the main house and this in turn connects through to the entrance hall for the cottage. Leading from this is the kitchen for the cottage and stairs leading to three more first floor bedrooms which overlook Ferry Lane and the bridge over the river.
On the first floor to the main house is a long inner landing with two family bathrooms and a 20'2 x 13'11 master bedroom with a large en suite bathroom and bedroom 2, of similar proportions (21'2 x 15'4), both with large deep sash windows with seats incorporated enjoying delightful views to the south over the main gardens and river beyond. Bedroom 3 has a hand basin and aspect to the rear. On the second floor are two more double bedrooms enjoying aspects to the front.
The three bedrooms in the cottage are accessed from the secondary staircase.
Outside are beautiful mature gardens extending to about 0.77 acres, the majority of which are on the south side and leading down to the river. The large double timber gates lead through to the driveway/parking area and give access to a large garage (20'11 x 17') which is attached to the barn.
Adjacent to the kitchen on the south west side is a large raised terrace with adjacent outbuildings and bicycle shelter.
The gardens have spectacular mature trees including Redwood, Beech, Bay and Silver Birch and a number of Yew trees. There is a screened kitchen garden and there are mooring rights on the river frontage together with a small inlet for mooring.
Services: All mains services connected
Council tax band(s): Roebuck House: G, 22 Ferry Lane: A.
Local authority: Cambridge City Council
Viewing: Strictly by appointment through the selling agents Carter Jonas Bradshaws 01223 472011
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