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5 bedroom detached house for sale

High Street, Eggington, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7

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Property Description

Key features

  • Grade II listed 17th century part thatched cottage
  • Five bedrooms, three bathrooms
  • Three reception rooms with inglenook fireplaces
  • Study, contemporary garden room
  • Bespoke kitchen/dining room, utility room
  • Approx. 2,606 sq. ft. of restored accommodation
  • Detached garage, 23 ft. workshop/storage shed
  • Mature grounds of approx. 0.8 acres backing onto woodland

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A Grade II listed 17th century part thatched five bedroom cottage with open plan entertaining space and a workshop set in approximately 0.8 acres of mature grounds. Osborn Cottage is situated in the heart of Eggington with views over woodland to the front and rear. The cottage has been painstakingly refurbished, restored and extended by the current owners to create 2,606 sq. ft. of contemporary living accommodation with many original features. The extensions include a bright and airy garden room with glazed doors to the garden, a bespoke kitchen/dining room with an Aga, a utility room, a study and a fifth bedroom. Flooring used throughout the cottage includes solid oak
floorboards, slate tiling with underfloor heating, and flagstone floors. The roof was re-thatched in 2007, oak beams have been exposed and inglenook fireplaces have been restored, with wood burning stoves in two of them. The gardens have also been landscaped to create a welcoming entrance to the cottage.

History and Heritage 
Osborn Cottage was built in the 17th century with a timber frame and washed brick nogging. It was originally a row of three cottages which had lean-to sheds and a wash house at the rear. The name comes from William and Sarah Osborn who lived in the middle cottage. They ran a china shop from the end cottage, selling the bric-a-brac which Mr Osborn sourced from local sales. Old Granny Osborn, as she was known, was said to scythe the grass in front of the cottages better than any man. Granny had a little shop where she sold sweets and eggs with the village children being frequent visitors. The empty cottage at the other end was used as a store for potatoes and vegetables.

Other Bedrooms and Family Bathroom 
Bedrooms three and four overlook the gardens to the front and have exposed beams with bedroom three being dual aspect and bedroom four having exposed original floorboards and inset wall book shelves. Bedroom five is dual aspect with views of the rear garden and woodland beyond. The ceiling is vaulted with exposed beams and there is a washstand basin with storage cupboards beneath and a further built-in full height cupboard with shelving and drawers. The family bathroom comprises a four piece suite of a freestanding roll top bath with a shower attachment, a shower cubicle, a wash basin and a WC.

Garaging and Outbuildings 
The garage has double timber doors to the front, a mezzanine level for storage and power and light connected. To the rear of the garage, there is a stock brick storage building with power and light connected. To the rear of the garden, there is a timber workshop/storage shed, also with power and light connected.

Osborn Cottage is approached via an electrically operated timber five bar gate and a gravelled driveway with parking. The garden is principally laid to lawn with flower and shrub borders, a central circular flower bed, and mature trees. A paved path with a timber arch above and box hedging leads to the front porch. Timber double gates lead to the rear garden.

Rear Garden 
The landscaped rear garden has a sandstone paved terrace surrounded by a curved retaining wall with steps and a slope leading to a lawned garden. The pond is surrounded by a rockery and a gravelled path with a central specimen flower and shrub bed beyond. A stone bridge leads over a gravelled area to a set of steps which in turn lead to a further lawn. Also within the garden, there is a log store, a working well, an enclosed vegetable garden with raised plots and a timber shed. A timber framed greenhouse is provided and is attached to the workshop/storage shed. There is a fenced off wild garden and a woodland area perfect for keeping bees and chickens. The mature grounds measure approximately 0.8 acres, back onto woodland and are surrounded by fencing, and mature trees and hedging.

Utility Room and Cloakroom 
The utility room is dual aspect with a stable door to an open rear porch which has a gable end, a light and windows. Within the utility room, there are bespoke wooden storage units, a butler’s sink, a solid wood drainer and work surfaces. Space is provided for an American style fridge/freezer, a washing machine and a tumble dryer. The flooring has been laid with terracotta tiles. The cloakroom comprises a wash basin with a storage cupboard beneath, and a WC.

First Floor Landing and Master Suite 
The landing has a feature exposed chimney breast and exposed wall and floor beams. The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, and is dual aspect with views of the rear garden and woodland beyond. There is a dressing area with space for wardrobes and the en suite shower room has a three piece suite of a double shower cubicle, a wash basin with a storage cupboard beneath, and a WC.

Guest Bedroom 
The guest bedroom is also dual aspect with views of the front garden and there are exposed painted beams. The en suite shower room includes a double shower cubicle, a wash basin and a WC. The feature chimney breast extends from the bedroom into the en suite.

Eggington today 
Eggington today is a relatively small village with some 225 residents. The village offers an Indian restaurant, a church and a village hall which was formerly the village school which closed in 1984. Today some of the closest schools to the village include Leighton Middle School and Cedars Upper School. Leighton Buzzard is approximately 2.5 miles away and offers a variety of shops, supermarkets and social facilities as well as a mainline railway station with services to London Euston taking 27 minutes.

The old village of Eggington was known as Egonesham which is recorded in a chronicle of AD 571 and clearings were made in an oak forest in AD 600 at Aecendon, the old English name for Ekendon, meaning Oak Hill or Ecca’s Hill. When Eggington was in the Manshead Hundred, the first record of population was made in 1671 when there were 115 inhabitants. Later in 1776, there were 206, the same number as the year 1801. The highest number of people was in 1861 at 439, which gradually reduced over the years to 228 in 1951. The record in 1981 had dropped to 207. Although there are more houses today, not so many people live in each dwelling. An investigation made in 1846/47 showed that the only education children received in Eggington was at the church Sunday school where children were taught by four men and ten women teachers, all unpaid. In 1848, a village school was opened and each child paid 2d a week, or 3d a week for children from families that were better off.

History continued 
In the 1950s the three cottages were bought by Mr and Mrs Wildsmith who converted them into one property. The corrugated iron roof was removed and the old thatch crumbled to dust, however, the original timbers were in good condition and the thatch was replaced with Marley tiles. While the garden was being worked on, the couple found reminders of the former shop with the discovery of many pieces of blue and white china.

Entrance Porch, Snug and Sitting Room 
From a green oak gable end timber framed porch with traditional peg tiles and leaded light windows, a wooden front door opens into the snug which overlooks the gardens to the front. It has a flagstone floor, exposed beams and a brick inglenook fireplace with an open fire. A door leads to the inner hall. The sitting room is dual aspect with views of the front garden. The inglenook fireplace has a quarry tiled hearth, an inset beam and wood burning stove with a black canopy hood. Solid oak flooring has been laid and there are exposed beams. A door also leads to the inner hall.

Family Room and Study 
The family room has exposed beams and an inglenook fireplace with a quarry tiled hearth, a feature seat, an inset beam and a wood burning stove. There are views of the garden to the front and the flooring has been laid with a flagstone floor. A feature window looks into the utility room and there is a built-in slim shelved storage cupboard. The study has a side aspect and exposed beams.

Inner Hall 
The inner hall has stairs to the first floor, a built-in coats cupboard an opening to the garden room and a door to the kitchen/dining room.

Garden Room 
The contemporary garden room opens into the garden via two sets of glazed double doors. The ceiling is vaulted with an exposed oak beam and slate flooring with underfloor heating continues through to the kitchen/dining room.

Kitchen and Dining Room 
The kitchen/dining room overlooks the rear garden and has glazed double doors to the patio. The bespoke wooden units extend across both the kitchen and the dining room with cupboards, drawers, basket drawers, a wine rack, glass display cabinets, display shelving, a butler’s sink and solid wood work surfaces. In addition, there is an island with further storage, book shelving, a breakfast bar and a granite work surface. A walk-in pantry with shelving is also provided. Appliances include an AGA with four ovens, and a full height integrated fridge. Space is provided for a dishwasher and there are exposed beams.

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