5 bedroom detached house for saleHazelwood Lane, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45
- Modern detached property
- Five bedrooms
- Family bathroom and three en suites
- Four reception rooms
- Self-contained one bedroom annexe
- Driveway and double garage
- Grounds of approx. 2.5 acres
- Redborne Upper School catchment
A modern five bedroom detached property with a self contained annexe and gardens and paddocks of approximately 2.5 acres. The property, designed by an award winning architect, has been finished to an extremely high specification and includes Gaggenau appliances, cat 5 wiring, a full heat recovery and ventilation system and a central vacuum system. There is also a surround sound music system. There are four reception rooms and a self-contained annexe on the ground floor, and five bedrooms on the first floor, three of which have en suites. The grounds approach 2.5 acres and there is a double garage. The property is close to the Greensand Ridge Walk which has miles of countryside walks to be enjoyed.
There are four reception rooms on the ground floor which has Brazilian slate flooring with underfloor heating throughout. The sitting room has a vaulted ceiling and tri-folding doors to the rear terrace. Both the sitting room and dining room have a fireplace with an inset Clearview log burning stove. There are bespoke fitted storage cupboards and desk/workstation areas in the family room.
The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of bespoke hand painted Shaker style units with a combination of granite and river bed granite work surfaces and Gaggenau appliances including a combination, conventional and steam oven, microwave oven, grill and coffee machine. There is also a dishwasher and fridge/freezer. The island unit is finished in cherry wood. There is a cupboard in the inner hallway with a laundry chute collection point.
There are five bedrooms on the first floor, three with en suites. There is Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware throughout the property, and the family bathroom also has a Matki shower enclosure. All the en suites and the family bathroom have electric underfloor heating. Glazed French doors in the master bedroom suite open to a Juliet balcony and there are walk-in wardrobes in all the other bedrooms.
The annexe has a double bedroom, a sitting room/kitchen and a bathroom, and can be accessed independently.
There is parking for up to 10 cars on the driveway, as well as a double garage. The gardens extend to approximately 2.5 acres and include a duck pond, vegetable garden, play area and a variety of trees and shrubs. There are unspoilt views over the surrounding countryside.
Ampthill is an historic market town with a variety of restaurants, a Waitrose supermarket, a selection of small independent specialist shops, a music school and a bookshop. The property is in the catchment area for the outstanding Redborne Upper School, and the Harpur Trust schools in Bedford are 8 miles away. Flitwick is approximately 3 miles away and has a frequent train service to London St. Pancras International in approximately 40 minutes. There are several golf clubs in the area and Milton Keynes, with its theatre and shopping centre, is approximately 15 miles away.
History & Heritage
It is believed that The Old Stables stands on the site of the original stable block for the nearby Houghton House and that the duck ponds in the grounds are the remains of the historic carp ponds which would have supplied the main house. The house was designed by the architect, Nick Price. Nearby Houghton House was built in 1621 by Mary, Countess of Pembroke, the sister of the poet Sir Philip Sidney. In 1675, the house may have provided the inspiration for 'House Beautiful' in John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress. It is thought that Bunyan's work is loosely based on his own journey between Bedford and Luton, and the steep slope leading into Ampthill could have been the model for the 'Hill of Difficulty'. Houghton House passed to the Duke of Bedford in 1738 and became a ruin after the removal of the roof.
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