4 bedroom detached house for saleManor Road, Lower Sundon, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU3
- Grade II listed 16th century detached cottage
- Four bedrooms
- Three reception rooms plus conservatory/garden room
- Refitted kitchen/breakfast room
- Gas to radiator heating
- Landscaped gardens incorporating a heated outdoor pool area of 0.34 acres
- Range of outbuildings including two garages
- Outstanding views over surrounding countryside
A Grade II listed 16th century four bedroom detached cottage and outbuildings in landscaped gardens of 0.34 acres occupying a rural position with countryside views. The cottage is of red brick elevations under a clay tiled roof. The accommodation has three separate reception rooms, a conservatory/garden room, a refitted kitchen/breakfast room and a ground floor bathroom. On the first floor there are three double bedrooms and a single bedroom plus a shower room. The gardens include an outdoor heated swimming pool and three adjacent barns which offer potential for redevelopment if required (subject to obtaining any necessary local authority consents).
The sitting room is a light, dual aspect room with a window overlooking the front garden and glazed double doors at the rear into the conservatory/garden room. Character features include an exposed ceiling timber and a brick fireplace with a timber bressumer and a deep recess which houses an open grate. A built in storage cupboard housing the meters and utilities is provided. The conservatory/garden room is of a brick, hardwood and double glazed construction under a pitched glazed roof. It has part glazed double doors onto a terrace area with views of the garden, pool area and surrounding countryside. The snug has an inglenook fireplace with raised hearth, timber bressumer and a multi fuel stove. A built in storage cupboard is situated between the fireplace and the staircase which has wrought iron balustrades and provides access to the first floor.
Dining Room and Bathroom
The dual aspect dining room overlooks the gardens to the front and rear with character features that include an inglenook fireplace with open grate set on a flagstone hearth, and an exposed ceiling timber and floorboards. The ground floor bathroom is entered via a lobby area with a ledge and brace door. It is fitted in a traditional style white suite of a Slipper bath, wash basin and WC. There are part panelled walls to dado height, exposed ceiling timbers, wooden flooring and a window to the rear. A deep, built in, cloaks cupboard is provided.
The cottage is entered via a part glazed entrance door into a vestibule with a beamed opening leading directly into the quarry tiled entrance hall. Character features include exposed beams, timbers and beamed architraves to the ground floor accommodation.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Utility Room
The kitchen/breakfast room is situated to the rear of the cottage with views over the garden from four windows. It is fitted in a range of custom built bespoke oak units which incorporate cupboards, drawers and corner carousel units. There are complementary granite work surfaces which incorporate a sink, drainer and breakfast bar area. Integrated appliances include a range style oven with extractor over, a dishwasher, two fridges and a freezer. There is slate tiling to the floor and splash back areas, and a stable door into the utility room which is fitted in a matching range of units and work surfaces. It has space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble drier and a window and door overlooking the rear terrace and gardens.
The cottage is positioned gable end on to Manor Road and is entered via an in-out gravel driveway which provides off road parking facilities and access to the detached barns. A central lawned area houses a mature Horse Chestnut tree and additional shrubs and bushes. A gated access between the barns allows access to the rear garden. The rear gardens offer a high level of screening and privacy and are enclosed by mature hedgerow and walling. The garden offers views of open countryside over neighbouring fields. The plot extends to approximately 0.34 acres with an extensive flagstone terraced area, ideal for outdoor entertaining. Steps from the terrace area provide access to the heated outdoor swimming pool which measures 40ft x 20ft and occupies an elevated position within the garden. It is of varying depth and has coach lights around the outside. The gardens are principally laid to lawn with well stocked borders with mature plants and trees surrounding and interspersed.
Barns and Outbuildings
These buildings are detached from the cottage and provide potential for conversion into a variety of different uses such as independent annexe accommodation. The main barn is of a timber framed construction with featherboard elevations under a pitched corrugated roof. It is entered via a stable door and an additional solid timber door and is open plan in design. It can also be entered via twin doors to the side. Features include roof trusses and timbers and there is a staircase to a mezzanine landing which is currently used for general storage purposes. The additional barns also have pitched corrugated roofs and are currently used for garaging and garden machinery storage and a fully functional gym. The barn nearest to the cottage houses the swimming pool plant and filtration system and boiler (which have been regularly serviced).
Chestnut Cottage is situated within the rural hamlet of Lower Sundon and there is local stables nearby with the added benefit of miles of off road hacking available. Lower Sundon is only 2.2 miles from the A6 and 3 miles from the M1. Luton is situated to the south of the property with Hitchin located 10 miles to the east and Milton Keynes approximately 18 miles to the north west. For the commuter, mainline railway stations are available at Leagrave or Harlington with services to St.Pancras International in approximately 45 minutes.
The landing has character features including exposed beams, timbers and brickwork. There is a shelved cupboard housing the hot water cylinder for the house. The master bedroom is a dual aspect room overlooking the front garden and countryside beyond. There are built-in wardrobes, with exposed beams and timbers and access to the roof space. The guest bedroom is dual aspect with views of the front garden and side aspect, and access to the roof space. Bedroom three is also a double bedroom overlooking the driveway and garden. There are exposed beams and timbers, a recess for a wardrobe, and an exposed brick chimney breast with inset cast iron grate. Bedroom four is a single bedroom currently used as a study. Character features include beams and timbers. The shower room is fitted in a modern white suite of a screened walk in shower enclosure with fitted shower, twin wash basins in an oak vanity unit and WC, with travertine wall and floor tiling, and a window to the rear.
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