6 bedroom detached house for saleCainhoe, Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, MK45
Guide Price £3,950,000
- 3 reception rooms
- 6 bedrooms
- guest accommodation
- leisure suite with cinema, gym & pool
- coach house
- outdoor pool
- tennis court
16th Century Grade II Listed Manor House
Sitting just 48 miles from central London, Clophill is a small village and civil parish located in the Flit River Valley, Bedfordshire. The village of Woburn, widely known for its Georgian high street and the twin attractions; Woburn Abbey and Woburn Safari Park, is just 9 miles west. The larger centres of Luton, Bedford and Milton Keynes are all within easy driving distance and provide for
a comprehensive range of services. Bedford has a good range of
state and private schools including Bedford School, St Andrews
and Dame Alice Harper. In addition The Harpur Trust schools
including Bedford, Bedford Modern and Bedford Girls.
For the commuter there are main line stations with direct access to London from Flitwick (St Pancras from 41 minutes) whilst junction 12 of the M1, or the A1 to the east, provides fast access to London, the north and links to the M25 and the national motorway network. International destinations are easily accessible from Luton airport just 14 miles away.
Believed to be a hunting lodge for King Henry VIII, Cainhoe Manor sits at the top of a small hill with far reaching views on the outer reaches of the village of Upper Gravenhurst and Clophill to the north. The house is approached through electric gate on to a
gravelled driveway that sweeps to the rear of the property. This superb Grade II, 16th, Century Pre Tudor house has indications of earlier 14th Century existence and has been later remodelled in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The house is built of coursed ironstone rubble, red brick, gault brick and colour washed roughcast render over a timber frame under a clay tiled roof. The current owners have lived at the property for over 25 years and during that time the Manor has undergone a number of highly commendable and extensive refurbishment programs to include; entirely re-roofing, re-plumbing, rewiring
and re-pointing the house. In its current condition the property presents itself as a magnificent period property that accommodates all aspects of 21st century living.
The ground floor accommodation at Cainhoe Manor is well laid out with large formal reception rooms and smaller day-to-day family rooms. The house boasts a fantastic reception hall which doubles as a drawing room with a large new orangery beyond. From here the impressive kitchen with a new conservatory (used as the breakfast area), drawing room, and the dining room
with ornate ceiling and jib door can be reached. In addition the ground floor includes a study, utility room, boot room and two WCs.
The bedroom accommodation is accessed via a handsome oak stairwell to a wood panelled corridor that runs the length of the property. The master bedroom suite is positioned at the south end of the house and has triple aspect views and a contemporary bathroom with steps leading to a lower bedroom area. The first floor has three further bedrooms (1 en suite
and another with a WC) and a family bathroom. The remaining bedroom accommodation is situated on the second floor and consists of 2 further bedrooms and a large eaves storage room. All bedrooms and bathrooms have been superbly decorated and have been kept in keeping with the period style of the house.
Situated to the south of the property is the Stable Courtyard that consists of extensive garaging, both open fronted and locked, a 2 bedroom flat with en suite shower room, bathroom, kitchen and sitting room. The flat has the added benefit of linking to the lei sure suite with indoor heated swimming pool, gym and sauna. Ideal for parties, there is a large room currently used as a home cinema with self contained kitchen and WC.
The gardens at Cainhoe Manor are evenly laid out surrounding the property with the main lawn situated leading out from the kitchen doors to the south. Above this is a newly refurbished outdoor swimming pool and recently constructed pool house with kitchenette.
The gardens (except the mature trees) were designed and constructed by the award winning Chelsea Flower show designer Julie Toll. Beyond the south western elevation of the property there is a fabulous sun terrace that leads to the stable yard
past an abundant orchard producing; apples, pears, plums and greengages.
The land at Cainhoe Manor lies to the west and north west of the property and can be seen on your left hand side as you approach the house.
Acreage: 6 Acres
From J12 of the M1, take the A5120 towards the village of Flitwick. Take the A507 towards Shefford and Henlow. Having gone over the Clophill roundabout take the second turning on the right towards the village of Gravenhurst. The entrance to Cainhoe Manor will be seen on the left hand side further along the lane.
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