7 bedroom detached house for saleChurch Street, Isleham, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7
Sold STC £1,100,000
- 4,568 sq ft of accommodation
- 7 bedrooms
- Aga kitchen/breakfast room
- sitting & dining rooms
- sweeping drive & mature gardens
- in all 1.10 acres
The Old Vicarage is situated in the heart of the oldest part of the village opposite the historic parish church of St Andrews. Isleham is a small village 6 miles north east of Newmarket, the Home of English racing, 8 miles south of the fenland city of Ely and 16 miles east of the university city of Cambridge. Within the village there are good local facilities for everyday needs including a co-operative supermarket, an outreach post office , butcher and hairdresser, there are three pubs, the nearest being The Merry Monk and a community centre.
There is a primary school in the village and further schools for all age groups in the area including highly regarded independent schools in Cambridge, Kings' at Ely and Fairstead House in Newmarket. More comprehensive shopping facilities are available in Newmarket with both Waitrose and Tesco supermarkets and in Ely and comprehensive shopping recreational and cultural facilities in Cambridge.
There is ready access onto the A142 just outside the village which connects with the A14 just north of Newmarket. The A14 leads to Cambridge and the East Coast ports, the A1, M1 and M6 to the west and the A11 to the south which in turn joins the M11 and to the south Stansted Airport, the M25 and London. Train services are available from Newmarket, serving Cambridge and mainline services are available from Ely via Cambridge into London Liverpool Street and King's Cross.
The Old Vicarage is a handsome detached "square" house with mellow gault brick elevations and a low pitched hipped slate roof. This mid 19th century former vicarage stands well, set back from the road yet in the heart of the village was sold by the church in 1982.
Listed Grade II as being of historical and architectural interest, this spacious house has many attractive period features - a variety of sash windows (those to the rear having recessed horizontal sliding shutters), jewel coloured stained glass windows, open fireplaces with marble surrounds, cornicing, picture rails, stripped floorboards, deep skirtings and panelled doors. It offers rather more than initially expected - as it was doubled in size in 1853 and now provides a "house of two halves" which marry incredibly well. The accommodation at the front spans three floors whilst that at the rear spans two, resulting in really impressive high ceilinged reception rooms to the rear ground floor and similarly proportioned bedrooms above.
The rooms flow from the central front door and staircase hall to the former vicar's study (now the morning room) to the right with French doors to the garden and an Aga kitchen/breakfast room to the left. Here there are a range of shaker style painted cupboards and drawers with wooden worktops and a glazed butler sink. The mains gas fired Aga is positioned within a chimney breast with chequered tiling and there is a fitted dishwasher. Beyond, and to the front of the house is a utility/laundry room with plumbing for a washing machine and space for a tumble dryer, a butler sink and tongue and grooved panelling. This leads to a really useful larder and a store (to the rear of the garage). Returning to the hall, there is access to the cellar - in two parts with a barrel vaulted ceiling - and the rear hall with wonderful flag stone flooring and a turning staircase with elegant handrail to the first floor. Beside is a side hall with a pretty arched fanlight above the (part) stained glass door and an attractive vista of the side terrace. The well-proportioned sitting and dining rooms at the rear of the house have high (over 10ft) ceilings, open fireplaces with marble surrounds and deep sash windows to the rear gardens. A cloaks/shower room completes the accommodation on the ground floor.
There are 4 double bedrooms over two floors at the front of the house, one on each floor having an en-suite facility, a family bathroom with corner bath and "jack and Jill" bathro om with slipper bath and shower on the top floor. The delightful and wide rear landing which links to the front is flooded with light from a part stained glass side window and leads to the three remaining bedrooms - two of which enjoy similar proportions to the reception rooms below, have plantation style shutters and delightful views of the garden.
The layout of this fine house allows for a variety of uses - particularly for bed and breakfast or dual generation occupation as the front and rear upper floors can be independent if required.
There is a sweeping shingle gated drive to the front of the house with garage and the mainly walled rear gardens - predominantly lawned - have a variety of mature trees and shrubs which enjoy a high degree privacy and views of the church.
In all the site extends to approximately 1.10 acres.
Square Footage: 4,568 sq ft
Acreage: 1.1 Acres
From London proceed north up the M11 and take Junction 9 and join the A11. Carry on to the eat of Cambridge and continue onto the A14 heading East and at the Exning exit north of Newmarket take the A142 exit and proceed north towards Fordham. Proceed into Fordham rather than taking the bypass and turn right signposted to Isleham onto River lane which turns into Collins Hill. At the crossroads proceed straight over and head for Isleham. At the T junction turn left onto the B1104 (Mill Street) and continue into the village proceeding around to the right onto The Causeway and the entrance to the Old Vicarage is on the right hand side just before the sharp corner opposite the church.
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