6 bedroom detached house for saleChurch Lane, Abington, Cambridge, CB21
Guide Price £2,150,000
- 6 bedrooms
- 4 receptions
- Aga kitchen/breakfast room
- outdoor heated pool and hard tennis court
- annexe building
- gym and sauna
- in all about 2.56 acres
A secluded Grade II listed former vicarage with attractive gardens and grounds
The property is situated in a secluded position in the attractive South Cambridgeshire village of Little Abington. The site is bordered by the River Granta which runs along the southern boundary. There are good local facilities in Great Abington including a well regarded village pub/restaurant The Three Tuns, a village shop/Post Office and, on the edge of the village, the Granta Park Business Park. There is a village primary school and further schooling for all age groups is found within the area including well regarded independent schools in the medieval market town of Saffron Walden and the high tech university city of Cambridge which also provides a more comprehensive range of shopping and recreational facilities.
For the commuter there is ready access onto the A11 dual carriageway just outside the village which in turn leads south to the M11 (Junction 9) or via the A505 to Junction 10, the Duxford interchange. The A11 proceeds northwards to connect with the A14 which leads to the east coast ports and the A1, M1 & M6. Mainline rail services are available from Whittlesford and Audley End stations, serving London's Liverpool Street and Cambridge, and domestic and international air services from Stansted airport which is three miles from Junction 8 of the M11 to the south. Frequent bus services are available running from Haverhill to Cambridge from the A1307 which is within walking distance of the property.
The Old Vicarage is a fascinating period house with origins dating back to the Queen Anne period in the early 18th Century. Sited in a superb private setting facing south and backing onto pastureland, the house has evolved over a number of centuries and has an attractive mix of architectural styles encompassing both the symmetry of the Georgian period and gothic features from the early 19th Century.
Listed Grade II, the earliest part of the building is timber framed with a later, predominantly late 18th Century stuccoed brick "Georgian" wing with additions from the late 19th Century. The Georgian north elevation contains a four panelled entrance door leading into an inner lobby with an elliptical fanlight above the door leading into the wide, wooden floored staircase hall. To the far end is a small study and access to the cellars with a gothic door leading out into the gardens. The two principle reception rooms are well proportioned with original open fireplaces to either side of which are deep alcoves, in the case of the drawing room these are fitted with library shelves facing south. This room has an attractive bay with gothic windows, the dining room has outlooks over the front lawn and the side garden through double hung sash windows. A smaller sitting room to the front has an open fireplace. The kitchen breakfast room spans the full depth of the house with French doors to the far end leading out onto a paved terrace. The units are painted "Plain English" with granite working surfaces, an inset deep glazed twin sink and a four oven Aga set into a former fireplace.
The room is floored with tumbled marble Fired Earth tiles and leads around to the dairy/pantry which has a lower floor and a fitted deep shelf all around. A boot room/utility and rear hall together with access to the secondary stairs to the first floor complete the ground floor accommodation.
At first floor level there are 6 bedrooms and three bath or shower rooms including a master with a recently refitted en suite shower. The current owners acquired the house 18 years ago and carried out renovations and improvements at that time and have subsequently converted an adjacent outbuilding into an annexe/ pool house and have most recently added a gym.
The house is approached down a long private shingled driveway with remotely controlled electric gates. The drive passes the wired hard tennis court to the left and the wide front lawn and leads up to a magnificent pair of H olm Oaks and a shingled parking and turning area to the side of the house. There is a two bay open garage to one side and ahead, the former stables and gym. The stables have been converted into a separate annexe with a central vaulted reception room with wide and tall windows front and back overlooking the adjacent heated outdoor swimming pool with electric retractable safety cover. The stables also provide a large bedroom, a small kitchenette and a shower room which has direct door access out to the terrace surrounding the swimming pool. The other range of buildings comprises a recently constructed gym building with two fully glazed walls overlooking the grounds to the front, behind these are a sauna room, two stores and a hot tub in a glazed canopy.
The rest of the gardens slope gently down to the River Granta which forms the southern boundary and contain a number of mature trees, a palm and some orchard varieties. The eastern boundary of the garden is formed by a mature hedge which provides a complete screen from a public footpath which leads down into the village and to Abington cricket ground.
Square Footage: 5,742 sq ft
Acreage: 2.56 Acres
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