6 bedroom detached house for saleKennell Hill, Sharnbrook, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK44
Sold STC £1,000,000
- Victorian detached property of 5,137 sq. ft.
- Six bedrooms; two en suite
- Five reception rooms and cellar
- Kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and laundry room
- Formal gardens and orchard totalling approx. 1.38 acres
- Two garages
- Courtyard with associated outbuildings and stores
- Open countryside views
A Victorian six bedroom detached Country House situated within a conservation area. The plot consists of formal gardens and an orchard which totals approximately 1.38 acres. The property occupies a prominent elevated position along Kennel Hill with fine views of surrounding countryside and Ouse Valley. The accommodation extends to 5,137 sq. ft. in total and retains a number of traditional period features including fireplaces, ceiling coving and an original Victorian mosaic patterned tiled floor in the entrance hall. The property requires a comprehensive level of restoration but has a versatile layout with which to create a large, modern family home. There is also scope to separate one wing into a self-contained two bedroom annexe if desired.
The attached brick built building is situated within the courtyard at the rear and provides a workshop/garden store, a WC, and a further hay barn which has a staircase leading up to a first floor hayloft spanning the entire width of the roof space. A timber storage barn houses the oil storage tank. There is also a detached sectional garage.
Sharnbrook is a North Bedfordshire village approximately 9 miles north of Bedford where rail links to London St. Pancras International take just 39 minutes. The village has two schools, the larger of which is Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College. This school, which has an outstanding Ofsted report, was attended by the London Marathon winner Paula Radcliffe, who opened the Paula Radcliffe Sharnbrook Community Sports Centre in April 2005. Sharnbrook dates back to Saxon times and there is a Norman church in the village. Village shops include a bakery, farm shop, Co-Op supermarket, newsagent, grocer, pharmacy, florist and a hairdresser.
The property is enclosed at the front by a combination of both stone and brick walling with mature hedgerow set behind. It is entered via a pillared gated entrance leading to the gravel driveway which continues to the front, side and rear of the house providing access to the courtyard and outbuildings. There are well stocked borders surrounding the house. The driveway has access to an attached garage which has twin timber doors and power connected.
Formal Gardens and Orchard
The formal gardens extend to approximately 1.38 acres and are arranged on a higher level. They are principally lawned with established well stocked borders bound by mature hedgerow and a number of mature trees. There is a vegetable garden, a fenced soft fruit growing area and an octagonal thatched summerhouse. The lawned area to the side was previously used as a tennis court and croquet lawn. The orchard is bound by the original brick wall and accessed by an arched gated access at one side and via a timber gated entrance on the other. It is enclosed by timber fencing and mature hedgerow and has a number of mature fruit trees and lawned areas. There are a range of timber storage barns. On the left boundary is a public footpath accessed via Godfrey Lane.
Flagstone steps lead up to a pillared entrance porch and through an original wooden and part glazed entrance door into the reception hall. It has a mosaic tiled floor, high ceilings, moulded dado rails and a sweeping staircase with individual balustrades and polished handrails to the first floor. There is a door into the rear hallway which has stairs down to the cellar, original shelved storage cupboards, an exposed quarry tiled floor and a door to the rear courtyard. The cloakroom has a wash basin and a Velux skylight. The laundry room has shuttered windows overlooking the courtyard.
The sitting room has a bay window with views over open fields and a traditional fireplace with an open grate and a raised hearth. There are picture and dado rails. The dual aspect ballroom overlooks the front garden and rear courtyard and has a high ceiling detailed with regency style friezes and ceiling roses. There are two leaded light glazed corner display cabinets and an exposed hardwood floor. The drawing room has shuttered glazed double doors onto the driveway, moulded ceiling cornices and picture rails, and a traditional marble fireplace with an open grate. The dining room has a bay window to the side and a traditional fireplace which is currently sealed.
Further Ground Floor Accommodation/Potential Annexe
A door from the dining room leads to an inner hallway which has the secondary staircase to the first floor. The study overlooks the driveway and garden. The rear lobby has a door to the courtyard area. The ground floor shower room is fitted in a white suite of a shower area with a fitted shower, wash basin and WC. There is a shelved linen cupboard. The dual aspect utility room is fitted with base units with work surfaces over incorporating a sink unit. There is an original shelved storage cupboard and a larder cupboard. These rooms, together with the two bedrooms on the first floor, could potentially be separated from the main house to create a self-contained two bedroom annexe.
The kitchen/breakfast room has a range of fitted base units with work surfaces over and a sink unit. A fireplace recess with a high mantel over houses a two oven Rayburn with storage cupboards set into the recesses on both sides. There is a quarry tiled floor and a shelved pantry cupboard.
Principal Bedrooms and Bathroom
The master bedroom overlooks the former tennis court and croquet lawn and has a wash basin and a traditional fireplace with a cast iron open grate. The en suite bathroom is fitted with a white suite of a screened bath with an independent shower over, wash basin and WC. Bedroom two has a bay window with countryside views, picture rails and a door to the family bathroom. Bedroom three has fitted wardrobes. Bedroom four overlooks the former tennis court and croquet lawn and has a traditional fireplace with an open grate.
Further Bedrooms and Bathroom
Bedroom five has a traditional fireplace with an open grate and a wardrobe recess. Bedroom six overlooks the front with open countryside views. The family bathroom is fitted with a three piece suite of a bath, wash basin and WC. There is an original cast iron fireplace and a shelved linen press. There is also a separate WC adjacent to the bathroom.
The landing area is arranged on varying levels with dual aspect windows, a shelved storage cupboard and access to the roof space.
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