6 bedroom detached house for saleSawston, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB22 3JR
- 13,638 sq ft family accommodation
- 4 reception rooms
- 5 bedroom suites
- Magnificent state rooms
- Long Gallery, Chapel
- 413 sq m (4,445 sq ft) second floor
- 463 sqm (4,984 sqft) Coach house
- party room/ catering facility
- P/P for staff/guest accommodation
- Pool house, stable block, tennis courts
Sawston Hall is situated in Sawston’s Conservation Area beside the Grade I St Mary’s Church. Sawston is 7 miles from the centre of Cambridge and is the largest village on the favourable south side of the City, in the heart of the Cambridge science cluster known as “Silicon Fen”. The village is within a few miles of leading scientific centres such as the Addenbrookes Biomedical Campus, the Babraham Institute, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute Hinxton, Granta Park Abington, Arm Campus Fulbourn and the Manor Business Park Sawston. The property is ideally placed for communications to London by road via the M11 and by train with regular services to Liverpool Street from Whittlesford (trains from 1 hour) and to Kings Cross from Royston (trains from 38 minutes). Stansted International Airport is 20 miles south accessed via Junction 8 of the M11 where the Stansted Express service leads directly into London Liverpool Street. Private jet charters and landing facilities are available from Marshalls Cambridge airport. Sawston has many of the facilities of a small market town with an excellent range of shops, sporting and recreational facilities. The famous nearby City of Cambridge offers first class shopping and cultural amenities as well as top flight educational facilities as befits a world class university and scientific centre.
ONE OF CAMBRIDGE’S MOST IMPORTANT HISTORIC HOUSES
Sawston Hall is a Grade I listed Tudor mansion which has great architectural and historical significance. It was the family seat of the Huddlestones for 500 years and made a real contribution to British history. The Hall is one of the few country houses of national importance close to Cambridge other than Wimpole Hall which is run by the National Trust. The Encyclopaedia Britannica states that “excluding the City of Cambridge there are no domestic buildings, either ancient or modern, of special note, with the exception of Sawston Hall”. The house has strong royal connections having been built over 27 years with the stone from Cambridge Castle between 1557 and 1584. The Huddlestones and the house played a key role in Queen Mary securing her crown and Mary assisted the build. During the reign of Elizabeth I the hall became a famous catholic safe house resulting in the famous priest hole being created by Saint Nicholas Owen. During the Second World War Sawston Hall briefly housed the operations room for Duxford and then became the headquarters of the US 66th Airforce. Since the War the house was for a time an important local tourist attraction and was also the location of several films including Michael Winner’s 1971 film “The Nightcomers” starring Marlon Brando. Sawston Hall is a very beautiful and complete Elizabethan stone manor house of the highest quality constructed of limestone, ashlar and clunch all under a predominantly peg tiled roof. Country Life described the house in 1954 thus: “This beautiful and romantic building is not only a wonderfully complete example of a 16th century quadrangular house but remarkable in having undergone so few alterations. But for the tiled roofs and brick chimney stacks Sawston Hall might be taken for a manor house in the Cotswolds or Northamptonshire. And in some views, from the south and east, it has the look of a college but of an Oxford college.”
Sawston Hall is set within a very special and private registered park and garden (listed Grade II) which includes spectacular formal gardens, a unique woodland wildlife area and a wild flower meadow designated as an SSSI. It is a rare instance of ancient woodland in an area with low woodland cover and boasts a surviving Tudor water garden. Sawston Hall has recently undergone a major project converting it back from its immediate previous use as a Language School to the well designed and practical family home that it is today. The works carried out have been very sympathetic and with no expense spared. An excellent Mark Wilkinson family kitchen has been installed and a series of first rate bedroom suites created together with the installation of a sophisticated and fuel efficient zoned heating system. The property has been brought up to an excellent standard throughout and comfortable practical family accommodation created within the Hall for a good sized household. The Hall retains all the attractive characteristics of a period country house including fine ceiling coving, impressive fireplaces, oak panelling, mullioned windows and flagged/limestone floors. The current owners have enhanced these features by giving the house a well balanced traditional and modern feel. The estate is very private and benefits from enhanced security provided in part by discrete but effective boundary treatments giving the property high levels of seclusion.
The property is approached via a long tarmac drive passing through a primary set of cast iron electric gates with listed ashlar pillars and a second set of internal gates, arriving at the main sweeping front lawn of the house. A shingled car parking area is set to the right behind tall hedging and the drive continues around the lawn to the front of the Hall with the coach house set back around a turning circle. A separate branch diverts south to the working areas and the wider estate. To the west of the estate is the traditional estate yard with a World War II barn and several outbuildings including a wood store.
The immediate formal gardens are surrounded with deer fencing and include two large level lawns, a double tennis court and a WW2 bunker. To the south of the Hall are the magnificent formal gardens which have been restored by Richard Ayres MBE who built Anglesey Abbey into one of the country’s top gardens. The manageable formal gardens have beautiful walls and include significant yew topiary, herbaceous borders, a rose garden, hornbeam walk, Peony garden and Dahlia garden which are framed by a moat with a metal bridge.
The inner gardens of the house are ideal for children and dogs as they are secure, safe, self contained and ring fenced with the benefit of much screening and a superb collection of specimen trees. The party room/coach house also benefits from its own walled garden which has been carefully landscaped with a fine collection of specimen shrubs. The immediate areas of woodland to the west of the property have been significantly restored and planted with a variety of now established specimen trees that will eventually provide further enhancement and privacy to the setting.
To the East of the property a pinetum has been created with a collection of evergreen trees such as cedars of Lebanon and giant redwoods. To the south of the moat an arboretum has been created with a collection of many rare specimen trees. The south eastern corner of the estate is designated as an SSSI wild flower meadow and has been converted into a series of good quality post and rail paddocks some of which can be grazed by ponies/horses. The wider estate used to be an important historic garden open to the public, attracting thousands of visitors a year and has excellent running tracks which could also be ridden on by horses. In particular, this area contains the remains of a Tudor water garden with a series of interesting ponds and bridges. The outer estate is further protected by an historic moat which enhances the security of the property.
In all about 57.92 acres
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