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5 bedroom detached house for sale

GREAT STAUGHTON, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire

Guide Price £1,200,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Approximately 4300 Sq Ft
  • Beautifully Presented and Restored
  • Bespoke Kitchen Breakfast Room
  • Four Reception Rooms
  • Five Bedrooms, Four Bathrooms
  • Annexe Potential
  • Approximately Half an Acre
  • Well-Served Village
  • Excellent Access to Cambridge & London
  • Grade II Listed

Full description

With wonderful views over St Andrew's Church, Robin Hood Cottage has been completely renovated, combining period features with modern living to offer over 4300 sq ft of accommodation and excellent ceiling height. All four reception rooms are full of period character and sit alongside a bespoke modern kitchen breakfast room. Approximately half an acre of gardens comprise a formal country garden with seating and dining areas, and a main garden with large lawn and wooded areas. Great Staughton offers excellent schooling and local amenities, including two local pubs, doctors, butchers, post office, village hall and playing field. The nearby St. Neots Train Station offers services into London in just 42 minutes, and Cambridge is also with easy reach. Grade II Listed.

This beautiful five-bedroom Grade II Listed home is set in approximately half an acre of grounds in a prime position next to St Andrew’s Church in the village of Great Staughton. The original house at the front dates from 1540, while extensions to the rear date from 1760 and the latter part of the 20th century.

The current owners bought the property nine years ago, having been initially attracted by the village itself and then by the lovely house which, for its age, offered spacious rooms with high ceilings on all floors. The house was at that time in a poor state of repair with an overgrown walled garden but they could see it had the potential to become the stunning home it is today.

The owners undertook extensive renovations, including drainage, plumbing and wiring. Large scale repairs were carried out where poor quality rendering in the past had rotted oak timbers and wall fabric. The repairs and the new rendered exterior now meet the exacting standards required for a Grade II Listed building. Internal alterations carried out by the owners included moving doorways to improve the flow, the installation of additional windows and sun tubes, and four new bathrooms. A second staircase was inserted in the more recently built part of the property to replace an external staircase that had been the only means of access to the two bedrooms above. The rooms below now have under-floor heating and comprise a drawing room with an open inglenook fireplace, and a new kitchen breakfast room. This modern part of the house is sensitively styled to blend with the older parts at the front, where there are many original features including exposed timbers. Here, the entrance hall, the dining room, the study and the preparation room all feature quarry-tiled floors, while the sitting room has a lovely inglenook fireplace with a wood-burning stove.

Externally, the attractive grounds originally comprised just the walled garden, where the owners cleared an overgrown rockery and replaced it with lawns, flower beds and seating areas. A gate now leads through to further section of garden, which the owners purchased from a neighbour about three years ago and comprises mainly lawns and expanses of mature trees.

Great Staughton is a social village with a strong sense of community and has a village hall with a playing field, two tennis courts and a children’s playground. The hall hosts many clubs and societies from amateur dramatics to flower arranging. Other amenities include a doctors’ surgery with a pharmacy, a butcher’s and grocery shop and two pubs. The village has a pre-school and a primary school, which feed into secondary schools in St Neots. The neighbouring village of Kimbolton is home to the well-regarded private school, where the swimming pool is also open to the public, while further private schools can be found in the town of Bedford.

Nearby St Neots offers a wide range of amenities, including a new cinema, and shops including supermarkets such as Waitrose, Tesco, Aldi, Lidl and an M&S Foodhall. It also has a railway station, which has a fast service to London Kings Cross in under 45 minutes. The nearby A1, which connects to the A14, the A421 and the A428 gives good access to Peterborough, Cambridge, Bedford and Milton Keynes.

Robin Hood Cottage is superbly situated from every point of view and is a property which offers a lovely family home.

The beautifully appointed kitchen was hand-built by a local carpenter to the owners’ design and incorporates wall units with sycamore tops and a large island with a walnut work surface.

Next to the kitchen is a preparation room with a quarry-tiled floor and a larder: the preparation room provides an ideal space for children’s messier activities such as painting or baking, while the larder is great asset when entertaining on any scale, having a wine rack and shelves with marble insets for keeping food cool.

Above one door and inset in another, is a glass panel featuring a little bird, which is believed to date back to 1540.

Four stained glass panels, which came from the house of the author, Anthony Trollope, have been installed by the owners; three can be seen in the wall between the drawing room and the stairs, while another is set in the old oak door leading to the sitting room.

The walled garden offers delightful seating areas for al fresco entertaining, while children can enjoy games of hide-and-seek as well as the swings in the beech and willow trees.

Drenched in history, it is the former ‘Robin Hood Inn,' as well as being the former ‘Taggart Tile Museum and Gallery’ and shop.

Solid Timber Door With Multi-Pane Glazed Side Pane -

Entrance Hall - 6.38m x 1.75m (20'11" x 5'9") - Exposed timbers to wall. Exposed brickwork to wall. Brick and quarry-tiled floor. Fitted bookshelf. Cast-iron radiator.

Sitting Room - 5.59m (into fireplace) x 5.00m (18'4" (into firepl - Multi-pane bow window to side aspect. Exposed timbers to wall and ceiling. Brick-built inglenook fireplace with wood-burning stove, herringbone brick hearth, timber bressumer and feature lighting. Door to understairs storage cupboard. Stairs with multi-pane window to side to first floor landing. Radiator. Oak door with Victorian stain-glass window to:

Inner Hall - Covered stable door to side aspect. Exposed timbers to wall.

Dining Room - 4.70m x 3.94m (15'5" x 12'11") - Two multi-pane windows to front aspect. Quarry-tiled floor. Brick-built open fireplace with flagstone hearth. Two recessed bookcases. Radiator.

Study - 3.96m x 3.68m (13'0" x 12'1") - Multi-pane window to front and rear aspects. Quarry-tiled floor. Brick-built open fireplace. Two recessed bookcases and one bookcase covering one side aspect. Radiator.

Preparation Room - 4.90m x 3.56m (16'1" x 11'8") - Multi-pane window to side aspect with a solid walnut deep shelf with oil tank radio meter over. Quarry-tiled floor. Fitted base and wall units with solid sycamore wood worksurface. Inset butler sink with swan neck mixer tap and worksurface cut drainer. Space for fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble drier. Exposed timbers to wall and ceiling. Door to large walk-in pantry with window to side aspect, a cold slab, wine racks and shelving.

Boot Room - 4.39m x 2.06m (into cupboards) (14'5" x 6'9" (into - Stable door with inset leaded-light window to side aspect. Brick floor. Full height cloaks cupboard. Floor-mounted oil-fired boiler.

Cloak Room - Multi-pane window to side aspect. Brick floor. Two piece suite comprising a low level WC and hand wash basin with mixer tap and vanity unit. Full height cloaks cupboard. Radiator.

Kitchen Breakfast Room - 6.40m x 4.98m (21'0" x 16'4") - Two multi-pane windows to side aspect. Three light wells. Range of bespoke base and wall mounted units with solid sycamore wood worksurface. Inset butler-style sink with mixer tap over and waste disposal unit. Built-in double oven and grill with warming drawer. Tiled splashbacks. Central island with solid walnut wood worksurface, inset circular sink with hose mixer tap over, five-ring induction hob with extractor over and space for wine chiller. Integrated dishwasher. Space for full-height fridge freezer. Recessed ceiling lights. Under pelmet lighting. Wood floor in kitchen area with underfloor heating and quarry-tiled floor in breakfast area, with built-in benched seating area. Cast-iron radiator.

Rear Hall - Stairs to first floor landing. Quarry-tiled floor. Recessed ceiling lights. Radiator.

Drawing Room - 8.71m x 5.69m (28'7" x 18'8") - Three multi-pane windows to side aspect. Two multi-pane windows to rear aspect. Three light wells. Three Victorian stain-glass windows to stairs. Brick-built open fireplace with cast-iron grate and canopy, and quarry-tiled hearth. Exposed brickwork. Solid wood floor with underfloor heating. Recessed ceiling lights. Timber door to gated vestibule at side of property with access to store.

Rear First Floor Landing -

Master Bedroom Suite - 10.57m x 3.96m (including en suite and dressing ro - Bedroom:
Two multi-pane dormer windows to side elevation. Multi-pane window to rear elevation. Stable-style door to side elevation with glass window above, opening out to a small balcony with space for bistro set. Brick-built fireplace with slate hearth. Six double and one single wardrobe. Eaves storage. Two radiators.

Walk-in Dressing Room:
Four double wardrobes.

En suite:
Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, large double-width walk-in shower with overhead and hand held shower attachment, and built-in vanity unit with solid wood worksurface and large hand wash basin with pillar mixer tap. Fully tiled. Low level sensor lighting. Recessed ceiling lights. Extractor. Hatch to loft. Heated towel rail.

Bedroom Two / Guest Suite - 7.19m x 4.14m (23'7" x 13'7") - Three multi-pane dormer windows to side elevations. Two walk-in and two shoe wardrobes. Recessed ceiling lights. Three radiators.

En Suite - Multi-pane window to side elevation. Four piece suite comprising a low level WC, free-standing double ended bath with wall mounted mixer tap, large walk-in shower and sink. Tiled floor. Part-tiled walls. Recessed ceiling lights. Extractor. Heated towel rail.

First Floor Landing - Two airing cupboards. Exposed timbers to wall and ceiling. Exposed brick chimney breast. Radiator.

Bedroom Three - 4.01m x 3.71m (13'2" x 12'2") - Multi-pane window to front and rear elevations. Exposed timbers to wall. Two single wardrobes. Radiator.

Cloakroom - Multi-pane window to side elevation. Exposed brick chimney breast. Exposed timbers to ceiling. Two piece suite comprising a low level WC and hand wash basin with mixer tap and vanity unit underneath. Heated towel rail.

Bedroom Four - 4.65m x 3.18m (15'3" x 10'5") - Multi-pane window to front elevation. Exposed timbers to wall. Built-in single wardrobe. Radiator.

Bedroom Five - 4.19m x 3.45m (13'9" x 11'4") - Multi-pane window to side elevation. Exposed timbers to wall. Built-in storage recess. Radiator.

Family Shower Room - Multi-pane window to side elevation. Exposed timbers to wall. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, walk-in shower with overhead shower and hand held shower attachment, and base-mounted circular sink with mixer tap. Fully tiled. Recessed ceiling lights. Heated towel rail.

Family Bathroom - Multi-pane window to side elevation. Exposed timbers to wall. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, solid wood vanity unit with hand wash basin and pillar mixer tap, and double-ended bath with mixer tap and hand held shower attachment. Fully tiled. Recessed ceiling lights. Heated towel rail.

Outside - The plot of approximately half an acre includes ample off-road parking. There is a gravel area with mature planting to the side of the property with gated vehicular access, which can be used as additional parking. Paved dining area to the side aspect with a pergola over. There is a pretty cottage-style walled garden to the rear enclosed by mature trees with raised brick-built established borders, a paved seating area, and part wood / part brick built storage area housing garden machinery. Following on from the walled garden, there is a metal gate accessing the main garden with a large lawn and mature trees, that leads down to the river on the left and curves round the church grounds, boasting open countryside views. The main garden holds three greenhouses and part wood / part brick built wood store.

Outbuilding - 4.67m x 1.83m (15'4" x 6'0") - Brick-built storage room with window to side aspect and doors to both front and side aspects.

Further Information - Built circa. 1540
Grade II Listed
Oil boiler

All measurements are approximate and quoted for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. Seller Insight: Comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.

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