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4 bedroom detached house for sale

GRAVELEY, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire

Guide Price £600,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Beautifully Presented Thatched Farmhouse
  • Four Bedrooms
  • Three Bathrooms
  • Kitchen Breakfast Room
  • Two Reception Rooms
  • Double Cart-barn
  • Mature 1/3 Acre Garden
  • Easy Access into Cambridge
  • Grade II Listed
  • No Onward Chain

Full description

Set in a mature plot in the delightful village of Graveley, Duck End Farmhouse is a charming thatched cottage dating back to the 17th Century. The property boasts character and charm throughout, including exposed timbers and wood-burning stoves. This beautifully presented family home offers a living room, dining room, study/play room, ground floor bathroom, large kitchen featuring granite and pine work surfaces, central island and recessed AGA, alongside a breakfast room and utility room. The four double bedrooms are accessed via two staircases and are well-served by an en suite and family shower room. The splendid garden of around a third of an acre is mainly laid to lawn with mature trees, borders and seating areas ideal for al fresco dining.

Duck End Farmhouse with its thatched roof, white walls and tranquil rural setting, is the quintessential English country cottage. Dating from the seventeenth century, it was desperately in need of renovation when the present owners discovered it. However, standing at the top of the garden on a golden autumn day and looking back at the house, they realised its huge potential. The restoration was a labour of love, and some discomfort as at one point only a tarpaulin stood between them and the garden, but ensuring that everything was finished to the highest standard, they realised their goal of a spacious family home full of character and charm. Deservedly, they have taken great pleasure in their lifestyle here for the past fourteen years.

The house is very much a family home with the kitchen at its heart, where everyone gravitates to the winter warmth of the AGA and daily meals are enjoyed in the adjoining breakfast room. The living room comes into its own each Christmas as this large room is ideal for decoration and achieving a sense of occasion. The beams, wood burning stove, festive greenery and a sparkling tree all combine to create an impressive setting.

The cottage has many interesting features, one of which is the two staircases. The first leads to the big master bedroom suite with its vaulted ceiling and two windows that give views across the garden. It is a calm and private oasis from the rest of the house. The second staircase from the dining room leads to three further bedrooms, one with particularly lovely views across the fields.

The garden is a delightful setting where the lawns, fruit trees and mature trees gently enfold you. Here is where you can watch buzzards wheel across the sky, listen to woodpeckers and spot the visiting rabbits and occasional deer, or sit on the decking for an al fresco meal.

This pastoral setting is in a fantastic location, only approximately fifteen miles from historic Cambridge and close to St Neots and Huntingdon train stations, both with a fast frequent service into Kings Cross, perfect for the commuter. Graveley is a friendly and active village and it is pleasant to walk to the pub for a sociable drink. The present owners will miss Duck End Farmhouse, but take away many happy memories.

Brick Steps Leading To - timber stable door with courtesy lighting to:

Kitchen - 5.05m x 3.73m - Multi-pane window to front aspect. Window and timber door to rear aspect. Exposed beams to walls and ceilings. Fitted with a range of solid wood hand-painted base and wall mounted units with granite and pine worksurfaces, and matching central island. Glass-fronted display units with drawers. Belfast sink with swan-neck mixer tap and worksurface cut drainer. Integral dishwasher and under-counter fridge. Built-in electric oven. Exposed-brick original bread oven recess with timber bressumer housing a three-door AGA with feature lighting. Brick floor. Two radiators. Door to:

Breakfast Room - 3.45m x 2.97m - Multi-pane door and full-height multi-pane window to rear aspect. Multi-pane door to side aspect. Exposed timbers to wall. Door to stairs to master suite. Door to understairs cupboard housing oil-fired boiler. Brick floor. Recessed ceiling lights. Radiator. Open to:

Utility Room - 2.99 x 1.49 (9'9" x 4'10") - Multi-pane window to front aspect. Fitted with a range of wall-mounted cupboards. Space for washing machine, tumble drier and fridge freezer. Recessed ceiling lights. Brick floor.

Living Room - 5.10 x 4.85 (16'8" x 15'10") - Multi-pane window and glazed multi-pane door to side aspect. Exposed timbers to walls and ceiling. Staircase to first floor landing. Feature recessed fireplace with brick surround, inset wood-burning stove, brick hearth and timber bressumer. Door to understairs storage cupboard. Door to storage cupboard. Solid oak floor. Radiator.

Dining Room - 4.65m x 3.53m - Multi-pane window to side aspect with bespoke timber shutters. Glazed multi-pane door to side aspect. Exposed timbers to walls and ceiling. Feature recessed fireplace with brick surround, inset wood-burning stove and brick hearth. Oak floor. Covered radiator.

Study / Playroom - 2.81 x 2.61 (9'2" x 8'6") - Multi-pane window to front aspect with bespoke timber shutters. Exposed timbers to wall. Recessed ceiling lights.

Ground Floor Bathroom - 3.07m x 1.96m - Multi-pane window to front and side aspects. Exposed timbers to wall. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, freestanding double-ended cast-iron claw-foot bath with central mixer tap with hand held shower attachment and shower over, and Belfast hand wash basin with wall-mounted taps and tiled splashback. Recessed ceiling lights. Oak floor. Radiator.

First Floor Landing - Exposed timbers to walls. Two triple oak-fronted bespoke fitted wardrobes. Oak floor.

Bedroom Two - 5.00m x 3.58m (16'4" x 11'8" ) - Multi-pane window to rear elevation with bespoke timber shutters. Vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers. Two covered radiators.

Bedroom Four - 3.22 x 2.66 (10'6" x 8'8") - Multi-pane window to side elevation with bespoke timber shutters. Wall-mounted TV point. Radiator.

Family Shower Room - Multi-pane window to side elevation. Exposed timbers to walls and part-vaulted ceiling. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, walk-in shower cubicle, and pedestal hand wash basin with swan neck mixer tap and tiled splashbacks. Sealed wood floor. Chrome heated towel rail.

Bedroom Three - 4.11 x 2.92 (13'5" x 9'6") - Window to front elevation with bespoke timber shutters. Exposed beams to walls. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Radiator.

Staircase Accessed From Breakfast Room To: -

Master Bedroom Suite - 5.02 x 3.32 (16'5" x 10'10") - Multi-pane window to rear and side elevations. Exposed timbers to walls. Part-vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers. TV point. Two radiators. Bespoke fitted wardrobes incorporating a secret door to en suite.

En Suite - Part-vaulted ceiling. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC with concealed cistern, walk-in shower cubicle, and oak wall-mounted vanity unit with sandstone hand wash basin with unit mounted mixer tap. Matching storage units and wall mirror. Oak floor.

Outside - Private gravel drive offering ample parking and access to oak framed cart-barn. The gardens are mainly laid to lawn with large decked area. Mature and fruit trees. Patio area and cottage garden with well-stocked herbaceous flower beds. Located behind screening there is the oil storage tank.

Further Information - There is a paddock by separate negotiation.
Date built: 17th Century
Grade II Listed
Septic tank drainage
Oil-fired boiler
Long straw thatch
Re-thatched 2014
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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