A striking Georgian Conservation Village house with cottage and annex
About Crawford House
An attractive late 17th century Grade II listed house, which is believed to incorporate medieval sculptured fragments from Crowland Abbey, Crawford House, which takes its name from John Crawford, bailiff of the Manor, whose family lived in the property during the mid-1700s, offers elegantly proportioned accommodation comprising three reception rooms and six bedrooms, with a wealth of character and period charm over three floors.
It is a highly versatile house. It currently houses three generations of the same family, following annex extension and conversion work in 2017 (planning ref. H02-0839-16), and is also thought ideal as a house and business base, be that holiday cottage, investment lets or a business' office base (subject to necessary Listed planning and change of use consents).
Crawford House: A central porch with pediment, pilasters, fanlight with radiating spokes and panelled reveal that accesses a stairwell hall flanked by two elegant, dual aspect, 18C panel walled reception rooms; the dining room being particularly striking with its herringbone timber floor, beamed ceiling and panelling with fluted pilasters and two semi-circular headed corner cupboards.
The 22' drawing room is generously proportioned room with a south facing bay window to the garden, whilst the snug and the well appointed kitchen/breakfast room, with inglenook, exposed stonework and brickwork walls, flagstone flooring and partially vaulted ceiling, by contrast, has a more industrial feel.
The period grace and features continue at first floor. There are four spacious double bedrooms, two dual-aspect and one currently used as a dressing room, served by separate modern bathroom and shower rooms. There are two further double bedrooms, with dormer windows with views towards deciduous tree lined parkland, and bathroom at second floor.
Garden Cottage is a linked, yet self-contained, single storey annex wing to Crawford House. It has a spacious triple aspect family living kitchen with doors to the garden, and two bedrooms served by a Jack & Jill en suite bathroom. Partially Western Red Cedar clad, with a green roof in part too, it has a modern feel.
The Stables is a detached two bedroom stable and coach house conversion of 2017, with an airy, bright barn conversion feel. A vaulted sitting room, with almost full height glass panels in parts and kitchen are flanked by two double bedrooms, each with a shower room. It is a lovely cottage.
Addressed South Street, the electrically gated main driveway is accessed from Thorney Road. It is framed by The Stables and Crawford House and has ample space for parking many vehicles.
The grounds lie to the east and south of the property and extend to 0.72 of an acre, or thereabouts. The principal garden is to the south of the house and lawned, with mature deciduous trees, shrubs and hedgerow boundaries offering great privacy.
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I love this architecturally attractive house with its impressive room proportions and period features. Couple the house with an annex and cottage, whilst it currently houses three generations of the same family, in this post-lockdown world it potentially could combine a home and business base for commuters, just 10 miles of Peterborough's railway services. It's certainly a versatile property.James Abbott