A substantial and attractive period village house with elegant, well proportioned accommodation, south facing gardens, carriage drive and rear courtyard with outbuilding and garaging
An attractive mid-18th century house with an early 19th century façade, the striking house is set back behind wrought iron railings, with a gravelled carriage driveway that offers a sense of arrival.
The house offers spacious and elegant accommodation which extends to the rear the entire length of its south facing garden, where it adjoins the ancillary bakehouse, wood store and garage outbuildings, which form a third side to a courtyard, to which a secondary shared driveway to the north accesses.
The attractive family home been extensively restored and enhanced in the past 18 months. This work has included the overhaul of the main roof and chimneys, the upgrading of the electrics, damp proofing and the restoration of the windows, in addition to the renewal of the kitchen and updating of the bathrooms. The result is a versatile house that blends graceful period features with modern and contemporary finishes, offering beautifully proportioned accommodation over three floors, within attractively landscaped gardens.
Listed Building Consent is currently pending to permit the conversion of the bakehouse from a store into a habitable ancillary annex as a further enhancement the property.
The front door with fanlight over, opens into an elegant clay tile floored reception hallway, whilst the principal reception rooms all offer symmetry and scale and largely line the southern face of The house with its garden.
The dining room has a hardwood floor and period fireplace. The dual aspect living room, fitted bookcases and a fireplace framed by attractive arched sash windows. The sitting room, an almost full height bay and an oyster shell brushed steel fireplace. These are all elegant rooms with impact.
The oak floored breakfast room and its adjoining recently fitted bespoke kitchen, offer a lovely and convivial family core to the home, with access to the garden, pantry and boot room.
The first floor dual-aspect drawing room offers elevated views over the town. The principal bedroom suite is also impressive, with dressing room and en suite, together with a secondary staircase descending to the kitchen. Double bedrooms two and three are served by a full suite family bathroom and there are a further three second floor bedrooms, one of which is currently used as a large office, and a second family bathroom. There is also considerable additional storage space within the house, including an easily accessed attic space.
The Chestnuts is set back behind a high brick wall to the garden and attractive wrought iron fenced and gated in and out main driveway to the front door. A secondary driveway to the north, which serves two other houses to the rear, provides access to The Chestnut's rear courtyard, with additional parking and its three garage outbuildings.
The principal garden is lawned, with mature trees, flowering borders and entertaining terraces and lies to the south of the house. It is ideal for entertaining and for access to and from the house, into the breakfast room and kitchen.
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The space, proportions and feel of this elegant period house really impress me, and it is a lovely property to visit and to show, with a beautiful south facing garden. The proximity to rail services to London Kings Cross from Huntingdon, or to Cambridge by road or guided bus from St Ives, also make this village ideal for commuters. The habitable ancillary conversion of the bakehouse, for which an application is currently pending, could also be an exciting potential enhancement.James Abbott