Picture perfect Grade II Listed thatched cottage in idyllic surroundings.
Swan House is a Grade II Listed family home in a desirable village Guilden Morden, which is in commutable distance for Cambridge, Royston and London.
This 17th century former Coaching Inn offers accommodation over three floors under a thatched roof which is a mix of long straw and reed thatch. Throughout the house, the period features from exposed beams to inglenook fireplaces are evident, along with a careful balance of more modern additions to suit contemporary family living. The covered front door leads you into the entrance hall with an inglenook fireplace, which gives direct access to the cloakroom, study and via double doors into the formal dining room, which is set around a further open inglenook fireplace. The snug area has French doors giving access and open views across the gardens. The double aspect sitting room is set around a feature open fireplace accompanied by exposed beams throughout. To the rear of the house, which is a more recent addition to the property, is the kitchen/breakfast room that provides direct access to the fully double glazed conservatory and into the gardens. The bespoke fitted kitchen offers a range of wall and floor units including pull out larder, split sink with mixer tap, integrated appliances including a fridge, freezer and dishwasher, and an electric powered Aga and companion. The island offers additional storage and a two seat breakfast bar. Adjoining the kitchen and completing the ground floor accommodation is the utility room that comprises of storage units, integrated sink and plumbing for both a washing machine and dryer.
On the first floor are three double bedrooms including the principal bedroom with triple aspect, double built in wardrobes and a sizeable en suite bathroom which comprises of a panel bath, walk in corner shower, twin wash basins and low level WC. The family bathroom completes the first floor accommodation and benefits from a panel bath, walk in shower, pedestal wash basin, a low level WC and built in store. The final and fourth double bedroom is located on the second floor.
The house is approached through a five bar gate onto a gravelled driveway with a central island, attractive flower borders and mature trees including a weeping Ash tree. The detached barn/garage has timber doors and houses the plant for the swimming pool. The rear garden comprises an excellent balance of mature trees such as a weeping Beech and shrubs together with intricately planted beds. A stone paved patio area leads directly from the house, creating a fabulous al fresco dining area with views overlooking the garden. Also, there is a greenhouse that offers its own power and water supply, a kitchen garden that includes raised beds, fruit cage and potting shed, and a heated swimming pool that is fully enclosed for the safety of children and pets. In all the property comprises 0.82 of an acre.
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When I picture a quintessential period village home, Swan House is the house I picture. From the inspiring chocolate box façade to the extensive gardens that I can imagine families enjoying for generations.Ben SmithProperty agent