One of the finest houses in Cambridge set in 3/4 of an acre of landscaped gardens at the end of a what is arguably the best road in Cambridge; minutes from the historic centre.
Latham Road is a cul de sac and one of the two premier roads in Cambridge, situated just south of the historic core of the city. The property lies adjacent to playing fields and close to the University Botanic Gardens. 17 Latham Road is situated on the south side of the road close to the end. The location is completely private and quiet, as if positioned in the heart of the country. However, there is very easy access into the historic centre, with the University college buildings, the Fitzwilliam Museum, the market square and the wide range of excellent shopping facilities including the recently completed Grand Arcade shopping mall and numerous restaurants, bars and public houses attractions just a short walk or cycle ride from the property. There is a Waitrose on Trumpington Road as well as numerous smaller supermarkets nearby.
The quiet paths from Latham Road allow for idyllic cycle rides through Fen Causeway and to Grantchester. For the commuter there are fast and regular direct train services from Cambridge Station leading into London's Kings Cross (from 45 minutes) and Liverpool Street (from 55 minutes). The M11 (Junction 11) is 1.75 miles away which leads to Stansted airport, the M25 and central London. The M11 north connects with the A14, which in turn leads to the A1, M1 and M6.
Schooling facilities nearby include a wide range of renowned independent schools including St John's and King's College Prep schools, The Perse Prep and Upper schools, The Leys, St Mary's and St Faith's schools and well-regarded state-funded schools and colleges, such as Parkside and Hills Road Sixth Form College. These schools are within a short walk and none are beyond the scope of a leisurely cycle ride.
Cambridge is now at the heart of the biggest cluster of technology companies in the UK. The Science Parks on the northern and Eastern sides of the city have been joined by world class research institutes such as the Wellcome Trust's Genome campus, The Babraham Institute, and the Biomedical campus which is being established alongside Addenbrookes, Cambridge's University hospital. AstraZeneca is headquartered in Cambridge and many others, including ARM, Microsoft Research Google and Amazon R&D have also announced their relocation to the City. There is an active community of high tech and bio-tech entrepreneurs who have based themselves in Cambridge, many of whom live close by.
The house displays many of the attractive features typical of the Edwardian era, some of which have been enhanced by the current owner. The front elevation has a formal Lutyens appearance with the focus being a stunning, double-height dressed and carved stone central entrance. The rear has a softer Arts and Crafts atmosphere with attractive fenestration and brickwork, softened with wisteria and climbing roses. The house is situated facing south, with most of the rooms looking out across the extensive gardens and playing fields beyond. The property was comprehensively restored and reconfigured in the 1990s and the current owner has added to the accommodation with a large, sympathetically-built guest wing above a double garage. The accommodation is very attractively proportioned and configured for modern living and is laid out over three floors.
On the ground floor, the main entrance leads into the middle of the property via small vestibule, with a WC to the right, and on into the gorgeous reception hall. This is a wonderful way to enter the house with views afforded over the gardens, bathed in light by a number of south facing windows, a beautiful ceiling adorned with intricate plaster work all of which is enhanced by attractive parquet flooring.To the right of the hall, the parquet floors flow into a dual aspect drawing room with views over courtyard gardens from a wide bay and access to the rear lawns from French doors which open up with steps down.Left of the hall there is a dining room with attractive shelves and cupboards which date back to the original kitchen of the house. An adjoining door from the hall opens into the sitting room with beautiful views of the garden from a wide bay with French doors.Beyond a second hallway (or alternatively through the sitting room) there is a flow to the kitchen breakfast room. This sunny and well-fitted kitchen features stone composite work tops with a range of wooden shaker-style painted units with an integrated dishwasher and a large walk-in larder with a long slate cooling shelf. There is an electric AGA with summer functionality, a Rangemaster American fridge. The sink features a mixer tap with filtered and boiling water features. The polished slate floors benefit from underfloor heating. The generous proportions of the room allows ample space for a large dining table. French doors lead out onto the outdoor dining area on the rear terrace. This room really does form the heart of the home.
From the second hall, a set of wide stairs lead to a Guest Wing with flexible space as bedrooms, a playroom for older children, a gym or longer term accommodation for live-in help or relatives. There is a central, generously-proportioned shower room with white sanitary ware. The room to the front of the Guest Wing could, subject to building regulations be converted into a further kitchen as there is a power feed, water and drainage already installed by the current owner.
The main first floor of the house is accessed by a wide staircase which leads past a deep half landing to a well-proportioned landing with a number of useful linen cupboards. To the western side of this floor is the master bedroom which is flooded with light from a couple of large windows overlooking the gardens. The master suite includes a dressing room, a well-fitted en suite bathroom with CP Hart sanitaryware including a separate shower, twin sinks, marble tops, Amtico flooring and deep cast iron bath. There are three further bedrooms on this floor together with a family bathroom also fitted with quality CP Hart sanitaryware.The second floor provides two further bedrooms and a bathroom all radiating off a central landing.The house, which can be seen in greater detail in the attached floorplan, has fibre optic broadband and video networking into every room and as well as solar panels.
The property is set well back from Latham Road beyond a deep pea-shingled in and out driveway behind a tall beech hedge, bordered by well stocked beds.The mature rear and side gardens to the house have been beautifully landscaped by current and previous owners and with a number of specimen trees, yew hedging, ornamental shrubs and perennial plants.
A long, south facing rear lawn leads the eye through two deep flower beds and bank of sweeping, tall yew and beech trees, broken only by a gate leading to a wild flower garden and orchard. To the eastern side of the yew hedging is a gate and rose-lined path leading to a substantial two room studio built of timber with a tiled roof which is a replica of the Great Western Railway signal box at Par in Cornwall. In all 0.77 of an acre.
NOTE: Please note that the property is affected by a Cambridge University covenant. Please contact Ed Meyer Savills Cambridge for further details.
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132-134 Hills Road
132-134 Hills Road
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