A fine Grade II* listed former rectory with interesting historical associations.
Bluntisham House was formerly the rectory and dates back to around 1720 with later additions added in the 18th and 19th century. The house is Grade II* listed as being of architectural and historical interest and has a fine principle elevation facing south of two storeys plus attics with proportions typical of the early Georgian period. There is a grand central entrance doorcase with an ornate architrave and fluted Corinthian columns which originated from Slepe Hall in nearby St Ives.
Internally the house displays features typical of the period with tall ceilings, ceiling mouldings, cornicing, working shutters and fine proportions. The current owners acquired the house in the 1980s and carried out a comprehensive programme of renovation and refurbishment to bring the house back into use. At this time a new wing was added which houses an indoor swimming pool which won a Conservation award at the time. The main reception rooms and bedrooms face south and the accommodation which extends to approximately 9,432 sq ft is shown in detail in the attached floor plans.
The house has had notable former owners who include the writer and novelist Dorothy L Sayers, famous for her Lord Peter Wimsey novels and, more recently, the jazz musician Chris Barber.
Bluntisham House is set back from the village road behind a brick wall topped with iron railings. Remotely controlled electric gates open onto a sweeping drive which passes alongside the lawned garden to the front of the house. The drive leads around to the left of the house where there is a large paved parking area and a separate access. The detached triple garage block has electric up and over doors and a first floor which has been used as a gym in the past. There is also a workshop area to one end. The main part of the grounds surrounding the house are to the south and east. There is a large paved terrace enclosed by a collonade of classical columns and a Cotswold stone wall with gothic arched openings adjacent to the conservatory and indoor swimming pool. There are many mature parkland trees and a sunken area.
In all about 1.83 acres.
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This is a really beautiful example of a large Georgian former rectory with great proportions set in manageable grounds north of Cambridge with its sweeping staircase, panelled walls and large mainly south facing sash windows all combine into a rare & lovely package.James Barnett