Highly individual, central pair of cottages combined into one exceptional property with fabulous views over Cambridge University cricket ground.
54 Covent Garden is a well-proportioned one and only' property, situated on the favoured city side' of Mill Road bridge, originally dating from around the mid-19th century. Rarely available, the property extends to approximately 2,210 sq ft; two former worker's cottages have been skilfully combined to create a fantastic enlarged individual home overlooking Fenner's Cambridge University's cricket ground. The house retains many period features including small pane sash windows and wide pine plank floorboards and following the combination of cottages at first floor level, the property has unique upside-down' flexible accommodation. The first floor is of particular interest, largely open plan with tall, vaulted ceilings with skylights and is virtually fully glazed to the rear and as a result attracts a great deal of natural light.
The kitchen and dining room connect well together. The former is fitted with a comprehensive range of high gloss white cabinetry and white Corian work surfaces and has a deep recess for an upright fridge/freezer and space for dishwasher. The sellers have installed a cylindrical Rieber water station - a clever piece of rotating kitchen kit which takes up minimal space and comprises sliding chopping/prep boards with basins and drainers along with vegetable peelings bin and detachable hot and cold water mixer tap and has internal storage. Beyond, the dining room has exposed wooden floors, feature cast iron fireplace with tall, stainless steel flue and with glazing and French doors leading to a shallow balcony overlooking the garden and has uninterrupted views over Fenner's cricket ground. To the left hand side and to the front of the property is a reading/snug area with wide plank floorboards which leads, via a galleried timber landing with book shelving, to the sitting room with chestnut flooring, which in turn extends into a glazed first floor garden room. There is a feature wood-burning stove, the ceilings are vaulted and from the reading/snug is a timber ladder rising to a mezzanine study/hobbies area which overlooks the reception spaces below. To the front of the property is a wide double bedroom, again with wide pine floorboards and contemporary en suite shower/wet room which is extensively tiled and has slim-line basin and corner WC.
There are four further double bedrooms, all located on the ground floor, two bedrooms on either side of the property and divided by the central passageway which is accessed from the pavement via a locked door and leads to the garden. Accessed mid-way along the passage is a side entrance which also lends itself to boots/cloaks storage area with the inner hall off. There is a family bathroom, fitted with marble tiling and Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware to the right hand side along with a utility/laundry room, and a contemporary shower/wet room with wall hung WC and feature ceramic bowl basin to the left.
Beyond the rear left hand bedroom is access to the ground floor garden room and forms part of the space above, again attracting a great deal of natural light and has garden access. At the same time as the sellers had this double height glass structure constructed, they also created a purpose-built wine cellar underneath with wine bins providing wine storage for about 400 bottles
The property, which has a combination of gas fired central heating and electric underfloor heating beneath the parquet flooring, has a wonderful urban, lofty feel at first floor level and an abundance of exposed wood and steel structures.
The double' garden is partly walled and designed with engineered brick pathways and partially hard landscaped with slate paving and a central pebbled eating/seating area. The remainder has been superbly planted with fragrant, colourful shrubs and flowers along with two mature trees. Fenner's is immediately behind. To the front there is a locked door to the passageway leading to the garden and giving access for the adjoining property.
Note: The sellers have rented a garage in nearby Drosier Road for many years at an annual cost of £300 plus VAT per quarter. This can be transferred to the buyer of the property for a nominal fee payable of £150 plus VAT to those agents.
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With so much individuality and flair, I was knocked out' by this great home the moment I reached the top of the stairs. With fabulous views, this is bound to appeal to those looking for something quite different to what is normally available.Stewart Chipchase