A classic Regency house which has been restored and refurbished to the highest standards, backing onto parkland in this highly regarded village.
Bottisham House is understood to have been built for Henry King in 1831, possibly on the site of an earlier house, built in the 1600s and is a fine example of a much sought-after Regency architecture with wonderful proportions. Listed Grade II of being historical and architectural interest, this former farmhouse, constructed of Cambridge white brick beneath a slate tiled roof, has been painstakingly refurbished by the current owners.
The property is entered through a centrally positioned portico porch, up York stone steps leading to a black gloss front door with fanlight above. A wide and welcoming hallway with original flagstones lead to all the principal rooms on the ground floor.
To the right, the drawing room with dual aspect views of the gardens, stripped wood floors, original shutters which have been restored by the current owners, cast iron radiators, beautiful cornicing adorning high ceilings and symmetrical bookcases on either side of a fireplace with a wood burning stove. Similarly, on the other side, with stripped floors and wood burning stove, the dining room has been decorated with Timourous Beasties wallpaper.
To the rear of the hall, the equally well-proportioned sitting room with stripped wood flooring has an original mirror above the fireplace and wood burner. A double door on the left leads into the kitchen with a green baize door leading to the dining room. The kitchen has been fitted with hand painted units and granite work surfaces, there is an integrated dishwasher and a combination oven and microwave, coffee machine and a Wolf dual-fuel Range with Wolf extractor over. Fired Earth tiles are in keeping with the Regency style of the property.
Beyond there is a well-proportioned pantry and utility with granite work surfaces which benefits from views of the garden. A games/family room down a few steps has created a wonderful family space within close proximity of the heart of the house. A cloakroom with Lefroy Brooks sanitaryware completes the downstairs accommodation and cellars are accessible on the door to the left to the kitchen.
A wide staircase with mahogany handrail and luxurious Brinton carpets leads to the first floor landing where there are four double bedrooms including the principle bedroom with an en suite shower room, marble tiles and Lefroy Brooks sanitaryware. An exceptional guest bedroom with a C P Hart freestanding copper and zinc bath has views overlooking the gardens and parkland beyond. There are two further bedrooms with a family bathroom with Lefroy Brooks sanitaryware, a large deep bath and separate shower.
Access to the second floor has been enhanced by the installation by the current owners of a new dormer window which leads up to two double bedrooms separated by a large room which could be used as additional accommodation if needed or as a teenage den or games room. This floor is served by a well-appointed shower room.
Outside, the house is set well back form the High Street behind a high brick wall with a number of mature trees including some exceptional yews to give further privacy. The house is approached on a newly laid driveway leading to attractive wrought iron gates (installed by the current owners) which open onto a wide gravel driveway with ample parking for several cars.
There is a former Coach House which forms part of the front boundary. This lovely looking building with two loose boxes, a tack room and garage could, with the correct permissions, be renovated to create further ancillary accommodation. This conversion, in our view, will only add to the property as there is already ample parking and a large garage and plenty of storage space in a store room and also in the plant room which houses a large solar thermal tank.
The gardens which are laid mainly to lawn lie to the north and east of the house. All of the beds are planted with extensive perennial shrubs and bushes, inter-spersed with mature specimen trees. The enclosed gardens are primarily walled, a clairvoyee with wrought iron railings forming part of the north-east boundary and giving views over the parkland beyond.
In all about 0.94 of an acre.
Note: Photographs taken May 2018.
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A truly stunning Regency property on the edge of Bottisham with the added benefit of being completely refurbished to the highest standards by the current owners and within easy access of Cambridge and the science park.Ed Meyer