A beautiful and historic home within about half an acre of gardens, with a parish church as a backdrop, a linked annex house and garaging in the centre of an attractive market town.
BOURNE EAU HOUSE
It is understood that Bourne Eau House was originally built on the C12th foundations of the Augustinian Abbey Hospice which was later converted into alms houses and is believed to date to the C16th with later C17th additions. An unusual rear porch was added in approximately 1832 together with a private, wrought iron bridge which spans the Bourne Eau, bordering the east side of the house.
The Grade II listed house has been well maintained and restored over recent years to an extremely high standard of specification throughout. The current owners have remodelled parts of the house, whilst keeping many of the historic features, as well as restoring the barn building at the end of the property and building new garage buildings.
The hub of Bourne Eau House is a modern and contemporary kitchen and breakfast room which was remodelled by the current owners in 2012. The marble work tops, island unit and TV area are the heart of the home, with a spacious utility room and walk in pantry accessible from the kitchen.
The kitchen is completed in a shaker style with range cooker, integrated appliances and instant hot water tap. The formal dining room, which was once the kitchen, has double doors onto the garden/patio area. Connecting the dining room to the large snug and study is the C17th central hallway. The original York flagstone Elizabethan hallway also provides access to the cloakroom and pantry with an access door to the outside courtyard. The music room dates back to the Jacobean era featuring a carved oak Jacobean style fire surround with heraldic central panel and lunette carving. In 1784 the drawing room was added to the property and comprises a Georgian marble fire surround with mantle and hearth, restored Georgian pine floors and dual aspect bay windows, overlooking both south and east facing gardens.
On the first floor the historic features continue, blended with contemporary and modern decoration to create a stylish home. Stairs rise to the principal bedroom suite with dressing room and en suite bathroom. Bedrooms five and two are served by a family bathroom and bedrooms four and three have their own en suite bathrooms. Bedrooms six and seven can be accessed from the first floor, through the principal suite's dressing room, and also form part of The Barn cottage accommodation.
The Barn is annex accommodation, currently used as a holiday letting, and is accessed via a separate external staircase. This separate annex comprises bedrooms six and seven of the main house, to which there is also access from the first floor, with a bathroom between the two bedrooms. The second floor of the barn is an open plan loft style room with stylish kitchen and open plan living area. This would be ideal as either a granny or nanny annex, for guest accommodation as well as continuing use as a holiday rental.
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Nestled in the centre of the Market Town, Bourne Eau House is a beautiful, historic and versatile home. Whilst I love character, the proportions and the charm of the main house, I also love the contrast to the contemporary loft living' of The Barn, a successful Airbnb letting. This property offers options as a home, an investment or business base, coupled with great schools and good commuter links to Peterborough, Cambridge and London nearby.James Abbott