This stunning Grade II Listed detached thatched residence dates back to the 18th Century. The property is situated in an enviable position and on a generous plot with stunning views and benefits from a real sense of tranquillity. Read more
This stunning Grade II Listed detached thatched residence dates back to the 18th Century. The property is situated in an enviable position and on a generous plot with stunning views and benefits from a real sense of tranquility. This impressive property is a fine example of an original character property with later contemporary improvements, whilst retaining the period charm. The current vendors have carried out an extensive program of improvements throughout, which has resulted in a truly beautiful home that has been finished to the highest of standards.
The property is approached via a private lane which provides parking for multiple vehicles. The front entrance door opens to the first reception room which is currently being used as a sitting room, there is great flexibility in how the rooms in this property can be used. This room enjoys dual aspect windows to the front and rear, feature fireplace and locally sourced wooden oak flooring. There is a further reception room which is currently being used as a lounge, this room also has a feature fireplace, wooden beams, dual aspect windows and a staircase to the first floor. To the other end of the property there is a useful utility room with mixer bowl sink, space for washing machine and dryer, storage cupboard and a second rising to first floor.
The real hub of this home is the recently extended open plan kitchen family room, this is a truly stunning room that you could spend your whole day and night in. After being extended in 2017 it benefits from a vaulted ceiling, dual aspect double glazed windows, and bi-fold doors opening onto the paved patio of the extensive rear garden. The kitchen area has a range of bespoke matching shaker style wall and base units with white quartz worktops, integrated appliances and a butler sink with mixer tap. There is a matching island with useful breakfast bar and seating area, oak worktop and induction hob.
The staircase from the kitchen rises to a separate first floor which comprises of the master bedroom boasting a vaulted ceiling and large window enjoying stunning views over the rear garden and surrounding. The second bedroom is also of good size and has Velux windows allowing a lot of light into the room. There is a family bathroom which services both bedrooms, fitted with a suite which comprises corner shower unit, w.c, wash hand basin, heated towel rail and also with a Velux roof window. Having two bedrooms with separate access gives fantastic separation from the other properties bedrooms if desired.
Returning back to the older part of the property, the second floor comprises of two double bedrooms which are also serviced by a family bathroom suite comprising of free standing bath, w.c and wash hand basin.
Externally, the cottage benefits from beautifully landscaped front and rear gardens. To the rear, there is an extensive paved terrace ideal for alfresco dining. The rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with a range of well stocked flower and shrub borders, as well as mature trees which surround the entire boundary giving a great feeling of privacy.
At the end of the garden there is a detached annex which is currently being used as two separate uses. The main annex comprises of open plan living space, bathroom with double corner shower unit, w.c and wash hand basin and a staircase rising to the first floor which has a double bedroom with storage. The second bedroom has its own access and comprises of double bedroom with en-suite shower room. The vendors have previously had huge success in renting these out through Air bnb for around £90 a night, due to the high demand of location.
We highly advise viewing this superb home to fully appreciate the home on offer for sale. This is one of Cambridgeshire's most sought after villages, with fantastic amenities, a real sense of community and with easy access to Cambridge City Centre, Addenbrookes hospital, main line train stations and major road networks. Contact Fine & Country Cambridge today.
SELLERINSIGHT Set back from the road down a private driveway in the Cambridgeshire village of Great Shelford is 21 High Green, a Grade II listed thatched cottage which dates back to the early 1700's. This unique property, which has been home to Patricia, Richard and their children, has undergone a recent renovation which has added a modern dimension to it as well as more space. "It's one of the sweetest looking homes we've ever seen, it really was love at first sight when we found it. The work we've completed respects the cottage's character and has enhanced everything we love about living here", says Patricia. The renovations have beautifully preserved the charm of the place whilst the new extended living area at the back, which features high ceilings, open-plan kitchen and bi-fold doors, give it a very contemporary feel.
Great Shelford has a vibrant community with regular events and activities centred around the village hall and primary school as well as some great places to eat; "Shelford Deli sells an amazing range of food and Barker Bros Butchers attracts people from miles around. The village is idyllic and the location perfect, being both close to the centre of Cambridge whilst also backing onto open countryside", says Patricia.
The village has a train station which is walkable in less than 10 minutes and offers lines to London's Liverpool Street whilst Cambridge offers services to King's Cross. The village is served by a local bus service and Stansted airport is a short 25 minutes drive away.
"The house is both cosy and practical and is a great family home. It's surrounded by large gardens both to the front and back ensuring plenty of privacy.
"The kitchen, with its bi-fold doors which open up onto the garden it's a really light and airy space where all the family can spend time together, whether cooking, playing or entertaining".
"The garden backs on to open countryside, which make it feel very peaceful. The adjacent properties are also listed, so the area and its heritage are well protected".
"Last year we had a full re-thatch completed on the cottage. We never imagined the volume of straw required and it was truly fascinating watching the thatchers repeating a process that dates back to the Bronze age in Britain".
"We'll miss the look and character of the house and the great location. The house is ideal for us and we're only looking to move to be closer to family in Surrey. Read less