A uniquely characterful, Grade II Listed home, providing spacious accommodation extending to over 2500 sqft (234 sqm) set within a sizeable plot of around 2.3 acres with potential for equestrian facilities if required.
The property is believed to date back to the late C16 with extensions in both the C17 and C19 and there are numerous lovely character features including exposed timbers, open studs, beautiful fireplaces and quaint windows. The central part of the house sympathetically joins the oldest part of the building with its fabulous period features, to the more modern Victorian part, but each enjoys and celebrates its own identity. The property is beautiful but practical, with a sensible layout and although there are quirky features, the accommodation flows and doesn’t suffer from the problems so often associated with this type of home.
Approached over a small front garden the front door is immediately of interest, having been a ‘Sporting Oak’ door, reclaimed from Gonville and Caius. There is a small entrance hall opening to the sitting room on one side and the dining room on the other. The sitting room is in the oldest part of the building and has a large inglenook fireplace fitted with a log burner and there are exposed timbers and windows to the front and side bringing in lots of light. The kitchen / breakfast room is directly to the rear of the sitting room and is fitted with matching floor and wall mounted cabinets; there is an integrated dishwasher and an attractive Stanley range for cooking and heating, but also a modern built in oven and hob with extractor over. The room has plenty of space for a large dining table and chairs and there is a pantry, a cupboard under the stairs and a door to the utility room.
The inner hallway joins the old with the new and has a beautiful staircase leading up to the first floor, there is a door out to the rear garden and the cloakroom is located off. The dining room extends across the Victorian part of the house and is a very sizable room, with lots of windows providing natural light and a pretty fireplace. There is a further, very well proportioned room to the rear, which is currently used as a workshop, however, this could be used as another reception room, a playroom or for numerous other purposes.
On the first floor the landing is characterful, with lots of different levels, open stud work and a stunning view down the garden. There are four generous double bedrooms, with the two in the older part of the building having lovely character features. The room to the front has a pretty fireplace, exposed timbers and some quaint windows. The back bedroom has some exposed timbers and stunning views over the garden and paddocks. One can sit up in bed and watch the occasional deer and rabbits in the top field, while a variety of birds can always be seen. A Red Kite often enjoys soaring over the hill slope. The two more modern bedrooms are both good doubles, with one enjoying a dual aspect. On this floor there is also a bathroom with a bath, w.c., shower enclosure and hand-basin, as well as a small box room, currently used for storage.
Outside, there is a wide driveway to the side of the house leading to a triple garage with a storage loft over. The principal garden to the rear is very sizable, with shrub beds, lawn and mature trees, and there are various terraces ideal for entertaining or dining outside. The garden is private and well maintained with a summerhouse and stables. Beyond the formal garden there is a further lawn, which in turn leads to a meadow which rises up to the top of the hill, from where views as far reaching as Therfield Heath beyond Royston, can be appreciated.
Orwell is an attractive, traditional Cambridgeshire village about 7 miles south west of Cambridge and a similar distance north of Royston.
The centre of the village carries very little through traffic and its compact size gives it a close sense of community aided by a thriving primary school, handsome dining pub, general convenience store, post office and hairdresser.
There is a large recreation ground and a Parish Council owned hillside nature reserve that is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest. A 15th Century Parish Church overlooks the village and there is a village hall and Methodist Church. There are tennis and football clubs, singing group, gardening group and golf society.
The National Trust’s Wimpole Hall and Home Farm are nearby and can be accessed by a network of footpaths running off Hillside and out into the countryside.
For the commuter the A603 gives easy access into west Cambridge by Barton Road or on to the M11 in about 6 miles. Royston’s mainline station gives access to Kings Cross frequently and quickly, often in under 40 minutes.