An absolutely exceptional detached house: completely renovated and refurbished over the last two years to create a stylish, bright and characterful home retaining all the warmth and charm of its 400-year history.
The house stands about 20m/65ft back from West Street in a large garden and is set in the heart of the village, a few minutes walk away from the duck pond, shop, Village College and many other facilities of this popular village.
This charming thatched house was originally constructed around 1620 and has been wonderfully restored over the last two years. Taken right back to the original timber frame and rebuilt by historic building specialists, under the supervision of Historic England and local authority conservation officers. It successfully retains many original historic features and every aspect of its wonderful warmth of character, whilst also working as a modern home – with new wiring, plumbing, heating, kitchen and bathrooms, and a new long-straw thatched roof. The attention to detail is meticulous and the result truly lovely.
The front door opens into the hallway with a brick laid floor. Period features of the newly renovated and light-filled ground floor rooms – the sitting room, the dining room, and the snug – are the two large inglenook fireplaces, a bread oven, a traditional brick laid floor, and the exposed original wall timbers and central beams. In the pantiled rear extension, the new Harvey Jones designed and hand-built shaker style kitchen has under-floor heating and Kloeber bi-folding doors opening on to the large south-facing rear garden.
From the ground floor, a new handcrafted oak staircase leads upstairs to three light-filled, high ceiling, double bedrooms. Each of these retains enchanting period features, such as exposed oak floorboards, original oak wall timbers and roof timbers. The bathroom is attractively tiled, fitted with a high-quality suite, shower and a Villeroy & Boch bath. The bathroom has an original Norfolk sliding window. A second staircase leads from bedroom 2 down to the ground floor.
As part of the refurbishment, the owners obtained planning and listed building consent to add further living space in the existing double garage with a bedroom above. Plans can be emailed on request.
The rear garden is about 24m x 18m (80ft x 60ft) with a paved terrace immediately off the house and mainly lawn beyond, with flower borders, mature shrubs and trees. A screen of espaliered apple trees and honeysuckle separates a vegetable and fruit garden at the far end. Bounded by mature shrubs, trees, hawthorn and beech hedges, and laid mainly to lawn, the front garden has a gravel drive to its east side with parking for 6 cars, which leads to the double garage.
Comberton is a larger village located about 6 miles west of Cambridge, with the centre set around a pretty duck pond. The village offers an excellent range of facilities and amenities including a shop/ post office as well as schooling provision from pre-school up to the age of 18 years. The ‘outstanding’ Ofsted rated Village College has an adjoining Community Leisure and Health & Fitness facility and there is a doctors’ surgery, pharmacy, dentist, public house, butchers, hairdresser and a large recreation ground.
For the commuter the access point at junction 12 for the M11 is close-by and there is a cycle-path from the village to the city.