Offers in excess of £2,500,000
Middle Watch, Swavesey, Cambridgeshire, CB24
Ryders Farm is a unique & quite charming 12 Acre country estate in the tranquil village of Swavesey. The main house dates back to the 13th century, making it one of the oldest houses in Cambridgeshire. In addition is a converted stable block & barn with full planning to convert in to 2 properties.
Fine & Country Cambridge are delighted to present Ryders Farm. Read the full description below and the owners own perspective. Click on the 'VIDEO TOUR' to take a few minutes viewing around this stunning home and grounds.
Ryders Farm is a unique and quite charming 12 Acre country estate in the tranquil village of Swavesey. The main house dates back to the 13th century and was originally built by a local yeoman, making it one of the oldest surviving houses in Cambridgeshire.
As you enter through the quietly unassuming gateway past a delightful pond in the secluded front garden, you travel along the gravel driveway and realise there is much to explore on this estate. The main house itself is a gem with an incredible number of preserved original oak beamed features, all of which seamlessly blend with aspects of modern day living.
In addition to the main house there is a stable block, which has been converted into a 3 bedroomed, single storey property with self-contained garden. A separate 3-storey barn with full planning permission to convert in to two properties. There are also two oak framed Cart Lodges, one with space for 2 vehicles which is adjacent to the Barn, and one with space for 5 vehicles, which was built with further residency potential in mind.
This impressive estate then opens up onto a boating lake with jetty and plenty of fishing opportunities. A series of bridges criss-cross the parkland to provide access to 3 more lakes while connecting to a nature trail, which takes you round the edge of the grounds.
The University City of Cambridge is just 15 minutes away by car or you can take advantage of the guided bus route, which has a station located at the end of the village. The historic market town of St Ives, where Oliver Cromwell spent his early years, is also just down the road.
With incredibly easy access to all main road and rail networks together with Stansted, Luton, Gatwick and Heathrow airports, you are always within easy reach of any destination.
"We are local to this area and having 4 teenage children we were thinking about moving, but hadn't really been looking seriously. Then one day the details of Ryders Farm came across Andrew's desk and we just fell in love with the whole package. Excited about being the custodians of such an original property but with the opportunity to restore and develop further.
Swavesey is a fantastic little village providing everything you need right on the doorstep. There are 2 really great schools, village shops, post office, pub, doctors, opticians and hairdressers. Easy access to more local pubs and restaurants in Huntingdon, St Ives, Cambridge and surrounding areas couldn't be easier - you can decide to drive or simply take the guided bus service.
Now is the time for us to downsize but there are still options for the new owners. It would be easy to take over the estate and simply live and enjoy its many charms. But if you wanted to develop it further then there is plenty of scope."
The Main House
As you enter the house the scale of the timber framed Aisled Hall is immediately apparent. The original handmade clay floor tiles and the impressive preserved oak beams, featuring a Queen Ann truss, to the brick fireplace, with a wood burner standing tall, ready to light up the room and entertain all who arrive.
To the right is an attractively styled kitchen complete with an island and snug area; ideal for catching up on the activities of the day whilst preparing food. Down the passage are more original oak beam features embedded in the wall before you enter a re-built barn conversion, so introducing the modern aspects to this property.
A flight of stairs will take you below ground level to a state-of-the-art Dolby surround sound cinema room, complete with built in bar. A room off to the right reveals a personal gym area housing the requisite equipment and plenty of floor space for mats or gym balls.
Back at ground level is an elegant lounge, styled by a local Cambridge interior designer. The vaulted oak beamed ceiling is a nod to the original thatched barn that occupied the plot, while full-length windows look out onto the delightful front garden. On the other side French doors open out into a conservatory, leading onto a private south facing patio with outside sofa, chairs, table and umbrella.
Behind the lounge is an office space; modern, sleek cupboards conceal storage shelves, drawers and hanging files. This area combines as a hub for the CCTV security system with 8 HD cameras, all with motion sensitive activation. A doorway leads out onto decking before sweeping you up onto an inviting outdoor heated pool and spa pool area. Surrounded by seating and umbrellas this is a fantastic feature located in a secluded walled garden adjacent to the house.
A summer house and original granary barn provide storage or simply another perspective to sit and enjoy this tranquil haven. An underground automated irrigation system ensures the grass and flower beds are kept looking at their best.
The bedrooms are intriguingly located off the Aisled Hall. On entering this property, a hallway to the left leads down to the original dairy, which has been converted into a spacious utility area. At the end of the passage is a private double bedroom with en-suite bathroom, overlooking the walled garden.
A staircase leading up from the main Hall takes you along to the master bedroom. This is a lovely light and airy room with a number of large windows, commanding splendid views over the garden and parkland. A dressing room leads into a spacious en-suite with feature bath and walk-in shower.
On the opposite side of the hall there are 2 further double rooms, 2 really quaint single rooms and a family bathroom, all incorporating feature oak beams. Truly a unique layout with lots of character including internal windows, reflecting the Medieval heritage of this property.
"Christmas was one of our favourite times in the house. The Aisled Hall would at the heart of our celebrations, with a 12-foot tree all decorated and illuminated, ready to take centre stage for entertaining family and friends.
There are also 2 wood burners in the property with a woodstore, supplied by our own woodland, located to the side of the Cart Lodge. There is something quite authentic about the glow of a wood burner in such a character property, providing a welcoming warmth in the main living areas."
Across the gravel driveway away from the main house is a converted stable block. Cleverly retaining some of its original features on the windows and doors, the inside is fresh and modern with the main hallway running the length of the property.
Leading off from here are the lounge and kitchen, 2 single bedrooms, a large main bedroom, family bathroom and office space. Outside and along the complete length of the hallway is the garden. Enclosed and private with only the internal windows overlooking this aspect.
Adjacent to the stable block is the 3-storey barn, currently used as storage for a range of garden equipment, machinery and vehicles. The internal fit-out is to a very high specification with all main utilities being supplied. There is approved planning for conversion into 2 houses. The construction of a 2 bay oak framed cart lodge adjacent, has been built with this in mind.
On the other side of the driveway is another oak framed Cart Lodge. This has been built to the same specification as the 2 bay cart lodge opposite, this has a wonderful smell of oak beams as you enter. There is ample room for 5 vehicles to be stored, 2 undercover and 3 behind the electric wooden doors. There is potential for conversion to further residential development.
The boating lake and jetty set the scene for a quite stunning outside space. A gravel pathway allows you to walk round and enjoy its charm with wooden benches should you decide to sit and enjoy the tranquil setting, or perhaps try a spot of fishing.
Further lakes can be discovered as you journey on into the estate. A number of bridges help you cross over into woodland or parts of the nature trail that mark the estate boundary. Whilst a summer house is on an situated on an island between 2 of the lakes in a wooded glade accessed by a bridge, the perfect spot for watching the sunrise or sunset over Cambridgeshire.
The only evidence of modern living is the strategically placed electric lanterns that illuminate the parkland. Outdoor electrics and water have also been installed adjacent to one of the bridges but tucked away and alongside a grass glade, perfect for outdoor entertaining.
"The gardens at Ryders Farm have been a real joy for us. When we first moved here they were a blank canvas so we needed to plan and build everything from scratch; which probably explains why we spend so much of our time outside.
Our favourite memories will be the parties, especially those out in the parkland. We were married at Swavesey church and held our wedding reception here, that in itself will make it a difficult place to leave. Anniversaries, birthdays, christenings, as well as company parties have all been celebrated here.
Swavesey is a wonderful village with a real sense of community. With a RSPB nature reserve on your doorstep, a range of local sports activities and a traditional village festival held every 2 years, there is genuinely something for everybody."
VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call Fine & Country Cambridge today on 01223 363700 to arrange your viewing appointment or for further details.
- 12 Acre Country Estate
- Dates Back To 13th Century
- Finished To Exceptional Standard
- Single Storey Converted Stable Block
- Barn With Planning To Convert to Two Dwellings
- Further Development Potential
- 6 Bedrooms In Main Residence
- Heated Swimming Pool & Facilities
- Private Grounds
- Exceptional Commuter Location