Offers in region of £3,000,000
High Street, Knapwell, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23
Knapwell Wood Farm is a striking example of seventeenth century architecture which has been vastly improved by the current owners to create the ultimate family home.
Set in a very tranquil plot of just over 3.5 acres on the periphery of the desirable South Cambridgeshire village of Knapwell with views of the woods and the rolling countryside you cannot fail to be impressed by this property from the second you enter onto the private driveway. Immediately you will notice the air-conditioned garaging with separate office, leading onto the generously sized one-bedroom, 1 ½ bathroom, self-contained annexe and further external office with kitchenette and cloakroom, perfect for working from home for those who need to.
The main house is imposing and charming and is arranged over three floors of living accommodation as well as having a very well-appointed wine cellar.
The ground floor has a huge dine in, country style kitchen with a full size aga, leading out into the orangery which looks out onto the landscaped rear garden and detached, air conditioned, leisure barn which is currently used as a gym but could be used as a games room or studio. There are a further four reception rooms boasting a plethora of period features and wood burning stoves.
The first floor has four very generous bedrooms, each with their own en-suite facilities. There is also a playroom with built in cupboards. The top floor has a further three bedrooms and a family bathroom.
Nestled in the glorious Cambridgeshire countryside, less than ten miles from Cambridge city centre is Knapwell Wood Farm, a very handsome period home that sits in around three and a half acres of beautiful gardens and grounds. “The house was built c1710 on what was originally a working farm –and in its day it had just under six hundred acres,” says the owner. “We purchased the property back in 2003, and interestingly it had been in the ownership of the same family ever since it was built, so when we discovered it it was the first time it had ever been on the open market, however it’s fair to say that it was in need of an awful lot of TLC.”
“We bought the property in the January but didn’t move in until the following November as we had to carry out a mammoth renovation project. We updated everything from the electrics and plumbing to the kitchen and bathrooms, all the plaster was stripped off the walls, all joists were pulled out and as the stairs had fully collapsed we had them beautifully remade. We’ve enhanced the property further by adding a triple garage and office with air-con and heating, a bespoke hand-made conservatory, a large separate gym building complete with wet room, air-con and heating. We also enlarged the kitchen reinstating the old well within the new extension and converted the stable into a beautiful one-bedroom self-contained annexe. The house is now just lovely and has been the most wonderful home for our family.”
“The house really comes alive when it’s filled with family and friends, and it has been the venue for many family gatherings and sleepovers over the years – my eight siblings and their families are scattered across the country so many a weekend has been spent accommodating and entertaining them all. The grounds have also provided a wonderful backdrop to countless alfresco get-togethers. Every year we had a firework party for our daughters and their friends, and the garden and terracing around the house have been great entertaining features of the property. We also have a well-stocked orchard with plum, pear, apple, greengage and damson trees, we’ve erected raised vegetable beds in the back garden which have yielded great crops over the years, and we have two natural ponds, one of which is surrounded by terracing so has been a great place to relax, particularly while catching the evening sunsets.”
“The standout room is possibly the kitchen – we have a kitchen table that seats ten and a gorgeous Aga which creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere. We love to host dinner parties and the kitchen is the perfect place for entertaining.”
“The location of Knapwell Wood Farm has been brilliant. We’re about seven miles to Madingley Road Park & Ride in Cambridge and a mile from Cambourne where there’s a Morrisons supermarket, several takeaways and much, much more. The house is also about six miles from St. Ives, where there’s a lovely weekly market, and St Neots train station is fifteen minutes away by car so it’s an ideal spot for a commuter.”
“Seventeen years ago, we set up a B&B as the house has a separate front staircase leading to three en-suite bedrooms. We’ve also had five weddings in the garden with marquees and caterers for guests, we’ve held countless big birthday and wedding parties for our families. We also held a charity ball here for 170 guests to raise vital funds for the Cambridge Children’s Hospice - it’s a property that has endless possibilities.”
“We will be sad to leave the property and the area, but with all the girls now moved away and married, the house is far too big for just my husband and I,” says the owner. “We’ll be looking to move to a small cottage somewhere so we will miss the space for family gatherings, particularly at Christmas when we would normally host at least twenty people for a few days every year. Whoever buys this house will be very lucky and we wish them as much joy as we have had over all these years.”
Knapwell is a village lying approx. 10 miles west of Cambridge city centre between the A428 and A14 and is approx. 6 miles from St Ives. The nearby town of Cambourne provides shopping and leisure facilities including a spa and health club at Cambridge Belfrey together with GP and dental surgeries whilst Bar Hill offers a golf course, spa and pool.
The nearest primary school is in the neighbouring village of Elsworth which is Ofsted rated “Good”. Knapwell is in the catchment area for Swavesey Village College (Ofsted rated “Outstanding”) for secondary education. Cambridge city offers an excellent choice of independent schools.
Year Built: 17th Century
Council Tax Band: H
EPC House: D
EPC Annexe: E
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- Detached Period Residence
- Seven Bedrooms
- Five Bathrooms
- Four Reception Rooms
- One Bedroom Self Contained Annex
- Two Offices
- Garage Complex
- Detached Leisure Barn/Gym
- Plot Of Over 3.5 Acres
- Highly Regarded Village