Gamlingay Road, Waresley, Sandy, Cambridgeshire, SG19
This stunning Grade II listed, semi-detached cottage sits in a prominent position right in the heart of the desirable village of Waresley.
Originally built in the 1850s, Bryher Cottage offers a plethora of period features which have been elegantly blended with modern finishes to the kitchen and bathroom. To the rear is a large work from home office with views across the paddocks and the countryside beyond. The property also boasts a wonderful view of the beautiful 19th century St James church and is just a short stroll from the Duncombe Arms, which is a highly regarded village pub with excellent restaurant, and Waresley Park garden centre.
The village offers excellent access to Sandy and St Neots for high speed rail links to London, as well as the A1. There are also outstanding Ofsted rated primary and secondary schools within easy reach. The home itself is currently arranged with a formal sitting room with wood burning stove, dining room, country style kitchen, three bedrooms and a modern family bathroom. It also benefits from a large garage and additional off street parking, as well as a private rear garden. Early inspection is strongly advised.
"It was the lovely village location which first drew us to the property, but when we saw the house we were blown away," say the current owners of this Grade II listed property at 9 Gamlingay Road. "As soon as we stepped into the vestibule, it felt like home straight away. We felt an instant connection with the thatched cottage, with its sense of character and feeling of warmth."
Since moving in, the owners have made various improvements to the property to create a truly special home with all the comforts of contemporary living whilst retaining the historic character of the building. "We have modernised the décor throughout," they say, "most recently adding underfloor heating and modern sanitary ware in the bathroom, as well as installing a new kitchen floor, but the essence of the cottage remains the same. Each room has its own character, from the cosy living room with its woodburning stove, to the light and airy dining room where we have hosted many happy evenings with family and friends. Meanwhile, the stable block has been converted into a home office with utility space, and with its beautiful views it is a lovely place to work."
Outside, thoughtfully landscaped gardens provide an extension of the indoor living space. "The garden is divided into different areas," say the owners, "with a charming, secluded courtyard between the cottage and stable block, and a south east facing rear garden which catches the morning sun to provide a lovely setting for al fresco breakfasts or morning coffee. This is particularly wonderful in spring, when we can watch the lambs frolicking in the neighbouring fields."
The local area has much to offer, too. "We can walk for miles right from our front door," say the owners, "whether through peaceful woodland or calming countryside. The village of Waresley possesses a wonderful sense of community spirit, whether day to day, bumping into neighbours for a chat, or during the festive season, when we sing Christmas carols outside the pub followed by mulled wine and mince pies. Even during the pandemic, we have continued to socialise with neighbours via Zoom, with online village quiz nights and virtual gin tasting sessions from our respective homes. For local shopping, the family run garden centre nearby is superb, while in the next village, Great Gransden, there is a well-stocked village shop, a fantastic nursery which our son attends, as well as a popular local school."
"The cosy living room really comes into its own in the autumn and winter months with the woodburning stove alight, perfect to come home to after a long country walk."
"We have spent so many happy times here, one particularly memorable event being a Burns Night celebration we hosted for all our family and friends. We had a huge table in the living room laid out with haggis—a real feast!—and all our guests brought a chair. People still talk about it even now!"
"The secluded, sunny back garden is very private and has fabulous views of the surrounding countryside."
"We shall miss the warm, welcoming atmosphere of the happy home we have made here, not to mention all the lifelong friends we have made in the village."
Waresley is a small village lying about 5 miles to the south east of St Neots and about 8.5 miles north east of Biggleswade on the Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire border. Within the village there is a garden centre with farm shop and café, a well-regarded pub, The Duncombe Arms, and the village church. There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the countryside with many public footpaths and the nature reserve, Waresley Wood, to explore. Nearby Great Gransden, about 2 miles, offers a general store, post office, pub and bowls and tennis clubs and a primary school. St Neots, Sandy and Biggleswade, nearby market towns, offer a range of high street shops, weekly markets, restaurants and sports and leisure facilities. Cambridge is about 16 miles to the east and provides extensive shopping facilities, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities.
Road and rail routes are good with the A428 about 3 miles away linking into the A14, A1 and M11. Fast train services into London are available from both St Neots and Biggleswade with journeys into London King's Cross in about 40 minutes.
Local schools include: Barnabas Oley CofE Primary in Great Gransden and Camborne Village College for secondary education; both are Ofsted rated "Outstanding". There is also a wide selection of independent schools in Cambridge.
Year Built: c1850s – Grade II Listed
Council Tax Band: G
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- Grade II Listed
- Semi-Detached Cottage
- Three Bedrooms
- Two Reception Rooms
- Work From Home Office
- Stunning Views
- Excellent Local Schools
- Desirable Village Location