A stunning unique barn conversion set on the edge of the sought after village of Abbotsley, offering over 6600 sq ft of beautifully presented accommodation within easy reach of Cambridge and London. There are wonderful features throughout, including vaulted ceilings, exposed beams and brickwork, and full-height glazing. The property comprises five bedrooms with en suites, kitchen breakfast living room, three reception rooms, including a vaulted drawing room with galleried library above, all with underfloor heating served by the latest ground source heat pump technology, also providing hot water and including heating of the indoor pool. There is garaging for eight cars. There is also potential to create a self-contained annexe.
Abbotsley offers a Church, busy village hall, a public house serving food, Golf Course and Hotel, and a village green hosting the annual village fete. The nearby town of St Neots is just 5 miles away, offering supermarkets, extensive shopping, entertainment and recreational facilities, and trains to London Kings Cross from 40 minutes, whilst Cambridge is a half hour drive away, or 20 minutes to the Park & Ride into the centre.
Situated on the edge of the delightful village of Abbotsley in the glorious Cambridgeshire countryside is Cambridge Barn, a very stylish barn conversion that was completed just three years ago. "We were actually on the verge of purchasing another property when our estate agent suggested we take a quick look at a collection of old farm buildings that were in the process of being developed," says the owner. "At that time the property was literally just a shell, but we could immediately see that the finished article was going to be something really quite special. It captured our imaginations to such an extent that we just had to have it."
This beautiful property has been thoughtfully designed to incorporate reminders of the history of the building, such as the lovely old beams, but they combine with elements including a modern kitchen and bathrooms and even a swimming pool to create a really luxurious, contemporary home. "As the property was only really at first fix stage when we purchased it, we were able to put our own stamp on the interior, and while we were keen to accentuate the wonderful character of these lovely old buildings, we also wanted it to be a warm and comfortable home that would be very conducive to modern living; I think we've struck a really good balance. Externally the appearance hasn't changed an awful lot, so the house blends beautifully with these gorgeous rural surroundings, but inside it has a modern, open-plan layout in the main living areas and the huge windows flood the whole house with natural light so it feels very bright and spacious throughout."
"The property is surrounded by a high wall and hedging, so we enjoy a really good degree of privacy, both within the house and garden," continues the owner, "and the garden is another really lovely feature of the property. It was a real blank canvass when we came here so we've developed it into a very attractive space that incorporates an open lawn, patio seating areas and a large ornamental pond. It's an ideal size, but has definitely been designed with ease of maintenance in mind."
"We tend to spend the majority of our time in the kitchen area," says the owner. "It's a lovely big room in which we can cook, eat and relax. it's a very sociable space."
"Abbotsley is a lovely quiet little village with a sense of community," says the owner. "We're surrounded by really stunning open countryside and yet in a matter of minutes we can be in St Neots or even Cambridge city centre, and the transport links are excellent, so for us the location has been ideal."
"The pool, which we imported from 'Endless Pools' of Philadelphia, has been a fantastic feature that we've fully utilized," says the owner. "It has a propeller directed current, so you can swim against it to really get a good workout. And it's heated by the ground source heat pump, so it's very economical to run."
"We've both thoroughly enjoyed our time here and we are very proud of what we have created," says the owner.
Oak Door - with six inset glazed panels and glazed side panels to:
Reception Hall - 4.77m x 4.19m (15'7" x 13'8" ) - Oak return staircase with glass and oak bannisters, window to rear aspect and understairs storage cupboard. Exposed beams. Recessed ceiling lights. Engineered oak floor. Open to:
Drawing Room - 8.77m x 6.18m - Windows to front and rear aspects. Full height apex window and double doors to side aspect. Double height vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers and feature lighting. Oak and steel staircase with glass bannisters and low level lights to galleried library. Freestanding ABX wood burning stove with granite hearth. Double doors to cupboard housing media and communication equipment. Wired surround sound points. Engineered oak floor.
Cloakroom - Two piece suite comprising a low level WC, and hand wash basin with pillar mixer tap and limestone tiled splashback. Double mirrored doors to shelved airing cupboard. Recessed ceiling lights. Engineered oak floor. Extractor.
Kitchen Breakfast Room - 6.28m x 6.20m (20'7" x 20'4" ) - Window to front and side aspects. Two windows to rear aspect. Exposed beams. Fitted with base and wall mounted units with tiled splashbacks and granite worksurfaces. Underpelmet lighting. Large central island with granite work surface, two wine fridges and glass breakfast bar. Franke double sink with waste disposal unit, swan-neck mixer tap with light, and worksurface cut drainer. Range cooker with Falcon extractor over. Integral dishwasher. Built-in microwave. Space and surround for American fridge freezer. Recessed ceiling lights. Travertine tiled floor.
Glass Link - Full glazing and double doors to front and rear aspects. Part-vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and recessed ceiling lights. Exposed brickwork. Travertine tiled floor. Steps down to:
Inner Hall - Three large full height windows to side aspect. Fully glazed door and five full-height windows to side aspect with plantation shutters. Part-vaulted ceiling with recessed ceiling lights. Exposed beams and brickwork. Travertine tiled floor.
Utility Room - Exposed beams to ceiling. Base and wall mounted units with granite worksurfaces. Tiled splashbacks. Underpelmet lighting. Butler sink with swan neck mixer tap and worksurface cut drainer. Space for washing machine, tumble drier, dishwasher, and fridge freezer. Door to Boiler Room housing ground source heat pump and hot water tank. Recessed ceiling lights. Travertine tiled floor. Extractor.
Dining Room - 5.33m x 3.56m (17'5" x 11'8") - Four full-height windows to inner hall. Exposed beams to wall and ceiling. Recessed ceiling lights. Engineered oak floor.
Cloakroom - Velux window. Two piece suite comprising low level WC, and oak sink unit with twin bowl sinks and Flova taps. Two wall mirrors with vanity lights. Recessed ceiling lights. Travertine tiled floor. Extractor.
Pool Room - 9.77m x 4.07m (32'0" x 13'4") - Six full-height windows to inner hall. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, exposed brickwork, blue feature lighting and five velux windows. Two glass brick walls with feature lighting to inner hall. Heat recovery and dehumidifying vents. Built-in speakers. Ceramic non-porous tiled floor.
Pool - Part-sunken 'endless' pool with remote control Jacuzzi and lights.
Plant Room - Pump, filter and filtration system.
Shower Room - Velux window. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, oak vanity unit with hair dryer and base mounted hand wash basin with pillar mixer tap, and walk-in shower with glass screen. Fully tiled. Recessed ceiling lights. Ceramic non-porous tiled floor. Heated towel rail.
Tv Room - 6.12m x 3.88m (20'0" x 12'8" ) - Four full-height windows to inner hall. Three velux windows. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and feature lighting. Exposed brickwork to two walls. Speaker points. Engineered oak floor.
Minstral Gallery & Landing - Oak and glass balustrade. Built-in oak desk, book cases and study furniture. Recessed ceiling lights.
Master Bedroom - 5.55m x 3.33m (18'2" x 10'11" ) - Window to front elevation. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and up-lighting. Dressing Room with hanging rails and shelves.
En Suite - Window to rear elevation. Four piece suite comprising low level WC, walk-in shower with hand-held and overhead shower, oak vanity with twin hand wash basins with vanity-mounted mixer taps, and a freestanding double-ended bath with wall-mounted taps. Travertine and slate half-height tiling to walls and floor. Electric shaver point. Recessed ceiling lights. Heated towel rail. Extractor.
Bedroom Two - 4.58m x 3.18m (15'0" x 10'5" ) - Two windows to front elevation. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, brickwork and uplighting.
En Suite - Window to side elevation. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC with concealed cistern, walk-in shower cubicle with glass door, and wall-mounted vanity unit with oval hand wash basin and wall-mounted taps. Limestone tiles. Electric shaver point. Recessed ceiling lights. Heated towel rail.
Bedroom Three - 4.61m x 3.17m (15'1" x 10'4" ) - Window to rear elevation. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and up-lighting. Two mirrored wardrobes.
En Suite - Window to rear elevation. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin with mixer tap, and double-ended bath with shower over. Wall-mounted mirror with built-in clock and vanity lighting. Part-tiled. Electric shaver point. Recessed ceiling lights. Extractor.
Landing To Bedrooms Four And Five - Return staircase from inner hall to the second first floor landing with understairs storage cupboard.
Bedroom Four - 5.99m x 5.03m (19'7" x 16'6") - Two velux windows. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and up-lighting.
En Suite - Velux window. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin with mixer tap and limestone splashbacks, and glass shower cubicle. Part-tiled. Electric shaver point. Recessed ceiling lights. Extractor. Heated towel rail.
Bedroom Five - 5.66m x 5.03m (18'6" x 16'6" ) - Two velux windows. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and up-lighting.
En Suite - Velux window. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin with mixer tap and limestone splashbacks, and double glass shower cubicle. Part-tiled. Electric shaver point. Recessed ceiling lights. Extractor. Heated towel rail.
Outside - A shared gravel drive leads around the back of the house, and to the front powered sliding timber gate with intercom. The gate opens onto a gravel parking area, paved steps and path to front door and block paved path to the glass link with sleeper edged gravel borders. Outside lighting. Access to:
Double Garage - 6.06m x 5.43m (19'10" x 17'9" ) - Two powered up and over doors. Door to inner hall in main house.
The garden wraps around the property and enclosed by a mixture of post and rail fencing, mature laurel hedging and wall. Mainly laid to lawn with mature trees and rose borders. Patio with sleeper retaining wall and covered gazebo. Sleeper-edged koi pond and block-paved path surround. To the rear of the property is a large parking area and access to further garaging for six cars:
Triple Garage - 8.47m x 5.15m (27'9" x 16'10" ) - Three powered up and over doors. Open to adjoining three-car garage. Staircase up to:
Office / Storage - 7.87m x 3.25m (25'9" x 10'7" ) -
Three Car Garage - 9.97m x 5.38m (32'8" x 17'7" ) - One large powered up and over door. Two velux windows. Door to inner hall in main house.
Further Information - Over 200 years old. Barn conversion completed approximately 3 years ago.
Underfloor heating throughout
Rainwater harvesting system
Ground source heat pump serving underfloor heating and swimming pool - qualifying for Renewable Heating Incentive.
All measurements are approximate and quoted for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. Seller Insight: Comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.
- Stunning Unique Barn Conversion
- Over 6600 Sq Ft
- Five Bedroom Suites
- Kitchen Breakfast Room
- Double Height Vaulted Drawing Room
- Galleried Library with Study Area
- Endless Pool
- Underfloor Heating Throughout
- Versatile Accommodation
- Garaging For Eight Cars