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3 Bed Terraced House  For Sale  1 Thornberry Hill Cottages Old Wimpole Road  Arrington  Royston  Hertfordshire  SG8   - £550,000

For Sale
TENURE: NA
This extended home was formally owned by the National Trust and part of The Wimpole Estate. Located on the outskirts of this sought after village, Royston is just 15 minutes away, offering excellent amenities and rail services into London Kings Cross from 40 minutes, whilst Cambridge is just 10 miles away. It has been sympathetically extended and restored to combine luxurious fixtures and fittings, with period features. The ground floor includes a recently fitted bespoke Oak kitchen with granite work surfaces, extended dining garden room with French doors to the courtyard and garden, and a living room with wood burning stove. The three bedrooms include a stunning vaulted master bedroom, and are served by an exquisite bathroom. The gardens wrap around two sides of the property, and are deceptively large. There is also a garage and parking.

This inviting Grade II listed period cottage has been extended and lovingly refurbished by the current owners, to provide exquisitely presented accommodation with a feeling of warmth and charm, laid out over three floors and retaining many enchanting original features. Built in the 1770s, the cottage boasts a cosy sitting room with exposed red brick inglenook fireplace and beautiful old beams and iron-hinged wooden doors.

A garden room, dining room, cloakroom and bespoke kitchen breakfast room are also to be found on the ground floor, with a courtyard garden accessible from the dining room. The stunning master suite with vaulted ceiling occupies the top floor, with the other two bedrooms on the first floor alongside the family bathroom. A garage, timber shed and log store are all to be found in the extensive grounds.

The cottage nestles within mature private gardens with panoramic views over the beautiful farmland of Wimpole Estate, beautiful all year round with sweeping frosty lawns in Winter, rusty rich Autumn leaves and the uplifting sight of newborn lambs each Spring. When we initially came to look around the property, it was the setting which sold it to us, say the owners. Moving in and living there, we felt like we were on holiday every day. It is a very relaxing place to be, with the unique advantage of being able to come home after a stressful day and walk around Wimpole with the whole estate nearly to ourselves.

The gardens of 1 Thornberry Hill Cottages themselves are pretty and picturesque, in the quintessential English cottage-style with pond, shrub borders and hedging, colourful flowerbeds, and a patio with garden furniture perfect for relaxing with friends over tea and cake on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Mature trees provide dappled shade as the sun moves across the rear of the house and the garden throughout the day.

The location of the property is convenient for access to railway stations at Royston & Shepreth, both only a few miles distant and offering services to London. Cambridge City Centre is also approximately 10 miles away. The property provides the unique position of living in the middle of fields whilst being less than 10 miles from Cambridge, say the owners.

The living room is very cosy in winter with the fire roaring and the dog curled up at our feet. We like to sit in the warmth and enjoy a glass of wine on a cold evening.

We shall miss everything about the cottage, as with its unique sense of character it really does not feel like a normal house.

The double aspect of the cottage gardens is superb, with the rear garden very private and allowing us to sit all day in peace, and the front being a real sun trap.

The dining room is ideal for mid-winter roast dinners, the cottage often being where the festive family celebrations are hosted it is a very Christmassy house! In summer, we have barbecues out in the garden with friends.

Solid Timber Front Door To: -

Entrance Hall - Window to kitchen. Tiled floor. Radiator. Open to:

Kitchen Breakfast Room - 4.45m x 3.75m (14'7" x 12'3") - Two windows to side and window to front aspect. Exposed beam to ceiling. Fitted with a range of bespoke solid oak base and wall mounted units with Andromeda granite worksurfaces and upstands. Tiled splashbacks. Inset single sink unit with swan-neck mixer tap and worksurface cut drainer. Corner carousel unit. Space for Rangemaster cooker with extractor and feature lighting over. Integral fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Recessed ceiling lights. Quarry-tiled floor. Radiator. Door to:

Cloakroom - Two piece suite comprising a low level WC and wall-mounted hand wash basin. Quarry-tiled floor. Radiator.

Dining / Garden Room - 5.90m x 3.05m (19'4" x 10'0") - French doors to front and rear aspects. Two windows to side aspect. Exposed beam to ceiling and exposed beam partition. Wood floor. Radiator.

Living Room - 5.40m x 4.00m (17'8" x 13'1") - Window to front and side aspects. Door to side aspect. Door to stairs to first floor landing. Exposed beams to wall and ceiling. Feature exposed brick inglenook fireplace with inset cast-iron wood-burning stove and canopy, tiled hearth and oak bressumer. Amtico wood floor. Two radiators.

First Floor Landing - Door to stairs to second floor Master Bedroom. Exposed beams. Double doors to built-in storage cupboard. Radiator.

Bedroom Two - 3.45m x 2.50m (11'3" x 8'2") - Window to side aspect. Exposed beam to ceiling. Exposed brick chimney breast. Wood floor. Radiator.

Bedroom Three - 4.75m x 2.30m (15'7" x 7'6") - Two dormer windows to side aspect. Part-vaulted ceiling. Door to built-in wardrobe. Eaves storage. Radiator. Restricted head height.

Family Bathroom - Exposed brick chimney breast. Exposed beams. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, double-ended bath with wall-mounted mixer taps and shower over, and free-standing hand wash basin with surface mounted mixer tap. Door to airing cupboard housing hot water cylinder. Porcelain tiled floor. Heated towel rail.

Second Floor -

Master Bedroom - 5.45m x 2.60m (17'10" x 8'6") - Dormer window to side aspect. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Exposed brick chimney breast. Radiator.

Outside - The gardens wrap around two sides of the property. One side garden is mainly laid to lawn, enclosed by mixed hedging and fencing. Mature trees. To the front there is a block-paved path leading to a patio with box hedging. Mature trees. Gravel area. The other side garden is very private with block-paved paths leading to a patio area with outside plugs and lighting. Gravel borders. There is also a paved courtyard with lighting and floor-mounted boiler.

Garage - 5.25m x 2.65m (17'2" x 8'8") - Up and over door to front aspect.

Further Information - Date built: circa. 1770s
Grade II Listed
Oil-fired boiler - 2015
No mains drainage
Communal parking and drive

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.

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Property Features


Former National Trust Property

Superbly Presented

Recently Fitted Bespoke Kitchen

Two Reception Rooms

Original Features

Wood Burning Stove

Vaulted Master Bedroom

Large Gardens & Courtyard

Garage & Parking

Grade II Listed









Property Features


Former National Trust Property

Superbly Presented

Recently Fitted Bespoke Kitchen

Two Reception Rooms

Original Features

Wood Burning Stove

Vaulted Master Bedroom

Large Gardens & Courtyard

Garage & Parking

Grade II Listed


These are for general guidance only. You are responsible to confirm accuracy by inspection.