2 Bed Flat  Under-Offer  SANDY  Bedfordshire  SG19  - £365,000

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A beautifully-presented spacious luxury apartment with high ceilings and magnificent views, situated on the upper floor of the west wing of a Grade II* listed Georgian Manor House. Renovated to an exacting standard with traditional wooden floors and wood burning stoves, benefitting from a private courtyard, cellar, and garage. Hazells Hall is steeped in history, benefiting from approximately 14 acres of shared landscaped gardens, originally designed by Humphry Repton, including an all-weather tennis court and walled garden. Sandy Train Station is 1.5 miles away with frequent trains to London Kings Cross from 48 mins.

Situated on the top of a hill above the bustling market town of Sandy and nestled within fourteen acres of glorious private parkland is Hazells Hall, a magnificent Grade II* listed Georgian manor house that originally dates back to the mid 1700's. It is a truly magnificent example of both the architecture of the period and the landscaped gardens which were so highly regarded in the late 18th Century.

"Hazells Hall has a rich history. It was the seat of the Pym family from 1761 until 1940 when it was requisitioned by the army. The Hall became the base for the two 'special duties' squadrons of the RAF, whose work involved clandestine undercover operations flying from nearby Tempsford Airfield over enemy occupied territory; the role that these men and woman played during the war has been immortalised in a book, 'We Landed by Moonlight' and a film 'Carve her Name with Pride'. In December 1981, the well-known architect Kit Martin, a true pioneer of the manor house developments, converted the main house and its outbuildings into twelve separate residences."

"All of the Hazells Hall residents enjoy a share of the parkland landscaped in 1790 by Humphrey Repton - an eminent landscape gardener who followed in the footsteps of Capability Brown - which have been designated as an English Heritage Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Extending to approximately 14 acres, it is a truly beautiful and tranquil setting, including a private all-weather tennis court, a woodland walk, a game larder, an enclosed walled garden having apple, pear, plum and fig trees, an old well, and a herb garden area. Two follies bookend the path of what was known as the 'ladies parading ground,' and as you open the 'Alice in Wonderland' door of one of these follies, the landscape transforms from a formal tree lined walk, into the open undulating countryside framed by a magnificent chestnut tree."

3 The Old Quarters is a beautifully-presented apartment that forms part of the upper floor of the west wing of this historic building. "We purchased it fourteen years ago. It is the perfect combination of a magnificent home within a beautiful setting" say the owners. "The Hall is accessed via a long winding private driveway with parkland on either side, gently turning to reveal the Hall itself. It's true to say that every single day, we are still captivated by the beauty and charm of the drive as we journey to and from the Hall."

"Over the years we have gradually restored the Georgian character and charm of our home, whilst subtly incorporating the everyday needs for modern living. We've used heritage paint colours throughout; all of the beautiful Georgian-style sash windows have been fully renovated by Ventrolla and can now simply be unclipped and removed for ease of maintenance; the bathroom has been updated in period style including the addition of a freestanding cast-iron ball & claw-foot bath; and we added SMART home technology to control the heating and hot water accessed remotely with a tablet or smartphone. The biomass boiler system benefits from the government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme which provides quarterly payments based on the amount of heat generated, until 2035. We maintained our 'eco-friendly' restoration with the installation of sheep's wool insulation which, with its unique breathability, absorbs and releases moisture without reducing thermal performance, and helps preserve the surrounding timbers," the owners say.

"Each room has its own unique character and charm, but if I had to choose a favourite it would probably be the sitting room," says the owner. "It has fantastic light, amazing views, and a warm and welcoming feeling. The lovely little courtyard is a great place for a BBQ and the Georgian cellar is a 'cool' place to store wine," say the owners.

"We're surrounded by so much natural beauty and it's incredibly peaceful here, however another huge benefit is the location," say the owners. "The rail station is just a few minutes down the road, so it's possible to be in central London within 40 minutes, and Luton and Stansted Airports are within easy reach by road. The RSPB nature reserve and gardens are within walkable distance and we have several local bridleways and cycle paths. For us it's absolutely ideal."

"What will we miss most? Absolutely everything," say the owners. "It's been a wonderful place to call home and it'll be extremely difficult to find anything else that even comes close."

Main Entrance Hall - Spindle staircase to Upper Floor accessing The Old Quarters. Door to flagstone-paved private courtyard. Door to Cellar. Roof access from staircase to external ornamental parapet providing far reaching views of the surrounding parkland. Traditional stone floor.

Cellar - 5.22m x 3.25m (17'1" x 10'7") - Arched exposed brickwork. Wooden wine racks. Traditional tiled floor.

Upper Floor - Door to:

Kitchen - 5.60m x 2.72m (18'4" x 8'11") - Georgian-style sash window with shutters. Solid oak kitchen fitted with a range of base units with Iroko worksurfaces and tiled splashbacks. Inset ceramic butler sink with swan neck mixer tap. Built-in eye-level microwave. Built in oven and inset induction hob with stainless steel chimney extractor hood. Integral dishwasher, fridge freezer and space for washing machine. Large freestanding pantry cupboard. Traditional polished floorboards. Period-style radiator.

Sitting Room - 5.55m x 5.15m (18'2" x 16'10") - Two Georgian-style sash windows with shutters. Open fireplace with inset wood burning stove, slate hearth and timber surround. Traditional polished floorboards. Two period-style radiators.

Inner Hall - Traditional polished floorboards.

Bedroom Two - 5.14m x 2.67m (16'10" x 8'9") - Georgian-style sash window with shutters. Basket fire with slate hearth and timber surround. Traditional polished floorboards. Period-style radiator.

Loft Storage Space - Fully boarded and insulated with inset LED lighting. Exposed wooden beams.

Family Bathroom - Velux skylight window. Four piece suite comprising a low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin, freestanding cast-iron ball & claw-foot bath, and a separate walk-in shower cubicle enclosed in frameless glass with a Lefroy Brooks thermostatic shower system and a large 8-inch rose head. Double doors to cupboard housing hot water tank and water softener. Half-height tiling to walls. Traditional polished floorboards. Period-style radiator/heated towel rail.

Master Bedroom - 6.37m x 3.54m (20'10" x 11'7") - Georgian-style sash window with shutters. Fireplace with inset wood burning stove and slate hearth. Traditional polished floorboards. Period-style radiator.

Outside - Private paved courtyard area for al-fresco dining, with a slate-roof outbuilding housing the biomass boiler providing heating and hot water. 3 The Old Quarters has a single garage and ample parking spaces available along the entrance to the Hall.

Hazells Hall is approached along a winding private driveway extending over a kilometre in length, with parkland on either side providing views over the Bedfordshire countryside.

The 14 acres of landscaped communal grounds, originally designed by Humphry Repton, include tree lined vistas, open spaces, a ladies parading ground with two pavilions, shared tennis court, walled kitchen garden and a woodland walk.

Garage - 5.74m x 2.34m (18'9" x 7'8") - Double doors.

Further Information - Date built: circa. mid 1700's
Converted mid 1980's
Grade II* Listed
Conservation Area
Shared drainage treatment plant installed in 2016
Biomass boiler providing heating and hot water to The Old Quarters - installed 2015 - RHI until 2035 (providing payments based on the amount of heat generated)
£1,120 annual maintenance fee - Grounds, road, tennis court
Share of freehold/leasehold - four properties own equal share - West Hazells Ltd.
Local Schooling. Primary: Barnabas Oley CofE Primary School. Secondary: Comberton Village College, Cambourne Village College, Bedford Modern, Kimbolton.


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