MOLESWORTH, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire 5 bedrooms, £750,000

  • Part-Thatched Family Home
  • Period Features Throughout
  • Grade II Listed
  • Four Reception Rooms
  • Modern Kitchen Breakfast Room
  • Five Bedrooms
  • Three Bathrooms
  • Double Garage & Workshop
  • Versatile Rear Gardens
  • Excellent Commuter Links

Chequers is a unique part-thatched property, located in the charming and picturesque village of Molesworth.
The village is well situated for the A14 which offers excellent access into Cambridge and Peterborough, the A1 to London, as well as Huntingdon Station which runs a fast service to London Kings Cross in less than an hour.
Originally two separate properties, it has been adapt…

Chequers is a unique part-thatched property, located in the charming and picturesque village of Molesworth.
The village is well situated for the A14 which offers excellent access into Cambridge and Peterborough, the A1 to London, as well as Huntingdon Station which runs a fast service to London Kings Cross in less than an hour.
Originally two separate properties, it has been adapted and restored with an incredible amount of sympathetic detail, to become a well-presented substantial family home. On the ground floor are four generous reception rooms which offer incredible adaptability and period features including inglenook fireplaces and exposed beamwork. There is also a modern ground floor shower room, large laundry room, and a beautiful kitchen breakfast room. There are three staircases offering access to different areas of the first floor which has five bedrooms, bathroom, wet room and cloakroom. Outside, there are three areas to the large family garden, a decked and paved courtyard area for entertaining and al fresco dining, leading to a large formal kitchen garden with access to the brick workshop which historically was part of the village blacksmith's forge. At the rear, is a lawn with fruit trees and a large newly-built timber double garage.

"27 years ago, we discovered our dream house in this country cottage in a quiet village location," say the current owners of Chequers, "perfectly situated for commuting to London, Peterborough and Cambridge."

Originally two separate properties, Chequers has been adapted and sympathetically restored, with exquisitely detailed finishing, creating a large Grade II listed family home. "We have made substantial renovations," say the owners, "stumbling across and exposing various lost original features that give the house its character, in the process of modernising the house for contemporary living. Amongst these lovely surprises were two inglenook fireplaces, original wooden beams, and even a well, all of which we have lovingly incorporated into our scheme of décor."

The ground floor centres around the kitchen breakfast room, while four generous reception rooms are ideal for entertaining and everyday family life. "The kitchen is wonderfully light and airy," say the owners, "and is where we always eat together as a family, while the family room 'den' is a favourite space for our teenage sons and their friends to play music, pool, gaming and table tennis." There is also a modern family shower room and large separate utility/laundry room. Three staircases provide access to different areas of the first floor, with its five bedrooms, two further bathrooms and separate WC.

"The outside spaces also have much to offer, the extensive gardens being landscaped into three main areas with decking and herbaceous borders. The courtyard/patio area is ideal for summer entertaining and al fresco dining, and leads to a beautifully kept kitchen garden. This in turn provides access to the brick workshop/garage that was once part of the village blacksmith's forge. At the rear, apple and plum trees, and a further vegetable patch sit alongside a large newly-built timber double garage and football goal."

A quintessential English village, Molesworth itself has been designated a conservation area by Huntingdon District Council, with several listed buildings and village pub. "We love being at the heart of the conservation area, and surrounded by open countryside," say the owners, "with miles of local footpaths for walking the dog. The village itself centres around the Millennium Green and village hall with village social events, weddings and community parties being hosted. There is also an Astroturf tennis court/football pitch in the village." Amongst local attractions are the historic Kimbolton castle, sailing and fishing at Grafham Water, Huntingdon races, Rockingham raceway and Kimbolton kart track. Located in the west of Cambridgeshire about 2 miles from the Northamptonshire border, the village is conveniently situated just off the A14 half way between Kettering and Huntingdon, 30 minutes from Cambridge, Northampton and Peterborough. Huntingdon railway station is easily reached for services to Kings Cross every 30 minutes with a journey time of just 45 minutes. "Despite being so well placed for local communications," say the owners, "the village has no through traffic, so is beautifully quiet."


"The garden offers lots of possibilities for spending time outside, whether around the pizza oven in the courtyard of an evening, or sitting out on the decking during the day. There is even space for a large marquee on the lawn for summer garden parties."

"The living room is a fantastic place to watch television together in winter, with the wood-fired stove burning in the inglenook fireplace."

"Having been here for 27 years, this is really and truly our family home. It is amazingly flexible for the various demands of family life, and everyone who comes here says how warm and welcoming the house feels."

"The impressive dining room is just beautiful at Christmas time, the ceiling beams and inglenook fireplace giving a cosy 17th Century festive atmosphere."

Front door to:
ENTRANCE HALL
Double-glazed multi-pane window to courtyard patio. Aged pine staircase to main house first floor landing with understairs storage cupboard. Exposed beam to ceiling. Oak floor. Covered radiator.

STUDY 4.35m x 3.20m (14'3" x 10'5")
Sash window to front aspect. Exposed beams. Cast-iron fireplace. Range of fitted storage. Oak floor. Radiator.

GROUND FLOOR SHOWER ROOM
Double-glazed window to side aspect. Three piece suite comprising a wall-hung low level WC with concealed cistern, vanity unit mounted hand wash basin with mixer tap, and step up to walk-in shower with rainfall shower head and glass screen. Door to storage cupboard. Recessed ceiling lights. Fully tiled walls. Heated towel rail. Tiled floor with underfloor heating.

LAUNDRY ROOM 3.95m x 3.50m (12'11" x 11'5")
Double-glazed multi-pane window and stable-style door to courtyard patio. Fitted with a range of base and wall mounted units with oak worksurfaces. Inset butler sink with mixer tap. Space for washing machine and tumble drier. Space for under-counter fridge. Oak-beamed chimney breast with concealed boiler. Recessed ceiling lights. Oak floor. Tall vertical radiator.

FAMILY ROOM 7.70m x 6.40m (max) (25'3" x 20'11" (max))
Double-glazed window to both side aspects. Double-glazed multi-pane window and multi-pane French doors to rear aspect. Double-glazed multi-pane French doors to courtyard patio. Part-vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Staircase to modern extension first floor landing with understairs storage cupboard. Built-in desk. Range of bespoke fitted TV furniture/shelving for gaming, with Sky Q enabled. Three radiators.

LIVING ROOM 4.45m x 4.15m (14'7" x 13'7")
Sash window to front aspect. Double-glazed multi-pane French doors to courtyard patio. Exposed oak beams. Brick-built inglenook fireplace with inset wood burning stove, brick hearth, feature lighting, and timber bressumer over. TV point. Oak floor. Radiator. Step down to:

DINING ROOM 6.50m x 4.55m (21'3" x 14'11")
Two leaded-light windows and door to front aspect. Leaded light window to rear aspect. Exposed oak beams, with beam and 'wattle and daub' partition to 'Butler's Pantry' storage area. Exposed low-level brickwork to walls. Brick-built inglenook fireplace with electric stove, brick hearth, timber bressumer over and feature lighting. Oak staircase to cottage first floor landing. Tiled floor with electric underfloor heating. Step up to:

KITCHEN BREAKFAST ROOM 5.30m x 3.35m (17'4" x 10'11")
Double-glazed window to rear aspect. Double-glazed French doors with window either side to courtyard decked area. Oak beams. Fitted with a range of custom-built base and wall mounted units with complementary worksurfaces, and matching central island on wheels with ash worktop and breakfast bar overhang. Stainless steel upstands. TV cupboard with wood worksurface and TV point. One and a half bowl Franke sink unit with swan-neck mixer tap and drainer. Space for dishwasher. Space for stainless steel Rangemaster cooker with extractor over. Space for American-style fridge freezer. Under-unit boiler. Recessed ceiling lights. Tiled floor with electric underfloor heating.

FIRST FLOOR LANDING (MODERN EXTENSION)
Velux window to front elevation. Double doors to airing cupboard.

MASTER BEDROOM 3.70m x 3.45m (12'1" x 11'3")
Double-glazed multi-pane window to side and rear elevations. Velux window to front elevation. Door to storage cupboard. Radiator.

FAMILY BATHROOM
Double-glazed multi-pane window to rear elevation. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin with mixer tap, and corner bath with wall-mounted mixer tap and wall-mounted rainfall shower over. Tiled splashbacks. Tiled floor. Radiator. Extractor.

FIRST FLOOR LANDING (COTTAGE)
Leaded light window to side elevation. Exposed beams. Two storage cupboards. Radiator. Folding door to:

WET ROOM
Part-vaulted ceiling. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, wall-mounted hand wash basin, and walk-in shower with glass screen. Fully tiled. Radiator. Extractor.

BEDROOM TWO 4.45m x 4.20m (14'7" x 13'9")
Leaded light window to front elevation. Exposed beams to wall. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Radiator.

BEDROOM FIVE 4.15m x 2.45m (13'7" x 8'0")
Double-glazed window to side and rear elevations. Vaulted ceiling. Radiator.

FIRST FLOOR LANDING (MAIN HOUSE)
Double-glazed window to rear elevation. Hatch to loft. Radiator.

CLOAKROOM
Sash window to front elevation. Two piece suite comprising a low level WC and hand wash basin. Two double fitted cupboards. Heated towel rail.

BEDROOM THREE 4.40m x 2.90m (14'5" x 9'6")
Sash window to front elevation. Exposed beams to wall. Two built-in cupboards. Cast-iron feature fireplace. Radiator.

BEDROOM FOUR 4.40m x 3.15m (14'5" x 10'4")
Sash window to front elevation. Built-in three-door wardrobe and desk. Radiator.

OUTSIDE
A gravel drive runs down the side of the property providing access to the workshop and gated access to the timber-built double garage at the rear with small gravel parking area. Gated side access to garden.

Enclosed central courtyard with block-paved patio area and step down to decked patio area. Outside lighting. Step up to gate and low level wall to gravelled area with kitchen garden, log store, and tool shed to the side of the property with herbaceous borders, wrapping around the rear to a gravel patio area with outside lighting. Low-level wall and steps up to fenced lawn area with mature beds, door to brick-built workshop/garage and raised decked entertaining area with pergola. Further low level timber gates and trellising to main rear lawned garden with fruit trees, shed, and door to timber-built double garage with outside lighting.

DOUBLE GARAGE 6.85m x 5.90m (22'5" x 19'4")
Two double doors to front aspect. Pedestrian door to garden. Window to rear aspect. Full-length workshop bench with storage. Power and light connected. External electric vehicle charging point. Exterior switch lights and security light.

WORKSHOP / SINGLE GARAGE 6.20m x 2.85m (20'4" x 9'4")
Double doors to side aspect. Door to garden. Power and light connected.

FURTHER INFORMATION
Date built: From 1650
Grade II Listed
Two oil-fired boilers
Shared drive to garage
Single Garage / Workshop is one half of a brick-built double garage, of which the other half is owned by the neighbouring property (with access over shared drive).
Part Straw thatch - fully re-thatched in 2004 and re-ridged April 2015. Rest of roof is pan-tile and slate.

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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