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5 bedroom detached house for sale

London Road, St. Ives, PE27


Key features

  • Grade II
  • 0.4 Acre Plot
  • Sought After Location
  • Walking Distance to St Ives Town Centre
  • Great Access to Cambridge/London
  • Substantial Single Brick Garage and Triple Wooden Garage
  • Large Suffolk-style workshop/barn

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Property description

Set opposite open fields, this period home is within walking distance of the charming town centre, riverside walks, and the guided bus to Cambridge.
The ground floor boasts two elegant reception rooms linked by double doors. The sitting room features a fireplace, and the dining room opens onto a conservatory with superb views over the rear garden. A kitchen breakfast room also opens onto the rear garden and sits alongside a utility/cloakroom and a study. There is a useful larder off of the kitchen. The front door with stained-glass windows and fanlight is flanked by sash windows with louvered wooden shutters. The entrance hall has a beautiful original tiled floor and stairs leading to the first-floor landing, providing access to the five double bedrooms and a family bathroom. The principal bedroom also has an en suite.
Outside, the approximate 0.4-acre plot is situated behind a wall with a timber gate opening onto a large gravel driveway next to a sizeable vegetable garden. There is a well maintained, restored Victorian green house with its own functioning well and pump. A triple garage and an oversized garage/barn provide ample parking. A further outbuilding comprising a barn, a store, and a garden store offers additional storage. The outbuildings could be converted into additional accommodation or an annexe. The rear garden includes lawns, a patio, a pond, and a thatched breeze hut. A selection of mature specimen trees provides excellent levels of privacy.

Seller Insight
Featuring an elegant Victorian frontage with original tented canopy porch, this picture-perfect Grade II listed family home occupies a much sought-after location on the edge of the pretty Cambridgeshire town of St Ives.

“Our family moved to The Willows back in 1959, and therefore the property has been in the same ownership for a staggering sixty-four years,” says Andrew. “It was a lovely place to grow up, and as children we have wonderful memories of the house, each with our own room of course and the spare room for guests. In the garden we used to play badminton, cricket and football, and when we were older croquet was the game of choice. The garden is very secluded so we could play to our heart’s content without being overlooked, and we have very fond memories of making dens in the workshop; on occasion we’d sleep out there in the summer!”

“For our parents the garden was very suited to entertaining, and of course the garden room, which is just off the dining room, came into its own if the weather was somewhat inclement. That particular room has a great view over the garden, which was very useful for watching over our own children when we visited in later years.”

“The raised garden pond in years gone by was a large sandpit, and for a while a small swimming pool, and the garages were useful for storing, repairing and maintaining our sailing dinghies. We used to walk to nearby Jones’s boatyard where we could launch our canoes and keep the dinghies as well as the family cruiser – my parents worked on the Arthur Ransome approach of ‘Better drowned than duffers, if not duffers won't drown’ – so as we got older, we were able to take to the river in all sorts of craft.”

“Another real plus point of the location is the fact that the lovely town of St Ives is just a five or six-minute walk over the iconic historic bridge – now pedestrian only, effectively making London Road a cul-de-sac. It was great when we were children as it allowed us to be independent when spending our pocket money, and it was very convenient when we were older wanting to socialise with friends.”

“The rear of the building is older than its Victorian frontage. The garden room has a gorgeous view over the garden with its pond and thatched summerhouse so it’s a lovely place to just sit and relax, and it has also been a great room for family get-togethers.”

“The setting is definitely a standout feature. The house looks out onto open fields, which are often home to ewes and their lambs – my dear old mum used to love watching them – and just before the bridge is Hemingford Meadow, which is a great place to take the family dog for a walk, watch the wildlife or even go fishing, if so inclined.”

“The property boasts an array of outbuildings, including a very old Suffolk-style workshop/barn, comprising a large workshop area with brick floor, a small stable area with an original wooden manger, and beyond that there’s another small barn, probably used for chickens back in the day. One of the most intriguing buildings is the brick garage with its tongue-and-groove curved panelled ceiling, reputed to be first garage to house a motor car in St Ives!”

“For us, The Willows was such an idyllic place to grow up, and it’s now crying out for new owners to enjoy it and its lovely garden,” says Andrew.

Local Information
St Ives is a charming little market town set on the banks of the River Great Ouse about 12 miles to the north-west of Cambridge. The main street and the old Quay, on the riverside, have many attractive buildings and there are several architecturally important buildings such as the Jacobean manor house, 15th century All Saints church and the six-arch Barnack stone bridge which incorporates a chapel, one of only four of its kind left in England. The market square has a good range of shops from national chains to small independent stores. The weekly markets are a great place to buy locally produced foods and there are several food and drink festivals and continental markets are held throughout the year. There are plenty of choices for the more active with a leisure centre, championship golf club and a plethora of sports clubs from bowls or boxing through to rugby and sailing.

St Ives lies a little to the north of the A14 with fast access into Cambridge and links into the M11 and M1 and the national road network. Access to Cambridge city centre is convenient with Madingley Road Park & Ride just 25 minutes’ drive away. The Guided Busway links St Ives directly with Cambridge Science Park on the outskirts of Cambridge and the city centre in one direction and out to Huntingdon in the other direction. Nearby Huntingdon has a railway station which offers fast train links into London King’s Cross in about 50 minutes and train services to the North via Peterborough railway station.

St Ives has a secondary school, St Ivo Academy and three primary schools: Thorndown, Westfield and Wheatfields. Kimbolton School, a well-regarded independent school, is about 30 minutes’ drive away and offers a dedicated bus service to St Ives. Cambridge also has a wide selection of highly sought-after independent primary and secondary schools including Kings College and The Perse.

Agents Notes
Tenure: Freehold
Year Built: Early to mid-19th Century
EPC: Exempt – Grade II
Local Authority: Huntingdonshire District Council
Council Tax Band: G
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