A period home in a generous plot with flexible accommodation allowing for a ground floor annexe, bedroom, office/workspace with separate entrance or further living space. Within the grounds is a large barn offering a wealth of opportunities.
The accommodation is well presented and light throughout with good ceiling height. All the reception rooms are double aspect with country views to the east. The entrance hall is open to the traditional kitchen breakfast room which has recently installed solid oak worksurfaces and a range cooker. The entrance hall also leads to the elegant dining room with quarry tile floor. Double doors reveal the living room boasting a wood burning stove, stripped floorboards and French doors to a south facing patio with a pergola above. There is also a cosy snug with further wood burning stove, ground floor shower room and office/bedroom which combined would make an excellent annex with separate entrance. The principal bedroom suite is particularly special with triple aspect bedroom with a vaulted ceiling, dressing area and en suite. Two further bedrooms share a family bathroom.
Outside twin five bar gates lead to a gravel drive and the two storey pan tile and clad barn. The south west facing façade has patio areas for alfresco dining and relaxing. The grounds gentle slope away to the neighbouring woodland beyond the garden and have been landscaped to include lawns, well stocked boarders, mature trees and a natural pond.
Dating back to the mid-18th century, The Old Post Office is an extremely attractive four-bedroom Grade II listed family home that enjoys a lovely location in the quiet rural village of Brington. Shortly before I purchased the property some twenty years ago, Id been holidaying in the South of France, says the owner. Id always loved the architecture there: the beautiful old buildings, more often than not surrounded by gravel terraces and pretty gardens, and this house very much reminded me of all of those things. Inside it was light and bright and had real a warmth and cosiness about it… Id say I fell for it pretty much the minute I laid eyes on it.
The property began life as a collection of workers cottages, and then in the 1920s the village Post Office was built onto the side. It was converted into one lovely big home back in the 1980s, and that conversion was done really sympathetically so it still retains a wealth of its original character and charm. Ive had work done on the kitchen fairly recently and Ive always kept the décor in good order, but Ive not made any major changes during my time here as I just didnt feel that it needed any. The layout flows really nicely so its comfortable for day-to-day living and a great house for entertaining, and because almost all of the rooms are double aspect its also really light and bright throughout.
The house also benefits from a lovely big garden arranged over three levels and I have a pretty patio area at the top, on the middle section is a huge tree that provides plenty of shade and some rather attractive mature shrubs, and then on the lower level is another very pleasant seating area that backs onto the neighbouring spinney. In actual fact I was sitting out there at 6am this morning having a cup of coffee watching the muntjac and pheasants wandering around amongst the trees. Its those simple pleasures that Im really going to miss when I leave.
During the summer months I tend to gravitate to the sitting room, which has French doors that open straight out onto the top garden. However, if its cold and miserable outside I like to sit in front of the log burner in the snug.
Brington is a lovely small rural village so its very peaceful here. However, it only takes around ten minutes to drive into Huntingdon or half an hour to drive into Cambridge, so I get to enjoy a wonderful sense of seclusion, but without ever feeling isolated.
In the part of the house that was once the village Post Office theres the fourth bedroom, which is close to the ground floor shower room, and is currently used as a treatment room, but being on the ground floor Ive always felt that its very flexible in terms of how it can be used.
Ill miss the house and its tremendous sense of history and Ill also miss the garden, says the owner. Im not in the slightest bit green-fingered, but it was beautifully planned and planted by a previous owner and its simply stunning all year round. I mustnt forget the neighbours as its such a friendly and welcoming village.
Brington is a tranquil village with a great sense of community. The rolling Cambridgeshire countryside surrounding Brington provides an opportunity to explore the footpaths and byways that crisscross the county and opens up endless possibilities for enjoying a leisurely lunch at one of the many excellent country pubs. Grafham Water is a short drive away, offering a whole host of water-based sporting activities set in 2,400 acres of beautiful countryside. Nearby Huntingdon, St Ives and St Neots provide shoppers with an excellent range of high street names and independent shops; whilst for some serious retail therapy, Cambridge is just over half an hour away by road.
Brington lies just north of the A14 between Spaldwick and Thrapston. It has easy access to both the A14 and A1(M) providing fast road links to Kettering, Cambridge, Huntingdon and Peterborough with connections into the wider national motorway network. Huntingdon (about 9.5 miles) has a mainline train station providing fast commuter services into London Kings Cross in approx. 50 minutes and to the North via Peterborough.
There is a primary school within the village which is Ofsted rated Good and nearby Spaldwick and Titchmarsh also have well regarded primary schools. Secondary education is available at Manor School & Sports College in Raunds (Gold Partner status with the Youth Sports Trust), Sawtry Village Academy and Prince William School in Oundle - all Ofsted rated Good. Nearby Kimbolton School and Oundle School are both well regarded independent co-educational schools.
Year Built: Mid-18th century Grade II Listed
Council Tax Band: D