This Elizabethan Long House, set in a plot of approximately 2.8 acres, has flexible accommodation allowing for a self-contained annexe or holiday let. The imposing front façade, draped in wisteria and well stocked borders is a beautiful example of the eras architecture.
Grand arched double doors open onto the reception vestibule. There are three generous reception rooms which include: a large dual aspect drawing room with parquet flooring and wood burning stove. The adjoining dining room also has parquet flooring and a wood burning stove. There is also a kitchen breakfast room, utility and shower room. An Amdega orangery with its own spring water well looks out onto the substantial gardens. The family room has a striking inglenook fireplace which could form part of an annexe combined with the utility, bedrooms four and five and the adjoining family bathroom, if required.
On the first floor the principal bedroom suite benefits from a large en-suite bathroom and a dressing room. Two family bathrooms serve the other four bedrooms.
The plot includes a terrace around the house, a formal garden with terrace at the top of the garden with countryside views, an orchard, field/paddock and versatile barns which could be converted into further accommodation subject to required permissions.
We had just moved into the area and were renting a house nearby when we first came across Porch House say the current owners. I would drive past the house taking the children to nursery in Ely and I was fascinated by the old place. It was magnificent - so distinctive and unusual. Its location in one of the best villages in East Cambridgeshire, with plenty of amenities and close to the childrens nursery and future school at Kings Ely, was perfect. We couldnt believe our luck when it came onto the market at a price we could afford. We had no hesitation in putting in an offer, and we have always felt privileged to be part of the history of this amazing Elizabethan house.
Since moving in, the owners have made extensive improvements to the property to create the stunning home it is today. The house was in a poor state of repair although the structure was sound, they say. It needed complete renovation, but we loved it so much that we were prepared to take on the work. Firstly, we have completely refitted the kitchen, to include a French Lacanche range with two ovens, and now have a space which is perfect for everyday life and entertaining alike. Upstairs, we have created a luxury en-suite for the principal bedroom with a power shower and claw foot bath. The bedroom also includes fitted wardrobes, a new airing cupboard and a walk-in wardrobe. We also refitted the family bathroom with a genuine Victorian cast iron claw foot bath and added a downstairs shower room. The whole house has been redecorated throughout and we have carried out extensive renovation and repair on the barns and stables, including replacing parts of the substructure and cross beams and renewing all the outside cladding. In addition we have replaced the boiler and added new electric circuit breakers to bring heating and power up to modern day standards, as well as upgrading the central heating with new radiators.
Eventually, the owners continue, we realised that the house could earn us an income, so we separated one side of the property to create a self-contained holiday cottage with two double bedrooms, a bathroom with traditional cast iron bath and power shower and a lounge complete with magnificent inglenook fireplace. The cottage was rented to holidaymakers from across the world for 15 years and gave us a good income. Although it is self-contained and fully fireproofed and soundproofed with its own rear entrance, the removal of two small plaster board dividing walls would convert the house back into a five-bedroom home.
This is a characterful, versatile home which is wonderful to live in all year round and to share with family and friends. Our favourite room in the winter is the dining room with its beamed ceiling and inglenook fireplace, say the owners. We have enjoyed many family meals and Christmases in the comfort of this room with its multi fuel burner. We could seat so many friends and family round the table and the children growing up loved the fact that we could cook chestnuts on the top of the burner. In the summer, our favourite room is the orangery, where we spend most of our time and all our meals are taken at the big table. Opening the doors to the garden on a lovely day means we can bring the outside into our home.
Indeed, the outside space provides an extension of the indoor living accommodation and is ideal for al fresco entertaining. The garden stretches for 2.7 acres, say the owners, including a formal garden of approximately three quarters of an acre, a patio around the house, and a second patio to one side of the garden. There is also a childrens play house and a raised terrace at the top of the garden with stunning views across the countryside to the front. The sun stays in the garden all day so there is always a place to sunbathe. There is also a woodland garden which opens out into an orchard of fruit trees bearing apples, French Mirabelle plums, quince, medlar and greengages. Our daughter celebrated her 12th and 16th birthday with parties in marquees on the lawn and our son has entertained his friends with many nights of camping and barbecues in the woodland area. As they were growing up, the land allowed them to have all their friends over without disturbing us! When they were teenagers, they would race each other around the perimeter of the orchard on their dirt bikes.
The location of the property has much to recommend it, too. The village has its own primary school rated Good by Ofsted, say the owners. We were living outside of the village, however, when our children started nursery and we were recommended to the Kings School in Ely and sent our children there. Also in the village is a supermarket and highly rated butchers shop, along with hairdressers and barbers. There are two local pubs serving food, a recreation ground with swings and sports facilities, a library, village hall and social club. In addition, there are numerous clubs including Brownies, Beavers, Scottish Dancing, Football, Cricket and Boxing, among others, making this the perfect place to bring up a family in a friendly community setting.
Haddenham is a popular village lying approx. 7 miles South West of the Cathedral City of Ely and is well served with a range of day-to-day amenities and facilities. There are several shops, a GP surgery, library and a two village pubs. The Robert Arkenstall Centre in the village is the venue for many clubs and societies catering to all ages. Nearby Ely has a wider selection of shops, bars/restaurants, sports and leisure facilities.
Haddenham is within easy reach of the A142, A10 and A14 for easy access to Cambridge, Peterborough and the wider national motorway network. Ely mainline train station is approx. 5.5 miles and provides services into London Kings Cross/St Pancras and London Liverpool Street in approx. 1 hour 20 minutes and to the North via Peterborough.
Haddenham has its own primary school, Robert Arkenstall Primary, which is Ofsted rated Good, Wilburton CofE Primary School is approx. 1.5 miles and is also Ofsted rated Good. For secondary education, Witchford Village College is approx. 3.5 miles away and is Ofsted rated Good. There are also several Ofsted rated Good secondary schools in Ely plus the Kings Ely School, a highly regarded independent school.
EPC: Exempt - Grade II Listed
Council Tax Band: G