An impressive period home positioned within this quintessential Cambridge village. Grade II* Listed, the Merchants House is steeped in history, dating originally back to the 16th Century with later extensions and alterations. Set in beautifully landscaped gardens of 1.42 acres with a versatile annexe.
SUMMARY An impressive period home positioned within the conservation area of this quintessential Cambridge village. Grade II* Listed, the Merchants House is steeped in history as the name would suggest, dating originally back to the 16th Century with later extensions and alterations.
This imposing residence is set within beautifully landscaped gardens of 1.42 acres which extend from the entrance of the property, passing beautiful Ash and Sycamore trees. Leading on through the electric gated access into the extensive gravel driveway you will have first sight of the grounds in all their glory.
The triple garage, formerly a cart barn, is used as a gymnasium, a further two storey barn has also been comprehensively renovated and is suited for a multitude of uses, including a self contained annexe, workplace or could potentially provide an income. The feather-edge cladded barn is set back from the main house and looks down the garden towards the lawned area.
ACCOMMODATION Upon entering the property through the grand entrance door, two formal reception rooms mirror one another with traditional panelling to the walls. Light floods through the full-length sash windows and fireplaces make essential focuses for both of these impressive rooms.
A beautiful solid wood staircase winds through the centre of the property, leading initially to the family bathroom and then onto the master
suite, having been a particular focus for the renovations by the current vendors. This outstanding dressing area, bedroom and living space offer a getaway from the main house. The en-suite bathroom is the real feature of this wing of the property with a vaulted ceiling and stone fireplace that is believed to date back to the Tudor period. Having modern fittings, they are a perfect compliment to this vast space. Leading onto the additional two bedrooms on the second floor with bespoke fitted wardrobes and a continuation of the wall panelling, these bedrooms are well proportioned and enjoy views over the brook at the front of the property.
Located on the second floor there is the final bedroom of the main house offering views over the rear courtyard and garden beyond.
The rear of the property houses the kitchen/breakfast room from which you have views of the rear courtyard and annexe. This is fitted with an attractive light wood range of units under a Corian work surface with integrated Neff double oven, a central island, Aga and underfloor heating to the Travertine tiled floor. Original beams offer character to this well-designed area. Leading onto the breakfast room with an attractive cast iron range and beautiful brick weave floor. A snug/boot room concludes the internal accommodation, again with fireplace and brick weave floor.
THE ANNEXE Converted by the previous owners into a versatile and attractive two-storey accommodation this detached feather-edge cladded barn comprises a modern and well-equipped kitchen, an en-suite ground floor bedroom, open plan sitting/office space with vaulted ceiling and staircase to further living/office space. A further en-suite is located on the second floor.
GROUNDS An electric gated entrance leads to the North East elevations of the house, the courtyard, access to triple garage and annexe. Lawns and well stocked perennial borders form part of the overall 1.42 acre site, and a picket fence separates the large expanse of lawn where you will find various mature garden trees, leading down to the wildlife pond with summerhouse and timber veranda.
LOCATION The village of Fen Drayton lies approximately nine miles from the university city Cambridge, for history, art and culture, restaurants and shops. Five miles from St Ives, a historic market town, and nine miles to Huntingdon train station. The village itself is very picturesque with the High Street being the centre, home to a quaint thatched pub and a short walk to the RSPB nature reserve, Fen Drayton Lakes, well known for wetland birds.
The guided bus stops within the nature reserve and takes passengers to Cambridge along what was previously the train line; this service also continues to Addenbrookes hospital and west bound to St Ives.
From the small but successful Primary school, children then progress to Swavesey Village College, rated outstanding by Ofsted.