Architect: Richard Britain
In a lovely village with excellent commuter links to London and Cambridge, this truly outstanding five-bedroom house offers lateral accommodation over two floors and a garden with far-reaching views. Built in the 1980s in the style of the local barns, it was renovated by the current owners and extended by Richard Britain of Figura Architects in 2011.
The house is detached, and although part of a group of three properties, is very quiet and not overlooked. The entrance from the road is shared, but the house has its own driveway leading to a gravelled parking area at the front. Internal accommodation measures approximately 2,423 sq ft. Upon entering, the visitor can turn right into the original house, or left into the extension. The extension contains a wonderful open-plan kitchen and dining room, with a double-height pitched roof. Skylights run the length of the space, and glazed sliding doors open onto a terrace, providing exceptional levels of natural light and a seamless transition between indoors and out. To the other side of the entrance hall, the sitting room is a more intimate space, with exposed beams and an open brick fireplace. There is also a guest bedroom, cloakroom and utility room. The entire ground floor has underfloor heating.
Upstairs, the generously sized master bedroom overlooks the garden at the rear, and has an en-suite shower room. There are three further bedrooms (one of which is currently used as a study) and a bathroom, and the large landing area provides supplementary sitting space.
The house is set in a wonderful elevated position in the sought-after village of Great Chishill on the Hertfordshire/Cambridgeshire border, which is the highest point in Cambridgeshire. The beautifully maintained garden makes the most of this position, with views across the countryside.
In the centre of the village is St Swithun’s Church, and there is a nursery school, a village hall and a well-regarded pub, The Pheasant. There is also the local landmark of the Great Chishill Windmill. The area is particularly well placed for commuters. Royston station is approximately 5 miles away, with fast services to King’s Cross in 38 minutes, and Audley End station is less than 7 miles away, with services to Liverpool Street in 51 minutes. The nearby village of Barley has a local store/post office, and the larger market towns of Royston and Saffron Walden are to the west and east respectively. Great Chishill is particularly well placed for access to Cambridge, with the A505/M11 being nearby. Cambridge is the fastest growing city in the UK, with excellent cultural facilities, restaurants and shopping. Stansted Airport is just over half an hour away by car, and Luton Airport is around 50 minutes away. There are good schools to be found in Cambridge and Saffron Walden.
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