Architect: Saunders Boston

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This exceptional five-bedroom house was designed in 1975 by the renowned Cambridge architects Saunders Boston and extended and refurbished in 2011 by Gabriel Alexander Architects. It sits in an attractive plot with a good garden in the popular village of Haslingfield, Cambridgeshire.

The house is centred around an exhilarating double-height central space, which creates a light and open property. Original features include a wonderful spiral staircase, floor tiling of the same specification as used in the Barbican and a concrete open fire place. Alexander’s sympathetic new extension creates a wonderful master bedroom with an en suite bathroom and study area. There are two further bedrooms on the first floor, as well as a family bathroom and a wonderful large landing which overlooks the ground floor.

The ground floor features a fourth and fifth bedroom, utility room, WC and a semi open-plan split level arrangement of living room, double-height dining room and kitchen.

Surrounding the house are mature gardens that are largely lawn with a variety of trees and shrubs. To one side of the property is a large garage and driveway that provides off-street parking.

In the 1970s, Saunders Boston was a Cambridge-based firm led by the renowned architect Peter Boston (1918 – 1999). An inventive and intelligent architect, Boston is best known for his University work as well as the small number of private houses he designed in Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Boston is also well known as an illustrator, having produced drawings for a number of popular novels and children’s books.

The historic village of Haslingfield is located in picturesque countryside six miles south west of Cambridge. With a 13th century church at its heart, the village also has a general store, a pub, a post office and a well-stocked delicatessen / butcher.  There are a number of train stations nearby, the closest being Foxton or Shepreth, both of which run services into London King’s Cross in approximately 70 minutes. Quicker services (approximately 50 minutes) run to King’s Cross from Royston, which is nine miles from Haslingfield.There is a very well regarded village primary school and the highly regarded Comberton Village College is just a few miles away.

Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.

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