Top Farmhouse

Shrubbery Lane, Wilden, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK44 2PH

£750,000Offers in excess of

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Property Highlights

  • Grade II listed detached former farmhouse
  • Four double bedrooms; two bathrooms
  • Three reception rooms
  • Re-fitted kitchen/breakfast room
  • LPG heating
  • Detached timber framed barn/garage/workshop
  • Gardens of approximately 1.3 acres
  • Detached self contained home office/games room

Property description

A Grade II listed four double bedroom detached former farmhouse with detached self-contained one bedroom annexe set in approximately 1.3 acres, on the edge of the village.

The property originally dates from the 17th century and was extended in the 19th century. It occupies a private position within screened gardens which include a detached timber framed barn providing garaging and a workshop, as well as an additional converted single storey barn formerly known as The Old Byre, which provides a self-contained home office/games room. The accommodation blends traditional period features including exposed timbers and inglenook fireplaces with modern amenities which include a re-fitted kitchen and modern sanitary ware.

Ground Floor

The entrance vestibule has an exposed stone faced wall which forms the side of the inglenook fireplaces in the sitting and dining rooms. The inner hallway has an arched window overlooking the garden and the principal staircase to the first floor. The understairs cupboard houses the LPG fired boiler.

Reception Rooms

A beamed opening from the entrance hall leads into the sitting room which is triple aspect and has glazed double doors to the rear courtyard. It has a principally stone inglenook fireplace which has a flagstone hearth, timber bressumer and a former bread oven. Additional features include exposed beams and timbers and there is a second staircase leading to the fourth bedroom. The dining room also has an inglenook fireplace, and exposed beams and timbers. There are dual aspect windows overlooking the courtyard, garden and driveway. The snug features a traditional style fireplace with an inset LPG fire on a raised hearth. There are fitted bookshelves and dual aspect windows.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room, Utility Room and Coat/Boot Room

The kitchen/breakfast room has been recently refitted in a range of oak and cream fronted units, including glazed display cabinets, with complementary Corian work surfaces incorporating an inset sink unit and drainer. Integrated appliances include an electric double oven, an induction hob with an extractor over, a fridge/freezer and there is space and plumbing for a dishwasher. There is complementary tiling to the splash areas and floor, and dual aspect windows. The utility room is fitted in a matching range of units and work surfaces, and has space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. There is also a separate WC. The coat/boot room has a storage cupboard housing the water softener and a door to the rear courtyard.

First Floor

The landing has an airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder.

Bedrooms and Family Bathroom

The master bedroom and bedroom two are both dual aspect and have a range of bespoke pine fitted wardrobes. The family bathroom is fitted in a modern, traditional style white suite which includes a screened shower bath with a fitted shower, a wash basin and WC with complementary tiling to the floor and splash areas. Bedroom three is situated in the older part of the cottage, accessed by steps down from the landing, and features exposed beams and timbers and has an oak storage cupboard and shelving. Bedroom four is accessed via the stairs from the sitting room and has a high vaulted ceiling detailed with exposed beams and timbers and a cupboard housing a second hot water cylinder. Both these bedrooms have access to a Jack and Jill en suite which is fitted in a modern white suite with a panelled bath, a wash basin and WC with complementary tiled splash areas.


The property is set back from the lane and is approached via a wide gravel driveway which provides parking and access to the detached barn and gardens which surround the house and extend to approximately 1.3 acres. The front gardens are principally lawned with mature trees and shrub borders. The rear garden is the former orchard and is in a slightly elevated position with a variety of mature fruit trees including plum, cherry and damson, as well as other trees interspersed. There is an octagonal shaped summerhouse which has been strategically placed to catch the sun. To the rear of the property is a paved courtyard with shrub borders.

Detached Barn

The detached former farm building has timber framed, brick and featherboard elevations under a pitched corrugated iron roof. It is entered via a wide up and over door and has power connected, and provides garaging, storage and a workshop.

The Old Byre

This is a detached single storey brick building under a pitched pan tiled roof. It provides flexible ancillary accommodation in addition to the main house. There is a kitchen with fitted cupboards and drawers and a vaulted ceiling detailed with exposed trusses which continues into the sitting room. In addition there is an additional room which could be used as an occasional bedroom if required and has fitted storage cupboards and shelving. The shower room is fitted with a modern white suite of screened shower enclosure with a fitted shower, a wash basin set into a tiled vanity unit and a WC, with complementary tiling. There is an airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder. There is also a wood hovel.


The property is located in a village with its own primary school (Ofsted rated good/outstanding), and farm shop. Wilden lies approximately 5 miles north east of Bedford where rail services to London St Pancras take 47 minutes. The area includes a new Waitrose supermarket and other superstores, plus Bedford’s Harpur Trust Schools, museum and art gallery, shops, parks and landscaped riverside gardens.

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