Wood End, Kempston Rural, Bedfordshire, MK43 9BE
£1,375,000Offers in excess of
- Grade II listed detached Georgian farmhouse
- Four bedrooms; two en suite
- Three principal reception rooms and conservatory
- Aga fitted kitchen and breakfast room
- Games room with first floor mezzanine room
- Formal gardens and paddocks in excess of 5.6 acres
- Extensive driveway with parking for approx. 21 cars
- Open stables, tack room, home office and summerhouse
A Grade II listed, late 17th century/early 18th century detached former farmhouse situated within formal gardens and enclosed paddocks in excess of 5.6 acres.
The property has been the subject of a comprehensive refurbishment and enlargement programme and provides versatile living accommodation on the ground floor with two principal reception rooms and the conversion of the former dairy into an impressive family room. There is also a refitted Aga kitchen and an adjacent breakfast room. A lower ground floor area provides a study, a utility area, a boot room and a shower room. There is a long gravel driveway with extensive parking, a double width carport and outbuildings that incorporate a games room, home office, garage and garden machinery store/workshop. There are formal gardens with countryside views, a summerhouse, an orchard, a spinney area and a natural pond. There are also paddocks and a courtyard area with an open fronted stable and tack room.
History and Heritage
Tithe Farm is a Grade II listed detached Georgian farmhouse dating from the late 17th or early 18th century. The rear section of the house is timber framed, with rendered elevations under a slate roof. Careful attention has been paid to retaining a number of period features, which include a quarry tiled floor in the entrance hall, panelled internal doors and windows with folding shutters to a number of the first floor rooms. It was part of a working farm until the end of the 20th century and was once moated, with the remains of this visible, with the pond to the rear and the ha-ha, which separates the front garden from the paddock.
Ground and Lower Ground Floors
The canopied porch has a solid timber entrance door leading into an L shaped entrance hall which has exposed tri- colour quarry tiled flooring and a staircase to the first floor. The cloakroom is fitted with a modern white suite and has part panelled walls to dado height and an understairs recess. Steps lead up to the library which has a high level storage and shelving. Further steps lead down to the rear hallway which provides a utility space with plumbing for a washing machine, space for a tumble dryer and a freestanding oil fired boiler serving the heating and hot water to the house. There is a study and shower room which has a shower area on a platform and a wash basin set into a vanity unit. The boot room is of brick, timber and glazed construction under a pitched glazed roof and has a door to the kitchen and double doors to a small rear terrace.
The sitting room has picture rails and a traditional fireplace with a raised hearth. Glazed double doors with wing windows forming a bay lead into the conservatory which is of brick, timber and sealed unit glazed construction under a pitched glazed roof. It has exposed quarry tiles and double doors with views of the formal gardens to the side. The dining room has two arched former fireplace recesses and picture rails. The family room is believed to be the former dairy to the property. It has been sympathetically converted with exposed brickwork, beams and timbers set into a high, part vaulted ceiling, and there is a former hayloft and a log burning stove set on a raised hearth.
Kitchen and Breakfast Room
The kitchen is fitted with a bespoke range of two tone farmhouse units with hardwood work surfaces, incorporating a Belfast sink and drainer. There is also a central island unit with granite work surfaces. A two tone oil fired Aga is set into a recess with a high mantel over. Integrated appliances include an electric double oven with a ceramic hob and extractor over, a dishwasher and an American style fridge/freezer. There is also a bespoke window seat. An opening leads to the front hall which is dual aspect and has a part glazed door to the front terrace and driveway. The breakfast room has a bespoke farmhouse style dresser incorporating a Belfast sink and shelving above. There are high ceilings detailed with exposed timbers and dual aspect windows.
First Floor Principal Bedrooms
The landing has an airing cupboard housing the pressurised hot water cylinder. The master bedroom is dual aspect, the front window has the original folding shutters and the window to the side forms a bay. There are two built-in wardrobes concealing a traditional cast iron fireplace and access to the eaves roof space. The en suite is fitted with a modern traditional style suite of a screened shower enclosure with a fitted power shower, wash basin and WC. The guest bedroom, accessed from an inner hallway, is triple aspect and has fitted modern wardrobes with mirrored doors. There are exposed beams and timbers and access to the roof space. The en suite is fitted in a traditional style suite of a screened shower enclosure with a fitted power shower, a wash basin and WC.
Bedroom three has two built-in wardrobes and bedroom four has a range of fitted wardrobes along one wall. The family bathroom is fitted in a traditional style white suite of a double ended Ball and Claw footed bath, a screened shower enclosure, wash basin and WC. All the first floor rooms have shuttered windows.
Gardens and Grounds
The property is approached from Tithe Road and occupies a private rural setting with far reaching views over open fields and countryside to all aspects. Formal gardens surround the property. The property is enclosed at the front by mature hedgerow with a gated entrance into a gravel driveway to the front of the house which provides parking and access to the detached outbuilding. To the side of the driveway is a terrace area and gated access to the stables and paddock. There is a barn to the side of the house which is currently used as kennels. The principal gardens are at the front of the house and are principally lawned with shaped well stocked borders and various mature trees. There is a timber built summerhouse and terrace area with additional seating. In all the gardens and grounds extend to approximately 5.6 acres.
Side and Rear Gardens
There are gardens to the side which are part mown, a productive orchard and a spinney area with a variety of mature broad leaf trees. A Ha-Ha on the edge of the garden borders the paddocks and was the former moat of the property. The rear gardens are screened from Tithe Road by mature hedgerow and are principally lawned and feature the remains of the former moat, now a natural wildlife pond. A variety of trees are interspersed.
The detached brick outbuilding has a pitched tiled roof and is arranged into two separate wings separated by a car port. One side is entered via a stable door and is currently used as a games room. It has a feature fireplace housing a multi fuel burning stove and a staircase to the first floor mezzanine room. There is also a garden machinery store/workshop accessed by timber double doors from the car port, and a gardeners WC. The other side has a stable door from the car port to a study/home office which has a door to a single garage which has an up and over door. The outbuilding has potential for conversion to an independent annexe subject to obtaining any necessary local authority approvals.
Paddocks, Stables and Yard
The paddocks have gated access from the driveway, garden and stable yard and are enclosed by post and rail fencing. The yard has gates leading into the stables which are of brick construction with featherboard elevations under a pitched roof and include a tack room. The stable yard has additional gates which lead directly onto the adjoining paddocks.
A gated access on the left of the main driveway is a formal right of way for use by the farmer to access the fields to the rear, periodically.
Tithe Farm is situated in the small hamlet of Wood End, an area surrounding Kempston and providing access to the village of Bromham, which features a range of shops for everyday requirements. The property is within walking distance of Button Ramsey Nature Reserve. The county town of Bedford or Milton Keynes offer a more comprehensive range of shopping and leisure facilities. The market town of Olney offers a range of more traditional shops, together with an open air market. Communications in the area include an East Midlands and Thameslink train service to London St. Pancras International and then onto the city from Bedford railway station which is approximately 4 miles from the house. The A421 is 2 miles away and provides access to junction 13 of the M1 motorway as well as the A1 to the north. A wide choice of both private and state schooling is available including the Harpur Trust Schools in Bedford along with Uppingham, Oundle, Oakham, Rugby, Stowe and Wellingborough all within an hours drive.