Church View House
7 Church End, Steppingley, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK45 5AU
- Contemporary detached property
- Five bedrooms; two en suite
- Four reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room and utility room
- High tech features
- Landscaped gardens of approximately 0.6 acres
- Outdoor swimming pool and koi pond
- Detached garage and parking for up to six cars
A contemporary individually designed five double bedroom detached property occupying a secluded position with professionally landscaped gardens of approximately 0.60 acres.
Church View House has over 3,800 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation with plenty of natural light through full height windows and glazed doors. There is a large entrance hall as well as four reception rooms and an open plan kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor. On the first floor there is a study area, two bedrooms with en suite shower rooms, three further bedrooms and a family bathroom. The property has gardens of approximately 0.6 acres which have recently been professionally landscaped including lighting design. A 30 metre L-shaped auto filtered Koi pond, on entry to the property, has a glazed viewing area at the front. It is visible from the garden and the kitchen and can be illuminated. There is a gravel parking area with space for six cars in addition to the detached double garage.
Design and Specification
Church View House is in a private position on the edge of the village in the designated conservation area. The property originally dates from the 1970s but has been completely refurbished, improved and updated in the last 7 years in a contemporary, high specification design. Particular attention has been paid to the quality of fixtures and fittings and the use of floor space. High tech features used include zoned underfloor heating to the ground floor powered by a Biomass pellet system installed in the garage. There is also an air source heat pump powering the swimming pool, a central sound system with ceiling speakers to all ground floor spaces and Cat-6 wiring throughout.
The entrance hall has an exposed contemporary style tiled floor incorporating underfloor heating which continues throughout the ground floor. A full turn staircase with glazed balustrades contains a cupboard housing the water softener. Glazed double doors lead to both the sitting room and the kitchen/breakfast room. The cloakroom is fitted in a white contemporary style suite of a wash basin and WC with complementary tiling to the floor and splash areas. There is also a boot room with coat hanging space.
The sitting room features a guillotine door log burning stove and has exposed engineered oak flooring. It is triple aspect with full height glazed doors to the front and rear with views of the garden, village church and open countryside. Additional windows are set on both sides of the chimney breast. The dining room has full height glazed doors to the front and exposed engineered oak flooring. The family room has an Aga log burning stove, and is dual aspect with full height glazed doors allowing optimum light into the room. Leading off the family room is the study and a wwalk-in cupboard containing the manifolds for the underfloor heating.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Utility Room
The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a comprehensive range of contemporary style units including a central island unit with a breakfast bar, all with complementary Silestone work surfaces which incorporates a double sink unit with boiling water tap and drainer. Integrated appliances include two conventional electric ovens, a steam oven, a microwave, an induction hob with an extractor over, a coffee machine, two fridge freezers, a dishwasher and a wine chiller. In addition there is concealed coloured lighting and inset downlighters. The breakfast area has full height glazed doors to the rear terrace. The utility room is fitted in a range of Shaker style units with hardwood work surfaces and complementary tiling and incorporating a double Butler sink unit. There is space and plumbing for a washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer, and a door to the rear garden.
The landing area has a cupboard housing the media system with Cat-6 and HDMI wiring featured throughout the house. There is a Velux skylight with countryside views, access to the roof space, a shelved linen cupboard and a cupboard housing the pressurised hot water cylinder. There is space for a first floor study area with a window to the front.
Master Bedroom Suite
The master bedroom has a high vaulted ceiling with full height pyramid shaped windows, with louvered shutters, to both the front and rear taking advantage of the views and double doors onto a Juliet balcony. There is a range of bespoke custom built ceiling height wardrobes, storage cupboards and eaves cupboards. The en suite also has a vaulted ceiling. It is fitted in a contemporary style white suite which includes a screened walk-in shower enclosure with a fitted shower, twin wash basins set into a curved shelved vanity unit and a WC, with complementary tiling.
Further Bedrooms and Bathrooms
The guest bedroom is dual aspect and has Velux skylights with views to the front and rear. The en suite is fitted in a contemporary style white suite of a screened shower enclosure with a fitted shower, and a wash basin and WC set into a high gloss shelved vanity unit. Bedrooms three and four both have louvered shuttered windows overlooking the landscaped gardens to the front. Bedroom three has a built-in wardrobe and bedroom four a deep single wardrobe. Bedroom five is dual aspect and has a pyramid shaped window with rear views. The family bathroom is fitted in a white contemporary style suite which includes a deep, screened paneled bath with a fitted shower, and a wash basin and WC set into a light wood vanity unit. There is tiling to the floor and splash areas and a pyramid shaped window.
Outside and Double Garage
Church View House is to the rear of the village church. The drive, accessed via the car park of the French Horn, is entered via a timber five bar gate and continues to the detached double garage. There is also a gravel parking area for up to six cars. The garage is of brick and timber framed construction with featherboard elevations under a pitched tiled roof. It has remotely operated up and over doors, power connected and an electric car charging point. It houses the Biomass pellet boiler and hot water cylinder providing the heating and hot water supply for the house, the plant and filtration system for the swimming pool. To the side of the garage is the air source heat pump.
Twin picket style gates lead to recently created professionally landscaped gardens with complementary lighting which extend to approximately 0.6 acres and have views of the village church and open countryside. The 30 metre L-shaped koi pond is fully auto filtered and illuminated and runs alongside an extensive slate terrace leading to the house. A heated swimming pool is set on a raised composite decking area. A semi circular avenue has a pergola and pathway around the garden. There is a lawn with well stocked landscaped borders, topiary cloud hedging, mature trees and a fruit cage. The rear garden is principally lawned with a slate terrace, raised well stocked borders and lighting. There is a vegetable garden bordered by stepover apple and pear trees and box hedging, a greenhouse, a log store and a garden shed.
Steppingley is a small rural village on the Greensand Ridge containing a number of period properties, a church, an Indian restaurant and a well respected public house/restaurant, The French Horn. The village cricket club is within walking distance of Church View House, and there are several golf clubs in the area. Further sporting facilities in the region include horse racing at Towcester, motor racing at Silverstone and tennis at the David Lloyd Centre in Milton Keynes.
The market town of Ampthill is 2.3 miles away for everyday amenities, and Milton Keynes, with shopping, theatre, arts and leisure facilities, is just 16 miles away. There is easy access to the M1 and there are frequent services to London Kings Cross/St. Pancras in approximately 41 minutes from Flitwick station (1 mile away). International destinations are accessible from Luton Airport which is approximately 16 miles away. Outstanding schooling is available in the vicinity, including Eversholt Lower School and Redborne Upper School, with private schooling available in Bedford, Stowe and Uppingham.