The Old School
Old Warden, Bedfordshire, SG18 9HQ
- Grade II listed Victorian detached former school
- Four bedrooms; two bathrooms/two shower rooms, including two en suite
- Four reception rooms
- Architect designed orangery with views over open countryside
- Fitted kitchen/breakfast room
- Windows to front aspect with mullioned surrounds
- Gardens of approximately 0.87 acres with countryside views
- Internal annexe
A Victorian former School in excess of 3,800 sq. ft. with annexe potential and open views in the conservation area of Old Warden, for sale with no upper chain.
The Old School was originally designed and constructed in 1874-75 by Henry Clutton, an architect of the time for the Shuttleworth Estate, and was given Grade II listed status in March 1985. It is of yellow brick construction detailed with stone dressings under a clay tiled roof incorporating a square Bellcote with working bell. It is one of a small number of privately owned properties in the village and ceased being a school in the 1980s. It has subsequently been converted into a Country House which has versatile ground floor living space including a bespoke orangery. On the first floor there are four double bedrooms, two of which have an en suite bath or shower room. Biggleswade is a 10 minute drive away and has services to Kings Cross mainline station taking approximately 36 minutes.
The Old School has two entrances at either end of the building. The current owners use the entrance hall which has an original flagstone floor and fitted storage cupboards. The ground floor shower room is fitted with a Fired Earth suite of a screened wet area with a fitted power shower, a wash basin and WC with complementary travertine tiling to the floor and splashbacks. There is a shelved airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder. The other entrance to the side hallway is accessed via a solid door from the driveway. It has a sloping ceiling with exposed timbers and an inset skylight. The ground floor bathroom has recently been re-fitted in a traditional style white suite by Imperial and includes a double ended bath, wash basin and WC with complementary tiling to the splashbacks and floor with underfloor heating. The rear hall has a staircase to the first floor and a door to the study.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Utility Rooms
The kitchen/breakfast room has exposed floorboards and a Limestone feature fireplace. It is fitted in a range of Shaker style units including a 34 piece custom built plate rack, and has a combination of granite and iroko work surfaces. There is space and plumbing for a range cooker and a dishwasher. A door leads to a lobby area which has a staircase leading to the master bedroom suite. There are two utility rooms. The first has a cupboard housing the free standing oil fired boiler serving the heating and hot water systems and space for a free standing larder fridge and freezer. The second utility room is fitted in a range of base and wall mounted cupboards and drawers with complementary work surfaces over. There is space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer, and access to the roof space.
The dining room has exposed floorboards and space for a table to seat at least ten. The sitting room has a traditional fireplace set onto a flagstone hearth and incorporates a wood burning stove. There are bespoke shelved storage cupboards to either side. Both rooms have double glazed doors into the orangery. The family room overlooks the front and has an understairs storage cupboard. The orangery is a recent addition and has been designed by an architect in a contemporary style. It has a lantern set into the ceiling, bi-folding doors to the rear terrace and complementary floor tiling with underfloor heating. The study has views of the garden, open fields and countryside.
The landing has exposed timbers and a staircase with individual balustrades to the loft storage area. This is 59 ft. by 17 ft. and extends the whole length of the roof space. There are exposed ceiling timbers, beams and curved trusses and the space also incorporates the bell tower which features the working former school bell.
Master Bedroom Suite
The master bedroom is accessed via its own staircase and is dual aspect with windows to the front and side. There are exposed beams and built-in double wardrobe. The dressing room, which can also be accessed from bedroom four, has a bespoke range of fitted wardrobes, drawers and shelving areas. The en suite is fitted in a traditional style suite by Fired Earth which includes a roll top bath, a wash basin and WC with tongue and groove panelled walls to dado height. There is a fitted wall cabinet and exposed floorboards.
The guest bedroom overlooks the gardens, open fields and countryside and has a double built-in wardrobe and exposed beams. The en suite is fitted in a traditional style white suite by Fired Earth which includes a screened shower enclosure with a fitted shower, a wash basin and WC with complementary Travertine tiling to the splashbacks and floor. Bedrooms three and four both overlook the gardens at the front and have exposed timbers. Bedroom three has a double built-in wardrobe and bedroom four also has access to the dressing room.
The Old School is enclosed at the front by iron railings with deep borders set behind which house a variety of trees, mainly Yew trees. There are lawned areas with mature trees and well stocked borders. A pillared entrance and central driveway lead to the main gravel driveway which has parking for up to eight cars. A picket fence separates the front garden from the rear garden which is fully enclosed by timber picket fencing. It has a recently laid paved terrace area with steps down to the principally lawned garden. There is a rockery area, a variety of mature trees including fruit trees and a vegetable garden with raised borders, soft fruit bushes and a vine. The plot extends to approximately 0.87 acres.
The village of Old Warden has history dating back to Warden Abbey around 1135. It is home to The Shuttleworth Collection of historic aeroplanes and other vehicles, and the 500 acre grounds of The Mansion House, Old Warden Park. Within the village is a local shop, the Hare and Hounds public house/restaurant and the village church. Biggleswade is 3 miles away which provides rail services to Kings Cross in approximately 31 minutes. The A1 trunk road provides links to the North and South and is also 3 miles away.