Bedford Road, Riseley, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK44 1EF
- Detached Colonial style property with approx. 3 acres
- Five bedrooms; master with dressing room and en suite
- Two further bathrooms
- Three reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room and cellar
- Detached independent cottage
- Stable block and all weather tennis court
- Private rural position with open countryside views
An Edwardian five bedroom detached Cape Dutch Colonial style property with a tennis court and outbuildings in approximately 3 acres of gardens.
The Mallowry was built in 1905 for Colonel Spenser Jackson, who, having served in the Boer War in South Africa, came to the area to take command of a Volunteer Battalion of the Bedfordshire Regiment. The property is believed to be one of only a handful of Cape Dutch style residences within the United Kingdom. The Cape Dutch style was developed during the 150 years or so that the Cape of Southern Arica was a Dutch Colony. Originating from rural north western European architecture, the unmistakeable characteristics of the style include a strict uniformity, extensive use of gables and whitewashed walls.
About The House
The house is situated at the end of a 100 metre long driveway which is lined with horse chestnut trees, and the nearest neighbours are approximately 300 metres distant. The house has lawned gardens on all sides, a walled garden and a sun dial lawn. The house has well proportioned accommodation with a galleried first floor area, five bedrooms, three reception rooms and two studies/offices. Also included is a two bedroom detached cottage (currently let on a month to month basis yielding £10080 per annum), a detached stable block with a tack rom and three loose boxes, an all weather tennis court and a double and single garage. The total plot is just over 3 acres of formal gardens.
Double Colonial style doors open into a vestibule which has a glazed shelved display cupboard and a door to the cloakroom where a half moon shaped window overlooks the driveway. The main entrance hall has a staircase with an understairs coat cupboard, and there is a bay window to the front with an integral window seat.
The drawing room is to the rear of the property and has a bay window overlooking the rear garden, and an arched recess housing an open Adam style fireplace. The dining room has double doors into the drawing room and has access via both the main and service hallways.
The family room also has an Adam style open fireplace and overlooks the rear garden. An L-shaped service hall with built-in storage leads to the remainder of the ground floor rooms including a further cloakroom. The former servants staircase leads from here to the first floor. At the far end of the service hallway are two studies/offices both of which can be independently accessed from the outside.
The dual aspect kitchen/breakfast room overlooks the walled garden and has a half moon shaped window overlooking the rear garden. It is fitted with a modern range of units with a central island and integrated appliances including a four oven oil fired Aga (for cooking purposes only), electric double oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and microwave. There are original built in storage cupboards in the kitchen and the utility room where there is space and plumbing for a washing machine.
The cellar is accessed from a staircase at the front of the house and spans a similar floor area to the entrance hall. The cellar, part of which was previously a wine cellar to the house, is now used for general storage purposes and houses the freestanding oil fired boiler and lagged hot water cylinder.
The galleried landing area spans much of the house frontage and looks down to the entrance hall. It is arranged on two levels and has a window to the front, access to the roof space and a walk-in shelved linen cupboard.
The master bedroom has a traditional fireplace, a built-in wardrobe and an archway with steps leading down to the dressing room. The dressing room has built-in wardrobes and leads to the en suite bathroom which has a built in eaves cupboard.
Additional Bedrooms and Family Bathroom
Bedroom two and bedroom three both have built-in wardrobes and fitted wash basins. Bedroom four is a single bedroom with a built-in wardrobe and a Juliet balcony. Bedroom five is also a single bedroom and has a built-in wardrobe and a door to a potential sixth bedroom which is currently used for general storage purposes. There is a bathroom at either end of the landing.
The curtilage of the property is approximately 3 acres with extensive lawned gardens on all four sides, including a sun dial lawn. There is a walled garden, an orchard, a tennis court, a greenhouse and various sheds and outbuildings. There are numerous well stocked flower beds interspersed as well as a number of mature trees, including copper beech, lime, horse chestnut, maple, fir, silver birch and hornbeam.
The detached rendered stable block, which includes a double and a single garage, also has a tack room. The loose boxes are independently accessed and include a concreted grooms area. There is access to a boarded roof space.
The detached cottage has two reception rooms and two bedrooms. The sitting room and dining room both have traditional tiled open fireplaces and dual aspect windows. The L-shaped kitchen is fitted with a modern range of units and has space and plumbing for a dishwasher, washing machine and a freestanding cooker. Stairs from the kitchen lead to the first floor. A rear hall provides cloaks hanging space and leads to the bathroom which is fitted with a white suite including a bath with fitted shower. The two double bedrooms are on the first floor. Bedroom one has an en suite with wash basin and WC, and bedroom two has a built-in wardrobe and a shelved storage cupboard.
Riseley is a North Bedfordshire village with a well regarded restaurant/public house, a small local store and village blacksmith. There are many bridleways in the area as well as an abundance of wildlife, with much of the farmland adjacent to the property participating in the Higher Level Environmental Scheme managed by Natural England with the aim of increasing the species richness of flora and fauna. The private Harpur Trust Schools in Bedford, and Kimbolton School in Kimbolton, are within 15 to 20 minutes drive, and Riseley falls within the highly regarded Sharnbrook Academy catchment. Bedford station is approximately 9 miles away, where rail links to London St. Pancras take approximately 47 minutes. Riseley is midway between the M1 and A1 and has excellent road connections.