Castle Hills House
Eaton Socon, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 8GW
£2,000,000Offers in excess of
- Refurbished family home in grounds of 7 acres
- Seven bedrooms; five en suite
- Leisure wing with indoor swimming pool
- Outbuilding and river frontage with mooring
- Energy efficiency rating: band C
- St. Neots approx. 2 miles
A modern seven bedroom detached property with indoor swimming pool complex, river frontage and approximately 7 acres.
Castle Hills House has been through a meticulous renovation, extension and improvement programme and is presented to a very high standard. The accommodation extends to 8,683 sq. ft. and includes five bedrooms, all of which have en suites. There is an extensive leisure suite with a heated swimming pool, hot tub and sauna, and a separate gym.
Castle Hills House has well proportioned rooms including a large drawing room with a 3D enabled home cinema system, a large dining room with a bay window seat and a study beyond. The five well proportioned bedrooms to the first floor all have high quality en suite bathrooms, and the master bedroom also has a walk-in wardrobe and Juliette balcony facing the river.
The kitchen/breakfast room has a full range of integrated appliance including a range cooker, American style fridge/freezer, dishwasher, microwave and a central island with a breakfast bar. French doors from the breakfast area open into the leisure suite, together with a window allowing activities in the pool to be monitored. To the rear of the house is an extensive leisure suite comprising a 9.33m x 4.5m mosaic lined salt water heated swimming pool with electrically retractable safety cover. To one side is a lounge area together with a spa including mosaic tiled steam room with coloured led lighting, sauna, hot tub, showering and WC facilities. There is a separate gym and the main pool area has three sets of wide bi-folding doors opening out onto a deep paved terrace looking out over the grounds towards the river.
To one side of the house is a large outbuilding with a mirrored wall to one side and two sets of opening doors at the rear to a further garage. The building has potential for a range of other uses including conversion to residential or office use (subject to the necessary planning consents.
Castle Hills House is approached through tall remotely controlled electronic wooden gates opening onto a shingled driveway which passes wide level lawns up to the house and provides parking for a number of cars. The lawns spread out to the east and along this side of the property is a large boat mooring in the adjacent sheltered mill channel. There is a raised timber deck platform and balustrade providing a walkway alongside the channel and a prospect of the adjacent mill building on the other side. A further boat mooring is found a little further along the channel towards the main River Great Ouse which forms the eastern boundary to the property. The river is navigable and provides access to a large network of inland waterways.
The grounds are a particular feature of the property and are dominated by the medieval earthworks and ring mounds which have shallow moats surrounding them. The main castle mound is topped by a level grassed area which provides a vantage point for viewing the water meadows across the river to the east and the level area of flood plain which forms part of the property below. The current owners have cleared the mound and its banks of many scrub trees and bushes and returned this fascinating and historic part of the property into an elevated area with many beautiful mature trees as a back drop to the house. Specimen trees in other areas of the grounds include a magnificent walnut at the top of the bank across the first moat from the house, a number of cedars and a tulip tree. The site is securely fenced along its northern and western boundaries and is particularly secluded and there are many different routes through the grounds which providegreat interest. In all 7 acres.
Eaton Socon is a small hamlet on the edge of the larger market town of St Neots which is on the Cambridgeshire/Bedfordshire border, 56 miles north of London. The A1, which is close at hand, leads south to the M25 and London and north towards Peterborough. There are local facilities in Eaton Socon including a convenience store and a number of pubs and restaurants. More comprehensive facilities are available in the attractive market town of St Neots including a Waitrose supermarket, Marks & Spencer and other shops for everyday needs. For the commuter there are fast and regular train services from St Neots station into Londons Kings Cross, taking from 32 minutes. International train services are available from St Pancras on the Eurostar to continental Europe. There are good schools in the area including the Harpur Trust schools in Bedford and Kimbolton School, together with a full range of independent schools in the High Tech University City of Cambridge which is 20 miles to the east. Cambridge is renowned for its extensive science based industries, world class research and educational facilities together with Addenbrookes, a major teaching hospital. The city also provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and shopping facilities, including the recently opened Grand Arcade shopping centre at its heart.