Thurleigh, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK44 2DE
- Grade II listed detached farmhouse
- Four bedrooms; one en suite and bathroom
- Five reception rooms
- Three storey former Water Tower and a Wagon House
- Agricultural barn 44'10 ft. x 24'8 ft.
- Formal gardens, orchard and separate meadow and paddock of approx. 14.5 acres
- Garaging and a range of outbuildings
- Private rural position with open countryside views
A Grade II listed four bedroom double fronted detached farmhouse with formal gardens of approximately 2 acres. A further 12 acres are available by separate negotiation.
The Manor is situated within a rural setting along a no through country road, and is accessed via a long gravel driveway which sweeps around the front of the house. It provides well-proportioned ground floor accommodation that includes five separate reception rooms, an open plan kitchen/breakfast room with an Aga and The Bothy/workshop is adjacent. On the first floor are four double bedrooms and a bathroom. Included within the gardens are a range of storage barns, a three storey former Water Tower, a Wagon House and garaging. The meadow is available by separate negotiation, and has an open fronted agricultural barn of approximately 44'10 ft. x 24' 8 ft. There are development and equestrian opportunities, and annexe potential, all subject to the relevant planning permissions.
History and Heritage
The property is of the late Georgian period believed to date from 1833. It has chequered brick elevations under a lipped slate roof. It is thought it was originally constructed to replace the previous Manor House which burnt down in the 1700s and was situated on the area of raised ground behind the existing pond which previously formed a moat around the Manor.
The entrance hall has the original mosaic tiled floor and picture rails which continue to the far end of the property. A stable door leads to the rear terrace. There are steps down to a half cellar which is currently used as a utility room. A staircase on entry to the property leads to the first floor and there is an understairs cupboard. There is a further staircase to an upper level which was originally thought to be an apple loft but which has been adapted for use as a second study/bedroom five and has an en suite cloakroom. The main cloakroom is fitted with a traditional suite.
The sitting room and drawing room both have dual aspect windows overlooking the gardens, and both rooms have decorative fireplaces, the one in the sitting room housing a log burning stove. Both these rooms have original picture rails. The study has dual aspect windows overlooking the gardens and meadow and a traditional fireplace with pitch pine surround and a tiled hearth. The dining room was formerly the kitchen/larder to the house and has an original dresser style unit and exposed timbers.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room and The Bothy
The kitchen is fitted with a range of limed oak fronted units with complementary Corian work surfaces over incorporating a sink unit. A two oven oil fired Aga is set into a farmhouse recess and there is space and plumbing for a freestanding oven, a dishwasher and a fridge/freezer. There is complementary splashback tiling, a quarry tiled floor and dual aspect windows. A ledge and brace door leads into The Bothy, an extension of the kitchen which has a further range of fitted storage cupboards and a separate workshop area with a first floor storage space. There are doors to the front, rear and into the attached double garage.
The master bedroom is dual aspect with views to the side and rear gardens and has an en suite shower room which can also be accessed from the landing. It is fitted with a walk-in shower enclosure with a fitted power shower, twin wash basins, a bidet and WC with complementary tiling to the splashbacks. There is access to the roof space. Bedroom two is dual aspect and has a built-in wardrobe. Bedroom three overlooks the front and bedroom four is dual aspect overlooking the rear and has a fireplace. The second bathroom is fitted in a modern three piece suite.
Garden and Grounds
The Manor occupies a secluded rural position along a no through road and is accessed through a pillared entrance which is enclosed at the front by mature hedgerow and post and rail fencing. A long gravel driveway, lined with mature Horse Chestnut and other broad leaf trees sweeps around to the front of the house dividing the formal gardens and meadow and continuing round a circular island that provides an in-out throughway. The formal gardens extend to approximately 2 acres and have lawned areas with well stocked borders, a variety of trees and mature hedgerow.
On entry to the driveway there is a dominant natural pond which is believed to be part of the former moat to the original Manor House, which was set on a higher lawned area behind it. To the side and rear the lawns continue and there is a paved terrace, a screened oil tank and a pathway to the outbuildings and garage. To the rear is an enclosed orchard area which has a variety of fruit trees including apples, pear and green gage and two weeping Ash trees. The former kitchen garden is to the left hand side of the boundary and is now grassed. The meadow, which is available by separate negotiation, is accessed by various timber five bar gates and extends to approximately 12 acres bound by mature hedgerow and post and rail fencing. It includes a small lake, a variety of mature trees, and an open fronted timber framed and featherboard barn for hay or machinery storage.
Outbuildings, Garaging and Barns
The Water Tower is situated to the rear of the house and still retains the original water chamber previously serving the house but not currently operational. It is of brick construction and is arranged on three floors, with a staircase and small landing area at each level. The Wagon House is situated behind and is of timber framed construction with patterned featherboard elevations under a pitched roof. It is divided into three areas and can be accessed via single doors at the front and side and twin timber doors at the far end. It now provides space for general storage but could be adapted for use as stabling if required. The double garage has an up and over powered door, eaves storage and a door to the rear garden. There is a single garage/lawnmower barn which has an up and over door. There are also three garden stores and a gardeners WC.
Immediately to the left of the far left hand boundary to the property is an unmade vehicular access on which The Manor has a registered right of way to access the rear garden and Wagon House. The property is available as two Lots, for further details contact the office.
Thurleigh is a North Bedfordshire village with its own primary school and it is within the Sharnbrook Upper School catchment area. The A6 trunk road at Milton Ernest is approximately 3 miles away and Bedford, which is approximately 8 miles away, has rail links to London St. Pancras in 39 minutes. The Harpur Trust schools are in Bedford and Kimbolton School is approximately 11 miles away. The property is 5 miles from The College Equestrian Centre and the Thurleigh Equestrian Centre is 2 miles away.