Gold Lane, Biddenham, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 4AJ
£1,750,000Offers in excess of
- 18th century detached Country House
- Six bedrooms; one dressing room and en suite
- Four reception rooms
- Two family bathrooms one with sauna
- Landscaped gardens of approximately 1.53 acres
- Tennis court
- Open fronted three car covered car port
- Detached stable block for two horses
A late 18th century six bedroom detached Country House, situated within landscaped gardens of approximately 1.53 acres.
Biddenham House has a screened pillared entrance onto a sweeping driveway which provides access to the open fronted carport and stables. The property is situated on a plot of approximately 1.53 acres with the southerly facing front lawn bordering the village green. The rear garden has an enclosed hard tennis court and terrace. The accommodation includes three principal reception rooms, a conservatory, an open plan kitchen/breakfast room, a utility room, boot room and cloakroom. On the first floor there are four main bedrooms, the master bedroom has a dressing room and an en suite bathroom and the remaining bedrooms are served by two additional bathrooms. On the second floor there are two further bedrooms and a sitting area/study which could be converted back for use as a bedroom if required. There is also a separate storage room.
History and Heritage
Biddenham House is an impressive Country House originally dating from the 18th century and bearing a datestone of 1766. It is constructed of limestone under a clay tiled roof and was sympathetically extended at the front in the 19th century with the inclusion of the two bay windows which blend well with the original building. It is a notable property within the village and according to history it was once the Hunting Lodge of a Duke of Marlborough.
The entrance hall has an exposed mosaic tiled floor and a staircase to the first floor. Period characteristics include moulded ceiling covings and door architraves. The cloakroom is entered via a cloaks hanging area and is fitted with a two piece suite. The utility room has a shelved corner cupboard and a base unit with space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. The wall mounted gas fired boiler is set into a recess and serves the heating and hot water system. There is an exposed quarry tiled floor which continues into the boot room which has a high part vaulted ceiling and doors to the larder cupboard and rear terrace. Double doors from the hall lead into a lobby area which has a door to the rear terrace.
The sitting room has a feature fireplace housing a Living Flame gas fire, moulded ceiling covings, dado rails and a range of fitted wall shelves and storage cupboards. The drawing room has a feature fireplace with an open grate, picture rails and dado rails. The bespoke conservatory is by Marston and Langinger and is of stone hardwood construction under a pitched roof and has tri-folding doors to the side lawn. The dining room has moulded ceiling covings and a serving hatch to the kitchen/breakfast room.
The kitchen/breakfast room has an L-shaped bench seat and a fitted storage cupboard. The kitchen area is fitted in a bespoke range of old pine units, including glazed display cabinets, and complementary work surfaces. A freestanding gas fired two oven Aga provides the cooking facilities and part of the hot water supply to the house. Integrated appliances include an electric oven, a microwave, a hob with an extractor over, a dishwasher and a larder fridge. There is also a shelved pantry with a high part vaulted ceiling.
First Floor Bedrooms
The part galleried landing has built-in storage cupboards and stairs to the second floor. The master bedroom is dual aspect and has a traditional cast iron fireplace and picture rails. There is a dressing area and an en suite bathroom fitted with a three piece suite. Bedrooms two and three have a range of built-in wardrobes. Bedroom three also has a traditional style fireplace and a wash basin set into a vanity unit. Bedroom four also has fitted wardrobes and an airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder.
There are two bathrooms. One is fitted in a modern white suite of a panelled bath, screened shower enclosure with a fitted shower, a wash basin and WC, with complementary tiling. The other bathroom is also fitted in a modern white suite and includes a whirlpool bath, a screened shower enclosure with a fitted shower, a wash basin set into a vanity unit and a WC. There is also a two person sauna and built-in cupboards.
The landing has sloping ceilings detailed with exposed beams. There is a general storage room and an office/snug which has a traditional fireplace and could be converted back into an additional bedroom if required. Bedrooms five and six both have traditional fireplaces, sloping ceilings details with exposed timbers, and built-in wardrobes.
Gardens and Grounds
Biddenham House borders the Gold Lane and Main Road junction screened by mature hedgerow, walling and close boarded fencing. The pillared entrance leads to a sweeping gravel driveway which provides parking and access to the detached triple car port and stable block. The gardens are well maintained and are principally lawned with well stocked borders and a variety of mature trees including a specimen Hornbeam tree in the front garden. There is a Koi pond set into the lawn with filtration equipment. The rear garden has a paved terrace, a leisure area and a well which has an irrigation system. There is a full sized tennis court bound by chain link fencing, a small orchard with inset fruit trees, and raised herb/vegetable borders and a bespoke Alitex greenhouse which has power and an irrigation system.
Car Port and Stable Block
The detached timber framed carport has three bays and power connected. The stable block is of timber framed construction with featherboard elevations under a pitched roof and has two loose boxes with power connected.
Biddenham dates back to before the Domesday Book and its diverse architecture includes a thatched public house and cottages, an ancient church, a village hall, a sports pavilion, lower and middle schools and playing fields. The choice of schooling includes the Harpur Trust independent schools in Bedford. There is a wide range of nearby leisure facilities including indoor snow skiing, water skiing, sailing, motor racing, fishing, golf, shooting, rowing, swimming, cricket, rugby, tennis and horse racing. There is also a choice of local health and fitness clubs.
Biddenham is approximately 2.5 miles west of Bedford town centre and approximately 1.8 miles from commuter rail services to the City, Gatwick and London St. Pancras International (47 minutes) with onward connections to Paris (2hours 15 minutes). The M1 and A1 give access to the national motorway system. Luton, Stansted, Heathrow and Birmingham Airports are accessible for continental commuting. Milton Keynes and Northampton are both approximately 25 minutes’ drive away.