8 Rothsay Gardens

Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3QB

£1,595,000Guide price

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Property Highlights

  • Victorian detached property
  • Seven/eight bedrooms: one en suite and family bathroom
  • Four reception rooms
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Cellar and cloakroom
  • First floor laundry/utility room
  • Landscaped gardens
  • Driveway and garage

Property description

A Victorian seven/eight bedroom detached house with landscaped gardens, garage and driveway parking on a 0.37 acre plot within walking distance of the Harpur Trust schools.

The property dates from the late Victorian era and is situated in Bedford's Conservation Area. It has accommodation extending to approximately 4,563 sq. ft. including a cellar on the lower ground floor, and four reception rooms, an open plan kitchen/breakfast room and cloakroom on the ground floor all accessed via a main and inner hallway. On the first floor the master bedroom has an en suite shower room and there are four further double bedrooms, a family bathroom and a laundry/utility room. The other two bedrooms are on the second floor.

About the House continued

The property is situated in one of Bedford’s most prestigious locations overlooking a tree lined island to the front and within 5 minutes’ walk of the riverside Embankment on the Great Ouse and within a mile of the town centre and station. Pillared entrances lead to a walled driveway which provides parking for six cars. The total plot extends to approximately 0.37 acres. The rear garden has recently been professionally landscaped and includes a raised paved terrace area with steps down to a principally lawned garden which has well stocked borders and mature trees interspersed.

Ground Floor

The property is entered at the side via a covered area which also provides access to the garage. A wood and stained glass entrance door with matching side panels leads into an impressive hall which has high ceilings, picture rails, an original mosaic tiled floor and stripped doors and architraves to some of the ground floor rooms. A stained glass, leaded light window overlooks the driveway to the front. A full turn staircase, with a cloaks recess under, leads to the first floor. The inner hallway has the same features as the main hall and has a second staircase to the first floor. The mosaic tiled floor continues into the cloakroom which is fitted in a modern white suite.

Reception Rooms

The study is at the front of the property with a sash bay window overlooking the drive and island in the road. There are picture rails, an arched recess and a traditional fireplace housing a gas Living Flame effect stove. The drawing room and family room are both at the rear of the property and both have full height bay windows and glazed double doors with views down the garden. Character features include picture rails and a moulded marble fireplace with an inset gas fire in an open grate. The dining room has exposed floorboards and a feature bay window to the front overlooking the driveway and island beyond.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

The open plan triple aspect kitchen/breakfast room has sash windows to the front and side and two sets of glazed double doors to the raised rear terrace. The breakfast area is to the rear with views of the garden, and has a vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and skylights. The kitchen area is at the front and has a comprehensive range of modern cream fronted units including drawers, glazed display cabinets and a central island unit with granite work surfaces incorporating a sink and drainer on the island unit. Integrated appliances include a Rangemaster oven set in an arched recess, and an American style fridge/freezer, with space and plumbing provided for a dishwasher. There is quarry tiled flooring and a door to stairs to the cellar which has storage areas and houses the freestanding gas fired boiler serving the heating and hot water systems.

First floor Master Bedroom

The landing is part galleried and features a part leaded light stained glass window to the front, a high ceiling, picture rails and stripped doors and architraves to the principal first floor rooms. An opening and steps down lead to the lower landing which can also be accessed via the stairs from the inner hall. The master bedroom is at the rear of the property and has picture rails and a sash bay window with elevated views of the garden. The en suite is fitted in a white traditional style suite with a walk-in screened shower enclosure with fitted shower, a WC and washbasin. There is complementary tiling and a window to the side.

Other Bedrooms, Bathroom and Laundry Room

Bedrooms two and three are both generous sized double rooms at the front of the house and feature picture rails and sash bay windows. Bedrooms four and five are at the rear of the property and have picture rails and views over the rear garden. The lower landing has stairs to the second floor, and an airing cupboard housing the hot water cylinder. The laundry room has a window to the front and a built-in shelved storage cupboard. There is a Belfast sink unit, a work surface, and space and plumbing for a washing machine and a tumble dryer. The bathroom is fitted in a white traditional style suite with a Ball and Claw footed bath, a screened shower enclosure with a fitted shower, a WC and a washbasin. There is complementary tiling and dual aspect windows.

Second Floor

The landing has access to the part boarded loft space, and a window to the rear overlooking the garden. Bedrooms six and seven are both generous sized single bedrooms which could alternatively be used as a study or games room. Bedroom six has a window to the side and bedroom seven has dual aspect windows.


The property is located in the town’s Conservation Area and the two sides of the street are separated by an island of mature trees. The property is within walking distance of the river Embankment and the Harpur Trust Schools. The total plot is approximately 0.37 acres. The front garden is walled with pillared openings at either side to an in and out driveway which has space to park at least six cars. There are well stocked borders with established shrubs and bushes. The covered way gives access to the attached garage/workshop which has timber double doors, power connected and a personnel door to the rear.

Rear Garden

Gated side access leads to the rear garden which is a particular feature of the property and has been recently redesigned and professionally landscaped to a high standard. An extensive raised flagstone terrace extends across the entire rear of the property. Steps lead down to the walled garden which is principally lawned with shaped well stocked borders and mature trees. Pathways lead to an octagonal summerhouse and a timber garden shed.

Rothsay Gardens, Bedford

The property is within walking distance of the Castle Quarter which has a variety of shops including coffee shops, a supermarket and public houses and restaurants. Russell Park and The Embankment are also within walking distance. The mainline railway station is approximately 1 mile away and has services to St Pancras International taking 47 minutes. Bedford has a large range of shops. The property is in catchment for Castle Newnham School which is rated as Outstanding by Ofsted, and there are also the Harpur Trust and other independent schools.

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