West End Farm
Kempston, Bedfordshire, MK43 8RY
- Grade II listed 16th century farmhouse
- Six/seven bedrooms; two bathrooms
- Three reception rooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room with walk-in pantry
- Oil to radiator heating
- Utility room, ground floor shower room and workshop/boot room
- Driveway and open fronted car port for three cars
- Well maintained gardens of approximately 3.1 acres
A Grade II listed six/seven bedroom detached former farmhouse in approximately 3.1 acres of gardens, approached via a private drive and for sale with no upper chain.
The property originally dates from the 16th century and is offered for sale for the first time in 40 years. It is of timber framed construction with rendered colour washed elevations under a clay tiled roof and had minor alterations in the 18th and 19th centuries. The accommodation has been carefully improved and updated and retains period features such as exposed beams and timbers, inglenook and feature fireplaces, and ledge and brace doors. The ground floor has three separate reception rooms, a fitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, walk-in pantry, a shower room, and a workshop/boot room. There are four bedrooms, an en suite bathroom and a family bathroom on the first floor with three further bedrooms on the second floor. Ceiling height on all floors is good creating a spacious feel in the property.
The porch has an original timber door to the entrance hall which has the traditional beams and timbers that are a feature throughout the house. The hallway is on two levels. The lower level leads to the sitting room and family room and has stairs to the first floor. The upper level has built-in shelved storage cupboards and access to the shower room and dining room. The shower room has a modern white suite with a recessed shower enclosure with a fitted electric shower, a wash basin and WC and there is tiling to the walls and floor. The workshop/boot room is fitted in a range of base cupboards and shelving with work surfaces and a Butler sink. There is a door to the rear terrace.
The sitting room has a feature stone fireplace with an open grate and a raised hearth, with bespoke shelving on both sides of the chimney breast. The frame of the original Elizabethan window opening remains and the door to the room has been assessed as part of the original structure of the building. The family room has an inglenook fireplace (currently sealed) with a flagstone hearth. Two leaded light windows at the rear of the room look into the dual aspect dining room which also has an inglenook fireplace (currently sealed) with an inset former bread oven set on a raised hearth. Both the sitting room and family room have windows to the front with open views of the garden, and open fields and countryside.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Utility Room
The kitchen/breakfast room is fitted in a modern range of Shaker style units with hardwood work surfaces. Integrated appliances include an electric oven and hob, a dishwasher and a separate fridge and freezer. A recess housing the former cast iron range provides a focal point to the room. In addition there is a walk-in shelved pantry cupboard and a door to the rear terrace. Complementary tiling to the floor and splash areas continues into the utility room which is fitted in a similar range of Shaker style units with complementary work surfaces and space and plumbing for a washing machine. A freestanding oil fired boiler serves the heating and hot water systems and an airing cupboard houses the hot water cylinder.
On the half landing is a beamed area which is believed to be a former Priest Hole. The main landing has a window to the front with similar views to those from the sitting and family rooms. A ledge and brace door leads to a staircase to the second floor.
Master Bedroom and Guest Bedroom
The master and guest bedrooms also overlook the front of the property and both have built-in wardrobes. The frame and bars to the original Elizabethan window in the master bedroom remain. The master bedroom has an en suite fitted in a modern white range of sanitary ware which includes a double ended bath, a wash basin and WC, with complementary tiling. The guest bedroom has a feature brick fireplace (currently sealed).
Further Bedrooms and Family Bathroom
Bedroom three is dual aspect and has a wash basin and a built-in eaves cupboard. The original Elizabethan window opening can still be seen. Bedroom four has a window to the side. The family bathroom is fitted in a modern white suite of a bath, a wash basin and WC, with complementary tiling to the splash areas. All rooms on the first floor are on a wide L shaped corridor.
The landing has a Velux skylight to the front. Bedroom five has a part vaulted ceiling with exposed beams and a skylight window to the front. Bedroom six has views over open fields and a door to bedroom seven which has a high vaulted ceiling detailed with exposed beams and timbers and with dual aspect skylight windows. There is a further window with views of the rear garden and countryside.
The property occupies a rural position and has panoramic views over open fields and countryside to the front and rear. It is set back from the road on a well maintained plot extending to approximately 3.1 acres. It is approached via a long gravel driveway flanked by two lawned areas which have borders and mature trees including fruit trees. The driveway extends across the entire width of the property and provides parking and access to the oak framed carport which provides covered parking for up to three cars. It has power connected and a door to the rear. The present owner has listed planning consent (January 2018) for a replacement three bay oak framed garage to be erected if wished.
The formal gardens extend to approximately 1 acre continuing to the sides and rear of the property and include a large split level terrace area. There are well stocked borders, raised planters and sitting areas with open views. The remaining garden is principally lawned and has a variety of mature trees. The summerhouse sits centrally within the garden on its own terrace. It has power and external lighting. In addition there is a walled vegetable garden, a brick and timber garden store and a wooden shed. The remaining land is currently put down to grass with water points at several locations.
The property is approximately 2 miles to the west of Bromham which has a range of shops and Bedford County Golf Club on the edge of the village. Bedford, 5 miles away, and Milton Keynes, 15 miles away, offer a wider range of shopping and leisure facilities. The nearby market town of Olney offers a range of boutiques and shops, together with an open air market. Transport links in the area include an East Midlands and Thameslink train service to London St. Pancras International from Bedford railway station in 47 minutes. The A421 trunk road is approximately 2.5 miles away providing access to junction 13 of the M1 motorway as well as the A1 to the North. A choice of both private and state schooling is available including the Harpur Trust Schools in Bedford, along with Uppingham, Oundle, Oakham, Rugby, Stowe and Wellingborough, all of which are within 70 minutes’ drive.