Brook House

25 Addingtons Road, Great Barford, Bedfordshire, MK44 3HR


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Property Highlights

  • Grade II listed detached country house
  • Five bedrooms; two en suite and bathroom
  • Four reception rooms
  • Kitchen with Aga
  • Utility room and cloakroom
  • Detached one bedroom annexe
  • Double garage, games room/home office
  • Landscaped gardens of approximately 0.68 acres

Property description

A Grade II listed mid-19th century detached country house, in landscaped gardens of about 0.68 acres, with a detached annexe, a double garage and a games room/home office.

The property has over 4,630 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation with four separate reception rooms and five double bedrooms in the main house and a detached self-contained annexe which has a double bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom and two spacious reception rooms, one of which could be used as a second bedroom if preferred. The double width garage has two pairs of double doors, a range of fitted storage cupboards, eaves storage and power connected. Connected to the garage is a triple aspect room which is currently used as a games room, gym and home office. The property is in a rural location, set well back from the road within landscaped gardens and yet is within walking distance of amenities in the village and is less than 15 minutes’ drive from Bedford, or St. Neots for a wider range of shops, leisure facilities and schools. The A1 is 3 miles away.

History and Heritage

Brook House is set well back from the road in its landscaped plot and was given Grade II Listed status in 1983 as a property of special interest. It is believed to date from the mid-19th century and is constructed of yellow gault clay brick with a colour washed stucco front and a slate roof surrounded by a balustrade. The former coach house has been converted into a detached self-contained annexe, and attached to the double garage, is a versatile room which is currently used as a games room/gym/home office.

Ground Floor

A pillared porch shelters a part glazed entrance door leading into the impressive entrance hall which has flagstone flooring and a sweeping full cantilevered staircase to the galleried first floor landing. Character features include deep moulded ceiling coving, picture rails and deep skirting which continue through most of the house. The original panel doors lead to the ground floor rooms. A cloak hanging area, which is also used for wine storage, leads to the cloakroom which has a modern white suite set into a vanity unit.

Reception Rooms

The drawing room and the study are both at the front of the house with views over the garden. Both rooms have sash windows with shutters, ornate ceiling roses, and traditional marble fireplaces. The study has fitted bookshelves either side of the chimney recess, and the drawing room has a built-in cupboard and shelved display unit. The dining room has a traditional fireplace with an inset gas fire. A bay added at the rear could have French doors added to open the room to the rear courtyard. The breakfast room has a window to the side overlooking the formal garden and has original shelved storage cupboards at either end of the room.

Kitchen and Utility Room

The kitchen has a comprehensive range of custom built cabinets and drawers with granite work surfaces incorporating a sink and drainer. There is an inset four oven gas fired Aga with an extractor fan over, an integrated dishwasher and space for an American style fridge/freezer. Windows at the side overlook the garden and a door to the rear opens to the rear courtyard. The adjoining utility room is fitted in a range of Shaker style units with complementary work surfaces. There is an integrated electric oven, a gas hob with an extractor over and space for a washing machine. A full height cupboard houses the condensing boiler, pressurised hot water cylinder and water softener.

First Floor

The galleried landing overlooks the hall and has a balustrade with polished handrails. A window overlooks the front garden and a second window overlooks the courtyard.

Master Bedroom Suite

The master bedroom is at the front of the house with sash windows overlooking the garden. A feature mirror is set into the chimney breast. The en suite bathroom has a modern suite with a double ended bath, a walk-in screened shower enclosure with a fitted power shower, a wash basin and a WC. There is complementary tiling and a heated towel radiator. There is also a connecting door to the landing.

Other Bedrooms and Bathrooms

There are four further double bedrooms, one with access to storage in a roof space and with an en suite shower room. One of the bedrooms has a marble fireplace with built in cupboards either side and another bedroom has a cast iron fireplace. The fifth bedroom is triple aspect with views over the courtyard. The family bathroom has a double ended bath, a double width shower cubicle, a built-in cupboard, and a WC and washbasin set into a vanity storage unit.

Gardens and Grounds

The property occupies a secluded position set back from Addingtons Road and is enclosed by a combination of mature hedges, walls and fences. The landscaped gardens extend to approximately 0.68 acres. The property is approached via a gravel drive over a bridged brook and round a circular lawn area with a Cedar of Lebanon and a mature Irish yew tree. Other mature trees include specimen oak and beech trees. The drive continues at the side of the house to the detached double garage. There are raised lawn areas with well stocked borders, a rose garden and interlinked Koi ponds and waterfalls. On the boundary there is a covered wood framed outdoor entertainment area, and to the rear there is a garden shed, a log store and a covered storage area. Behind the property, between the coach house and games room, is a flagstone courtyard which provides a space for outdoor dining and entertaining.

The Coach House

This detached self-contained annexe is entered from the courtyard via a glazed door to an entrance hall which has a built-in cloaks cupboard. The dual aspect sitting room has a high part vaulted ceiling and glazed doors, with wing windows, to the courtyard. A fireplace recess houses a log burning stove. The dining room could alternatively be used as a second bedroom if required. It is a light dual aspect room which also has a vaulted ceiling and glazed doors to the courtyard. The kitchen has a window to the rear and a range of Shaker style units with complementary work surfaces and a sink. There is an integrated fridge/freezer and space for an electric cooker with an extractor over. The double bedroom also has a window to the rear, and a door to the bathroom which is also accessible from the hall. It is fitted with a modern white suite with a wet area with fitted shower, a panelled bath and a WC and washbasin set in a vanity storage unit.

Games Room/Home Office

Adjacent to the coach house this room offers a versatile, triple aspect space measuring over 27 ft. by 17 ft. It has an exposed oak floor, two sets of glazed doors to the courtyard, and is currently used as a snooker room, a gym and a home office.

Great Barford

The village of Great Barford lies on the River Great Ouse which is spanned by a 15th century bridge. It lies to the north east of Bedford and is surrounded by open countryside and farmland, rural surroundings which attract visitors for picnics, canoeing and angling. The village is mentioned in the Doomsday book as an important site, most probably due to the bridge, and is well known for its All Saints Church, which has a 15th century tower, and other historic buildings. The property is within walking distance of amenities in the village which include a village green, a post office, a general store, a public house and GP's surgery. Bedford, about 6.5 miles away has a wider range of shops and leisure facilities as well as private education facilities including the Harpur Trust schools. To the East, St. Neots (14 minutes' drive) and Cambridge (37 minutes' drive) are also within easy reach via the A1 and the A428. The A421 bypass provides access to junction 13 of the M1 motorway and Milton Keynes. For commuters, Sandy station is within 10 minutes' drive with services to St Pancras in 48 minutes', or Bedford has services to St Pancras and The City with trains to St Pancras taking 47 minutes.

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