1 Rothsay Road

Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 3PW

£1,850,000Guide price

5 5 3

Property Highlights

  • Victorian detached house
  • Five bedrooms; three bathrooms
  • Five reception rooms
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Cellar
  • Driveway parking and garage
  • Landscaped gardens of approximately 0.19 acres
  • Direct access to the Communal Wade Gery Paddock

Property description

A Victorian five bedroom detached house with driveway parking, a garage and a landscaped garden within walking distance of The Embankment and amenities in the centre of Bedford.

Built in 1883, this substantial Victorian villa has approximately 3,473 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation which includes a cellar on the lower ground floor. The ground floor has five reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room, a utility room and a cloakroom and there are five double bedrooms and three bath or shower rooms on the first floor. The property was fully refurbished in 2002 and has since been maintained to a high standard by the current owners. It retains many original period features including sash windows, fireplaces, ceiling cornices and dado rails, and an original range which is a feature in the dining room. In addition, there is a large loft space with scope for conversion subject to obtaining the necessary permissions.

About The House cont'd

The property has a plot of approximately 0.19 acres which includes off street parking in addition to an attached single garage. The rear garden faces west and has been landscaped with paved seating areas and established trees and shrubs. The property also benefits from access to the Wade Gery paddock which is exclusively for use by residents from the four surrounding streets and measures approximately 1 acre. The property is a few minutes’ walk from Russell Park and the Embankment and is also within walking distance of amenities in the town centre.

Ground Floor

An arched porch with a mosaic tiled floor shelters the solid entrance door which has stained glass panels on either side and opens into the reception hall which has the same mosaic tiled floor continuing throughout, and part glazed double doors to the rear garden. The hall also has dado rails and high ceilings with moulded coving, features which continue through much of the property. A staircase with a gentle rise and individual balustrades leads to the first floor. There are also stairs down to the dry cellar which has a tiled floor and has a temperature suitable for wine and general storage. The inner hall has exposed floorboards and a cloakroom.

Principal Reception Rooms

The family room/study and the music room are both at the front of the property and have bay windows with stained glass skylight panes, dado rails and deep skirting boards. Both rooms also have traditional marble fireplaces, one with an open grate and the other with a real flame gas fire. The sitting room is at the rear with part glazed doors giving views of and access to the rear garden. A traditional marble fireplace with a real flame gas fire provides a focal point. The formal dining room can be accessed from the main or inner halls and has exposed floorboards and a window to the side. It retains a range which is believed to be original and there is a custom-built storage cupboard in the chimney recess to one side.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Utility Room

The kitchen/breakfast room is accessed via a wide aperture from the dining room and has exposed tiled flooring. It is dual aspect with a window to the side and part glazed doors to the rear garden. The kitchen is fitted with a range of Shaker style wall and base units with hardwood work surfaces incorporating a one and a half bowl sink and drainer. Integrated appliances include a Range cooker with an extractor over, a dishwasher and two fridges. The utility room has additional storage cupboards and drawers, space and plumbing for appliances and two wall mounted gas fired boilers. There is a window and a door to the side.

Garden Room

The dual aspect garden room leads off the kitchen/breakfast room. It could be used as a snug or as a breakfast room and has access to the utility room.

First Floor

The stairs from the hall lead to a lower landing which has a full height window to the rear with views of the garden and Wade Gery paddock beyond. Steps up lead to a secondary landing with access to two of the bedrooms and a shower room. The staircase continues to the principal landing which has access to four of the bedrooms, a bathroom and a walk-in cupboard housing the pressurised hot water cylinder.

Master Bedroom Suite

The master bedroom is at the rear of the property and has two sash windows with views of the garden and paddock beyond. There is a traditional marble fireplace with custom built fitted wardrobes built-into the recesses on either side. The en suite shower room has a Heritage suite which includes a walk-in screened shower enclosure, a WC, and twin washbasins set into a vanity unit.

Other Bedrooms

There are two double bedrooms at the front of the house, one with a bay window and both with feature fireplaces. A third bedroom has two windows either side of a traditional cast iron fireplace and fitted wardrobes spanning one wall. This bedroom has doors to the main and secondary landings. The remaining bedroom has a feature cast iron fireplace and a window to the rear with views over the garden and paddock.

Gardens and Grounds

The front garden is enclosed by a low pillared wall with inset iron railings and has a decorative central mosaic tiled path which continues into the porch and reception hall. There are gravel areas either side and established shrub borders. The driveway provides parking and access to the attached garage which has an up and over door, power connected and a door to the rear. Secure gated access at the side of the house leads to the landscaped rear garden which is walled and is a particular feature of the property. The doors from the hall, kitchen and sitting room open to an extensive paved terrace for outside dining and entertaining. The rest of the garden has a shaped central lawn with borders stocked with established shrubs and flowers. There is a further paved seating area at the bottom of the garden. Gated access at the bottom of the garden leads directly into the Wade Gery paddock which extends to approximately 1 acre.

Rothsay Road

The property is in 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 41 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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