Gravenhurst, Bedfordshire, MK45 4AU
- Grade II listed 16th century Pre Tudor House
- Six bedrooms; three en suite
- Three reception rooms and orangery
- Open plan kitchen/garden room
- Study, boot room and utility room
- Outdoor swimming pool and pool house
- Coach house and stable block for two horses
- Landscaped gardens and paddocks approx. 4.1 acres
A Grade II listed 16th century Pre Tudor House, situated within gardens and grounds of approximately 4.1 acres with outstanding far reaching countryside views.
The ground floor has a reception hall/sitting room, a large recently constructed orangery, a bespoke fitted kitchen, a recently constructed garden room which is currently used as the breakfast area, a drawing room, dining room, a study, a utility room, two cloakrooms and a boot room. There are six bedrooms over two floors, two with an en suite bath or shower room and one with a cloakroom. The gardens were designed by the award winning designer Julie Tull and extend to approximately 4.1 acres. There is a newly refurbished heated outdoor swimming pool with a pool house which has a kitchenette and a sun terrace. There are paddocks, a recently built timber stable block with a concrete yard, and a detached Coach House. There is an additional paddock of approximately 4 acres available nearby by separate negotiation.
History and Heritage
Cainhoe Manor has its origin in the 14th century, but the current Grade II listed house is largely of 16th century construction with later additions and remodelling in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. The house is built of coursed ironstone rubble, red brick, gault brick and colour washed rough cast render over a timber frame and under a clay tiled roof. The 16th century building is believed to have been used as a hunting lodge by King Henry VIII and it is said that his first wife Katherine of Aragon was briefly kept at the house, before being moved to Ampthill, at the time of the annulment of her marriage. The current owners have lived at the property for over 25 years and during their tenure the Manor has undergone a major refurbishment programme including being entirely re-roofed, re-plumbed, re-wired and re-pointed. The property is approached through high remotely operated gates onto a gravel driveway, sweeping to the rear of the property.
The reception hall/sitting room has windows with working shutters and views of the gardens and grounds. Retained traditional features include a fireplace, moulded cornices and friezes. There are exposed oak floors, a staircase to the first floor and access to the two cellars. The first cloakroom is fitted in a white Sanitan suite of a wash basin set into a period wash stand and a WC. The boot room provides cloaks hanging space and shoe storage and has a base unit incorporating a sink, and a door to the garden. The utility room is fitted with bespoke units and has the oil fired boiler, a back up boiler and the pressurised hot water cylinder. The study also has traditional features and dual aspect windows.
Principal Reception Rooms
The drawing room is dual aspect with exposed beams and timbers, and has a brick inglenook fireplace with an open grate and a raised hearth. The recently constructed bespoke orangery has a high vaulted glazed ceiling and three sets of doors to the garden. It also has a small bar area and a separate two piece cloakroom. The formal dining room has a traditional fireplace, moulded ceilings, dado rails and ceiling friezes.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Garden Room
The kitchen/breakfast room is a major feature of the house and is fitted in a custom built range of bespoke units by Fine Fitted Interiors of Harpenden which include a central island incorporating a breakfast bar area, all with granite work surfaces over. There are a number of integrated appliances. Steps lead up to the garden room which has glazed double doors to the rear with views of the walled garden.
The galleried landing leads to a wood panelled corridor which runs the entire length of the property.
The master bedroom suite is arranged on two levels. The bedroom has a high vaulted ceiling detailed with exposed timbers, as well as the original A frame, and a fireplace with an inset log burning stove. Triple aspect windows have far reaching views over the garden and surrounding countryside. The en suite is fitted in a contemporary style suite with a range of bespoke sanitaryware and includes a double ended oval bath, a shower area, two wash basins set into shelved wash stands and a separate WC. The dressing room is fitted with a bespoke range of shelving and hanging space. The guest bedroom has similar views and is believed to be the room in which Katherine of Aragon was once held captive. It has full panelled walls and a feature fireplace with carved mantel. The en suite is fitted with a screened shower, a wash basin and WC.
Other Bedrooms and Family Bathroom
Bedroom three has an en suite cloakroom with a wash basin and WC, and bedroom four has exposed beams and a built-in wardrobe. The family bathroom is fitted with a white traditional style suite by Sanitan and features a double ended bath, a wash basin set into a traditional wash stand, and a high flush WC. There are exposed beams and timbers.
The small landing is accessed by what would have previously been the servants’ stairs. Bedroom five has views over open fields and countryside and has a part vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. Bedroom six has access to a substantial loft area spanning the entire length of the house. This could be converted and incorporated into the main house subject to planning permission. A cloakroom serves this floor and is fitted with a wash basin and WC.
Cainhoe Manor is entered via a pillared entrance with inset remotely operated iron gates to the driveway which has lawned areas either side and mature Cedar trees that lead up to a circular in-out area at the front of the house. There is a gravelled area to the side which has access to the paddocks and Coach House. The gardens and grounds extend to approximately 4.1 acres and, with the exception of the mature trees, were designed by the award winning Chelsea Flower Show designer Julie Toll. There are extensive lawned areas that surround the house, with borders and countryside views. There are feature shaped York stone pathways, terrace areas and sitting areas. There is a recently refurbished heated outdoor swimming pool with a flagstone terrace surround and a recently constructed brick built pool house with glazed folding doors to the terrace area. It has a full equipped kitchenette complete with integrated appliances.
The Coach House is a detached brick building currently used as a garden machinery store and has power connected, a workshop and a general store. It could be converted into a separate ancillary building to be used in conjunction with the main house if required. Beneath the Coach House is a cellar/store.
The recently constructed timber stable block for two horses has power and a water supply as well as a post and rail fenced concrete yard. Behind the stable block is the pool plant boiler and filtration system for the swimming pool.
The land at Cainhoe Manor lies to the west and north west of the property and can be found on the left hand side of the driveway as you approach the house. They are fully enclosed by recently installed post and rail fencing and have five bar gates linking them.
Gravenhurst is a small hamlet in a rural location surrounded by open fields and farmland. The village of Shillington, which is approximately 2 miles away, has a local shop and more comprehensive facilities can be found in the market town of Hitchin, 8 miles away, which has rail services to London Kings Cross in approximately 30 minutes. The property is also less than 5 miles from the historic market town of Ampthill while Bedford and Luton are both less than 30 minutes’ drive away.”