Earwig Farm

East End, Pavenham, Bedfordshire, MK43 7PR

£1,600,000Guide price

5 3 4

Property Highlights

  • Detached stone farmhouse of approximately 3,335 sq. ft.
  • Five bedrooms; two en suite
  • Three reception rooms plus an orangery
  • Bespoke Pippy Oak Aga kitchen and utility room
  • Landscaped gardens, grounds of approx. 40 acres
  • Half a mile of river frontage with fishing rights
  • Driveway and oak framed garage block
  • 7,900 sq. ft. of outbuildings with development potential

Property description

A detached farmhouse on an elevated 40 acre plot with a river frontage, fishing rights, a landing strip and over 7,900 sq. ft. of outbuildings with development potential.

The farmhouse has a 500m landing strip currently used under the 28 day rule, with scope to increase (STPP). The grounds also have landscaped gardens, pasture and woodland. The land currently generates income via ELS and HLS grants and the hay crop and further income is possible from fishing and grazing rights. The farmhouse was once an estate cottage on former Duke of Bedford land and has been redeveloped using reclaimed materials. There is 3,335 sq. ft of accommodation and underfloor heating throughout. There is a four bay oak framed garage building, and two barns with separate vehicular access which are currently used as storage. There is development potential, also STPP, for one barn to be converted to B2 commercial use, and the other to be converted into stables or an annexe. Available with no upper chain.

Reception Rooms

The triple aspect sitting room has exposed floorboards and a reclaimed feature stone fireplace with a timber bressumer and two sets of glazed double doors onto the raised front terrace. The dual aspect orangery is of stone and brick construction matching the exterior finish of the house and has a high vaulted ceiling, exposed timbers, a travertine tiled floor and double doors to the rear. The snug has a stripped pine fireplace surround with a cast iron open grate on a raised hearth, exposed floorboards and a walk-in understairs cupboard.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

The breakfast/dining room has space for a table to seat twelve, glazed double doors to the front terrace and an exposed travertine tiled floor which continues into the kitchen. It is fitted in a range of custom built Pippy Oak cabinets that incorporate a shelved larder cupboard. A two oven oil fired Aga incorporating an electric module is set into a beamed farmhouse style recess. Integrated appliances include a dishwasher and fridge and there are granite worksurfaces which incorporate a double sink unit and drainer. There are dual aspect windows.


Earwig Farm is accessed via a private drive serving a small number of properties. Electric gates with an intercom entrance system opens onto the gravelled drive continuing by lawned areas and a young woodland plantation. There is a large gravelled parking area with a lawned central island and to the front a lawn, well stocked borders, rose beds and a soft play area with the lawns continuing on the south side and to the rear of the house, interspersed with trees and shrubbery. Stone steps lead up to the raised terrace, which is interspersed with lavender and has an ornamental fish pool. The rest of the land lies mainly to the east. Apart from some areas of woodland plantation it is all permanent pasture and there is a grass landing strip of about 500 metres. The grassland leads out to the banks of the River Great Ouse.


Pavenham is one of the Ouse Valley villages retaining most of the original limestone buildings. Community facilities include a public house and the Pavenham Park Golf Club, as well as a cricket club and tennis club. Being 6 miles approximately north west of Bedford it is convenient for the mainline station to St. Pancras (approx. 39 mins) and Thameslink services. The area has a wide choice of schooling including the four Harpur Trust independent schools. The property also falls within the Sharnbrook Upper School catchment area.

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