Harrold, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 7DA
- Victorian detached property
- Seven bedrooms; one en suite
- Four reception rooms
- Fitted kitchen/breakfast room
- Utility rooms and wash room
- Various traditional features and gas to radiator heating
- Annexe potential
- Driveway and double garage
- Private well maintained plot of 0.77 acres
A Victorian 4,715 sq. ft. double fronted seven double bedroom country home within 0.77 acres of south facing gardens in the conservation area of the riverside village of Harrold.
The property originates from the 1880s and is of principally stone construction under a tiled roof, with a Gothic style frontage. The accommodation is in need of some modernisation and has a versatile layout with scope to adapt it to suit modern day requirements. On the first floor the master bedroom has an en suite shower room and the other six bedrooms are served by two bathrooms. The property retains a variety of period and traditional features which include feature fireplaces, high ceilings with moulded cornices, and an exposed mosaic tiled floor in the main hallway. There is potential to convert the existing attic into additional ancillary living accommodation if required.
Harrold House is accessed by steps leading to a mullioned archway and a deep recessed porch area which has the original mosaic tiled floor and the original part leaded light entrance door. The reception hall has traditional features including the original mosaic tiled floor, high ceilings detailed with moulded cornices, picture rails and a ceiling rose together with panelled walls to dado height. There is a full turn staircase with individual balustrades to the first floor and a traditional style fireplace which houses a multi fuel burning stove. The cloakroom is fitted in a white suite of a wash basin and WC with an exposed quarry tiled floor.
Principal Reception Rooms
The drawing room has a traditional style open fireplace, high ceilings detailed with moulded cornices and ceiling roses, and picture rails. Glazed double doors at the side lead to the garden room/greenhouse which has an exposed mosaic tiled floor and a glazed door to the garden. The sitting room is to the rear of the house and has views of the garden. There is an original fireplace surround with a high mantel, now housing a multi fuel burning stove.
Dining/Family Room and Kitchen/Breakfast Room
The dining/family room is dual aspect and features a mullioned fireplace with a raised hearth housing a log burning stove. There are picture rails and high ceilings detailed with moulded cornices and a central ceiling rose. An opening leads into the kitchen/breakfast room which has high ceilings, moulded cornices and a feature fireplace with an inset former range. It is fitted in a modern range of Shaker style units with complementary work surfaces incorporating a breakfast bar. Integrated appliances include a range style oven with an extractor over, a dishwasher and a fridge/freezer. There is a bay window to the side which incorporates a window seat and overlooks the gardens. There is also a part glazed door to the utility area which has a coat hanging area, plumbing for a washing machine and an exposed mosaic tiled floor. A stable door leads to the driveway.
Inner Hallway, Pantry, Kitchenette, Utility/Cloakroom and Study
The inner hallway has an exposed quarry tiled floor, two built-in storage cupboards with angular shelving and a rear staircase with understairs storage. The shelved pantry cupboard has original fitted cupboards, shelving and high level meat hooks. The second utility room/cloakroom has original sink units, a WC and space and plumbing for a washing machine. The kitchenette is fitted in a range of base and wall units as well as original storage cupboards and shelving. There are complementary work surfaces and an integrated electric oven, hob and extractor. The study has dual aspect windows overlooking the garden.
The half landing on the main staircase has a mullioned window to the side and the stairs lead to a part galleried area and the main landing which has picture rails and high ceilings detailed with moulded cornices. There is a walk-in storage cupboard. A door and steps down lead to the inner landing which can also be accessed via the rear stairs.
Master Bedroom Suite
The master bedroom features a bay window and has high ceilings detailed with moulded cornices and a ceiling rose. The en suite is fitted in a traditional style white suite of a screened shower enclosure with a fitted shower, a wash basin and WC.
Further Bedrooms and Family Bathroom
Bedroom two is dual aspect with a bay window to the front, and has a wash basin and fireplace recess. Bedroom three has an original fireplace, a built-in wardrobe and high ceilings detailed with moulded cornices. Bedroom four is at the front. The family bathroom has been refitted in a white traditional style suite of a double ended Ball and Claw footed bath, a screened shower enclosure with a fitted shower, a wash basin and WC. The remaining first floor rooms are accessed from the inner landing. Bedrooms five and six both have original fireplaces, a wardrobe and a sink. Bedroom seven has a window to the side. The second bathroom has a panelled bath, a screened shower enclosure with a fitted shower, a wash basin and WC.
The property is situated prominently in the village conservation area and is on a total plot of approximately 0.77 acres. A low stone wall at the front has a central entrance and path to the entrance door with lawned areas and borders set either side. At the side the house is enclosed by a stone wall with iron railings inset and remotely operated iron gates lead to a gravel driveway with parking and access to the detached double garage which has sliding double doors and power connected. A gated access off the driveway leads to the fully enclosed, part walled formal gardens, which are a major feature of the property and extend to the side and rear. They include lawned areas with mature, well stocked borders and a variety of mature trees. To the rear of the house is a raised decking area which has views of the south facing garden. In addition there is a deep koi pond and a garden storage shed.
Harrold has many local amenities including shops, a post office, public houses/restaurants, and village lower and middle schools which fall into the Sharnbrook Upper school catchment area. Harrold and Odell Country Park is just a 5 minute walk away. Harrold is approximately 6 miles from the Georgian market town of Olney which has a range of independent shops, a weekly market and a monthly farmers’ market. For a wider selection of shops and leisure facilities it is approximately 10 miles from Bedford and 17 miles from Milton Keynes. The Harpur Trust schools in Bedford are approximately 12 miles away.