Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9QB
- Classic Grade II listed Georgian townhouse
- Six bedrooms: two en suite
- Four bathrooms and cloakroom
- Three reception rooms
- Bespoke kitchen/breakfast room
- Lower ground floor and wine cellar
- Mature rear garden
- Oak framed triple carport
- Prominent position in Woburn
- Traditional features and period charm
- Ofsted outstanding village school
A Grade II listed Georgian six bedroom townhouse in the historic market town of Woburn
Hobourn House is a statuesque classically proportioned predominantly brick house on five levels with a double pitched slate and tiled roof, built c. 1725in a conservation area. The property is situated in a commanding position in the village with views of the church spires from both front and back.
There is a columned entry with a triangle pediment. The fan lit front door opens into a centrally located panelled entrance hall with moulded dado, coving, cornices and stone flooring with underfloor heating. The main reception rooms radiate off the hallway and a wooden staircase with a polished handrail proceeds to the first-floor galleried landing. Through a door to the left of the stairs, is an oak floor hall which leads to the cloak room and further down stairs to the lower ground floor. The cloakroom is tastefully fitted with Lefroy Brooks taps, pedestal and chinaware.
The ground floor is well suited for entertaining with its elegance, symmetry and grand proportions. The dual aspect sitting room runs from the front to the back of the house with oak flooring. There are period details including an open fireplace with a fluted pilaster painted wood mantle with a period style alcove, bowed bookshelves with cupboards on either side with moulded coving and a dado rail throughout. French doors with full height windows to either side open to the upper patio invite views to the garden. The dining room, to the left of the entry hall, has two matching windows to the front with original shutters. There is a brick fireplace with a mahogany surround and mantle, a marble hearth and mahogany alcove shelving with cupboards on either side. The wall opposite the window wall is panelled to dado level and there is moulded coving and the original mahogany door.
The kitchen has been lovingly restored with timeless bespoke classically designed fitted cabinetry with attention to detail; it is a chef’s dream kitchen. The island has a walnut top complete with cupboards on both sides, a prep sink and seating. The wall cabinetry is full height on either side of a hearth providing space for a six-burner cooker and includes a wall mounted pot filler and an extractor hidden in the arch above. All modern appliances can remain fully integrated to maintain the classical lines of the home. A walnut Welsh dresser with glass fronted cupboards complement the island counter top and provides more cabinet space as does the fitted window bench. Oak flooring runs throughout with beams above. There is a breakfast/kitchen area beyond another oak beam opening
The breakfast area is fitted with a three sided corner banquette, a walnut shelving unit with a retractable TV, and a heated radiator rail. French doors open to the rear garden. The kitchen area has a plate rack above the double sized Belfast sink and glass cabinetry to either side. The same white Silestone marble worktops as in the main kitchen continue throughout. There is oak flooring throughout the entire room an recessed ceiling lights.
Lower Ground Floor
The TV room has fitted cupboards, a utility cupboard for a washing machine and tumble dryer and substantial closet hanging space and shelving. There is wood panelling throughout with original beams. The floor is carpeted. The original external door opens to the boot room which leads to steps that lead up to the garden. The cellar rooms include the plant room which has a quarry tiled floor and stairs leading down to a vaulted wine cellar.
The landing has pine flooring with a fully fitted study area with plenty of light and an outstanding view of the historic church. The master bedroom has two double wardrobes to either side of the bed, and a Regency full height bow window overlooking the rear garden with original coving. Bedroom two has a pine floor, two double wardrobes and moulded coving. Bedroom three is currently used as a TV/sitting room and has fitted panelling, cupboards and shelving, a stone fireplace with a log store and a wood burning stove on a stone hearth, pine floor and wall lights. The en suite has a walk-in shower and the hall master bathroom is fitted with a panelled bath, walk-in shower and a double sink vanity with plenty of storage. The limestone flooring has underfloor heating.
The staircase continues to the upper landing which has store cupboards and loft access. Bedroom four has a fireplace with a slate hearth and wood burning stove. Bedroom five has an en suite with a walk-in shower, Travertine tiling and seat with cream stone worktop with cupboards, shelves and drawers. Bedroom six has a lovely view to the garden. The hall bathroom has a panelled bath and pedestal sink with the original chestnut floor and a ceiling light tunnel. All bedrooms are part vaulted with fitted wardrobes. Recessed lighting is in each room on this floor. All bathrooms in the house have Lefroy Brooks taps, chinaware and heated tower rails.
There is an upper paved patio with several steps leading down to the summer house and main patio area, perfect for garden parties. Beyond is a semi-walled terraced garden with lawns, flowers, shrubs and majestic mature trees. The summer house has two sets of French doors and two further glazed fixed panels on ether end with quarry tiled flooring. It includes cabinetry with a Belfast sink with appliance cupboards on either side. There is an oak framed triple carport to the rear.
The property benefits from a perpetual vehicular right of way down the neighbours privately owned driveway.
Hobourn House - Architecture
The symmetrical façade includes five bays of sashed windows, with the front door situated in the middle bay of the ground floor. The front door has a Tuscan stone surround of two columns and an entablature and triangle pediment. There are three box dormer windows on the second floor and there are ashlar dressings which include quoins, window sills, a plinth and a band. In the early 19th century the house was extended along the rear elevation and this extension includes the Regency rounded bay window. A further, smaller extension was made to the property in 1969.