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Hobourn House

Bedford Street, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9QB

£1,582,500Offers in excess of

6 3 4

Property Highlights

  • 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

Property description

A Grade II listed Georgian six bedroom townhouse in the historic market town of Woburn

The house has over 3,700 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation set over five floors including a vaulted wine cellar. The ground floor has the two principal reception rooms, the kitchen and an adjoining second kitchen with a breakfast area. There is a TV room on the lower ground floor as well as a boot room and a boiler room which has access to the cellar. The six bedrooms are on the first and second floors and all have built-in storage. One of the bedrooms is currently used as a sitting room and there is also space on the first floor landing for a study area. There is a triple oak framed carport to the rear and a detached garden room. The established rear garden has several paved terraces for entertaining, with the remaining garden laid to lawn, with flower and shrub beds, and several mature trees.

History and Heritage

Hobourn House was built in circa 1725 and is a classically symmetrical well proportioned mainly brick double pile house on five levels with a pitched slate and tiled roof. The symmetrical façade has five bays of sashed windows, with the front door situated in the middle bay on 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 the ashlar dressings include quoins, window sills, a plinth and a band. In the early 19th century the house was extended across the rear and this extension includes a Regency rounded bay window. A further, smaller extension was made to the property in 1969.

Entrance Hall

The fan lit front door opens into a central 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 floored hall which leads to the cloakroom and the stairs to the lower ground floor. The cloakroom is tastefully fitted with Lefroy Brooks taps, pedestal and chinaware.

Principal Reception Rooms

The dual aspect sitting room runs from the front to the back of the house and has oak flooring. Retained period features include moulded coving and a dado rail, and an open fireplace with a fluted pilaster painted wood mantel, with alcoves either side fitted with bowed bookshelves. French doors with wing windows open to the upper patio with views of the garden. The dining room has two matching windows to the front with original shutters. There is a brick fireplace with a mahogany surround and mantel, a marble hearth, and mahogany shelving and cupboards in the alcoves on either side. The wall opposite the window wall is panelled to dado height 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. There are full height cabinets on either side of a hearth which provides space for a six-burner range cooker and includes a wall mounted pot filler and an extractor hidden in the arch above. Other modern appliances are fully integrated to maintain the classical lines of the room. A walnut Welsh dresser with glass fronted cupboards complements the island counter top and provides more cabinet space and there is also storage in the fitted window bench. There are Oak ceiling beams, and Oak flooring continues through an opening into the second kitchen.

Kitchen/Breakfast Area

The second kitchen area has a wall mounted plate rack with glass fronted cabinets either side. The floor units have white Silestone marble worktops which incorporate a double sized Belfast sink. The breakfast area has built-in seating with storage below, a walnut shelving unit with a retractable TV, and a heated radiator rail. French doors open to the rear garden.

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 and the original beams. The original external door opens to the boot room which leads to steps that lead up to the garden. The boiler room has a quarry tiled floor and stairs leading down to a vaulted wine cellar.

First Floor

The landing has pine flooring and a fully fitted study area by a window to the front which provides plenty of light and an outstanding view of the historic church. The master bedroom has double wardrobes either side of the bed, original coving, and a Regency full height bow window overlooking the rear garden. 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 wood burning stove on a stone hearth, pine flooring and wall lights. The en suite has a walk-in shower and the main bathroom is fitted with a panelled bath, walk-in shower and a double sink vanity unit with storage. The limestone flooring has underfloor heating.

Second Floor

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 a cream stone worktop with cupboards, shelves and drawers. Bedroom six has a view over to the garden. The bathroom has a panelled bath and pedestal sink with the original chestnut floor and a ceiling light tunnel. All three bedrooms are part vaulted with fitted wardrobes, and each room on this floor has recessed lighting. All bathrooms in the house have Lefroy Brooks taps, chinaware and heated tower rails.


An upper paved patio, accessed from the sitting room and kitchen/breakfast room, has steps leading down to the main patio area which has space for outside dining and entertaining. Beyond is a semi-walled garden with lawns, flowers, shrubs and majestic mature trees. The garden room has French doors and windows to the main patio, and quarry tiled flooring. It is fitted with cabinets and has a Belfast sink with appliance cupboards either side. There is an oak framed triple carport to the rear.

Agent's Note

The property benefits from a perpetual vehicular right of way down the neighbours privately owned driveway.



The Georgian village of Woburn is a small Bedfordshire village on the edge of the Greensand Ridge with Woburn Abbey and its safari park, a monthly farmers market, an open air swimming pool, 11 pubs and restaurants and a variety of shops. It is about 1 mile from the Bedford Estate woods in a quiet rural location but within easy reach of all necessary amenities. It is only 1 mile from Woburn Sands which has a range of shops, banks, restaurants and other commercial facilities, and is only 11 miles from Milton Keynes which has one of Europe’s largest covered shopping centres, as well as a theatre, cinemas, indoor skiing and other attractions. There is a new Center Parcs holiday park near Ampthill. For commuting the village is less than 2.5 miles from junction 13 of the M1 and has access to railway stations on the St Pancras line at Flitwick and Harlington or the West Coast line at Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes. Woburn Sands has its own railway service with a regular shuttle between Bedford and Bletchley.

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