This is a unique cottage, steeped with character that will certainly captivate the next owners. With the added benefit of driveway, double garage/workshop, and annex potential, the property offers lots of versatile living space and delightful gardens.
The cottage is well placed in the village of Balsham and is less than 10 miles from Saffron Walden, Newmarket and the City of Cambridge. It is also within short commuting distance to Babraham and Granta business parks, and Addenbrookes Hospital.
This 4 bedroom detached cottage with 5 reception rooms and 3 bathrooms, offers a fantastic space creating an idyllic and spacious home. The original cottage dates back to the 17th century (1611) and is known locally as Orchard Cottage. The current owners have lived in the cottage for over 40 years and have enjoyed every moment.
Exposed wooden beams feature throughout the property. Decorative gardens with a large full length veranda, creates a superb Mediterranean style outdoor setting and to view the property in person will allow all of the charm of the cottage and gardens to speak for itself.
As you enter the property you instantly get a feel for the character of the cottage and flexible living space that it has to offer.
From the entrance hall, immediately on the left is a Hobby/Study room with wash basin.
On the right from the hallway is the first of the bathrooms, which has been decorated in a style that compliments the cottage. Shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
Continuing from the entrance hall, takes you into the living room with large fireplace and French doors leading to the garden, staircase leading to the first floor.
As you continue through the lounge, it takes you to the dining room, with fabulous bay window to the rear aspect, along with window to the front with another feature fireplace. A note-worthy feature of the property is the Pitch Pine floor blocks in the dining and family rooms, which were salvaged from the Old Corn Exchange in Cambridge in the seventies.
From the dining room, you enter reception room number 4, which the current owners use as their snug and TV room. The second set of stairs to the first floor are also accessed from this room.
A further entrance door takes you to the study/home office, with window to front aspect and 2 roof lights.
Leading from the 4th reception room takes you through to the country style kitchen, which compliments the character of the cottage.
The Annex has its own front door and toilet. Currently used as a home office over the last 25 years with French doors leading to the garden. However, it also has the flexibility to be used as further living accommodation.
Access to the separate utility and further home office/study and WC, is through an external door.
On the first floor comprises of 4 good sized bedrooms, a family bathroom and shower room.
Double Garage: Large detached garage with electric up and over door, with side door leading to the rear garden. The front of the property is enclosed by mature hedging, along with various rose bushes, vines which make this the perfect country cottage.
The rear garden has a large terraced area under the full length veranda, with further paved areas in front of the summer house. Lots of mature planting, lawned area, summer house and further outbuildings.
The South Face of the Cottage and Dylan the Cat was rethatched in 2017 by 'Mizon Thatchers' (report available) with the cottage last fully rethatched in 1967.
A new pressurised hot water cylinder was fitted earlier this year.
Balsham is a picturesque South East Cambridgeshire Village, local amenities include Post Office, Coffee Shop and 2 public houses, The Bell Inn and The Black Bull Inn. The village lies 10 miles South-East of Cambridge City and has good access to A11/M11 and in to Cambridge. Within the village community, there is a regular Friday Afternoon walking group who cover 3 to 5 miles each time. There are also allotments available for free to those living in the Parish.
Whilst every effort has been made to create accurate information, we would ask that any interested buyers carry out their own due diligence process. The information provided on these particulars, do not form part of any contract. Antony Davis are acting solely for the seller as their estate agent, and are not qualified valuation surveyors.
Council Tax Band: F (South Cambridgeshire District Council)