It’s a pleasure to wander or slowly drive through the Castle Quarter and this property is set within the very best area.
Overlooking quiet community gardens to the front, with herbs planted by and for residents, the house is set within its own beautiful, landscaped walled gardens.
There is ample hard-standing for cars behind electric gates, and a pedestrian gate is set within the attractive Victorian-brick garden walls. The large garage could easily house a motorbike as well as a car, and above is space for further storage or an exciting children’s play area, accessed via the rear barn.
What is immediately apparent is that no expense has been spared by the current owners with the house and gardens. Everything is immaculate. The bespoke hardwood, double-glazed, sliding sash windows are perfectly finished. The lovely, well-maintained borders, shrubs and trees at the front are very welcoming.
Walk around the side of the house to a quiet lawned area with stone seat set into the wall flanked by 2 identical trees and surrounded by well-stocked borders. Continue through a wisteria-clad arch to the stunning garden at the rear. A circular lawn and cobbled path are bordered by varied sitting areas for dining al fresco, ending the day with a cool drink, or simply enjoying the private, tranquil setting with its unusual trees and shrubs.
A superb brick-built, open summerhouse ensures the garden can be enjoyed in any weather.
A feature of the house is its high ceilings and spaciousness, particularly apparent in the large hall and light-filled landing, with its lovely arched window. Bay windows flood several rooms with light and each is fitted with beautiful curtains and pelmets.
Each room evokes its own unique atmosphere, yet retains a flexibility of use, depending on desired lifestyle. The Farrow and Ball decoration is perfectly in tune with the character of the house, with the original Lincrusta wall coverings between skirting and dado rail having been retained, along with picture rail, cornice and other original features. Reclaimed antique radiators, original fireplaces and hardwood floors feature prominently.
Bathrooms and bedrooms are unique and really need to be seen to be fully appreciated. A top floor suite of rooms includes the master bedroom which is brimming with character. The study overlooking the rear garden is delightful. A lovely kitchen features Fisher & Paykel range cooker and dishdrawers; corian sinks and surfaces top bespoke units, including the island. The dining area in the garden room, complete with wall-hung woodburner, opens to outside through full-width bifold doors. Perfect for entertaining.
Add to all this the cellar, downstairs cloakroom, and abundant storage space, and you have a truly wonderful family home.
ABOUT THE AREA
Set in the heart of Bedford’s prestigious Castle Quarter, named in the Sunday Times guide of best places to live in the UK, this substantial and highly attractive detached Victorian property is within a short walk of lovely parks and one of the finest river embankments in the Country.
Independent shops and restaurants abound, and Bedford is home to the highly thought-of Harpur Trust schools (Bedford School, Bedford Modern and Bedford Girls’). London St Pancras International can be reached by train from Bedford Station in only 40 minutes.
This is a rare opportunity to acquire a superb home in a peaceful and friendly community setting, with every amenity to hand, and with the outstanding Bedfordshire countryside surrounding the County town.