Mulberry House, an exceptional detached 5 bedroom property, set in approximately 1/3 acre, with beautiful garden and field outlook, stands in an exclusive enclave within the conservation area of the historic and picturesque Bedfordshire village of Great Barford. It sits in perfect harmony with one other individual house, between a Victorian manor and former coach house.
Great Barford lays good claim to be one of Bedfordshire’s best villages for families. Cycle routes and walks through beautiful countryside take you to the County Town and neighbouring villages. The river is minutes away. Park, playing field, and village hall, catering for all ages, lie just across the road at the end of the drive.
And that tree-lined, gravel drive forms a lovely approach to Mulberry House, which is set at the very end, some distance from Green End Road. Be sure to open the car windows to catch the scent of the pine trees that intermingle with mature walnut and ash. Sweep around the huge Corsican Pine tree forming a beautiful island, and past the large front lawn, to ample hard-standing and turning space, in front of a very attractive detached double garage.
Why not look at the garden first? And what a garden! Notice the raised vegetable beds just inside the side gate. Parts of the extensive lawn to the side of the house will turn into a sea of daffodils, bluebells and tulips in spring. Follow the beautiful ‘Grayswood Ghost’ silver birch border, interspersed with contrasting black bamboo and leading to a gently-shaded seating area flanked by unusual multi-stemmed silver birch. Then take in the amazing pond, flowering water lilies, willow and wildlife – yet, while watching dragonflies skim the surface, you realise that this is something that will ever change, that will give you year-round interest and will be the perfect place to sit and enjoy a glass of wine.
Then there’s the small orchard – cherry, quince, pear, plum and apple. Wonderful!
Once you drag yourself from the garden, you will love being indoors too. As you pass through the attractive front porch, the superb solid oak floor stretches in front of you through the unusually spacious hall and on, through double doors into the huge, but comfortable sitting room. French doors open to outside, as they do from the dining room, currently a family room. Imagine all doors flung open and a summer party in full swing.
But Christmas will be magical too. Tree lights glistening in the hall. Gas fire aglow in the sitting room. Maybe a log burner in the dining room if you wish to open the chimney. Not that heat is a problem. This house keeps its warmth. Whatever the occasion, you have a superb, light oak, shaker-style family kitchen with granite tops to gather in, to cater from, and where up to 12 family and guests can enjoy breakfast. Neff appliances, including 2 ovens, plus oven/microwave, are a joy to use. Built-in coffee machine and hot tap a boon. A distinctive bay adds light and there’s even scope to add a garden room to this already lovely kitchen.
Then there’s a utility room which opens to the garden, a cloakroom large enough to add a shower if you wish, and a study, bathed in morning light from its bay window. And that’s before you climb the attractive wooden staircase to the lovely spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, which demand to be seen. An existing huge bed is dwarfed in the master bedroom, which has a dressing room and en suite with a large walk-in rainforest shower. Notice the built-in wardrobes in the other bedrooms, and take in the lovely views of the garden and fields beyond. Wow!
ABOUT THE AREA
A short hop from the County Town and the acclaimed Harpur Trust private schools, Great Barford has its own primary academy, as well as a full range of amenities, such as the popular post office and stores. With excellent road and rail links, London Kings Cross from Biggleswade is a mere 36 minutes by train, St Pancras International only 40 minutes from Bedford. Both Cambridge and Milton Keynes are just 25 miles away.
Mentioned in the Domesday Book, Great Barford is proud of its church, with 15th century tower, and the similarly-aged 17-arch bridge spanning the Great Ouse. The riverside Anchor Inn, which overlooks this beautiful scene, is the perfect place to stop off with the family after viewing this lovely home, and maybe mull over who has which bedroom.