From the outside this cottage has all the charm and stature of a very traditional thatched house, with clipped hedges, huge lawns, and unspoilt views over the peaceful village green. But inside it has been beautifully modernised and sensitively decorated with some stunning contemporary elements. Its fascinating to start imagining all the changes and history this 17th Century house must have witnessed over the years.
At its heart Fox Cottage has a really versatile kitchen and dining area, which practically glitters in the light cast by two sets of floor-to-ceiling bi-fold doors. If indoor/outdoor living and entertaining is your thing, youll love it - these doors open directly onto a patio area in the garden, just right for summer barbecues and drinks.
Solid and elegant, the bespoke kitchen has natural wood worktops that sit well with the stripped oak beams and traditional ledge-and-brace doors in the rest of the house. The high-gloss, black floor tiles add a contemporary contrast, and this balance between traditional comfort and modern design is a consistent feature of Fox Cottage.
The lounge and snug area is spacious and cozy at the same time, warmed by the wood-burning stove on colder days, which sits in the original inglenook. The stripped oak beams and clean white walls give the whole a space a simple, fuss-free almost Scandinavian feel.
Upstairs, the clean contemporary design of the family bathroom with its exposed brickwork, mirrors, and calming sand-coloured tiles, literally draws you in. Its focal point is the inviting, oval free-standing bath. Again, the vibe is contemporary with Scandi overtones, but the original features of the house are incorporated with real sensitivity.
The bedrooms, which are all generous sizes, also offer the cozy yet modern feel so characteristic of the house.
As well as these beautiful, impressive interiors, Fox Cottage has the simple basics you need to live easily in a semi-rural location. Theres a roomy study if you need to work from home, a well-equipped utility area and a superb downstairs shower room thats every bit as well-appointed as the family bathroom.
The layout of the house is great if you have a family who need shared spaces and private rooms, or if you need to entertain guests.
Outside, Fox Cottage sits overlooking its own green area to the front and an enormous lawn to the rear. Combined with the endless East Anglian skies the impression of space is breathtaking.
The picturesque village of Great Gransden is about 20 minutes by car from Cambridge, 45 minutes to London by train from nearby St Neots, and also 20 minutes from Bedford. Commuting to any of those places would present no problem. Its primary school is rated outstanding by Ofsted, and there is a great little shop.
If you are ready to be part of a supportive little community and immerse yourself in the best that English country life can offer, the village and people of Great Gransden wont let you down.
Based on a sale price of £750,000 the total amount of stamp duty payable will be:
Last updated: The calculators have been updated following the introduction of a stamp duty holiday until 31st March 2021.
* This value is based on the standard rate and not applicable to first-time buyers or buy-to-let / second home buyers.
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