Guide Price £850,000

High Street, Offord Cluny, PE1 (ref: 247871)


Key Features

  • Beautiful, fully renovated, period property
  • Additional separate building with development potential
  • Annexe/guest suite with en-suite wet room, own kitchen and access
  • Sought-after village location
  • 50 minutes to London via Thameslink from nearby St Neots station
  • Characterful, well-established and peaceful garden
  • Main bedroom with en-suite
  • Summer house and workshop/shed
  • Award-winning gastro pub within a short walk
  • Recently opened, well-stocked village shop (Budgens)
  • A short walk to the River Great Ouse, Castle Marina and exclusive Leisure Complex


** Guide Price £850,000 - £900,000**

Sitting proudly on the main street of this pretty Cambridgeshire village, the impressive period red-brick and timber-frame face of Crown House belies its relaxed and comfortable interiors - and a huge amount of potential for the way we live our lives today.
So much care and attention has been given to this originally 17th Century house by the current owners in the 30 years they have lived there. As a result, it has become a fantastic family home with loads of traditional charm allied to sensitive touches of modern comfort.
But there’s still more potential to make Crown House perfect for today’s lifestyle needs. I addition to the main house, which has its own ground floor guest suite/annexe, there is also a characterful, detached two-storey building, historically used as a shop. Without too much difficulty and subject to planning permission, this building represents a rare but increasingly desirable opportunity to run a business and create revenue, immediately adjacent to your own home, by developing it into an office, studio, salon, annexe, or even an AirBnB let - whatever you may need now that working or running a business from home is becoming an increasingly desirable ambition, post-COVID-19.
Entering through the pretty, private garden that lies to the rear of the property if you look really carefully you can see that the house has been added to throughout its history - from Victorian brick-built additions, to the shop itself. But you do have to look carefully because the whole impression is one of unity, each extension carefully complementing the original structure. The main house is Grade II Listed but the separate building/shop is not.
The most recent work was the restoration of the Victorian stable block, now being used an annexe with its own kitchen area and shower room, plus split stable doors to a private hot-tub patio area. It even has its own boiler and electricity supply. The lofty ceilings and imposing king-span timbers, give the main bedroom area a great impression of space in what is already a large room. Walking back towards the main part of house via a well-equipped utility room with its own split stable door access to the garden, there is a ground floor study with storage for coats and shoes, an American style Fridge Freezer and windows overlooking the main patio and garden. The study leads onto a beamed living room/snug with double aspect windows and its own door to the main patio and garden and kitchen/breakfast room.
If you return to the main house you are greeted by a traditional hand-crafted cottage door and a welcoming entrance hall, the floor of which is tiled with traditional slate that continues down into the kitchen to your right. Cream units and solid wood worktops line the kitchen in a horseshoe around the breakfast bar with its dark granite surface. Period-style white wall tiles help keep the room light.
Also leading from the entrance hall is a door to the dining room which is big enough to seat at least twelve guests and has a beautiful brick and beam fireplace at one end, perfect for warming up the room and creating the perfect atmosphere for dinner parties and festive gatherings. There is also a glazed door that leads directly from the dining room to the main patio area, plus another door that provides access to the main Lounge room and the staircase.
From both the dining room and the entrance hall you can access the main reception room - which is huge. Once two rooms, now combined, the current owners use one half for pastimes such as reading, conversation and glass of wine in front of an open fire, and the other for TV and music. There is a stunning inglenook fireplace with hand-made fire-hood at one end and a large fireplace and log burner at the other, which makes the whole room feel cosy and intimate despite its generous dimensions.
Stairs from the living room lead up to the first-floor rooms and beamed landing area. The main bedroom, with its beautiful exposed oak beams, has recently re-fitted en-suite shower room. Both of the other upstairs bedrooms are doubles and share the family bathroom. Secondary double-glazing on all the windows to the front of the house help keep the rooms quiet and the ambient temperature constant.
Outside, the rear garden is a picture! Centred around a well-stocked rose garden and brimming with many traditional varieties of flowers and shrubs and screened by mature trees, there’s a patio area with a large outdoor table and gazebo, great for entertaining or just sitting and enjoying the beautiful garden. Across the lawn is a glazed timber outbuilding that is divided into two areas providing both summer house and well-equipped shed. With its own power supply and lighting, the shed makes a brilliant little workshop.
Through a gateway across the cobbled driveway is the shop building that could be converted to suit a variety of uses depending on your needs. It was built in the 1980s utilising reclaimed original bricks and timbers and is such a sympathetic pastiche of the main house that it’s difficult to tell that it isn’t of the same period. It has its own little courtyard garden area and access to both front and rear.
There are two shop windows and a door to the front which leads to a large, open plan ground-floor room and a back room where there’s plumbing for a toilet area and stairs up to the attic/first floor. Upstairs is boarded out underfoot and pitched in line with the roof - and you can see how it could be transformed, without too much effort, into a really great space for bedrooms or as a studio.
The Offord’s benefit from a great new village shop and a Gastro Pub called the ‘Offord Shoe’, which was recently voted ‘Best Travellers Pub in the UK’ on TripAdvisor. Popular for miles around ‘The Shoe’ (as locals call it) serves great food and guest ales and excellent Sunday lunches. It’s easy to commute to London via the railway station in nearby St Neots, where you can reach the city in 50 minutes, and the historical towns of Godmanchester, Huntingdon and St Ives are just a few minutes’ drive, with Cambridge just a 25-minute drive, since the opening of the new six-lane A14 carriageway.
In addition to the easy access to Cambridge either by car or via the guided busway from St Ives, (itself a pretty riverside market town with its ancient stone bridge and chapel), there is also Grafham water just few miles up the road, offering a 10-mile walk or cycleway around the reservoir, plus sailing, windsurfing and one of the best trout fishing clubs in the UK. The Offord’s lay parallel to the River Great Ouse and the popular Ouse Valley Way, offering riverside walks in each direction, towards St Neots via the bird sanctuary, waterpark and lakes at Little Paxton, or towards Brampton, Godmanchester, Huntingdon and beyond, in the other direction. It really is a fantastic location for outdoor pursuits and nature lovers, and is just a short walk from the Buckden Marina and leisure complex, ideal for boaters and those who would appreciate access to a large swimming pool, sauna, steam room, jacuzzi and well-equipped gymnasium, in an idyllic setting overlooking the marina.
If you’re looking for a move that makes working or running your own business from home a genuine opportunity, or you need to think about multi-generational living - or both - Crown House could well be the solution you need. It’s a perfect ‘lifestyle’ property just as it is, but it also offers so much more in the way of versatility and income potential.

Stamp Duty Due

Based on a sale price of £850,000 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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Further Details

  • Status: Available
  • Reference: 247871