5 Bedroom House - Detached in Shillington£895,000

About this property

A most attractive detached home full of charm and character that is situated within a stunning location that is predominantly surrounded by fields and paddock land. Available to the market for the first time in nearly 46 years, this rarely available Grade II Listed cottage stands on a mature landscaped plot of 2.31acres (0.93 Hectares). Walnut Cottage is approached via a long sweeping gravelled driveway that provides ample parking and access to a substantial brick built double garage/stable block. The property was cleverly extended in both the 1970s and early 1980s. The 1970s extension provides a substantial triple aspect sitting room whilst the later 1980s extension creates the provision for a separate self contained annexe or additional living accommodation. We understand from the Listing that the original cottage was believed to have been constructed around the 17th Century. The accommodation features an entrance hall, formal dining room with impressive open fireplace, formal triple aspect sitting room, traditional farmhouse style kitchen, plus there is an internal hallway that provides access to a snug/study, bathroom, shower room plus good sized double bedroom or reception room. Upstairs there are four good sized bedrooms and a shower room. Whilst requiring some renovation and refitting, the property in our opinion offers enormous potential and therefore an early viewing of this CHAIN FREE home is highly recommended.


Thatched roof open entrance lobby with leaded light glazed entrance door that provides access to the Entrance Hall.

Entrance Hall
Staircase providing access to the first floor. Quarry tiled floor. Exposed wall and ceiling beams. Radiator. Old panelled door with spyhole providing access to the Kitchen/Breakfast Room. Open plan access to the Dining Room.

Dining Room - 15ft 4in x 15ft 6in
A dual aspect room with two windows with views overlooking the rear patio and garden and attractive views to the front over the driveway and garden. Exposed ceiling beams. Two radiators. Telephone point. Attractive feature open inglenook style fireplace with cast iron grate, copper hood, original bread oven and exposed brick quarry tiled hearth. Multi-paned style door with matching side windows providing access to the Sitting Room. Built-in understairs storage cupboard.

Sitting Room - 24ft 5in x 11ft 11in
A triple aspect room with uPVC double glazed sliding patio doors providing access to the rear patio and garden. Two additional windows providing views over the side garden to the pond plus front garden and driveway. Two radiators. Feature exposed brick wall. Feature exposed beamed ceiling. TV point. Two wall light points.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room - 16ft 4in x 10ft 10in
Measurements do not include a deep recessed fireplace with exposed old brick walls and light. Feature original quarry tiled floor. A dual aspect room with windows overlooking the front and rear gardens. Exposed wall and ceiling beams. Radiator. Space for an upright fridge freezer. The Kitchen is fitted with a range of matching pine fronted storage cupboards with ceramic tiled worksurfaces with matching pine trim and wall mounted storage cupboards. Partly ceramic tiled walls. Fitted Rangemaster cooker (not tested) which features an electric oven, gas oven, grill and five ring gas hob with fitted extractor hood over (not tested). Matching dresser unit with storage cupboards and drawers and display shelving. Matching cupboard housing a floorstanding gas fired boiler (not tested). Partly glazed door to the Inner Hall.

Inner Hall
Window to the rear garden. Built-in storage cupboard with quarry tiled worksurfaces over. Space for a tumble dryer. Space and plumbing for a washing machine. Built-in storage cupboard with shelving. Radiator. Built-in airing cupboard with a lagged hot water tank (not tested) and linen shelving. Multi-paned style door with side window providing access to the rear patio and garden. Doors providing access to the Bathroom, Shower Room, ground floor Bedroom and Snug/Study.

Snug/Study - 11ft 6in x 12ft 6in
A dual aspect room with windows overlooking the front gardens and driveway. Two radiators. Exposed central ceiling beam. Two wall lights. TV point.

Bathroom - 6ft 0in x 6ft 11in
Fitted with a suite comprising pedestal washbasin, low level W.C and panelled bath with chrome mixer tap shower attachment. Frosted window to the front. Shaver socket. Heated towel radiator. Ceramic tiled floor. Ceramic tiled walls.

Shower Room - 8ft 3in x 6ft 0in
Fitted with a coloured suite comprising low level W.C, pedestal washbasin, bidet and ceramic tiled shower cubicle with screen door and Mira shower unit (not tested). Ceramic tiled walls. Frosted window to the side. Access to the loft space. Radiator. Extractor fan.

Bedroom/Reception Room - 14ft 0in x 12ft 0in
A dual aspect room with attractive views over the rear garden and to the side. Fitted with a range of built-in wardrobes and storage cupboards plus top storage lockers. Radiator. Two wall light points.

Landing - 17ft 6in x 5ft 10in
Window with attractive views over the front garden and across Upton End Road to the surrounding countryside. Telephone point. Exposed wall and ceiling beams. Electric storage heater. Wall light point. Original panelled doors that provide access to the Master Bedroom, Bedroom Four and Shower Room.

Master Bedroom - 14ft 7in x 16ft 1in
A most impressive dual aspect Master Bedroom with high vaulted ceiling with many exposed wall and ceiling beams. Attractive views to the front and rear of the property. Radiator. Deep recessed area with fitted storage cupboards with hanging rails. Additional recessed area to the side of the chimneybreast.

Bedroom Four - 10ft 7in x 8ft 11in
Window overlooking the rear garden. Radiator. Exposed wall beams.

Shower Room - 10ft 4in x 6ft 5in
Window with attractive views to the rear. Fitted with a suite comprising pedestal washbasin, low level W.C and ceramic tiled shower cubicle with large fixed shower head, screen door and matching side panel. Exposed wall and ceiling beams. Radiator. Built-in airing cupboard with lagged hot water tank (not tested) and linen shelving and vent plus a partly slatted shelf for drying towels.

Inner Landing
Access to the loft space. Wall light point. Doors to Bedroom Two and Three.

Bedroom Two - 12ft 0in x 11ft 10in
Plus entrance recess. Dual aspect room with attractive views over the rear garden and to the side pond area and surrounding fields. Radiator. Two exposed ceiling beams plus a built-in wardrobe cupboard with storage shelving and hanging rails. Wall light point.

Bedroom Three - 10ft 0in x 9ft 0in
Window with attractive views over the front garden and across open fields. Radiator. Built-in storage/display shelving. Sliding doors providing access to a built-in storage cupboard with storage shelving and hanging rails.

Garage - 16ft 9 in x 2ft 39in
Twin remote controlled electrically operated roller shutter entrance doors. Windows to the side and rear. Power and light connected. Quarry tiled floor. Various workbenches and matching storage cupboard.

Natural stone paved courtyard area in front of the Garage.

Stable/Storage Barn 1 - 11ft 1in x 9ft 4in
Power and light connected.

Stable/Storage Barn 2 - 10ft 3in x 12ft 0in
Window to the side. Stable entrance door.

Stable/Storage Barn 3 - 9ft 6in x 10ft 2in
Window to the front. Light connected. Electric bar heater (not tested).

Food Store
Power and light connected.

Tack Room/Workshop - 15ft 8in x 9ft 1in
Power and light connected. Window with views overlooking the vegetable garden. Workbench.

Various built-in animal houses
With various caged areas and storage.

Large Timber Shed - 21ft 10in x 7ft 8in
With two doors providing access. Various windows. Power and light connected.

Gardens and Grounds
The property is approached via a five bar gate where there is a sweeping gravel driveway that runs past the front of the property and provides access to the garage/stable block and parking area. A natural stone paved path provides access to the front door and across the front of the property, and the remaining front garden is laid predominantly to lawn with various well stocked flower and shrub borders and is enclosed predominantly by mature beech hedging. Located within the front garden is a timber SUMMERHOUSE and outside lighting. To the Northern side of the property is a pond. To the immediate rear of the property is a granite sett and natural stone paved patio area that offers attractive views over the garden. Located within the rear garden is a historic walnut tree which has a Tree Preservation Order. To the rear of the garage/stable block is a vegetable garden. At the end of the driveway there is a five bar gate that leads to an additional courtyard area in front of the stable block where there is hardstanding and gated access to the paddock.

Approximately 1.4 acres (0.579 Hectares) and is predominantly enclosed by post and rail fencing and mature hedging. To the rear of the paddock is a planted spinney.

Walnut Cottage is situated on the edge of this idyllic Central Bedfordshire village which is on the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border. The village is surrounded by stunning countryside and is well placed for the bustling centres of Hitchin, Bedford and Luton. The village has many amenities which include a Post Office Stores, various Churches, two Pubs, and is also approximately 8 miles from the popular Town of Hitchin which has its High Street, shops, bars, restaurants and many cafes plus a fast and frequent train service to London Kings Cross.

Please note that the floor plans are not to scale and are intended for illustrative purposes only. Any dimensions given are approximate. Therefore the accuracy of the floor plans cannot be guaranteed.

We are advised that the Council Tax Band for this property is Band G. This information was obtained from the Valuation Office Agency - Council Tax Valuation List displayed on the Internet.

All mains services are understood to be installed and connected. Please note that we have not tested any services installations or appliances.

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Property Overview

  • Charming Detached Cottage
  • Stunning Views
  • Large Mature Plot & Paddock
  • Substantial Garage & Stabling
  • 4/5 Bedrooms
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