WellingtonWise is delighted to offer for sale as part of its Exclusive Collection, Pennyfarthing House, a magical detached family home situated on the fringes of the quiet village of Croydon, Cambridgeshire. This beautiful 5-bedroom residence was completed in 1994 and lends itself as feeling like a period property while benefiting from modern construction.
Pennyfarthing House enjoys a wealth of features, including four bathrooms, a stunning inglenook fireplace, 2 acres of secluded garden and woodland, solar panels, and a heat-pump heating system. It is genuinely rare to find a home in such a tranquil location while also being only 5 miles from Royston train station, going directly to either London or Cambridge.
On stepping through the wide porch and into the entrance hallway, you are immediately drawn to the attractive open brick walls, heavy beams and wooden staircase-demonstrating the quality seen throughout this lovely home. There is a large storage cupboard and ample space for a variety of furniture.
The kitchen and dining area is truly the heart of this home with a beautiful open-plan design. The current owner took excellent care in renovating and extending this space with family in mind and has installed a plethora of wonderful features, including an incredibly rare 4-oven Aga, set back against beautiful slate tiles. There is an extensive range of cream base and wall units, a variety of integrated appliances, an incredibly attractive stone fireplace with a wood-burning stove, thick beams, ample space for dining and study furniture, beautiful flooring, and many windows and doors to all aspects which make the area very bright and airy. The kitchen also opens up into the garden room, which is a lovely space to sit and enjoy a semi-panoramic view of the grounds. There is room for a large dining table and chairs, windows on all sides, and a set of French doors into the garden. The utility room is equally a very generous size with a range of base units, space for a variety of kitchen appliances, and windows to both rear and side aspects.
The sitting room is equally stunning and substantial with heavily beamed walls, a bespoke brick fireplace and hearth with wood burning stove, ample storage for logs, solid wood flooring, windows to three aspects, and copious space for a wide range of living room furniture and decorative shelving units. It’s the perfect spot to relax, unwind, and get cosy in the wintertime.
On the ground floor, Pennyfarthing House also enjoys a sizeable study with a window to the front and an internal lobby, leading to a shower room with a WC and hand washbasin. There is also a further outside utility room and these rooms could quite possibly be made into an exclusive area for when guests come to visit if required.
Upstairs to the first floor, this wonderful family home continues to impress with its grand wood beams and pillars, as well as generous living accommodation. The master bedroom, in particular, is incredibly attractive. It enjoys solid wood flooring, a wall of cupboard space, a pitched ceiling with exposed beams, a large footprint, a window to a front aspect, as well as its own ensuite. The ensuite has a window to a side aspect, neutral tiles, and boasts a four-piece suite, including a cubicle shower, corner bath, WC and hand washbasin.
The second bedroom is equally generous and benefits from two large dormer windows, an integrated cupboard and its own ensuite, including a cubicle shower, freestanding claw-foot bath, WC, hand wash basin, and a window to a side aspect. Bedrooms three, four and five are all very sizeable rooms and each benefit from good storage space. Bedroom four also boasts its own ensuite, including a cubicle shower, WC and hand washbasin.
Outside to the front, Pennyfarthing House is approached by a double five-bar gate that opens out onto a gravel drive, flanked by mature shrubs and trees. The driveway leads to a parking area with space for at least four or five vehicles and provides access to the garden surrounding the house. Careful planning, stone-edge borders, and numerous trees and shrubs allow for complete privacy and tranquillity, and to the left of the property, the gravel driveway leads around to further parking space and access to large wooden outbuildings. The outbuilding measures approximately 65 foot in length and is sectioned to provide multiple reception spaces. The front of the outbuilding was previously used as an antique shop with access to the front and also benefits from BT and Sky points. Other sections of the outbuilding could easily be used for office space, studio, gymnasium and workshop. The roof has been reinforced and the felt has been replaced. To the side of the wooden outbuilding there is a secure parking area for a vehicle, including campervan or horse-box.
To the right of the house, a grassed area sweeps around to the rear of the property, providing access to a large log cabin nestled beneath mature trees, with a stone border full of shrubs to the side. What is truly beautiful about this property is that the garden surrounds the entire house and, at the rear, rises into half an acre of woodland, creating an amphitheatre-like feel and offering breath-taking views of three counties. A mini-‘castle’ sits in the corner of the grounds, partially renovated and perfect for entertaining guests. There is a lovely undercover patio area with built-in BBQ and space for a wide range of garden furniture. The current owner has spent a great deal of time and care on making this garden a wonderland, boasting exquisite features everywhere you look.
Located in the highly sought-after village of Croydon, Cambridgeshire, this magical family home is surrounded by stunning countryside while also being close to neighbouring villages and towns. Royston train station is only 5 miles away and provides direct access to London or Cambridge. Situated nearby, there are many schools, pubs, shops, other local amenities, and the very popular Wimpole Estate, belonging to the National Trust. The popular ‘Wood Grill bar and restaurant’ is just minutes walk from the property.
VENDOR INSIGHT "We originally purchased the property because of the views and the amazing setting," says the owner. "We must have looked at about 50 houses when we wanted to buy our new home, and when we approached Pennyfarthing House, it was like the land dropped away, and we knew it was the one.
We knew we wanted to make the house our own, and we spent a great deal of time renovating, extending and decorating it to what we wanted. We created two more bedrooms with the extension, built a log cabin, and renovated the "castle", as we call it, which is a stone building in the bottom of the garden. We have also put steps up into the woodland, which creates a wonderful vantage point where you can see three neighbouring counties. The countryside views are truly remarkable.
The best room in Pennyfarthing House is definitely the sitting room as it’s large and open, and with the inglenook fireplace, it’s the perfect spot to get cosy and relax. The garden room is also a wonderful spot to sit and enjoy the garden views. There are so many birds that visit, including buzzards, kites and owls. We even had baby owls nesting in the owl box. It’s such a wonderful garden for wildlife.
While we are nominally inside the village and near to other houses, we are completely detached and have total privacy; it’s so peaceful here, and the people of Croydon are also incredibly friendly and welcoming. I will miss living here very much, but I know that a new family will get as much enjoyment from the house as we did."