A charming thatched cottage set amidst beautiful landscaped gardens in Cambridge for sale at £ 725,000

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What were once two early 18th century cottages is now a charming thatched-roof family home that swims with period features.

What makes thatched cottages so attractive?

Believed to date back to AD 700 (although the exact origins are difficult to know), thatched cottages have been part of the UK housing landscape for centuries. What we do know is that the materials used to create these iconic and highly regarded properties can include anything from “straw and water reed to heather – even rushes too”.

Today, charming ‘chocolate box’ style properties are scattered throughout towns and villages, including this one – Michaelmas Cottage – which is currently on the market via Strutt & Parker at a indicative price of £ 725,000 .

The property is framed by beautiful green landscaped gardens and features a host of period features including two inglenook fireplaces, exposed wooden beams and oak latch doors.

In total, the accommodation spans 1,900 square feet and offers a lot of flexibility in its design. From the entrance hall, the living room and kitchen / breakfast are accessible – both with inglenook fireplaces (plus the addition of a bread oven in the living room), exposed beams and dual aspect windows.

The good sized kitchen leads to a reception room, which in turn leads to the dining room. The natural flow throughout the ground floor accommodation is only accentuated by two separate staircases in the reception room which lead upstairs.

The upstairs accommodation is currently arranged as three bedrooms and an office, but could easily be converted into four bedrooms if required. Here too, the charm of the time continues with its exposed beams and its view of the garden.

Outside is an independent garage with a studio / workshop on the top floor. Surrounding this is the lush country garden which helps frame the house, with a mix of mature trees, flower beds and lawns.

It is the epitome of the countryside living in a perfect cottage.

Michaelmas Cottage is currently for sale via Strutt & Parker at a indicative price of £ 725,000 – see more photos, or inquire with agent for details.

West Wickham: what you need to know

Site: South Cambridge – located approximately 14 miles from Cambridge, just over 10 miles from Saffron Walden and approximately 6 miles from Haverhill. There are train services from Audley End station which provide fast train connections to Liverpool Street, London.

Atmosphere: The village has an active and vibrant community which benefits from fantastic local amenities in both Haverhill and the market town of Saffron Walden which has a wide range of independent shops, restaurants and a popular weekly market.

Things to do: The historic university town of Cambridge is teeming with culture, riverside punting, art galleries and theater, while nearby Saffron Walden is home to a weekly market and plenty of independent shops, restaurants and bars. the eco-conscious – there is the zero waste ‘The Refill Barn’ which provides food and rechargeable household items to the surrounding area via an old VW van, which is well worth a visit.

Schools: Daisy Chains Preschool is located in the West Wickham Festival Hall, while the surrounding area has a number of fantastic schools including Linton Village School, Dame Bradbury’s School and The Perse School Cambridge and The Leys School high schools. Cambridge.

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