8 Bedroom Detached House (Now Sold)
34 Madingley Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
A rare opportunity to acquire one of the best family houses in the City of Cambridge. Last sold 26 years ago, the present owners have lovingly extended and developed a superb home in which to raise their children who have now flown the nest. The house has been comprehensively refurbished and is in excellent condition.
A superb two-storey house of over 3,500 sq. ft on a 0.42 acre plot, built to the highest standard and luxuriously fitted out. On the western edge of the city of Cambridge, opposite the University's West Cambridge Site and near the new North-West Cambridge development, it has excellent access to transport links (M11, A428, major bus routes and park-and-ride). Local schools are within walking/cycling distance and the centre of Cambridge is an easy 10-minute bike-ride away.
Accommodation comprises: eight bedrooms (six double), three bath/shower rooms (one en-suite), four reception rooms including a conservatory off the kitchen, study, utility room, boot-room and integral double garage. In addition, there is a studio flat with mini-kitchen and shower-room that has its own entrance and also connects internally to the house. There is an extensive gated tarmac driveway with ample parking and mature flower-beds and trees. The rear dog-proof garden has a large patio, and a lawn with Wendy-house, rockery and mature flower-beds and shrubs overlooking woodland in the Conduit Head Road Conservation Area.
The house is perfect for families with young children or teenagers and pets. The layout on two expansive floors allows equally for communal living and separation when required. The studio flat makes self-contained accommodation for a student or granny, and could easily be altered to include one of the existing bedrooms to make a larger family unit or staff accommodation. Above all, there is masses of storage - including a large boarded loft.
There is a large sitting-room with gas fire and double French windows opening onto the patio and the garden. There are three further reception rooms – a large dining room; a superb snug/cinema room/library lined with bookshelves; and a conservatory (see below). Off the hall is a cloakroom with storage cupboard.
The large kitchen is lined with cupboards and has a breakfast bar. It is fitted with an excellent range of appliances: double sink with waste-disposal unit, 4-oven gas Aga, 4-ring gas hob with hood, double gas oven with grill, full-height built-in fridge with freezer compartment and built-in dishwasher (Miele).
The kitchen is open to a conservatory with double French windows to the patio and garden. Off the kitchen is a large utility room with a double sink and built-under washing-machine and tumble drier (both Miele) and more cupboards – including a walk-in broom cupboard. The utility room has an internal connecting door to the double garage with up-and-over electric door. Also off the kitchen is a boot-room (lobby) with an outside door to the driveway. At the end of the garage there is a wheelie-bin cupboard with outside access.
The master bedroom suite is conveniently situated at the back of the house: full of light, it has a floor-to ceiling picture window overlooking the garden. In addition to built-in drawers and a cupboard, there is a walk-in wardrobe with extensive hanging. The en-suite bathroom has a 6-ft bath with power shower over, basin, WC and bidet.
Bedroom 2, on the front of the house, is very spacious and has a built-in wardrobe and drawers. There are two further double bedrooms at the top of the stairs and two smaller bedrooms/studies, each with a built-in cupboard. There is a large airing cupboard and two further cupboards off the landing.
The landing leads to two further double bedrooms overlooking the garden and a family bathroom with 6-ft bath with shower over, basin and WC. There is a separate shower-room with power-shower, basin and WC. This set of rooms could easily be made into a self-contained suite.
At the end of the house is a fantastic studio apartment with its own entrance and stairs from the outside. The studio is full of light and stretches from the front of the house to the back, incorporating a mini-kitchen with sink, double electric hob, microwave/grill and fridge. The studio has its own shower-room with power-shower, basin and WC, and a connecting door to the rest of the house. A larger apartment could be created easily by moving the door to Bedroom 7 (see plan) to the other side of the connecting door.
The house was built for the Chief Constable of Cambridge on the site of the pub 'Man Loaded with Mischief' (the mischief being his drunken wife!), and it still bears that name. The house is of brick and tile construction with rendered walls and concrete roof-tiles and well-insulated loft spaces. The original house was built in 1958, and has been extended twice - in 1978 and 1998. As a result, many internal walls are of external thickness making for excellent thermal and sound insulation. The oldest, south-facing, part of the house has very effective secondary double-glazing, and the newer rooms have modern double-glazed panes.
Heating is by a pair of gas boilers and radiators with thermostatic valves, and there is under-floor heating in the family bathroom. All the bathrooms have dual-fuel towel radiators for year-round operation. Domestic hot water is provided by a truly huge cylinder heated by the boilers and the Aga, and there is an electrical immersion heater for emergencies. There is secondary hot-water circulation throughout the house to eliminate delays from long pipe-runs.
Terrestrial TV and radio are amplified and distributed throughout the house from up-to-date aerials, and there is a Sky/Freesat dish supplying dual feeds to two rooms. Several rooms are provided with local area network wiring.
The outside of the house (render and woodwork) has been decorated within the last year, and most rooms inside have also been redecorated recently. Kitchen, utility and bathroom floors have tiles or vinyl, with plain carpets everywhere else. The house is offered with carpets and curtains.
Council Tax Band G.