This is without doubt, a once-in-a generation opportunity to secure a truly lovely home in the idyllic location overlooking Ickwell Green, the cricket green and Maypole. The property benefits from Full Planning Consent, passed July 2017, for a single-storey extension to the rear, and for the construction of a detached carport with room over, to be built in an 'open cart barn' style.
Shyre Cottage is a Grade II Listed property full of character, with its origins dating back to the 17th Century. The property was built originally as two timber framed cottages, later encased in red brick in the 19th Century, and it was diligently and sympathetically converted into a beautiful family home in the late 1980's. The cottage stands in the best position of all the properties on the edge of Ickwell Green, which is itself a Conservation Area. Accessed via a gravel track that runs around the edge of The Green, there are two separate private parking areas, both with a gravel drive over the brook that fronts the cottage. One leads to a side access to the house and the second - and main driveway - allows access into the rear garden and additional parking through a wooden 5-bar gate.
This wonderful property offers a wealth of character and old-world charm with an abundance of exposed beams and traditional features. As you enter through the front door, you are greeted by an impressive hall, with an inglenook fireplace that in winter affords the opportunity to welcome guests with a roaring log fire. The floor is of original brick tiles.
The sitting room, off the hall, is light and airy, enjoying dual aspect windows which boast a simply wonderful view of The Green to the front and the private garden to the rear.
The lounge and separate dining room are located to the other side of the entrance hall at the heart of the property. This room exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere, the perfect area to relax and entertain. A spectacular inglenook fireplace is a stunning focal point with a large wood-burning stove, and the dining area is separated from the lounge by an open timber framed wall.
Double glass doors from the lounge lead through into the kitchen which boasts a bespoke built country pine fittings and a separate pantry. Leading off from the kitchen is a utility room with a separate shower room. A large family room, which benefits from French doors to the rear garden and a window to the front overlooking The Green is accessed here. There are also doors to the front and rear of the property.
The character continues as you head upstairs, with the exposed chimney breast of the hall fireplace coming into view once on the landing. The spacious master bedroom is one end of the landing and has an en-suite shower room with electric shower, a hand basin set into a pine vanity unit and a low level toilet.
Bedrooms 2 and 3 are a generous size. Bedroom 2 has a small inset wardrobe, bedroom 3 has a basin set into a vanity unit as does bedroom 4. In addition this bedroom has built-in cupboards and a walk-in airing cupboard, this also houses the hot water storage tank.
The family bathroom enjoys a recessed bath with pine side panelling and a mains-fed power shower over, a wc and pedestal vanity basin.
The rear garden is a peaceful and private place which offers views across the private parkland towards Ickwell Bury, the former home of the Wells brewing family. Predominately laid to lawn with an extensive stone and gravel patio running across the rear, this well-presented garden is an ideal space for relaxation and entertaining.
To one side of the garden there is a 'small building of character' of brick and timber construction with a pitch tile roof. It has been used by the current owners as an office and has the benefit of electricity and telephone connection (currently not active). It offers a wealth of opportunities and could continue as an office or be utilised as a children's play house, study or a garden room for those lovely summer days.
A gravel area extends from the front of the property via the 5- bar gate into the rear garden providing additional parking. Currently in the far corner of the area is the LPG gas tank which supplies the central heating and hot water system. This is where the consented detached carport with room above, is to be sited. There are three additional wooden garden sheds and a greenhouse sited around the garden.
Ickwell is a picturesque Hamlet in Central Bedfordshire with a rich and vibrant history. Surrounded by meadows, trees and arable land, Ickwell is the epitome of the classic English village. The Green itself has a permanent Maypole, and there is a proud history of traditional 'May Day' celebration that is continued with enthusiasm to this day. Queen Elizabeth I is recorded as having been a visitor. Ickwell is also the home of Thomas Tompion, regarded as 'The Father' of English clock makers. The Green is dominated by the 'Ickwell Oak' a magnificent tree that has been dated as over 350 years old, and is also the home of Ickwell Cricket Club. With a fine modern pavilion the Club hosts not only its own teams, but very often County Cup matches and visiting touring teams. On summer weekends cricket aficionados set up their picnics on the boundary with the prospect of a keen 'leather on willow' competition to come. If they're fortunate there may also be a flying display from the nearby world-famous, and unique, Shuttleworth Collection.
* 99 Year Lease with 60 years remaining
* Annual Ground Rent of £115.00 per annum
* £50 per annum towards upkeep of private drive
Available as a 'Chain Free' purchase with Full Planning Consent for a single storey ground floor extension to the rear of the property, and a detached barn carport with a room over.
* Ickwell stands within a Conservation Area in Central Bedfordshire
* Planning number for extension and cart barn CB/17/00491/LB
* Listed Building No. 1274970
* Central heating is serviced by LPG Calor Gas Tank
* The property is on mains drainage services