Middle House is a quite outstanding, and exceptionally large and well presented, four bedroom family home offering 4723 sq ft of accommodation; this historic mid terrace house is believed locally to have been the scene of the final performance of WWII big band leader Glenn Miller. It retains its original features including stripped oak floors, panelling, high decorative ceilings, sash windows, wooden mouldings and doors yet is refurbished to a very high standard with a fully refitted kitchen, family bathroom and shower room together with an outside office, double garage, two stores and two summer-houses. It is surrounded by open fields yet only minutes from highly rated local schools (both Harpur Trust and Sharnbrook catchment) with easy access to Bedford mainline station. It is the main central home of three freehold properties, with private gardens to front and rear, with no ground rents payable.
This is a grand and beautifully decorated period home, built in 1898 by the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Lt Col Sunderland, who gave his name to Sunderland Hill on which it stands, at the summit, with views for miles across private gardens with established trees and planting, surrounded by rolling fields. It is a true one-off; the largest of only three historic homes, yet equipped for modern family life with examples being wifi and telephone points in the self-contained office for home working, situated at the rear of the house. The owners have lived at Middle House for 14 happy years while bringing up their sons who went to school in nearby Bedford and report that its huge rooms and welcoming atmosphere have made it a superb base for parties and family celebrations.
Family Sitting Room
Middle House is entered via stone steps to a central part glazed panelled door, under a fanlight, leading to the Family Sitting Room, with a working fireplace, opening into an impressive Dining Hall. The Sitting Room has a stripped oak floor, tv point, multiple electric points, working fireplace, high decorative ceiling and half height original wooden panelling. There is a central pendant light point and two wall light points.
The Sitting Room leads into the Dining Hall with access to the Drawing Room, Breakfast Room, downstairs Cloakroom and Kitchen. This impressive space incorporates the main sweeping staircase with carved original banisters and half height panelling to the upper floor and small staircases to each end of the space to allow the table to be served from both the breakfast room and kitchen, plus access to the downstairs cloakroom. It has a stripped oak floor.
This magnificent room enjoys the most spectacular decorative ceiling in the house, restored to its original splendour in white and pale blue with gold detailing. It has a superb aspect to the front with a huge sash window overlooking established cedar trees and a view of the extensive front garden. The room has a working fireplace, stripped oak floors, multiple plug points, a tv point, pendant light and four wall light points plus a side window.
This incorporates a refitted white ceramic WC and Savoy basin with chrome taps, a window to the rear with plantation shutters, a chrome ‘Victorian' style heated towel rail, black and white ceramic tiled floor and half height metro tiled walls with glass detail to finish the leading edge.
Kitchen and Breakfast Room
Stairs lead to the large refitted Kitchen incorporating a full range of wooden, hand-painted, base and wall units, wooden island with seating space for three, space for range cooker with cooker hood, sink unit with chrome taps and space for a dishwasher, under Silestone Carrara marble effect solid worktops plus the Breakfast Room area. The floors are Amtico light oak. The walls are half tiled. Two windows to rear in Kitchen area, one sash window with working shutters to rear in Breakfast Room plus working fireplace and range of units. Access to small Carrara marble coloured fully tiled shower room with white ceramic basin in chrome unit plus window to rear with plantation shutter and chrome shower unit. A utility room and boot room lead off the kitchen area with windows and door to rear.
This large space incorporates room for additional wardrobes and decorative furniture, has two ceiling light points and multiple electric sockets, panelled doors to Bedrooms One, Two and Three and a large double glazed skylight above a high decorative ceiling, with access to another very substantial largely full height attic through a trapdoor in the ceiling. It is carpeted in neutral carpeting resembling sisal.
This impressive and very spacious room enjoys fantastic views for miles over adjoining fields and the front gardens through a large sash window. It has a working fireplace with original Alice Gibbons hand-painted dragonfly tiles from Fired Earth, a tv point, multiple plug points and a central pendant light point with plain cream carpeting.
This double bedroom faces the rear of the house, overlooking a neighbour’s kitchen garden via a sash window to the rear, plus access to a loft via a wooden staircase (which could be converted to another bathroom stc). It has a white ceramic ‘bowl' sink and chrome traditional tap and cupboard underneath plus tumbled travertine marble tiles in the sink area and a wall light, plus a pendant light point and multiple plug points with neutral carpeting resembling sisal. The room opens onto the solid oak “midnight feast” staircase down to the kitchen, with hand-turned wooden acorn finials.
This double bedroom also overlooks the rear kitchen garden through a sash window. It has multiple plug points, a wall light point and three ceiling light points with neutral carpeting resembling sisal. It has two built in wardrobes.
Is a double bedroom which is reached via the Jack and Jill family bathroom, linking with the large upper landing, allowing it to be closed off for guests as an en suite facility. It enjoys views over the kitchen garden to the rear, three ceiling light points and a wall light point plus a double electric socket. It is also carpeted in neutral carpet resembling sisal. It contains a fitted wardrobe area containing the immersion heater and water tank.
This fully refitted bathroom is tiled to full height with cream ceramic tiles incorporating panels of hand painted Alice Gibbon Natural History shell tiles from Fired Earth. It has a white bathroom suite of a bath, double shower with chrome surround, white WC and Savoy basin plus both LED ‘daylight’ inset spotlights and two wall light points. The floor is tiled with large travertine tiles. All taps and fittings are in chrome.
These comprise a self-contained office with electricity, lighting and wifi plus a separate telephone line to the main house. The wooden flooring is sycamore. (3.8m x 2.9m/12ft6’ x 9ft6’.) Neighbouring Store 1 is 4m x 2.3m/13ft1’ x 7ft7’ with the original brick floor, window to side and ceiling light . A smaller Store 2 is alongside, currently housing a full height freezer, with lighting and electric double socket. This adjoins a double garage with original floor, and double doors to the side (4.1m x 3.4m/13ft4’ x11ft).
The gardens extend to approximately one acre but are planted with a mixture of established lawns, trees including cedars, oak and walnut plus shrubs and perennials and are mulched between plants to reduce maintenance (the current owners, who both work full time, maintain them without assistance. (A two-year-old sit-on lawnmower may be available for separate purchase). The gardens incorporate vegetable beds, a box parterre and many David Austen repeat flowering ‘English’ perfumed double roses and overlook adjoining fields. They are a haven for wildlife including occasional baby deer, badgers, hares and frequent squirrels, pheasants, buzzards, kites and woodpeckers.
There are two wooden summerhouses with windows and pitched rooves to echo the roofline of the main house. The smaller summerhouse (3.6m x 2.5m/11ft8’ x 8ft2’) sits in the sun trap of a pretty cottage courtyard garden which is part walled with box edged beds with a full planting of roses, shrubs and perennials. This summerhouse has electricity and wifi. The larger summerhouse sits at the bottom of the established front gardens in a large rose garden surrounded by fields (5.2m x 3.7m/17ft1’ x 12ft3'.) It stands on the foundation of a large previous structure and may be able to be replaced with a larger building stc.
Approximate gross internal area Main House = at least 373sqm/4010 sq ft
Garage - 14sqm/147sq ft
Outbuilding - 24sqm/260sq ft
Summer houses - 19sqm/210sq ft and 9sqm/96sq ft
Total estimated = 439sqm/4723sq ft
All carpets are included in the asking price but the collection of antique lighting is not. Some curtains and furnishings may be available for purchase subject to separate agreement.