Nestled away at the end of a private lane, Raveley Barn is a stunning semi-detached barn conversion, completed in 2012. The contemporary finishes are tastefully blended with traditional character timbers. Arranged over one floor, is four generous double bedrooms, three modern bathrooms, a sitting room, study, dining room, and a stunning kitchen breakfast family room with bi-folding doors. A triple garage with block-paved drive offers parking. The gardens envelop the property on two sides, as well as an enclosed south-facing courtyard garden and a three-acre paddock to the East side of the property. There is a bridleway by Tilbrook Mill Farm connecting through local villages and the Keysoe College Equestrian Centre is just over 7 miles away. The property is in the catchment for Ofsted ‘Good’ Kimbolton Primary Academy and Ofsted ‘Good’ Longsands Academy.
Lower Dean is a hamlet on the Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire border, about 3 miles from Kimbolton where shops, a gp, pharmacy, and the renowned private Kimbolton School can be found. The small village of Tilbrook, edged by the River Til, is less than a mile away boasting the beautiful All Saints Church with an intricate original Rood-Screen, of which the western part is now situated in the Victoria and Albert Museum. It has an active community centred around the Village Hall, with a playing field and clubs. The White Horse Pub Restaurant hosts the annual ‘Tilfest – Real Ale and Music Festival, ’ and Tilbrook Grange Farm Shop is home to their prize-winning Red Ruby Devon Beef. Neighbouring Upper Dean boasts a pub restaurant, lower school, Church, and Dalton Community Hall hosting the annual Dean Flower and Country Show, alongside all-weather tennis and netball courts, a cricket pitch, play area, sports pavilion, ‘Forest School’ playgroup and the allotment society. St. Neots town is about 20 minutes away, with a rail station offering links to London Kings Cross from 40 minutes. Central Cambridge is less than 30 miles away.
Raveley Barn is a very stylish barn conversion that enjoys a wonderfully picturesque location in the glorious Cambridgeshire countryside. “When we were out for a drive one day, we happened to notice a For Sale board outside this beautiful barn conversion, ” say the owners. “At that time, we were perfectly happy in our old house and had no intention of moving, but we both immediately knew that this place was somewhere really rather special, we were totally sold. We put our house on the market the very next day and secured the purchase of the barn shortly afterwards. After spending four very happy years here, we can honestly say that it’s a house that has lived up to all expectations.”
“The property was converted from an old agricultural building that once housed chickens and turkeys. It has a modern free-flowing layout, there’s a wonderful feeling of both light and space throughout, and although the interior design is quite contemporary, there are features such as the exposed timbers that give it real character and charm. We have a gorgeous open plan kitchen breakfast family room that flows seamlessly into the dining area, there’s a large separate living room, and the bedrooms have been arranged in such a way that the master suite is over on one side of the house, while the other three are across on the other side, so there’s a nice degree of separation when friends or family come to stay.”
“The kitchen is absolutely gorgeous and because it’s very open plan, it’s a lovely space to entertain in, ” say the owners, “but our other favourite is the living room. It’s a large but very cosy-feeling room, especially when we have the fire roaring away. It’s a house that we simply can’t fault in any way and it’s been a fantastic home.”
“A real plus point of the house is the fact that it has lots of outside space, ” continue the owners. “We have a large sheltered courtyard that’s a totally private suntrap, there’s a large garden to the front of the property, and a huge side garden in which we keep chickens. We also have a three-acre paddock just across the driveway, so if the new owners wanted to keep a pony, there’s more than enough space.”
“It’s the utter peace and tranquility of the location that we really enjoy, you can literally hear a pin drop at night, and we love the fact that it’s an absolute haven for wildlife, ” say the owners. “Although we enjoy this glorious rural location, we’re by no means isolated. We have Rushden Lakes Shopping Centre just a short drive away, with a Waitrose in Rushden too. Kimbolton has a highly sought-after school and is only three miles away, and I can be in Cambridge city centre in well under an hour.”
“We have a large triple garage just across the driveway, and the roof area has been boarded, so we have lots of storage space, ” say the owners. “And it’s fully alarmed, as is the house, so very safe and secure.”
“One of our friends once described Raveley Barn as a little drop of heaven and i’d say that just about sums it up perfectly, ” says the owner. “We’ll be sad to leave, but we feel it’s time to move on to pastures new and let someone else enjoy all that this very special home has to offer.”
Front Door With Glazed Side Panels To:
Window and glazed door to rear aspect. Step down to inner hall. Part-vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Exposed brickwork to wall. Door to cloaks cupboard. Door to airing cupboard housing hot water tank. Recessed ceiling lights. Exposed oak floor.
Two piece suite comprising a low-level WC and hand wash basin. Tiled splashbacks. Recessed ceiling lights. Tiled floor.
Living Room (6.40m x 4.80m (20'11" x 15'8"))
Window to front aspect. French doors with glazed side panel to front aspect. Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Inset double-sided Stovax glaze-fronted wood burning stove. Recessed ceiling lights.
Kitchen Breakfast Family Room (7.90m x 5.85m (25'11" x 19'2"))
French doors with glazed side panels to front aspect. Bi-fold doors to front aspect. Door to rear aspect. Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Exposed brickwork to wall. Inset double-sided Stovax glaze-fronted wood burning stove to family area. Kitchen fitted with a range of Wychwood base-mounted shaker-style oak units with granite worksurfaces and upstands. Matching central island with an inset stainless steel one and a half bowl sink, worksurface-mounted swan-neck mixer tap, worksurface cut drainer, and an oak breakfast bar. Recess for American-style fridge freezer with wine rack surrounds. Integral dishwasher. Tiled recess with space for a three-oven/four-door electric aga (available by separate negotiation) with high-level shelf, extractor and feature lighting over. Recessed ceiling lights. Tiled floor. Open with step down to:
Dining Room (4.30m x 4.20m (14'1" x 13'9"))
Full-height windows to side aspect. Glazed door to side aspect. Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Recessed ceiling lights. Tiled floor. Open to:
Full-height windows to side aspect. Part-vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Tiled floor.
Part-vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Fitted with a range of Wychwood shaker-style units with complementary worksurfaces and inset sink. Space for washing machine and tumble drier. Freestanding oil-fired boiler. Tiled floor.
Study (3.95m x 3.00m (12'11" x 9'10"))
Door with glazed side panels to rear hall. Remote-controlled velux window. Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Exposed oak floor.
Master Bedroom (4.25m x 4.20m (13'11" x 13'9"))
Window to side aspect. French doors to side aspect. Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Recessed ceiling lights. Step up to:
Shelving and hanging space.
Window to rear and side aspects. Part-vaulted ceiling. Four piece suite comprising a low level WC, wall-mounted hand wash basin with vanity unit under, double-ended bath with central wall-mounted mixer tap with hand-held shower attachment, and a double-width walk-in shower cubicle. Tiled splashbacks. Heated towel rail.
Velux window. Part-vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Recessed ceiling lights.
Bedroom Four (4.00m x 3.35m (13'1" x 10'11"))
Window to side aspect. Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers.
Window to side aspect. Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Four piece suite comprising a low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin, double-ended bath with wall-mounted mixer tap and hand-held shower attachment, and a double-length walk-in shower cubicle with feature mosaic-tiling. Tiled floor and splashbacks. Heated towel rail.
Bedroom Three (4.15m x 3.35m (13'7" x 10'11"))
Window to side aspect. Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers.
Bedroom Two (4.55m x 4.45m (14'11" x 14'7"))
Two windows to side aspect. Built-in double wardrobe. Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers.
Velux window to vaulted ceiling. Three piece suite comprising a low level WC, pedestal hand wash basin, and a double-length walk-in shower cubicle with feature mosaic- tiling. Tiled floor and splashbacks. Heated towel rail.
A private gravelled lane leads round from the back to the front of the barn. There is a 2.96 acre paddock, with mains water, enclosed by post-and-rail fencing to the East side of the barn. A block-paved driveway opposite the front garden leads to the triple garage offering parking for three cars. The front garden is laid to lawn, enclosed by post-and-rail fencing and brick walls, with a timber five-bar pedestrian gate leading to a pathway to the front door, and flagstone patio spanning the width of the barn.
There is pedestrian gated access to the hedge and post-and-rail enclosed side garden which offers two lawns with young fruit trees which are separated by post-and-rail fencing with a pedestrian timber gate. There is also side access from the rear through a pedestrian timber gate.
Twin timber gates lead to a private south-facing walled courtyard to the rear of the property, offering a lawned area with raised planters, chipping borders, and a flagstone patio ideal for entertaining.
Double Garage (6.00m x 5.85m (19'8" x 19'2"))
Two remote-operated up and over doors to front aspect. Velux window. Power and light connected. Boarded loft space with power and storage space.
Garage (6.00m x 2.80m (19'8" x 9'2"))
Up and over door to front aspect. Velux window. Power and light connected.
Date converted: 2012
Approx. 5 years remaining on labc
Oil-fired boiler - 2012
Oil-fired underfloor heating throughout
Access road owned by farmer (no farm vehicles allowed) – no charges, but joint responsibility to maintain
Plot size = 3.6 Acres
All measurements are approximate and quoted for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. Seller Insight: Comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.