About this property

Key features
  • Modern Architect Design
  • Idyllic & Semi Rural Location
  • Generous & Flexible Space For Living
  • 5 Bedrooms
  • Bespoke Features Throughout
  • Sustainable Construction
  • Off Road Parking
  • Workshop & Separate Barn Area
LOCATION Mill Farm occupies an idyllic and tranquil semi-rural position fronting onto a narrow single track road linking the villages of Melbourn and Fowlmere. The property is also located within a 2 to 2.5km radius of the villages Melbourn, Fowlmere, Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton and there are mainline stations at Meldreth, Shepreth and Foxton.

Melbourn is a thriving and popular village providing an excellent range of local amenities. For the commuter there is a train service in the neighbouring village of Meldreth and the market town of Royston and university city of Cambridge are all within easy reach.

Mill Farm is an exceptional example of modern design and is one of the most important new private residences built near the City of Cambridge in recent years.

Designed by the architect Tim Poulson, the house achieves a discrete exterior, with little display of the the large and luminous spaces internally, a layout where each space is surrounded by distinct garden areas.

The building provides generous and flexible spaces for living, working, relaxing and sleeping within an envelope that utilises the best possible sustainable and energy efficient systems and materials.

The plan layout provides 3,4 or 5 bedrooms with the large main bedroom arranged with a dressing area and two private bathrooms.

The efficient and imaginative layout of the internal spaces and circulation is coupled with a very high level of specification throughout the building fabric, the engineering systems and the internal fittings.

Particular features include natural convection ventilation through sliding glass rooflights over two internal courtyards, whole house fresh air mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, a central vacuum cleaning system, underfloor heating with individual room control and, KNX and Cat 5 wiring enabling a whole range of smart home applications from lighting and blind control to entertainment, system management and, gate and door entry controls.

The layout of the house and the careful selection of materials and finishes reflect the highest aspirations on sustainable construction, low maintenance and low energy costs significantly in advance of Building Regulation standards at the time of construction.

The building was constructed in 2006, and it has been lived in and carefully maintained by the architect and his family from the time of occupation in July 2006.

An elegantly designed outbuilding separates a substantial walled garden and mature orchard from the entrance forecourt. The building provides parking for 2-3 cars, a workshop and a barn area for storage or a studio space.

COVERED PORCH with external lighting and a pair of wood panelled doors leading to:

RECEPTION HALL with matwell, granite tiled flooring, built-in cloaks/storage cupboard which also houses lighting controls, further built-in storage/broom cupboard, high ceilings and high level rooflights, full height double glazed doors to side garden with pond, opening to:

INNER COURT with high level opening rooflight and sliding doors to:

SITTING ROOM with feature fireplace with glazed door, natural wooden floor and full height double glazed windows overlooking the large water feature and terrace with gardens beyond, full height glazed doors to:

GENEROUS GYM & SHOWER ROOM with large walk-in corner shower with glazed screen, further sliding door and full height glazed screen to a low level w.c. and wash hand basin, wall mirror and electric shaver socket above, recessed area with fitted shelved cupboards and shelves for towels with further storage above, high level ceiling with rooflight, glazed door leading to:

INNER LOBBY open to the:

IMPRESSIVE OPEN PLAN KITCHEN/LIVING/DINING ROOM A remarkable light and open living space which captures the incredible atmosphere of the property itself and enjoys a stunning vista through the full height large double glazed windows and doors which overlook the gardens and lead to the raised timber deck to the rear and the wonderful garden area to side with a pool water feature and large paved terrace.

The room itself incorporates a limestone tiled floor and the kitchen area incorporates an inset stainless steel sink unit with mixer taps, large central island style unit with further stainless steel sink and drainer, hot water taps and mixer taps above, glass work surfaces with extensive cupboards and drawers below, integrated Miele dishwasher and further extensive range of soft closing drawers. There is also a La Cornue Range cooker with dual ovens, gas hobs, warming plates etc., with contemporary style stainless steel extractor cooker hood above and glass below, space for upright fridge/freezer, integrated Miele coffee machine, full height shelved store and pantry, further storage cupboards and a full height built-in AEG wine and champagne fridge, further shelved storage cupboards to side, opening off the kitchen leading to:

UTILITY ROOM with inset stainless steel sink unit with mixer taps, cupboards beneath, granite worktops to side with further cupboards and drawers below, space and plumbing for washing machine, extensive fitted shelving, limestone tiled floor, range of wall storage cupboards and door to:

PLANT ROOM with water softener, central vacuum system, ventilation system, boiler and hot water system and controls for underfloor heating.

INNER HALL with glazed door to recessed area with extensive fitted bookshelves and door to:

LIBRARY with extensive fitted bookshelves, limestone tiled floor, full height double glazed doors leading to rear terrace and gardens and river beyond, further recess with extensive book shelving, door to:


BEDROOM with dual aspect full height double glazed windows overlooking the gardens and river beyond, a stunning and atmospheric room with a wonderful vista and opening to area behind with DRESSING ROOM with extensive fitted wardrobes, sliding doors, full height glazed door to garden to side, door to:

TWO ENSUITE SHOWER ROOMS fully tiled walls in Thassos marble with walk-in showers with rain shower head, glazed screen, wash hand basin with wall mirror above, low level w.c., limestone tiled flooring and external window or high level rooflight.

GUEST SUITE comprising:

LOBBY with limestone tiled floor, door leading to Bedroom.

DOUBLE BEDROOM with full height double glazed windows overlooking garden, pond and water feature, full height glazed door to side.

FAMILY/ENSUITE BATHROOM walls fully tiled with white Thassos marble with white suite incorporating recessed area with bath, shower attachment, mixer taps, glazed folding shower screen and glazed shelving, low level w.c. and bidet, large wash hand basin with wall mirror and electric shaver socket.

CLOAKROOM with wash hand basin and wall mirror above, low level w.c., limestone tiled fioor and marble wall tiling.

BEDROOM 3 with recess with clothes rail and storage shelf above, full height double glazed windows and door leading to side terrace, pond, water feature and side garden, retractable glazed roof, ceramic tiled flooring, glazed door to:

SECOND INNER COURT TO BEDROOM/STUDY AREAS and the main Studio/Office area has the benefit of full height glazed windows with a wonderful vista over the garden area, pond and water feature.

OUTSIDE To the front of the property there is a tarmacadam driveway and a pair of electrically operated wooden gates which leads to the main granite paviour driveway which is tree-lined and in turn leads to an extensive granite paviour courtyard style parking area with a large outbuilding adjacent which comprises an open bay double cart lodge style GARAGE area, doors leading to further GARAGE and a pair of wooden doors leading to a large store/workshop. To the rear of the outbuilding there is a delightful walled garden which has been laid to lawn and interspersed with vegetable beds and fruit trees. Open to this area there is a recessed storage area with door leading to WORKSHOP /STORE, outside tap.

The principal gardens are located to both sides and rear of the main property and are a very special feature indeed and have been landscaped to incorporate separate areas that link to the various accommodation and include two gardens with feature ponds and
water features, extensive timber deck immediately to the rear of the property which enjoys a wonderful vista over the sweeping lawns and in turn leading to the clear stream that meanders at the bottom of the garden.

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