Meadow Farm, Ely Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, £1.5million, Tucker Gardener, associated with John D Wood

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The chance to move to the country and run a business from home is the dream of millions – and this former farm house has scope for three businesses opportunities.

The detached house with six bedrooms is currently run as a high-end bed and breakfast. It also has a four-bedroom annexe which has potential to be let out as a holiday cottage as well as a paddock and stables which could be let to horse owners on a self-livery basis.Owners Tracey and David Parkins are planning to downsize after bringing up four children in the house. After the children grew up and moved out they filled the empty bedrooms with visiting guests and have built up a successful business.

The house, which sits in two acres, is less than four miles from the centre of Cambridge, which as Tracey says: “Is a lovely university city, cosmopolitan with delightful buildings and everything cities have to offer”.
Philip Evans, manager of Tucker Gardner, estate agents, says: “Their high-end B&B is always booked and it is a lovely home that backs onto countryside. Lots of people look for a business they can set up and run from their home and a firmly established business is quite desirable and doesn’t come up that often”.

The farmhouse dates back to 1909 and has been extended, modernised and upgraded by the Parkins who have lived there for 18 years. With ample off-road parking potential purchasers might also jump at the chance of a home with scope for multi-generational living.

Bedroom meadow farm

There are two bedrooms on the ground floor both with en suite bathrooms and kitchenettes and personal entrances.

Reception room Meadow Farm

There is a sitting room with log burner, a conservatory opening to the patio, a dining room with a log burner, cloakroom with WC, and a lounge that overlooks the garden. The kitchen is fitted with a range of units including a double oven, wine fridge and dishwasher and the original farmhouse oven.
On the first floor are four bedrooms, three of which are doubles with en suites, the master bedroom and bedroom two also benefit from exposed timbers.

The detached, four bedroom, annexe has an entrance hall with stairs to the first floor and understair storage. There is a lounge/dining room, a fully equipped kitchen, a sitting room, bedroom and tiled wet room with three more bedrooms on the first floor.

Outside, the front is laid mainly to shingle and bordered by mature shrubs and trees, with parking for numerous vehicles. The rear garden is laid mainly to lawn, again with a variety of mature trees and shrubs, large patio area, wooden outbuilding, a children’s play area and a gate leading to the paddock with two stables and a storage shed. The paddock is enclosed by timber rail fencing.

Waterbeach is a noted village lying on the banks of the River Cam surrounded by glorious open countryside offering fine walks. There are excellent facilities in the village and good local shopping with a good bus service and connections from the railway station.

Read more about this luxury property on page 106 of London Property South Magazine

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