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39.12 acres, Abbey Farm, Histon, Cambridgeshire
Under Offer - Guide Price £2,500,000


Built in the early Victorian period and completed in 1847, Abbey Farm has remained in the same family ownership since its construction, passing down through a number of family generations and it is now offered for sale for the first time since the property was built.

Abbey Farm is situated in a prime location on the north-west outskirts of Histon village, with an excellent range of village amenities nearby and good access to the A14 road network, Cambridge Guided Bus and Cambridge City centre.

The property provides an excellent opportunity for a purchaser to undertake a sympathetic refurbishment project, with potential for further extension and upgrading. The extensive accommodation provides well-proportioned rooms with excellent natural light and retains a number of original period features, and includes Entrance Hall, 4 Reception Rooms, Kitchen, Scullery/Larder, Cloakroom, Wine Cellar, 5 first floor Bedrooms and Bathroom. The four attic rooms provide scope for further accommodation.

Outside, the domestic outbuildings and garaging provide useful additional storage adjacent to the main house and the Victorian stables and former farm buildings offer scope for conversion and upgrading to a range of alternative uses depending on the purchaser´s requirements.

The 39 acres of land includes a number of magnificent mature tree species providing a high degree of privacy and are a particularly desirable feature of the property, which provide an exclusive setting for the house and buildings.

The property is offered for sale as a whole or in 3 lots as identified on the sale plan and more particularly described below:

Lot 1 - Abbey Farmhouse with outbuildings and grounds extending to 23.40 acres (edged red on plan).

The property is accessed through private parkland over a long sweeping drive which provides a superb approach to the house and grounds.

The accommodation provides well-proportioned rooms with excellent natural light and views across the parkland from the principal rooms, and retains a number of original features. The property requires refurbishment and modernisation throughout, and offers potential for further extension (subject to planning).

Entrance Porch with glazed inner door leading to central Hall providing access to the principal reception rooms and staircase to first floor with open balustrade.

Family Room (14´5" x 15´1" currently ground floor bedroom) central fireplace with recessed alcove cupboards, picture rail and window shutters.

Shower Room with tiled walls, shower cubicle, vanity sink unit, low level wc and bidet.

Sitting Room (20´10" x 15´10") with large dual aspect windows, window shutters, central fireplace with recessed alcoves and picture rail.

Drawing Room (19´11" x 15´10") with large window with shutters, central fireplace with alcove and French doors to outside.

Rear Hall leading to Cloakroom with low level wc and hand basin.

Dining Room (15´10" x 16´5") with fireplace, picture rail and door to rear staircase.

Walk-in Larder with tiled floor, shelving and fitted cupboards.

Kitchen (15´ x 13´7") fitted with a range of base and wall units and understair cupboard.

Glazed rear porch leading to the outside courtyard.

Former Dairy/Store with period brick floor, slate shelving and food safe.

Cellar with two wine caves, store and barrel hatch.

On the first floor a spacious split-level landing leads to:

Bedroom 1 (16´4" x 15´10") with dual aspect windows, fireplace, picture rail and built-in cupboard.

Bedroom 2 (14´5" x 15´1") with window to side, fireplace and built-in cupboard.

Bedroom 3 (13´5" x 15´10") with dual aspect windows, fireplace, picture rail and built-in cupboard.

Bedroom 4 (10´8" x 15´10") with picture rail.

Bedroom 5 (12´10" x 13´7") with fireplace and built-in cupboards.

Bathroom with panelled bath, vanity sink unit and airing cupboard.

Laundry Store with built-in cupboards leading through to separate wc.

A further staircase with understair storage provides access to the attic with landing, Attic Room 1 with fireplace, Attic Room 2 with fireplace and interconnecting to Attic Room 3 and 4.


There is a range of domestic outbuildings and garaging which provide useful storage adjacent to the main house and include a boiler room with Grant oil-fired boiler and wc, garden store/former wash-house, coal shed, garage, open cart shed, fruit store and wood shed.

A more extensive range of buildings is set away from the main house and include the Victorian stables with tack room and three loose boxes. Additional buildings include a period brick and timber framed general purpose store, machinery store with workshop and office, and a 7-bay open cart lodge. A number of the buildings require upgrading and are set around a courtyard which is partly overgrown.

The principal gardens are partly walled and laid to lawn with mature hedging, greenhouse and a ha-ha wall. The parkland and meadows are a particularly special feature of the property with an impressive number of mature trees including lime, sycamore, sweet chestnut, horse chestnut and oak. The grounds include the site of the former St Etheldreda´s Church, two small former gravel pits and a mature tree lined rear drive providing access to Church Street and St Andrews Parish Church. A small stream known as Beck Brook runs along the southern boundary of the grounds.

The house is connected to mains water and electricity with oil-fired central heating and private septic tank drainage. Water and electricity is connected to the buildings.

Council Tax - South Cambs District Council Band H.

Energy Efficiency Rating G.

Lot 2 - 11.40 acres of land situated off Croft Close (coloured blue).
An area of open scrubland surrounded with mature hedgerows and boundary trees, including an historic oak tree which is believed to be more than 500 years old. The land has been unmanaged for a number of years and has been left to naturally regenerate.
Access to the land is through Croft Close and a public bridleway known as Gunn Lane, adjoins the northern boundary of the land.

Lot 3 - 4.32 acres of pasture off Park Lane (coloured green).
A single parcel of permanent grassland with mature hedgerow boundaries and trees including a number of fine horse chestnut. The land has frontage to Park Lane which is designated as an Important Countryside Frontage, and Beck Brook runs along the northern boundary of the land.
Note: planning permission has been granted for a new access to the land directly from Park Lane. If Lot 3 is sold separately to Lot 1 the purchaser of Lot 3 will be responsible for installing the new access. The purchaser of Lot 3 will also be responsible for erecting a new fence along the eastern boundary.

General Remarks & Stipulations

Town & Country Planning
The property is located within South Cambridgeshire District Council and planning is regulated by the Souths Cambs DC Local Plan (adopted 2018). The draft Histon & Impington Neighbourhood Plan includes Lot 2 as an Important Natural Habitat Site and Lot 3 as an area of Local Green Space.
The property is situated within the Histon Conservation Area and Cambridge Green Belt. The house and buildings are not Listed.

Development Overage
Lot 2 and 3 will be sold subject to a development overage of 30% of any uplift in value resulting from planning permission, change of use or prior approval being granted for any commercial or residential use within 30 years of completion of the sale. The overage will not apply to equestrian use of the land or construction of stables and ancillary equestrian buildings.

The overage will be triggered on commencement of the development or on the sale of property with the benefit of planning permission, whichever is sooner.

Sporting, Timber & Minerals
All sporting, timber and mineral rights are included in the sale insofar as they are owned.

Wayleaves, Easements, Covenants & Rights of Way
The land is sold subject to and with the benefit of all existing wayleaves, easements, covenants and rights of way whether or not disclosed.

There are no public rights of way across the property.

The vendor and vendor´s agents will do their best to specify the ownership of boundary hedges, fences and ditches but will not be bound to determine these. The property is available for inspection and the purchaser(s) will be deemed to have satisfied themselves as to the ownership of the boundaries.

Fixtures & Fittings
All fixtures and fittings are excluded from the sale unless specifically described in the sales particulars.

Plans, Areas & Schedules
Plans attached to the particulars are based upon the Ordnance Survey and are for identification purposes only.

Local Authority
South Cambridgeshire District Council, South Cambridgeshire Hall, Cambourne Business Park, Cambourne, Cambridge CB23 6EA
Tel: 03450 450 500

Viewings & Further Information
All viewings will be conducted in line with social distancing measures and Cheffins COVID-secure working guidelines. A virtual tour is available for the house which interested parties will be required to view before arranging a formal viewing.

Viewings are strictly by appointment with the Sole Agent. For further information please contact Simon Gooderham or Catherine Hackshall, Cheffins Cambridge Office (01223) 213777.

As always, potential hazards exist on all properties and it is requested that all viewings are undertaken with care and regard to safety particularly with regard to any areas in and around buildings.

The residential postcode is CB24 9EH.

Agents Notes
For clarification we wish to inform purchaser(s) that we have prepared these sales particulars as a general guide. None of the statements contained in these particulars as to the property shall be relied on as statements of fact. All measurements are given as a guide and no liability can be accepted for errors arising therefrom. The plan and acreages use gross acreages taken from the Ordnance Survey sheets and are for identification purposes only. The purchaser(s) shall be deemed to have full knowledge of the state and condition thereof and as to the ownership or any tree boundary or any part of the property. If communications, condition of the property, situation or such factors are of a particular importance to you please discuss these priorities with us before arranging an appointment to view. This should avoid a wasted journey. June 2020.


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