• 4 Bedrooms
  • 2Bathrooms
  • 2Rooms

Property Summary


Property Features

  • Four bedroom cottage
  • Three bedroom annex
  • Private mooring
  • Riverside location
  • Former home of Dame Barbara Cartland
  • 0.3 acres (sts)
  • Popular village location
  • Easy access A1 & M1
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Full Details

We are delighted to be able to offer for sale this charming detached thatched cottage which is Listed Grade ll and which dates back to the eighteenth century.This is the perfect place for multigenerational living or to perhaps run a business from home as the property comes with a fully self-contained three bedroom annex.
Of special note is River Cottage’s links with Dame Barbara Cartland, the acclaimed English author, who lived at River Cottage between 1941 and 1949. The pink doors are a mark of respect to her and in addition to them the property has been awarded a special blue plaque by the British Plaque Trust to commemorate her time there.
The cottage is traditionally constructed giving due respect to its age and is laid out over two floors offering flexible accommodation.
The ground floor includes living and dining rooms, the former having a small conservatory off, together with a characterful bathroom off the main entrance hall, a kitchen/breakfast room, a utility room and a study that could easily double as a fourth bedroom. There is a well-equipped shower room adjacent.
The first floor offers two good size double bedrooms accessed from the principal staircase, there is a cloakroom off the landing, and a further double bedroom accessed from a secondary staircase that rises from the rear hall. There is a snug or possible nursery located between bedrooms two and three.
The annex is totally self-contained and has a lovely open plan living/kitchen/dining room with a vaulted roof, two double bedrooms, a dark room (this could potentially be converted to a shower room) and a shower room on the ground floor plus a galleried landing with a further double bedroom off at first floor level. The accommodation is very flexible and could be used in a variety of ways.
Both properties have gas fired central heating and are on separate bills for Council Tax purposes. Timber Cottage Band B
River Cottage Band F
River Cottage and its annex sit on a plot of approximately 0.3 acres, subject to survey, and the gardens are beautifully cared for both at the front where there is plenty of off road parking and at the rear where part of the garden slopes down to the private mooring and frontage to an inlet from the River Great Ouse. A gate leads out on to the path which runs alongside the river making it the perfect place to take in the splendid views and walks on offer.
Great Barford is a sought after village which is just a short drive from the Black Cat roundabout for access to the A1. Equally quick and easy access is available to the A421 for the M1 and Milton Keynes. The nearby towns of Bedford and Sandy offer many amenities, which include rail services being from 41 minutes to central London. The village includes various facilities which include Great Barford Primary Academy, two Public Houses, a doctors’ surgery, a Post Office, a Chinese restaurant and a village shop.

Map & Nearby

Location Summary

To the north east of Bedford is Great Barford, reportedly an important village at the time of the Domesday Book and a bridge that dates back to the 15th century, which was an important waterway crossing at the time. You can sit in the gardens of The Anchor pub with a view of the bridge, and alongside there is a footpath that takes you along the river for a walk to Bedford via Danish Camp.  The village is large with a mixture of old (dating to 17th century) and new houses. A Norman motte and bailey castle that sat in the village has now been replaced with a Priory.

Great Barford Primary Academy is situated in the village close to a village shop and surgery, and locals report that the best Chinese can be found at the Golden Cross where you can eat in or take away.

Roxton is far smaller than Great Barford and sits close to the A1. With a small primary school, two churches and Post Office, it is also served by the Spoke N’ Wheel café and restaurant which serves afternoon teas and evening meals, close to The Royal Oak Pub an established pub and hotel.

North of Roxton just off the A1 is Wyboston, known for Wyboston Lakes a large hotel with golf course, spa and conference facilities. As the name suggests, it has been built around the lake offering picturesque views from the hotel restaurant and golf course.

An agricultural area due to its proximity to the Great River Ouse, Wyboston is served by amenities in adjacent Eaton Socon which has larger supermarkets and schools.

Little Barford sits to the edge of Wyboston Lake and the Great River Ouse, to the east on the county boundary of Cambridgeshire, with St Denys Church being one of the main features of the parish. It is a very small village, with a manor house, farm and a few cottages.

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