Grade II-listed pink house in Ickleton with Carter Jonas connection
Mill House Cottage in Ickleton, near Saffron Walden, was acquired by Captain Harry Carter Jonas, the grandson of estate agency founder John Carter Jonas, in 1946. Now, 71 years later, Carter Jonas is bringing the house to sale.
A striking, grade II-listed pink house, 27 Church Street is for sale at £450,000. It is located across the way from St Mary Magdalene Church in the scenic village of Ickleton, near the market town of Saffron Walden and approximately 11 miles from Cambridge city centre.
The cottage requires a certain amount of renovation and improvement, though it does retain a number of fine original features – including exposed beams and inglenook fireplaces.
Downstairs is a generous reception hall, a sitting room with an impressive inglenook fireplace, a kitchen and a bathroom with a separate WC. The first floor houses two double bedrooms, both of which offer views of the extensive grounds.
The present owner, Phyllis Spark, has had the property – which was painted pink last summer – since 1960 and has now moved into care, meaning the home is available for a new owner.
Hugh Blake, of Carter Jonas, told the Cambridge Independent: “Harry Carter Jonas purchased it for £150 in 1946, and it’s an incredible coincidence that Carter Jonas has ended up selling it all these years later.”
Asked whether the owners have made significant changes to the house over the past 57 years, Hugh replied: “They have. They’ve put a side extension on with a generous reception hall, together with a kitchen and a bathroom on the ground floor. But it’s grade II-listed so there are certain limitations in regards to what one can do.”
He added: “One of the predominant features of the property is its position in the village and the grounds in which it stands. It’s surrounded by flint wall and overlooks the church and a number of other grand period houses.”
Further ‘plus points’ include the village green right next to the house, a shop at the end of the road and a village pub. The house itself has a great deal of potential, but obviously any changes would require permission from the listed buildings officer.
“It’s got huge scope to become a wonderful family home,” said Hugh, “though it does need a lot of work. The majority of applicants who have viewed it have a variety of exciting ideas about the changes they would make.
“It’s a forever house in many respects – it’s not something you’d buy, renovate and sell on.”
Hugh concluded: “Initially, due to the plot size, I had assumed we would have more interest from developers. The likely outcome will be that the property is sold to a private individual, which is fantastic as it would be a shame to spoil these exquisite gardens.”