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Victorian property with expanded interior in Great Shelford, Cambridgeshire

Property on London Road, Great Shelford
Property on London Road, Great Shelford

Current owners Neil and Jacqueline Matten bought their home on London Road in Great Shelford for around £70,000 about 20 years ago.

The kitchen
The kitchen

In that time they have substantially enlarged the property, converting the loft to provide a third bedroom and extending the rear to accommodate an impressive kitchen/dining room with a high-vaulted ceiling.

It is on the market with Cooke Curtis & Co for £595,000.

The kitchen/dining area, which features roof lights and extensive glazing looking out onto the 75ft south-facing garden, is the standout feature.

“There was a galley kitchen which was very small,” said Neil. “And there was a downstairs bathroom which we knocked down. We rebuilt it using all the old bricks and put the extension on the back.”

The living area
The living area

The two reception rooms – one of which features an open fireplace – maintain the house’s period character, including moulded cornicing. There is also a utility room and ground-floor cloakroom.

Neil said: “There’s a small garden at the front and then the rear garden is typical of a Victorian terrace: long and thin. There’s a log cabin at the bottom of the garden which we put in – it’s a bit of a man cave, really! We’ve got wi-fi down there, a projector, that kind of thing.”

Upstairs, the handsome master bedroom at the front has two large windows and a period fireplace, and bedroom 3 is large enough to accommodate a double. There is a bright and spacious bathroom. The loft bedroom is a double with feature exposed brickwork.

The back garden is mature, secluded and beautifully planted, with a broad timber deck off the kitchen that drops down to the main lawn. There is a gated pedestrian access at the side.

The front garden is picket fenced and designed for low-maintenance with shrubs and slate chippings. A dropped kerb gives vehicular access where the Mattens currently park one car on the grass verge.

Although it is a decent-sized home, the family hope to find something more substantial. “We’re just looking for a bigger property,” said Neil.

■ cookecurtis.co.uk


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