Commuter home of the week: Little Abington, Cambridgeshire
This Cambridgeshire home, in the pretty village of Little Abington, boasts a winning history full of refurbishment awards — including an accolade from RIBA — after its owner perfectly combined an exquisite restoration of the old elements with striking new ones in the form of a glass and steel extension.
Limestone floors lead to a beamed sitting room with an open fire and trap door down to a wine cellar, while a further cosy fire can be found in a snug/family room.
There’s also a boot room to hide wellies in, and in the extended kitchen, a high vaulted ceiling lit by rooflights, bi-fold doors to a beautiful garden and an oak and steel ladder up to a home office/mezzanine.
Three/four bedrooms (one en-suite) are upstairs with lovely views over the walled gardens. Trains from nearby Whittlesford station reach London in an hour.
It’s for sale for £895,000. Through Cheffins (01223 787058).
Waterside home of the week: Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire
Glorious gardens that meander down to The Grand Union Canal come with this six-bedroom, Victorian canalside home in Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire.
Grand proportions of more than 3,700sq ft include a dual aspect drawing room, a wood panelled sitting room warmed by a log burner, a kitchen/breakfast room, dining room and conservatory opening to a sun terrace. This terrace leads onto glorious gardens and a decked area beside the canal where a 36ft mooring was valuable in the past and could be renewed.
Parking for 10 cars, an outbuilding suitable for a horse box, along with stables, tack room and a feed store complete the package. Northampton to London Euston by train takes around an hour.
It’s for sale for £795,000. Through Michael Graham (01327 611003).
First-time buyer home of the week: Wandsworth
One to see in Wandsworth is this ninth floor studio apartment at new boutique development Bronze, less than 15 minutes walk to Wandsworth Town station, East Putney Tube and the Thames Clipper.
Hardwood floors (underheated for winter warmth), mirrored bronze glass splashbacks and Siemens appliances are among high-spec details in a generous open-plan living area, opening to a private terrace through floor-to-ceiling glass doors.
A residents’ lobby with daytime concierge, plus a gorgeous roof terrace with fabulous views are among perks.
It’s on the market for £445,000. Available with Help to Buy, through Strawberry Star (020 8012 5300).