St. Matthew's, Littleport
Beautiful, luxuriously appointed one-of-a-kind converted Anglican church in East Cambridgeshire. This high specification 3/4 bedroom home benefits from full underfloor gas central heating, through living/dining/kitchen area, master bedroom with en suite, 2/3 further bedrooms (one is currently used as office/study area), further bathroom/WC, spacious driveway for 4-6 cars. Within commuting distance of Cambridge and London.
Words can't describe the feeling you get when you walk into this home, and the photos simply don't do it justice. If you wondered what 'Wow Factor' is, this property has it in bucket-loads.
The former St. Matthews Church was built in the 'Transitional' style in the 1870s, for the Church of England. It was built from local 'Cambridge Buff' bricks with decorative red brick detail, and York stone central arch and truss supports. It features parapet walls, slated roof, leaded glass windows, and exposed oak beam rafters. It is laid out in a classic 'cross', and typically faces East. It sits in the middle of its grounds, and benefits from the complete absence of graves - almost unheard of for a rural Anglican church.
Local wildlife includes deer, rabbits, hares, pheasants, barn owls, little owls, crows, wrens, and many other birds.
The Old Church House is located in East Cambridgeshire, in the East of England (East Anglia). Although a rural church on a quiet road, it is very close to the A10, with direct access to the M11 motorway (between Cambridge and London). The town centre is only 1.5 miles away, and has a rail line directly into London's King's Cross, via Cambridge, and to King's Lynn. The city of Ely is 4.5 miles away, Cambridge is 17 miles away, and Central London is 65 miles away. Its location and access to major cities makes it an ideal country retreat yet with convenient commuter routes.
The church has 2,275 ft² (211m²) of internal floor space, and is laid out in an open-plan living arrangement. The living area, dining area, and kitchen area are separated by a single step. The living area incoroprates a study/office area, which can easily become a 4th bedroom. The master bedroom with en suite bathroom is on the mezzanine gallery, and 2 further bedrooms are on the ground floor. There is also an additional bathroom with steam shower, washbasin and WC.
Entrance porch - Wide arched front door. Floor space 7' 3½" x 6' 3½", with original floor tiles. Internal arched double door.
Hallway - 15' x 6'6", including cupboard storage space. Solid maple floorboards. Door to Bedroom 2.
Living area - 36' 3" x 21' 2" (floor to internal roof apex approx. 33'). Solid maple floorboards. Door to Bedroom 3. Stairs to Mezzanine (master bedroom). Hidden wiring for 5.1 cinema sound system.
Study area/bedroom 4 - 13' 8" x 9' 8". Solid maple floorboards.
Dining area - 18' 5½" x 14' 8". Solid maple floorboards. Arched door to back passageway with access to garden and shower room/WC. Black granite breakfast bar (shared with kitchen).
Kitchen area - 18' 5½" x 10'4". Solid maple floorboards. Maple fitted kitchen units, with black granite worktops, double stainless steel sinks, stainless steel splashback panels, integrated washing machine/dryer and dishwasher, 1000mm stainless steel range oven plus extractor chimney, built-in stainless steel combi oven, and slot-in stainless steel American (double door) fridge-freezer with water/ice dispenser. 105,000btu hot water combi boiler.
Shower room/WC - 8' 8" x 7' 2". Dark grey porcelain floor tiles, steam shower cubicle, toilet and washbasin. Electric underfloor heating with thermostat.
Bedroom 2 (double) - 14' 3" x 14' 8". Solid maple floorboards. Maple wardrobes, drawer chests and dresser, plus 2 bedside drawer chests.
Bedroom 3 (single) - 13' 8" x 9'. Solid maple floorboards. Internal window (between bedroom and living area). Vanity unit with washbasin.
Staircase - Solid maple treads on black steel strings, with stainless steel handrails and posts, with safety glass panels.
Mezzanine gallery bedroom (double) with en suite bathroom - 21' 2" x 15' 4". Solid maple floorboards. Stainless steel handrails and posts, with safety glass panels. Safety glass over window recesses. Mahogany four-poster double bed, with matching wardrobes, dresser, and bedside chests. Mahogany-framed Shoji screens for bathroom privacy. En suite bathroom - 2-person Sanispa bath (with air and water jets, plus lights), Laufen Alessi washbasin and toilet, stainless steel and glass wall cabinets.
- Hot water underfloor central heating throughout (except shower room, which has electric underfloor heating), with zoned thermostats
- Underground LPG (propane) storage tank
- Bio treatment sewage system
- Fully insulated (with Tri-Iso Super 9) and weatherproofed roof
- Fully insulated (with Celotex 60mm) floors
- Original leaded glass windows throughout
- Original church bell with pull-rope (yes it works)
- Ample electrical points throughout
- Building Regulations certificated on 7 June 2007
- Broadband Internet connection (subject to contract)
- Satellite TV dish and connection (subject to contract)
- Neighbours on one side only (former rectory); fields on all other sides
- Large wooden storage shed in garden
- Normal covenants exist