Cottage with converted water tower in the garden on sale for £1,750,000


Stunning (Picture: BNPS)

If you can afford a London parking space then you’re about halfway towards being able to afford this Grade II listed property in Bedfordshire.

Church Cottage is thought to have been built in the 16th century.

It’s been done up beautifully, with a thatched roof covering modern features throughout, and an extension branching off one side.

But the most striking part of the property is the converted water tower in the garden.

The tower was built by the US Army who were stationed in the village during the Second World War.

The extension was built in 2010, but modern touches haven’t replaced classic period features like exposed beams, original fireplaces and a pine-panelled snug.

How cute is that (Picture: MichaelGraham/BNPS)
Not bad (Picture: MichaelGraham/BNPS)

The house spans 3,540 sq ft, with an entrance hall, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room and snug on the first floor in the original part of the cottage, and a glazed atrium linking it to the extension with the sitting room and two bedrooms with en suites.

Upstairs, there are three more bedrooms, one with an en suite, and a family bedroom.

The water tower has a gym on the ground floor, a bathroom on the first and a bedroom on the top floor, with stunning views.

As if that wasn’t enough to be getting on with, there’s also an indoor heated swimming pool in an outbuilding and a garage and parking for up to five cars in the 0.85 of an acre grounds that are partly made up of woodland, and partly landscaped garden.

Robert Fitzjohn from Michael Graham, who are selling the property, said: ‘It’s quite remarkable to have a listed house with a water tower and incredible contemporary extension.

Yet more lovely beams (Picture: MichaelGraham/BNPS)
‘This is a really amazing house’ (Picture: MichaelGraham/BNPS)

‘It’s probably one of the most interesting architectural properties we have had in the last ten years.

‘The house has a panelled sitting room and the local story is that the vicar taking up residency at the church next door said the only way he would come to the job was if they panelled the sitting room.

‘I think a lot of people fall in love with the idea of oak beams and different-sized walls, but it’s not always practical.

‘With this house, you get the period charm and the open contemporary living space. The water tower was built by the US Army. The owners call it the dog house, if you’re in trouble it’s an extra place to sleep.

The water tower (Picture: MichaelGraham/BNPS)

‘The whole place is rented out as an Airbnb and has been incredibly successful – we were only able to get viewing access of four weeks over four months because of the bookings.

‘It’s an incredibly quiet area and has far-reaching 360-degree views over the church and the Bedfordshire countryside. This is a really amazing house.’

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