Coun­try life in the peace of Had­don

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Tonight’s Tv - john kralevich prop­erty re­porter

VAST space, great swathes of green, and a pri­vate lo­ca­tion in the coun­try – The Manor House in Had­don was seen as an ideal place to bring up a fam­ily.

It ap­pealed to Lucy and John Roe be­cause of its con­sid­er­able space and grounds when they upped sticks 15 years ago from a farm­house in Cas­tle Bytham, in Lin­colnshire, which had lit­tle land.

John, a char­tered ac­coun­tant, also wanted to be close to work, in Peter­bor­ough, to the cen­tre of the city and the rail­way sta­tion.

The Manor House also suited eques­trian pur­suits, as their daugh­ters, So­phie (21), Emily (19) and Anna (16) en­joyed rid­ing.

The Roes were at­tracted to the house – stone-built in 1875 at the front and brick­built from the 17th cen­tury at the rear – be­cause of its size and orig­i­nal fea­tures such as fire­places and cor­nic­ing. Wide stair­cases and lots of win­dows give it a very light feel through­out.

Gen­eral home im­prove­ments have been car­ried out, in­clud­ing in­stalling a new kitchen and new bath­rooms.

Im­pres­sive wrought iron gates set into a sub­stan­tial brick gate­way open on to a long, lilac and lau­rel-lined grav­elled drive­way lead­ing to the front of the house.

There is a copse, lawns, fruit trees, three pad­docks, a bridge over a stream to the ten­nis court, var­i­ous out­build­ings and a fil­tered out­door swim­ming pool.

En­try, via the orig­i­nal door, is into a re­cep­tion hall, off which are the draw­ing room and break­fast kitchen.

The sash win­dows of both rooms al­low in lots of light. The grand draw­ing room also draws the eye to its or­nate mar­ble fire­place hous­ing an open fire.

In the kitchen, a typ­i­cally high-ceilinged room at the front of the house, there is ex­posed wooden floor­ing, wall pan­elling, fit­ted units, an oil-fired Aga and but­ler sink.

Off the kitchen to the side are four fur­ther rooms, the util­ity room, boot room, cloak­room and larder.

In the heart of the house are the spa­cious din­ing room fea­tur­ing a mar­ble fire­place and French doors to the ten­nis court and the sit­ting room which fo­cuses on stone fire­place.

At the rear is a self­con­tained an­nexe, which con­sists of a bed­room, sit­ting room, bath­room and fully func­tional kitchen.

There is also a boiler room, and men’s and women’s WCs, in situ from the days, prior to the Roes’ pur­chase of the prop­erty, when The Manor House had a short-lived ex­is­tence as a res­tau­rant.

On the first floor, at the top of the land­ing there is a light and spa­cious area which could be ideal for com­puter use or read­ing.

The main bed­room is a gen­er­ous size, fea­tures ceil­ing pan­elling and leads off to an en suite bath­room. The other bed­room at the front is sim­i­larly gen­er­ous in pro­por­tions and is, typ­i­cally, light and airy in feel.

There are four fur­ther bed­rooms, a guest room, and two bath­rooms, the fam­ily bath­room fit­ted with a cast iron bath and a power shower, on the this level.

A con­cealed stair­case leads to the sec­ond floor. It is a to­tally ren­o­vated space hous­ing three “over­flow” bed­rooms and a box room – ideal as es­cape dens for teenagers.

They of­fer views of the gar­dens, ten­nis court and fields be­yond, and the streets of Had­don re­spec­tively.

Out­side, there is a court­yard gar­den, and a num­ber of out­build­ings which pro­vide stor­age and work­shop space. The large barn, com­plete with new electrics, is used as a party/games room – “ideal for en­ter­tain­ing”, ac­cord­ing to Lucy.

See page two for more pic­tures and in­for­ma­tion on this prop­erty.

pri­Vate lo­ca­tion: The Manor House in Had­don was seen as the ideal place to bring up a fam­ily.

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