Houghton Conquest, Bedford with Planning for a Detached 2 Bedroom Bungalow
- Ensuite Shower
- Four Double Bedrooms
- 0.25-acre Plot
- Planning Granted for 2 Bedroom Bungalow in Grounds
Built in the late 1800s and beginning as two cottages, this handsome double-fronted property was converted into one in the 1970s, and brilliantly enlarged by the owner in 2011 to increase living space and include a fourth bedroom with en suite. There's still plenty of potential, with planning permission to build a two-bedroom bungalow in the just over 0.25-acre grounds.
As part of the 2011 extension, modern comforts were added, such as underfloor heating throughout, ground source heating, a damp course, "mega insulation", and a new roof in order to raise the ceilings. The existing shell was reduced to "only four walls", and the house now presents generous, well-proportioned accommodation for larger (or growing) families.
Upon entering the abode is the hallway, where there's a full-height wooden staircase with rope banister and understairs storage alcove. The hardwearing wood-style flooring extends to the entire ground floor. Tucked away to the right is the utility, giving space for a washing machine and a tumble dryer, a cupboard for laundry and cleaning supplies, and access to the ground floor shower room.
To the end of the hall is the hub of any home-the kitchen.
Currently delivering open shelving and integrated Neff appliances, there's scope and versatility to update fixtures, fittings and even the layout to individual tastes. An alcove is ideal for a breakfast bar or even a workspace. Doors lead onto the garden and into both the lounge and the separate dining room, providing indoor or outdoor dining options.
The bright, triple aspect lounge has bi-fold doors to the side, and a large window overlooking the patio.
All four bedrooms are doubles with ample space for furniture. The 14ft master is super-generous as well as super-light due to dual aspects, Velux rooflights and high ceilings. The fabulous en suite was made for unwinding, fitted with both bath and double walk-in shower. The first floor and ground floor shower rooms are also fitted in contemporary suites with attractive tiling, and the first floor has a deep airing cupboard for handy towel and surplus toiletries storage.
Outside, there are three distinct sections to the enclosed garden-the gravel driveway to the side, the neat lawn, and the patio.
The driveway allows for multi-vehicle parking, and means the potential bungalow would have its own parking provisions too. The lawn is interspersed with mature trees, including plum and olive, and has bamboo to one edge. The patio links the inside to the outside via a covered pergola-a superb spot for relaxing sheltered from the rain and shaded from the sun. There's also a summerhouse to the patio, and lots of space for sheds to the lawn area.
As for the location, Albert Place is a private lane with "absolutely lovely neighbours" within a community of "friendly people". At the top of the lane, mere metres away, you'll find the local shop with a Post Office, and in the village itself is 2021's 'Best Pub' in England, The Knife and Cleaver.
Although small, Houghton Conquest is well-connected. By car, Flitwick station is just a few minutes' away, you can reach Luton airport in half an hour, and Bedford and Milton Keynes are within 20 and 30 minutes, respectively. A few miles away is Ampthill, which is the closest for a wide range of amenities such as cafes and restaurants, shops, Waitrose supermarket, hairdressers, etc. The kids are well catered for, with schooling, football fields and a skatepark nearby. As are the dogs (and humans), with wonderful walks-and prime sledging slopes according to the owner's son-at King's Wood ancient woodland.
Kept devotedly within the same family for three generations, now is the time to offer this fantastic home to new lovely neighbours.