Portabella, Sharnbrook Road, Souldrop, Bedford
Surrounded by fields and farmland in the tiny village of Souldrop is this traditional detached residence of four/five bedrooms, two bathrooms, two garages and a spectacular garden. A stone's throw from neighbouring Sharnbrook, the address is in catchment of the popular Sharnbrook Academy, and close to amenities such as a Co-op, Post Office, pubs and the village hall.
Set in Bedfordshire near the border of Northamptonshire, Bedford town centre and mainline station are around 10 miles away, and the Rushden Lakes shopping and leisure centre is within a short drive.
Portabella is presented to pristine conditions, benefitting from recent, thorough and immaculate redecoration, including walls, internal doors, woodwork, etc. As well as being spotlessly clean, the accommodation is light and bright from dual aspects, spacious sizes and soft colour schemes.
The original build style has been maintained to exacting standards, while the kitchen and bathrooms have been updated.
The kitchen is particularly striking-fitted in a contemporary range of white gloss cupboards that provide extensive storage, and with dark granite worktops that contrast wonderfully. Integrated appliances include a washing machine, Neff dishwasher and Neff oven and grill. A Neff induction hob is set into the central island, with a Neff recessed ceiling extractor above. A Franke sink sits under the window, and there's an alcove for an American-style fridge/freezer.
From breakfast at the fabulous island in the kitchen, to a cup of tea in the tranquil garden room overlooking the flora, dinner can be taken in the formal dining room, where there's space for a large table for plenty of guests.
Retiring to the sitting room is as effortless as stepping through the connecting double doors. Both reception rooms are generous and flexible with a relaxing, comfortable ambiance. The sitting room has double sliding doors opening onto the patio, ideal for that indoor-outdoor feel on warmer days.
Heading upstairs, the galleried landing is a delightful part of the home, bringing lots of natural light and an openness and welcoming atmosphere to the entrance hall. Bedrooms one to four are all double-sized, with the master and second bedroom incorporating fitted furniture. Bedroom four leads into bedroom five, which could be utilised as a dressing room, nursery, or tucked-away, secluded office as the owners have done. There are lovely views over fields from the rear bedrooms.
Both the en suite and family shower rooms have been fitted in gorgeous modern suites, incorporating Hansgrohe walk-in double showers with rainheads, Villeroy & Boch wcs and vanity sinks, and chrome towel rails and flush panels. The cloakroom downstairs has been fitted in the same style.
Storage at this house is ample, with eaves in the garage, the brick store in the garden, the loft, double airing cupboard, understairs cupboard, and a wall of wardrobes in the master bedroom.
Outside, the enclosed rear garden is absolutely beautiful, tended to remarkably by the owners. Planting around the perfect central lawn is vibrant and abundant with flowers and shrubs such as roses, fuchsia, lupins and even a plum tree. Patios situated across the full width of the house and under a pergola to the far corner of the garden allow for separate seating areas.
The front can be accessed via gated passageway to the side, which leads under a laurel arch. The driveway and adjacent garages deliver off-road parking for multiple vehicles.
If you're looking for a substantial house, with an extraordinary garden, in a village location, Portabella delivers on all counts.