Hold onto our hats, there’s a lot of background for Kings Willow House, a 1930s grade II-listed modernist property in Hilton, Cambridge.
Set in its own grounds (around 17 acres) and surrounded by countryside around 10 miles out of Cambridge, the house was originally designed and built as Wheatfield House for Joseph Hugh Leycester, the architects being Dyson and Hebeler of Cambridge.
The Dyson of that duo was particularly keen on the modernist ideas of the era, alongside some of the art deco influences prevalent at the time. The result is a mix of both and a notable build at the time. It was featured in Architectural Review in October 1938 and listed in 2010 due to many of its original features being preserved.
The house was originally a focal point for the farmland around, but no farming takes place on the land now. In fact, the land is also being sold off, as well as the house.
As for the house, well the images give you an idea of some of those original 1930s features still here, although there has obviously been some modernisation too. Not too much though – this is still very much a relic of that era.
In terms of space, well, there’s plenty of it – around 4,000 sq. ft. of it to be precise. The breakdown for the main accommodation is an entrance via a wooden door to the spacious entrance hall (with spiral stone stairs and built-in book shelves), a cloakroom, a lounge with open fireplace and wooden floor, that stunning circular dining room, a family room with marble surround fireplace, a large kitchen and a utility room.
Upstairs, you’ll find the main landing, a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a family bathroom and five further bedrooms. In a hint to its past, there’s also the ‘servants’ quarters’ with two more bedrooms, a second landing and a bathroom.
Outside is the 17 acres of land, align with off-road parking, an office/outbuilding, two large wooden sheds, an air raid shelter and an 8ft brick wall all around.
If you want to make it your home, you’ll need around £1,950,000.
Find out more at the Peter Lane and Partners website