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4 Bedroom detached house The Magpies, Maulden £725,000

The handsome house at The Magpies, which is set in a small, exclusive development at Maulden, near Ampthill, has been a much-loved and very well-maintained family home

When the owner of the house at The Magpies walked past the exclusive development in Maulden 28 years ago, she was enticed by the sight of a handsome new property being built. “It was ideal for us,” she remembers. “We had two young children at the time, and we knew it would be a good family home.” The detached, four-bedroom property promised to have many attractive features, her husband recalls: “We liked the size of the house and garden and the fact it was part of a small development. It was also in an ideal location, in the village of Maulden, which has local shops, yet close to the Georgian town of Ampthill and within very easy reach of Milton Keynes, with its many activities, shops, leisure facilities and transport connections.”

The couple took great pleasure in watching their new home being built and enjoyed having input into the interior finish. “We were able to choose kitchen and bathroom fittings and to change the layout of the bedrooms slightly to make them all into good-sized doubles,” she continues. The four-bedroom house has been upgraded and updated significantly over the years. It has been carefully finished with décor from Laura Ashley and a number of striking and very practical features. “We have added a storm porch, landscaped the garden, replaced the kitchen and had a beautiful oak and glass staircase fitted,” he explains. “We have also had a wood-burner installed in the drawing room; an electric roller door fitted to the garage and have replaced all windows and doors with double-glazing.”
The stunning, contemporary kitchen, with its high-gloss white units, central island and granite work surfaces, is at the heart of everything that happens at the property, according to the couple. “The whole house works very well but I would say the kitchen is the hub of the home,” she admits. “We have had many parties here and this is often where people gather when they are not out in the secluded garden. When our daughter was married, we had a celebration here in the garden with family and friends the following day. Our youngest daughter had her 30th birthday here. We have had so many happy occasions at this house.”
The drawing room, with its wood-burning stove, is also great space in which to relax or entertain family and friends. “We love lighting the fire in the winter and even do so occasionally on a chilly evening in summer! The wood-burner has been a really welcome addition to this house.” Upstairs, the bedrooms also have a calm, relaxing ambience, and the size of the rooms makes it easy to accommodate overnight guests. “The master bedroom is a nice room, with an en suite bathroom, but I also love our daughter’s bedroom, which has recently been redecorated and is particularly bright and sunny.”
During the warmer months, the garden really comes into its own and the owners like to make the most of the generous space, which is surrounded by an exquisite stone wall. “We are very fortunate in that it is extremely private and tranquil, and benefits from lots of sunshine,” he observes. “We have sun on the decking throughout the day.” The surrounding area also offers peaceful places to explore, from Maulden Woods, with its carpets of bluebells in the springtime, to Woburn Abbey and Ampthill Great Park.
The historic village of Maulden, which was mentioned in the Domesday Book, has a primary school, pubs and parish church. There is a good selection of secondary schools in the area and charming Ampthill is known for its boutiques, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as its sports clubs and annual festival. “There is so much to do in this area, from playing golf on challenging courses, such as the one Woburn Golf Club; joining the flying club and watching twilight air displays at Shuttleworth,” she adds. “We can head into Milton Keynes to go to the theatre, cinema or indoor ski centre – or to watch the annual fireworks display – and with the A1 and M1, and good train stations, so close we can also get into London very easily. There is so much to do here and yet we can also return to peace and quiet of our own home at the end of the day.”

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