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5 Bedroom detached house Blyth Court, Milton Keynes £650,000

The property at Blyth Court sits on a generous plot at the end of a tranquil cul-de-sac. It has off-road parking and includes a detached double garage. To the rear, the house opens on to a garden, with two terraces and ample space for outside dining, ent

Until visitors enter the house on Blyth Court for the very first time, they have no idea just how family friendly it is, explains the current owner. “They are also not aware of the size of the plot or the privacy it offers,” she adds. “We are at the end of a cul-de-sac, on one of the development’s larger plots, and it is a very well-balanced house, with good-sized, well-shaped rooms.” Situated at Tattenhoe, one of the ancient parishes that now form Milton Keynes, the property was newly built when they moved in. “We bought it off-plan in 2004,” she explains. “It was one of approximately 20 houses to be built on a field once belonging to the local manor house: one of the original hedges still forms part of our boundary and there is still a tiny medieval church nearby, where candle-lit services are sometimes held at Christmas.”

Entered via a reception hall, which has access to a cloakroom, the property offers generous, well-proportioned, ground-floor accommodation. To the right is the long drawing room, which runs from front to back of the house and boasts a bay window, together with French windows. There is also an office or study and a light dining room, which opens on to the terrace and garden. The utility room is opposite the dining room and then the kitchen breakfast room opens on to the family room, which also has a door on to the back garden. “The arrangement of the ground-floor living space was one of the major attractions to the house,” she recalls. “We knew it would give us room to spread out and do our own things while also being able to gather together and socialise when we wanted to.”
Indeed, the layout has worked exactly as they hoped it would do. “My son was able to go into the family room to play his games while my daughter was able to work in the study,” she observes. “Everyone had their own space yet was near to each other. Entertaining here has also been very easy as the drawing room and the dining room are good sizes – we can seat up to 12 people round the table in the dining room, which has conservatory-style windows and is therefore always very light.”
All five bedrooms at the Tattenhoe property are up on the first floor. “Four of these are very good-sized doubles, with the master bedroom as the largest,” the owner says. “This has an en suite bathroom, with a bath and shower, while another room has an en suite shower room.” The remaining three bedrooms share the family bathroom. “We have always had plenty of space for people to stay, which has been nice, especially at Christmas.” All the bedrooms have fitted wardrobes and, like the rest of the house, have been given a sophisticated neutral finish, in simple greys and beiges. “This has enabled us to bring colour in through furniture, furnishings and other items,” she adds.
With all the doors on to the garden, the house opens comfortably on to its outside spaces. In the summer, there is a seamless flow between the interior and exterior, making it ideal for barbecues and garden parties, as well as quiet relaxation. “We have different places for sitting out, including an outside dining area with a circular terrace and raised beds, where up to eight people can sit around the table.” There is also a small kitchen garden area where fruit and vegetables can be grown.
Situated on the edge of Milton Keynes, close to the famous Bletchley Park, Tattenhoe offers the best of all worlds. “It is very quiet here, with lots of parks and green areas such as Howe Park Wood nearby, and we are close to countryside,” she explains. “Buses into central Milton Keynes pass through the development. We have a popular family pub/restaurant and local shops 10 minutes’ walk away and a centre with library and supermarkets just 15 minutes walk away. We can walk to primary and secondary schools and are on the right side of town for the grammar schools.” Milton Keynes itself is well connected, with trains into London taking approximately 35 minutes, and good road links, including to the M1 motorway. “We are not planning to move too far way but will certainly miss the connectivity of this area,” she admits. “We will also miss all the space we have here, which really has to be seen to be appreciated.”

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