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A former Georgian family home in the fast growing Cambridgeshire market town of Chatteris has been restored and converted into eight luxury two and three bedroom apartments after spending the last few decades in various guises, including a tractor showroom, auction house, supermarket and Indian takeaway.

A Grade II listed building, Chatteris House was completed in 1828 since when it has been an imposing feature on Chatteris’ High Street. After a chequered history it has spent the last few years empty and at the mercy of vandals and pigeons. The conversion, by Lincolnshire- based Ashley King Developments, has taken two years and brings the house back to its former glory while at the same time offering the highest standards of 21st century living. Skilled craftsmen restored as much as possible and everything else was recreated on site using original techniques and materials. Modern requirements have been met with light and airy interiors, flexible use for rooms, modern kitchen facilities, private parking and the highest levels of security including CCTV and gated entrance.

Once through the electric security gates, steps at the front of the house lead up to an intricate original mahogany front door, lovingly restored after years of abuse by vandals. Inside a sweeping stone staircase gives a stately home feel. Each apartment within Chatteris House is different, with each restored to complement original features The ground floor flats have 16ft high ceilings, whereas on the second floor lower ceilings give the homely feeling of the original servants’ quarters. And the basement – originally the wine cellar - uses original features to create a very modern feel, including an arch shaped wet room. Where interesting features have been found they have been used. These include a large safe, now converted to storage space. Windows have either been restored or recreated as originals and decorative elements, such as cornicing, have been painstakingly recreated.

At the top of the house is an octagon stained glass window of a similar design to one in nearby Ely Cathedral, currently being restored to its original form. Floors are of reclaimed timber planks, with York Stone in the entrance hall. Even the guttering is of the original cast iron.

Chatteris House is set in private landscaped grounds in which six two and three bedroom houses, The Coach Houses, have been built in a sympathetic style to the original house.

The project has been managed by Alan Melton, who has lived in Chatteris all his life and is also a local councillor: “Chatteris is a growing market town and part of the ‘Cambridge sub region’ . New businesses, such as embryonic science-based companies, are being attracted to the town, including 70 at the South Fens Business Centre. It’s ideally situated for all Cambridgeshire towns and we have a growing number of people commuting to London, which can be done in an hour and a half. It’s got great facilities, including good schools and is also just an hour away from the popular north Norfolk coast. This accommodation is just right for the type of people being attracted to the town.”

Prices for the apartments are from £199,995 to £299,000 and for the Coach Houses from £160,000 to £227,000. For details contact Januarys Countrywide on 01353 661171, ely@januaryscountrywide.co.uk.

Ashley King Developments specialises in prestigious, high quality developments of new homes across the Eastern region.

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Judith Gaskell, Cambridge PR, 01223 309288/0781 4523734 judith.gaskellpr@ukonline.co.uk

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