200 Years of Construction On Show This Weekend

One of the region’s most unusual properties is holding a public open day this weekend.

Drages Farm Cottage in Reed near Royston has just come onto the market with leading local estate agent Mullucks Wells, and will be open for viewings on Saturday 20 July from 11am to 1pm.

The Grade II listed property represents over 200 years of construction. What appears to be the front of the house is in fact a 19th Century extension to the original 17th Century thatched cottage, which lies behind.

David Emberson from selling agent Mullucks Wells said: “This is one for real period property enthusiasts, and is certainly one of the most unusual houses I have ever had the opportunity to sell. The building is a quirky combination from two different eras several hundred years apart, and is now in need of total renovation. But a casual observer passing by the front of the house would never predict the existence of the older section at the rear.”

The original cottage is timber framed, under a steeply pitched thatched roof. The later extension at the front is also timber framed, with a brick rough cast elevation under a roof of slate. Inside, they are linked by a doorway at ground floor level, with a fine inglenook fireplace in the sitting room.

Upstairs, there are three bedrooms and an attic room. Outside, there are three quarters of an acre of grounds, a large barn garage with log store, and weatherboarded workshop with power and light connected. The 5-bar gate entrance leads to a parking area for several vehicles.

The property was lived in by the previous owner until she sadly passed away last autumn, and is now being sold by her sons.

David Emberson added: “Anyone interested in buying this remarkable building is welcome to join us at an open day this Saturday between 11am and 1pm for a good look around. For those wishing to locate the property with a Sat Nav, the post code is SG8 8AH.“

Drages Farm Cottage in Reed near Royston is on the market for £350,000 with Mullucks Wells on 01799 520520 (www.mullucks.co.uk).