Warboys villa up for auction for first time in 109 years

Friday 23 September 2016

A smart Victorian villa in Warboys, near Huntingdon, will hit the open market for the first time in over 109 years at the next property auction held by NAVA members Cheffins.

Mayfield has stayed in the hands of the same family since it was built back in 1907. Passed from generation to generation, the property has a number of Victorian period features which have been untouched since it was built, including cast iron fireplaces and bay windows. The house has three bedrooms, a conservatory, two bathrooms and is set in mature gardens. There is also an off-lying area of garden land extending to approximately 0.7 acres with a garage, greenhouses and polytunnels which is available by separate negotiation.

Owned by Mr John Harvey, 67, the property was built by his grandparents, Benjamin and Dorothy Ashley.

Mr Harvey comments:
“We preserved the majority of the main house and the features which were installed by my grandparents all those years ago. We added a double garage and a veranda and a brick built outhouse with wooden greenhouse. I have trained over 125 winning greyhounds from the purpose-built kennels in the garden which can house up to six greyhounds at a time. We are leaving an original garden seat from 1907 when the property was built, as well as original rockery and mature chestnut and walnut trees.”

Harvey’s son is well-known cricketer, Zak Harvey, who plays for the Northants Saints and who honed his skills on the bowling machine in the garden of Mayfield. Mr Harvey has also installed a series of greenhouses and polytunnels on the adjoining land, from which he grows flowers for hanging baskets which are supplied to local businesses throughout Huntingdon. 

Simon Gooderham, Director, Cheffins comments:
“In need of updating, Mayfield is an opportunity to modernise a substantial house set on a no-through road. It has been the most wonderful family home...and it is hugely rare for a property to have never come to the market since being built over one hundred years ago. As such a substantial house with the offering of the additional land, I would expect us to see a number of bidders on the day.”

Warboys is a large village in Cambridgeshire, lying seven miles from Huntingdon and around 24 miles from Cambridge. The village has a post office, community school, a popular pub, a church and a number of sports and social clubs. Huntingdon station is eight miles away and offers regular services to London Kings Cross in one hour.

The property has a guide price of £400,000 - £425,000 and the adjoining land has a guide price of £80,000 - £100,000, through Cheffins Auctioneers. The sale will take place on 28 September at 2pm at 1-2 Clifton House, Cambridge, CB1 7EA. For more information, please visit www.cheffins.co.uk