Impressive oak grandeur

Front aspect of Soham House in Newmarket
Front aspect of Soham House in Newmarket

A magnificent Arts and Craft house offering extensive accommodation in a secluded and enviable town location with established grounds extending to approximately 1 acre.

Commissioned by the Johnstone family in 1892 to design a large Tudor style country house at Newmarket it was built by C J Harold Cooper, a prominent figure in the Arts and Craft movement. This stunning property offers soft red brick facades with French stone mullion windows and a peg tiled roof.

The house comes with a history linked to the racing industry. It was purchased by Lord Queensborough reputed to be the wealthiest man in England at the time.

He bought the house as his Newmarket residence and his daughter, the eccentric and leading racehorse owner, The Hon Dorothy Wyndham Paget lived there until 1952 when the property took on a new role as the Horse Racing Forensic Laboratories.

Restored back to a home in 1997 this house retains many attractive features from skilled craftsmen including original oak panelling, oak floors and high ceilings. Particularly impressive is the vaulted dining hall with an elegant oak staircase and carved oak finials.

The property has seven bedrooms, five bath/shower rooms, a cellar with wine store, billiard room, silver room with stores, drawing room, dining hall, playroom and two more reception rooms.

The house occupies a private position in Snailwell Road and is approached through a tree lined drive with an ornamental fountain.

There is turning and parking for several cars and access to a substantial garage block with three large garages and cart lodge.

The large mature grounds offer a high degree of privacy and are enclosed by close boarded wooden fencing. The gardens are well maintained with a large paved terrace and external lighting.Further land is available by separate negotiation. There is gas fire central heating and the property is within the Council Tax band H at £3,050.86 a year.