Built in 1327, Grade II listed Bletsoe Castle today stands as a beautiful family home, that retains many original features in a leafy part of Bedfordshire.
Were it not for the Grade II-listed ruins of a stone bridge, now a charming garden feature, and the well-maintained moat that wraps around two sides of this sizeable property, one might forget it had ever been fortified at all.
The present Bletsoe Castle is a much-renovated house of late-16th-century origins, which was used as a farmhouse from the early 19th century; it’s now a glorious family home in a sunny spot with eight bedrooms and seven reception rooms, including a billiard room. The property has come to market via Michael Graham at a guide price of £2.6 million.
The three principal entertaining rooms, with their traditional fireplaces and exposed beams, are interlinked and open onto the garden—ideal for a summer drinks party. The house’s 24¼ acres contain beautiful gardens, mostly laid to lawn, with colourful beds, specimen trees and shrubs.
There’s a walled garden filled with vegetables and fruit trees, plus paddocks, a tennis court, two one-bedroom grooms’ cottages, stables, tack room, greenhouse, barn and further outbuildings. The village of Bledsoe is about six miles from the county town of Bedford.
Bletsoe: What you need to know
Location: Bletsoe is a village located approximately 7 miles north of Bedford. The nearest train station is in Bedford and offers links to London.
Atmosphere: The small village has a park, village hall and church, whereas the nearby market town of Bedford has a range of shopping facilities, restaurants, cafes and bars.
Things to do: With miles of rolling countryside surrounding Bletsoe, and with Bletsoe Castle being so well equipped for equestrian sports, it provides the perfect opportunity to explore the surrounding area on horse-back. For the more golf-enthused, there are courses at Woburn and Apley Guise.
Schools: Milton Ernest C of E Primary School, Thurleigh Primary School and Pinchmill Primary School are good local options. Secondary options can be found slightly further afield, with Cedars Upper School and Harlington Upper School.
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