5 bedroom House - semi-detached (Sold)

Hertford
£1,000,000
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Overview

A substantial and individualistic Grade II Listed former Mill Cottage with large gardens fronting the river and a luxury barn conversion annexe in a beautiful semi-rural setting just a short walk from Hertford North station. (Property Ref: 509)

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Overall Description

This substantial Grade II Listed character property comprises the original Georgian miller's cottage with further substantial period additions (late Victorian and 1920's), so it has a pleasant combination of large well proportioned rooms from the later period with earlier cottage style features. The whole property was sub-divided in the 1960's into two substantial homes. The result is a family home of immense character that will certainly suit lovers of the unconventional. As an example, the wonderful large and light sitting room used to be the dance hall to the main house, so has the 1920's sprung oak floor still intact. It also has a grand open fireplace, large arched windows and French doors out to the patio. The rest of the ground floor comprises a large dining room just off the shaker style kitchen, a large utility room, spacious hall and cloakroom. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, the large master having a river view and en-suite, as well as a bathroom and study or second sitting room/snug. Just across the private drive is the converted Barn which is rented out as luxury B&B accommodation but would make an excellent annexe for an elderly relative or teenager. It has a large open-plan vaulted living space with kitchenette, large double bedroom and luxury shower room along with a sunny patio garden. The gardens to the house are a major selling point being large (around three quarters of an acre in size), mature and running down to the River Beane (the owners used to keep a boat for messing around on the river). The timber garage has been converted into an artist's studio and games room but could be easily turned back to a garage if so required. If you are looking for an idyllic place to bring up a family but want to be within walking distance to Hertford North Station and the Hertford town centre then this wonderful home has it all.

Location

This magnificent character home sits in the highly desirable area of Lower Bengeo, less than a ten minute walk from Hertford North Station (with services to Moorgate/London Kings Cross) and a level walk into the town centre. Hertford has a very good range of local facilities such as shops, restaurants, and supermarkets, yet is also an attractive and very pleasant place to live, which (along with its excellent transport links) is why it is so popular with young professional couples and commuters. There is a second station, Hertford East, with services to Liverpool Street and the A10 and A1 are easily accessible. There are very good schools at all levels in the town making it a popular place for young families (the current owners have been here for 17 years during which time the children have grown up and flown the nest). The town is surrounded by some very beautiful countryside and has a wide range of sporting and leisure pursuits close to hand including Hartham Common with its riverside walks and cycle path, activity centre, swimming pool and tennis courts.

Accommodation

From the private drive the glazed front door leads into the:

Entrance Hall - 17'6 x 11'2 (5.33m x 3.40m)

Window to front. Brick fireplace (not operational) and feature brick wall with exposed timbers. Wooden floorboards. Exposed beams. Stairs to first floor with under-stairs cupboard. Period style front door bell and radiator.

Shower Room - 5'7 x 5'4 (1.70m x 1.63m)

Frosted window to front. Fitted shower cubicle. Low-level WC. Vanity unit with wash-hand basin and cupboard beneath. Tiled floor. Heated towel rail. Extractor.

Utility Room - 17'2 x 7'8 (5.23m x 2.34m)

Window to rear. Belfast sink. Roll-top work surface with space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble-drier beneath. Space for freezer. Cupboard housing gas central heating boiler and hot water tank.

Dining Room - 22'8 x 11'10 (6.91m x 3.61m)

Glazed French doors and three windows to front. Tiled floor. Exposed beam. Fitted cupboard. Period style radiator.

Kitchen - 15'9 x 9'9 (4.80m x 2.97m)

Large window to front and side. Good range of kitchen units with granite work surfaces and Belfast sink. Space for range cooker with gas hob and extractor above. Fitted dishwasher. Fitted fridge. Tiled floor. Spotlights. Period style radiator.

Sitting Room - 27'6 widest x 23'5 widest (8.38m widest x 7.14m wi

This room was built in the 1920's as a ballroom to the main house and has a sprung oak floor. Two large arched windows to the side and French doors out to the patio to the front. Attractive stone surround fireplace with wood-burning stove and a stone hearth. Fitted shelving. TV aerial point. Telephone point. Two period style radiators.

First Floor - 12' x 7'1 (3.66m x 2.16m)

From the hallway stairs lead up to the landing. Exposed beams.

Bedroom Three - 14'3 x 12' (4.34m x 3.66m)

Large window to front and Velux to rear. Vaulted roof with exposed beams. Vanity unit with wash-hand basin and cupboard. Radiator.

Bedroom Four - 12'1 x 12'1 (3.68m x 3.68m)

Window to front. Vaulted ceiling. Fitted wardrobe and desk space. Radiator.

Bathroom - 8'7 x 6'7 (2.62m x 2.01m)

Ceiling light. Part vaulted ceiling with Velux. Roll-top bath. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin with double shaver socket. Half tiled walls. Tiled floor.

Study/Snug - 15'10 x 13'7 (4.83m x 4.14m)

Window to side. Vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. Original brick surround fireplace with tiled hearth (gas supply and gas flue fitted). Radiator. Telephone point.

Inner Landing - 15'6 x 4'11 (4.72m x 1.50m)

Original large fitted linen cupboards/wardrobes. Further original storage cupboards.

Bedroom Two - 12'5 x 11' (3.78m x 3.35m)

Sash window to side. High ceiling. Wash-hand basin. Radiator.

Master Bedroom - 16'4 x 15'11 (4.98m x 4.85m)

Large sash window to rear with attractive outlook over the river. Window seat with storage cupboards beneath. High ceiling. Original fireplace with wooden mantel and ornate surround. Large wardrobe unit. Original fitted cupboard with shelving. Loft hatch.

En-Suite Bathroom - 5'11 x 5'9 (1.80m x 1.75m)

Roll-top bath. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin.

The Barn

Opposite the house on the other side of the driveway is a detached barn which has been converted into a luxury annexe which the owners use for Bed & Breakfast (£75 per night or from £350 to £375 per week depending on the season). It would also make an excellent home office or an annexe for an elderly relative or teenager. A stable door leads into the entrance hall with steps down to the:

The Barn Living Room/Kitchen - 27'10 x 10'7 (8.48m x 3.23m)

Open plan living space with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. Three Velux windows and French doors out to the patio garden area. Space for dining table. Two radiators. Kitchen area: with roll-top work surfaces and breakfast bar, space for fridge and tiled floor.

The Barn Bedroom - 18'1 x 10'8 (5.51m x 3.25m)

A large double room with vaulted ceiling and exposed beams. Window to front. Radiator.

The Barn Shower Room - 6'7 x 5'3 (2.01m x 1.60m)

Frosted window to side. Fitted shower cubicle with electric shower. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin. Radiator.

Outside

The property is approached over a gravel drive (shared with next door) to gates leading into the private driveway for the main house and barn. There is a large gravel parking/turning area next to which is the TIMBER GARAGE/STUDIO: This has been converted into three sections with electric power and light but could be made back to a garage if so desired: 1) A studio room (11' x 9'10) with door to side, window to rear and loft hatch leading to storage space. 2) A games room (11' x 9'2) with window to side. 3) Store (11' x 3'2) with garage door to front. DOVECOT: Brick building (10'1 x 7'7) with loft storage. The gardens are a major feature of this property being mature, attractively laid out, and extending to approximately three quarters of an acre. There is a large area of lawn leading down to the bank onto the River Beane (the owners used to keep a boat) and with attractive views over the river to the countryside beyond. There is a vegetable patch at the bottom of the garden and a number of fruit trees including two old English apple trees (one cooker, one cooker/eater), a damson, two pear trees and a cherry. Up towards the house is a pleasant patio area leading up to the French doors into the sitting room.

Services & Other Info.

Mains gas, electricity and water (not metered). Private drainage (New bio-tank septic tank shared with next door) - annual costs around £150 plus reduced water rates. Gas central heating. Double-glazed windows (except for original sash windows in the study and bedrooms 1 and 2). The house and the neighbouring property were subdivided in the 1960's with both having areas of flying freehold, all of which is fully detailed in the Land Registry entry. Approx 3,125 square feet. Council tax band F £219.00 a month for 10 months -£2193.25 (2014/2015)

Please note: appliances such as radiators, heaters, boilers, fixtures or utilities (gas, water, electricity, etc.) which may have been mentioned in these details have not been tested and no guarantee can be given that they are suitable or in working order. We cannot guarantee that building regulations or planning permission have been approved and recommend that you make independent enquiries on these matters. All measurements including amounts of land in acres are approximate.