5 bedroom House - detached (Available)

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£500,000
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Overview

A surprisingly spacious Grade II Listed 17th Century Farmhouse packed full of period character features with planning for a side extension and double garage set amongst gardens in a quiet rural location. (Property Ref: 1394)

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Overall Description

Friends Green Farmhouse (Lot 1) is a most attractive Grade II Listed detached property dating back to at least the 17th Century and packed full of period features such as inglenook fireplaces, exposed beams and cottage-style casement windows. The property has been extended twice, once in around 1700 and again later and the result is a surprisingly spacious home amounting to around 1,800 square feet in all - and the owners have secured valuable planning permission for a single story side extension to create a kitchen/dining room overlooking the garden and also for a private driveway with double garage (For details of this planning go to the planning section of the North Herts District Council website - http://pa.north-herts.gov.uk - search reference 15/01721/1LB and click on the "documents" tab). On the top two floors are five double bedrooms, one with an en-suite shower room, as well as a family bathroom. Downstairs there is a characterful sitting room with inglenook fireplace, large dining room (with planning for an extension), kitchen/breakfast room with plenty of room for a dining table, utility and downstairs cloakroom. The gardens are a good size and include a small orchard. If you are looking for a period property in a lovely rural location with plenty of original character and charm then look no further. The property is being sold as Lot 1 of two with a Guide Price Range of £500,000 to £550,000 and an Open Day this Saturday the 16th of September from 9am to 10am. Lot 2 is a large neighbouring barn (Guide £300,000-£350,000) with planning consent to create a substantial 3 bedroom family home with courtyard garden and private driveway - please ask for details. The property is being sold with no onward chain.

Location

This delightful period property is located on a quiet country lane just a mile south of the village of Weston and a mile north of Great Ashby. It therefore has the perfect combination of being rural and peaceful yet being close to very good local amenities as Great Ashby has a row of local shops and a supermarket as well as the Round Diamond Primary School and there are further amenities available in Weston including Weston Primary School and the Cricketers and Red Lion Public Houses. Stevenage has a very good range of shops, supermarkets and other amenities and the location is also very convenient for local transport links with the A1 being a short drive away as is Stevenage Station with its regular services to London Kings Cross (around 26 minutes). The local Hertfordshire countryside is particularly beautiful and ideal for keen dog walkers or cyclists.

Accommodation

From the driveway a solid oak front door leads into the:

Front Porch - 4' x 3'9 (1.22m x 1.14m)

Windows to front and side. Quarry tiled floor. Glazed door to:

Entrance Hall - 8'3 x 6'10 (2.51m x 2.08m)

Quarry tiled floor.

Cloakroom - 6'10 x 2'5 (2.08m x 0.74m)

Frosted window to side. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin. Quarry tiled floor.

Sitting Room - 17'10 x 12' (5.44m x 3.66m)

Window to front and two to side. Original Inglenook fireplace with wooden mantel, brick surround, wood-burning stove and tiled hearth. Exposed beams and brick wall. Ornate period staircase to first floor. TV aerial point. Radiator.

Dining Room - 15'5 x 15'1 (4.70m x 4.60m)

Window to rear and two windows to side. Original fireplace with wooden mantel, brick surround, 1910 Stratford stove, and tiled hearth. Fitted period cabinet with shelving. Exposed beams. Glazed door out to patio and harden. Telephone point. Radiator.

Kitchen/Breakfast room - 18'6 x 13'7 (5.64m x 4.14m)

Window to front and two windows to side. Kitchen units with roll-top work surfaces and one and a half bowl sink unit. Space for an electric range cooker. Space for American style fridge/freezer. Dishwasher. Fireplace with brick surround. Storage cupboard. Quarry tiled floor. Part-glazed door to rear.

Utility Room - 7'11 x 6'10 (2.41m x 2.08m)

Window to side. Kitchen units with roll-top work surfaces and stainless steel sink unit. Space and plumbing for washing machine. Space for tumble-drier. Breakfast Bar. Quarry tiled floor.

First Floor - 15'4 x 3'1 (4.67m x 0.94m)

From the dining room a staircase leads up to the first floor landing. Exposed beams. Deep airing cupboard with wooden slatted shelving.

Master Bedroom - 15'11 x 15'6 (4.85m x 4.72m)

Windows to side and rear. Original fireplace with wooden mantel, brick surround and tiled hearth. Exposed beams. Two period storage cupboard. Deep wardrobe. Radiator.

Bedroom Two - 13'5 x 13' (4.09m x 3.96m)

Window to front. Original fireplace with wooden mantel, brick surround and tiled hearth. Two storage cupboards. Wardrobe. Radiator. Door to stairs leading to fifth bedroom.

Lobby - 5'8 x 5'3 (1.73m x 1.60m)

Doors to bathroom and bedroom three.

Bathroom - 8'11 x 5'7 (2.72m x 1.70m)

Frosted window to side. Fitted panel bath with shower attachment and tiled surround. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin with cupboard beneath. Electric light with shaver socket.

Bedroom Three - 9'3 x 12'2 (2.82m x 3.71m)

Window to side. Exposed floorboards. Two fitted double wardrobes. Airing cupboard with lagged hot water cylinder. Radiator.

En-Suite Shower Room - 7'1 x 3'11 (2.16m x 1.19m)

Window to rear. Fitted shower cubicle with tiled surround. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin. Radiator.

Bedroom Four - 13'10 x 7'11 (4.22m x 2.41m)

Windows to front and side. Exposed brick wall and timbers. Fitted wardrobe. Radiator.

Bedroom Five - 23'5 x 10'1 (7.14m x 3.07m)

Accessed via a staircase from bedroom two. Window to rear. Two under-eaves storage cupboards. Radiator.

Outside

The property has its own entrance from the road with space for a five bar gate and the creation of a driveway. The gardens are a good size with a patio and a well next to the cottage, small orchard with fencing on two sides and hedging on the other two. Outside tap. Brick cloakroom (attached to house) with WC.

Services and Other Information

Mains electricity and water. Private drainage (new septic tank). Oil-fired central heating. Grade II Listed. There are no rights of way over the property. Approximately 1,800 square feet.

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.