6 bedroom House - detached (Sold)

Little Berkhamsted
£1,250,000
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Overview

A once in a lifetime opportunity: a most attractive detached period home in a gloriously peaceful village setting with mature gardens, outbuildings, paddock and stables that needs comprehensive renovation to create the family home of your dreams. (Property Ref: 585)

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Overall Description

This is the first time this most attractive detached house has come onto the market for 43 years so it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to create the family home of your dreams particularly as it is in need of comprehensive renovation and modernisation and sits at the heart of one of the most sought-after villages in East Hertfordshire. The oldest parts of the property date back to the 17th Century - it was even at one time the village Post Office - and it has been extended at least twice, once around1910 and later in 1935 to create the substantial family home of approx. 2,900 square feet that it is today. The property is ideally suited for professional families needing plenty of space with six bedrooms and two bathrooms on the first floor and a large hall, three receptions, a kitchen/breakfast room, utility and cloakroom downstairs. The gardens are a real feature of the house as they are large, mature, attractively laid out with the house at the centre, and include a good-sized walled garden. There are a good variety of substantial outbuildings (which may have potential for conversion into an annexe - subject to planning) and there is also a stable block and paddock, which along with the bridleway, makes this an ideal home for anyone wanting to keep a horse or pony (or two!). The gardens and grounds amount to around an acre and three quarters. If you want a family home for the next 43 years - or more - then this is it! Please note: planning is pending for a brand new character replacement house of around 4,500 square feet - for more details please ask.

Agent's Note

The property has been subject to some structural movement dating back to the 1970's which has not been deemed serious enough by the owners or the surveyors employed by the insurance company at the time to warrant major work being undertaken. To provide potential buyers with all the facts as they stand now the owners recently commissioned a report from a qualified structural engineer (KMASS) to look at the issue and this report with findings and recommendations is freely available to all potential buyers. They conclude that the most comprehensive way to resolve the issue would be to under-pin the house, and provided two quotes of between £70-£100k, both from companies who are members of the Association of Underpinning Contractors (ASUC), so backed by guarantees.

Location

The property sits tucked away behind a high hedge in a quiet but very central position within the heart of the picturesque and much sought after village of Little Berkhamsted. The village is a thriving local community and is unusual for still having its excellent village shop, a well regarded local pub/restaurant (The Five Horseshoes) as well as the village green (with cricket team and annual fete), village hall and historic St Andrews church (15th Century with Norman/Saxon origins). For more information on village activities please visit www.littleberkhamsted.org.uk. The village is very conveniently located for local transport links with Bayford Station (5 minutes' drive away) and Potters Bar Station (10 minutes' drive) providing regular trains to Liverpool Street and Kings Cross respectively. The A1, A10 and M25 are also easily accessible. There are excellent public and private schools in the local area including Lochinver House School, Stormont, Dame Alice Owen's School, Queeenswood, Saint Albans School for Girls and Haileybury. The village is surrounded by beautiful open countryside criss-crossed with footpaths and bridleways, one of which runs directly from the paddock, so it is a great place for active families who like walking, cycling and riding.

Informal Tender

The property is for sale by Informal Tender with a deadline for bids of 12 noon on Wednesday the 23rd of September. Please ask us for a Tender form and for details of viewing arrangements and Open Days. Viewing is by appointment only.

Accommodation

From the carriage driveway steps lead up to a path to the part glazed front door into the:

Porch - 4'10 x 4'1 (1.47m x 1.24m)

Two windows to side. Front door into the:

Entrance Hall - 13'1 x 12' (3.99m x 3.66m)

Two windows to side. Telephone point. Radiator. Stairs to first floor with under-stairs cupboard.

Cloakroom - 5'10 x 4'9 (1.78m x 1.45m)

Window to side. High-level wc. Wash-hand basin with cupboard under. Radiator.

Drawing Room - 22'1 x 22'1 into bay (6.73m x 6.73m into bay)

Bay window to side. Picture window with glazed door to rear. Open fireplace with marble surround. TV aerial point. Two radiators.

Study - 15' x 12' (4.57m x 3.66m)

Windows to front and side. TV aerial point. Radiator.

Dining Room - 20'8 x 12'8 (6.30m x 3.86m)

Two windows to front. Stable door to front. Parquet floor.

Utility Room - 10'10 x 5'9 (3.30m x 1.75m)

Window to rear. Stainless steel sink unit and work top with cupboards under. Space for chest freezer. Storage cupboard.

Kitchen - 21'1 x 10'9 (6.43m x 3.28m)

Bay window to front, window to rear. Range of kitchen units, work tops and sink unit. Electric cooker, hob and extractor above. Door to:

Rear Porch - 4'1 x 3'6 (1.24m x 1.07m)

Window to side. Door to back yard.

First Floor - 18'11 x 8' (5.77m x 2.44m)

From the entrance hall stairs lead to the central landing.

Bathroom - 8' x 6' (2.44m x 1.83m)

Window to rear with views. Panel bath. Shower cubicle. Low-level wc. Wash-hand basin. Heated towel rail.

Bedroom Two - 15' x 12' (4.57m x 3.66m)

Windows to front and side. Radiator.

Bedroom Three - 13'4 x 11'11 (4.06m x 3.63m)

Window to side. Fitted wardrobes.

Upper Landing - 13'11 x 5'5 (4.24m x 1.65m)

Steps lead up to a further landing. Window to side. Cupboards. Loft hatch with large loft space.

Master Bedroom - 21'9 x 15'11 (6.63m x 4.85m)

Window to rear with far reaching views, bay window to side. Fitted wardrobes. Radiator.

En-Suite - 13'4 x 5'4 (4.06m x 1.63m)

Window to side. Panel bath. Fitted shower cubicle. Low-level wc. Wash-hand basin. Heated towel rail.

Lower Landing - 12'4 x 2'9 (3.76m x 0.84m)

From the central landing, steps lead down to a lower landing.

Bedroom Four - 12'7 x 8'10 (3.84m x 2.69m)

Window to front. Radiator.

Bedroom Five - 12'2 x 9'6 (3.71m x 2.90m)

Window to front. Fitted wardrobes. Radiator.

Bedroom Six - 13'3 x 9'7 (4.04m x 2.92m)

Window to front. Fitted wardrobes. Radiator.

Outside

The property is approached down a sweeping carriage driveway with a large gravel parking area and a five bar gate at the far entrance to the lane. Rear courtyard with access to the porch by the kitchen. BOILER ROOM: 13'9 x 6'2 timber construction with window to side, sink, oil-fired boiler, electric light and power. MOWER SHED: 12'3 x 6'1 brick built with electric light and power. WORKSHOP: 7' x 7'1 with window to front, electric light and power. WOOD SHED: 15' x 7'2 window to side. COACH HOUSE: 25' x 19'6 widest with two windows to rear and one to front, sliding garage doors, brick floor. STUDIO: 14'10 x 12' window to front and rear, electric light and power. GARAGE: 14'11 x 14'10 double doors to rear, ladder to HAY-LOFT: 14'11 x 14'10 hay loft doors to rear. STABLES comprising TACK ROOM: 10'8 x 10'8 window to rear, stable door, brick floor, electric light. TWO LOOSE BOXES: 10'10 x 10'8 each with windows to rear, stable doors and solid floors. HAY STORE: 11'11 x 9'10 window to rear. The property has an attractive south facing front garden, shielded from the lane by a high hedge, with flower beds and lawn with old apple tree. Behind the drawing room is a central lawn with rose beds leading to a lower lawn with apple trees. WALLED GARDEN: a good-sized area with a number of apple and pear trees. PADDOCK: with hedge and fenced boundaries and POND. There is a bridle path leading down one side of the property and across the paddock with a gate providing access to the fields below.

Services & Other Info.

Mains water, drainage and electricity. Oil-fired central heating. Conservation Area. Approx. 2,900 square feet. The plot amounts to approximately an acre and three quarters.

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.