7 bedroom House - detached (Sold)

Watton At Stone
£1,650,000
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Overview

A substantial and most attractive Victorian Rectory with pretty countryside views that retains all of its original character having been lovingly restored over many years by its current owners. (Property Ref: 1164)

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Overall Description

This substantial and most attractive late Victorian Rectory was built around 1900 in the Queen Anne style by noted architects Milne and Hall, using mellow bricks under a tiled roof and with extensive views over farmland and to the 13th Century parish church. The history of this property is interesting as it was once lived in by Canon HR Meyer, a notable plantsman and also the guardian for Alan Turing, the famous computer scientist and Bletchley Park code breaker, who stayed here as a child during school holidays when his parents were away in India. The building has considerable architectural merit with well-proportioned rooms, high ceilings and many original features such as ornate fireplaces, high sash windows and the magnificent entrance hall and Columbian pine staircase - all of which the current owners have been at great pains to restore and maintain since they purchased the house in 1983. The property offers substantial and flexible accommodation with four grand reception rooms, large kitchen/breakfast room, seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, artist's studio/games room with the further option to use the upper floor as self contained accommodation for family members or staff. Outside there are landscaped gardens to the side and rear, and a large gravel driveway with ample parking next to the double garage. This is a rare opportunity for a growing family to live in a beautifully restored period home while becoming an integral part of the village community as the current owners have done.

Location

The property is located in the village of Watton-at-Stone which is popular because it has a railway station (a few minute's walk away) with regular trains to London Moorgate/Finsbury Park and Stevenage, and also because it is a thriving community with very good village facilities including doctor's surgery (with dispensary), dentists, general store, Post Office, village bakers, family butchers, hairdressers, Chinese take-away, a number of good pubs, as well as the village church (St Mary's), Methodist Church, Memorial Hall and playing fields, (see www.wattonatstone.info for more details). The location is especially popular with young families who want to live a quieter more rural lifestyle with their children which is helped by the excellent schools in the local area including the well-regarded village Preschool, Primary and Nursery Schools, Heath Mount Prep-School and further very good schools, private and public, in Hertford and the surrounding areas. The River Beane runs through the village and there are plenty of footpaths leading out across the beautiful surrounding countryside. Further amenities and shopping are to be found at Hertford, Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage and the village is accessible to the A1 at Stevenage and A10 at Ware.

Accommodation

From the gravel drive the solid wood front door leads into the:

Entrance Porch - 9'1 x 4' (2.77m x 1.22m)

Window to front and side. Alarm control panel. Door to:

Entrance Hall - 16'11 x 13'6 (5.16m x 4.11m)

Grand staircase to first floor with window to front above half landing. Radiator.

Cloakroom - 8'8 x 6'7 (2.64m x 2.01m)

Two frosted windows to front. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin. Tiled floor. Spotlights. Radiator.

Drawing Room - 18'7 x 17'5 (5.66m x 5.31m)

Four sash windows to the side. Fireplace with wooden mantel, marble surround and hearth. Picture rail and coving. Two radiators. French doors to the:

Conservatory - 14'1 x 13'6 (4.29m x 4.11m)

French doors to garden. Electric thermostat and rain controlled Velux windows. Limestone tiled floor. Spotlights. Radiator.

Inner Hall - 12'1 x 3'7 (3.68m x 1.09m)

Glazed door to rear. Radiator. Door to:

Sitting Room - 19'10 x 13'8 (6.05m x 4.17m)

Two sash windows to side and two to rear. Fireplace with wooden mantel, marble surround and tiled hearth. TV aerial point.

Dining Room - 19'7 x 15'5 (5.97m x 4.70m)

Five sash windows to rear overlooking the gardens. Fireplace with wooden mantel, marble surround and hearth (not in use). Serving hatch. Radiator.

Domestic Hall - 14'4 x 4'3 (4.37m x 1.30m)

Stairs to first floor. Fitted glass fronted drinks and glasses cabinet. Cloaks cupboard.

Laundry Room - 10' x 6'9 (3.05m x 2.06m)

Sash window to front. Stainless steel sink unit. Space and plumbing for washing-machine. Space for tumble-drier and fridge/freezer.

Kitchen - 19'2 x 17'9 (5.84m x 5.41m)

Two sash windows to rear. Oak kitchen units with wooden work-tops and two and a half bowl stainless steel sink unit. Central Island with quartz work-top and gas hob. Brick fireplace with AGA. Neff oven and microwave. Fitted fridge. Fitted dishwasher. Telephone point. Glazed door to garden. Open plan into:

Breakfast Room - 10'1 x 9'11 (3.07m x 3.02m)

Glazed door to front. Fitted storage cupboard. Fireplace with gas-fired stove. Radiator. Steps down to PANTRY: 5'5 x 4'6 with frosted window to rear and shelving. Further steps to CELLAR: 9'9 x 6'10 with ceramic sink, brick floor and separate wine store with shelving.

First Floor - 13'6 widest x 10' widest (4.11m widest x 3.05m wid

From the entrance hall stairs lead up to the first floor landing. Large window to front. Airing cupboard with lagged hot water cylinder and shelving. Radiator.

Master Suite - 15'3 x 12'4 (4.65m x 3.76m)

Four sash windows to side with pretty views across fields to the village church. Two double wardrobes with cupboards over. Window seat. TV aerial and telephone points (not connected). Radiator.

En-Suite Bathroom - 12'9 x 5'11 (3.89m x 1.80m)

Sash window to front. Panel bath. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin with quartz top. Vanity unit with quartz top. Double shaver-socket. Modern heated towel rail. Extractor. Spotlights. Tiled floor.

Bedroom Four - 14'11 x 9'11 (4.55m x 3.02m)

Two sash windows to side. Ornate fireplace. Wardrobe. Radiator. Used as dressing room to master suite.

Bedroom Five/Study - 11'8 x 11'1 (3.56m x 3.38m)

Sash window to rear with view. Fireplace with wooden mantel and ornate surround.

Bedroom Three - 15'4 x 13'6 (4.67m x 4.11m)

Five sash windows to rear with far reaching views. Fireplace with wooden mantel, marble and tiled surround. Wardrobe. Radiator. Door to lobby with stairs to second floor.

Bathroom Two - 13'8 x 9'11 (4.17m x 3.02m)

Three sash windows to front. Panel bath with shower attachment. Fitted shower cubicle with power shower. Low-level WC. Vanity unit with marble top, two wash-hand basins and cupboards beneath. Heated towel rail. Spotlights.

Inner Hall - 11'2 x 3'7 (3.40m x 1.09m)

Stairs up from the ground floor and second staircase to top floor.

Bedroom Two - 18'10 x 14'11 (5.74m x 4.55m)

Three sash windows to rear. Fitted wardrobes. Radiator.

Kitchen Two - 14'1 x 9'11 (4.29m x 3.02m)

Sash window to front. Kitchen units with roll-top work surfaces and stainless steel sink unit with water softener. Space for electric cooker and fridge/freezer. Radiator.

Second Floor - 5'6 x 3'1 (1.68m x 0.94m)

Stairs lead up to the second floor landing. LOFT ROOM: 10'10 x 7'1 with window to side.

Bedroom Six - 15'4 x 13'9 (4.67m x 4.19m)

Window to rear with view. Radiator.

Bedroom Seven - 14'6 x 10'9 (4.42m x 3.28m)

Window to front. Fireplace (not used). Exposed floor boards. Radiator.

Bathroom Three - 10'9 x 7'7 (3.28m x 2.31m)

Panel bath with shower attachment. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin. Extractor. Spotlights. Radiator. Door to:

Lobby - 6'6 x 3'4 (1.98m x 1.02m)

Second staircase down to to first floor.

Artist's Studio/Games Room - 28'1 x 14'6 widest (8.56m x 4.42m widest)

A large irregular shaped room with two Velux to rear and round window to side with views to church. Used partly as artist's studio and partly as sleeping for grandchildren. Two under-eaves storage cupboards. Spotlights. Wood-effect laminate floor. Two radiators. LOFT ROOM: 11' x 6' widest with electric light and water tanks.

Outside

The property is approached through a gateway and down a long gravel driveway through a spinney (with a shared right of way with the neighbouring house) leading to a gate, from which the now privately owned drive leads to the large gravel parking and turning area in front of the house. Electric gates leading to secondary rear entrance to Rectory Lane. GARAGE: 30' x 12'5 widest with garage door to front, windows to each side, coal store, dustbin storage area, door to garden and door into the lobby leading to the kitchen. The house has an area of garden to the side leading to the back garden which has a good-sized terrace with flower beds and a deep Yew hedge with archway leading to the lower garden area with knot garden, box hedging and GREENHOUSE. Outside brick STORE.

Services and Other Information

Mains water, drainage, electricity and gas. Gas-fired AGA. Gas central heating (Separate heating controls for each floor, thermostatic radiator valves throughout, boiler in second cellar with external entrance). Alarm (currently monitored by Red Care). The current owners have built an attractive new home in part of the rectory's gardens - the first part of the long driveway has a shared right of way with this property. Conservation Area. Council Tax F. Approx. 5,000 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.