3 bedroom House - detached (Sold (STC))

Aston End
£725,000
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Overview

A substantial rural property with lovely views and great potential in attractive gardens of around a third of an acre. (Property Ref: 1806)

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Overall Description

This former cowman's cottage was built around 1900 by the local landowner and purchased by the current owner in 1971. It had a two-storey extension added in the late 70's and more recently was extended again with a large conservatory. The house retains much or its original character with open-fireplaces and high ceilings and due to its position at the end of the lane has beautiful views across the surrounding countryside, so perfect for buyers wanting a more peaceful, rural lifestyle. The cottage is bigger than it's name might suggest with four reception rooms downstairs including a cosy sitting room, lovely large drawing room with wood burning stove and dining room. The kitchen and utility/cloakroom are to the rear and there is potential for a larger rear extension to take advantage of the best views - subject to the usual consents. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, the master being a really good size with an en-suite shower room, as well as a separate bathroom. The grounds amount to around a third of an acre with private driveway with plenty of parking and turning space, large timber outbuilding and even a pond. If you want to escape the city for the country then there are far worse places than Holders Cottage in which to meet that objective. The owner is buying an empty property so the upward chain is in place.

Location

The property lies at the bottom of a lane in a wonderfully peaceful location on the edge of the small Hertfordshire village of Aston End, so surrounded by beautiful countryside over which it has uninterrupted views. A bridleway passes up the lane past the cottage and there are plenty of other footpaths and bridleways in the immediate area for keen walkers and cyclists to enjoy. There is an excellent Gastro Pub, The Crown, at the end of the lane and Brookfield Farm Butchery and Village Stores just a few minutes' drive away. The village is just a short drive from the village of Walkern with its village shop, pub and other amenities and also is just five minute's from Stevenage with its excellent shops, schools and other facilities, the Old Town being well known for its good selection of pubs and restaurants. Stevenage has regular fast trains to London Kings Cross, and also sits next to the A1, making it perfect for busy professionals.

Accommodation

From the driveway the part-glazed front door leads into the:

Front Porch - 6'6 x 2'6 (1.98m x 0.76m)

Windows to front and side. Door to:

Entrance Hall - 3' x 3' (0.91m x 0.91m)

Stairs to first floor. Doors to dining room and:

Sitting Room - 13'10 x 10 (4.22m x 0.25m)

Window to front. Fireplace with brick surround, stone hearth and mantel. Wood-effect laminate floor. TV aerial point. Radiator.

Conservatory - 13'1 x 9'11 (3.99m x 3.02m)

Upvc construction with a brick base. French doors to garden. Ceiling fan/light. Wood-effect laminate floor. Radiator.

Dining Room - 13'9 widest x 11' (4.19m widest x 3.35m)

Window to front. Wood flooring. Under-stairs cupboard. Cupboard with shelving. Radiator.

Drawing Room - 20'5 x 12'6 (6.22m x 3.81m)

Windows to front, side and rear. Fireplace with oak mantel, brick surround, wood burning stove and tiled hearth. TV aerial point. Radiator.

Kitchen - 17'5 x 5'11 (5.31m x 1.80m)

Window to rear. Kitchen units with roll-top work surfaces, one and a half bowl sink unit and tiled splash-back. Eye-level oven and grill. Electric hob with extractor above. Space for fridge/freezer. Space and plumbing for washing-machine. Small loft hatch. Radiator. Door to rear.

Cloakroom/Utility - 7'2 x 5'8 (2.18m x 1.73m)

Frosted window to rear. High-level WC. Work-top with space and plumbing for washing-machine beneath. Kitchen cupboards. Radiator.

First Floor - 14'11 x 4'8 (4.55m x 1.42m)

From the hall stairs lead up to the landing.

Master Bedroom - 20'10 x 7'2 (6.35m x 2.18m)

Windows to front and back with far-reaching countryside views. Fitted wardrobe and dressing table. Radiator.

En-Suite Shower Room - 7'7 x 3'10 (2.31m x 1.17m)

Double shower cubicle with tiled surround. Low-level WC. Vanity unit with wash-hand basin and cupboard beneath. Extractor fan.

Bedroom Two - 14'2 x 10' (4.32m x 3.05m)

Windows to front, side and rear with far-reaching views. Deep over-stairs cupboard. Telephone point.

Bathroom - 8'6 x 7'5 (2.59m x 2.26m)

Window to rear. Sunken bath. Shower cubicle with tiled surround. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin. Half-tiled walls. Tiled floor. Airing cupboard with factory-lagged hot water cylinder and wooden-slatted shelving.

Bedroom Three - 10'8 x 9'2 (3.25m x 2.79m)

Window to front. Over-stairs cupboard. Radiator.

Outside

The property sits in a plot of around a third of an acre with a substantial circular driveway and turning area in front of the house. There are well-stocked flower beds, a number of patio areas and a large area of lawn with a pond in one corner. TIMBER OUTBUILDING: 36' x 18' with electric light and power which is subdivided into a large store room and workshop at the rear.

Services and Other Information

Mains water and electricity. Oil-fired central-heating. The lower tarmac part of the lane is council adopted. The top part of the lane, which is also a bridleway, is owned by neighbouring landowners with a right of way to Holders Cottage. The owner and his neighbour have an informal arrangement to maintain the lane with granite hardcore, which was last done around a year ago. There may be an option to rent stables next door if so desired.

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.