3 bedroom House - detached (Available)

Chapmore End
£1,250,000
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Overview

A charming period cottage, much improved and extended over the years, set amongst glorious cottage gardens with far-reaching rural views. (Property Ref: 1332)

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Overall Description

Pond Cottage dates back to the late 1800's when it started life as a pair of "two up, two down" farm worker's cottages sited in an elevated location next to the village pond with far reaching rural views over the surrounding countryside. The property has been extended and much altered over the years, notably in the 1930's (major renovation including making it one property), 1940's (rear extension for the the dining room and master bedroom suite) and in recent years (the Garden Room addition). The end result is a cottage that retains a great deal of its period character and charm but is also a modern and practical family home. Upstairs there are three double bedrooms, all with views, the master with dressing room and en-suite, as well as the main bathroom. The owners have planning consent to create a fourth bedroom and extra shower room by linking to the outbuildings with a glass walk-way if so desired. The sitting room has a great deal of character with open fireplace, exposed beams and even an ornately decorated door that The British Museum believe to be the top of a large chest that pre-dates the house. The dining room and garden room have a pleasant aspect over the cottage garden and there is a kitchen/breakfast room with AGA, utility and downstairs cloakroom. The cottage gardens are a major feature of the property and there are a number of outbuildings, currently used as home offices and a studio, as well as a large garage and drive. This is the first time that Pond Cottage has come to the market in 33 years, so it really is a once in a lifetime opportunity to live in this iconic property. We are conducting viewings on this property from 12 noon on Saturday the 7th of July so please call to book an appointment.

Location

This cottage sits in an enviable position beside the village pond on the edge of the small hamlet of Chapmore End, a lovely quiet rural location that has a busy local pub and plenty of country walks right on your doorstep, yet is also within easy reach of the A10/A414 and bustling towns of Hertford and Ware. Both Hertford and Ware offer a good range of local facilities such as shops, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and well-regarded schooling at all levels including Heathmount, Haileybury College, Presdales and Richard Hale. There are excellent rail links locally with two rail lines to London, Hertford North to Moorgate and Hertford East/Ware to Liverpool Street. No surprises that the area is popular with commuters and anyone looking for a semi-rural lifestyle while still remaining accessible to the City and West End.

Accommodation

From the driveway you walk across the courtyard to the front door into the:

Entrance Hall - 11'3 x 7'9 widest (3.43m x 2.36m widest)

Window to side. Telephone point. Radiator.

Shower Room - 7'7 x 4'9 (2.31m x 1.45m)

Window to side. Fitted shower cubicle. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin. Spotlights. Radiator.

Inner Hall - 15'2 x 4'8 (4.62m x 1.42m)

Two windows to dining room. Spotlights. Doors to sitting room, dining room and kitchen.

Kitchen - 15'1 x 8'7 (4.60m x 2.62m)

Two windows to front overlooking the village pond. Kitchen units with slate work-tops and Belfast sink. Breakfast Bar. Electric AGA. Tiled floor. Wall-mounted TV aerial point. Fitted dresser.

Utility - 8'3 x 7'10 (2.51m x 2.39m)

Window to side. Kitchen units with space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble-drier. Electric oven/hob. Space for fridge/freezer. Oil-fired central heating boiler. Storage cupboards. Tiled floor.

Dining Room - 14'1 widest x 11'2 (4.29m widest x 3.40m)

Window to rear overlooking the garden. French doors to the patio. Spotlights. Radiator.

Sitting Room - 26'8 x 13'2 (8.13m x 4.01m)

A large room divided into two halves, with two windows and a bay window to the front, and a window and French doors to the rear. Exposed beams. Open fireplace with wooden mantel, brick surround and hearth (the original salt cupboard was found in this during restoration). Door with painted panel - thought by the British Museum to predate the house and to have originally been the top of a large chest. Decorative brickwork panel with stone carving of king's head. Inset display cabinet with shelving. Stairs to first floor. Three radiators.

Garden Room - 17'5 x 10'9 (5.31m x 3.28m)

Vaulted ceiling with exposed oak timbers. Windows to all sides and glazed doors to the garden. Oak flooring. TV aerial point. Telephone point (not connected). Radiator.

First Floor Landing - 20'4 x 2'9 (6.20m x 0.84m)

From the sitting room stairs lead up to the landing. Two windows to the front overlooking the pond. Skirting radiator.

Master Bedroom - 14' x 11'1 (4.27m x 3.38m)

Windows to rear and side with beautiful far-reaching views. Fitted wardrobes. Skirting radiator.

Dressing Room - 10'2 x 7'3 widest (3.10m x 2.21m widest)

Fitted wardrobes with cupboards over. Loft hatch (loft has electric light and two cold water storage tanks).

En-Suite Bathroom - 6' x 6' (1.83m x 1.83m)

Window to side with countryside view. Panel bath with tiled surround. Low-level WC. Vanity unit with cupboard beneath. Modern dual-fuel heated towel-rail. Spotlights.

Bedroom Two - 13'8 x 13'4 (4.17m x 4.06m)

Window to rear overlooking the garden and fields beyond. Period fireplace with wooden mantel and brick surround/hearth. Wash-hand basin with tiled splash-back, mirror and shaver socket. Two radiators.

Bedroom Three - 11'4 x 10'3 (3.45m x 3.12m)

Window to rear overlooking the garden. Wall mounted TV aerial point. Skirting radiator.

Bathroom - 9'8 x 7'3 (2.95m x 2.21m)

Window to front overlooking the pond. Fitted shower cubicle. Panel bath with tiled surround. Low-level WC. Wash-hand basin. Double-shaver socket. Heated towel rail. Radiator.

Outside

The property is approached up a private driveway leading to the GARAGE: 15'6 x 15'4 widest. Currently subdivided into garage and garden store but could be re-instated. Separate electric supply with fuse board for electric garage door and light. Under-eaves storage. The garage is attached to further timber outbuildings, all with the same electric supply. STUDIO 1: 16'5 x 8' with door to front, two windows to rear, one to the front, and door into the garden store. STUDIO 2: 14'4 x 7'9 with door to front, window to side and opening to STUDIO 3: 10'9 x 7'1 with window to front. The owner has planning consent to join these outbuildings to the main house to create a fourth bedroom and shower room. There is a brick-paved courtyard in front of the property by the front door leading around to the large and attractively planted back garden, a major feature of the property, with central lawn, pretty cottage garden border, mature trees (including the dramatic Fire Tree), climbing roses and honeysuckle, fruit trees (cooking and eating apples, weeping pear) and hedging for privacy. There is a south east facing York Stone patio with well by the French doors into the sitting and dining rooms from which a path leads along the lavender walk and under a pergola to the a further seating area to side of the cottage with attractive box hedging. Behind the outbuildings is what was formerly the vegetable garden, with GARDEN SHED: 15.7 x 7'5 and Rhino GREENHOUSE: 10' x 8' with outdoor electric power socket. Garden tap. To the front of the house there is a small area of garden with a iron railings and the front of the cottage festooned with roses.

Services and Other Information

Mains water, drainage and electricity. Oil central-heating. Electric AGA. Period crittal cottage-style windows - some with secondary glazing. The downstairs cloakroom and en-suite bathroom (sink and wc) are both served by a macerator. The property is not Listed.

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.