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6 bedroom detached house for sale
Taylors Road, Stotfold, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
The property lies within the beautiful Astwick Conservation Area with its Medieval church, country walks and the meandering River Ivel. The vendors have lived in the property for nearly 30 years and converted the watermill, which dates back to 1780, into an exquisite home, well maintained inside and out. This historic site has been the location for a watermill dating back to the time of the Domesday book.
The accommodation within Taylors Mill lends itself to a variety of uses, whether catering for formal dinner parties, cosy family suppers, parties in the games room/annexe or a marquee on the lawn.
Accommodation comprises -
Sitting room with Victorian open fireplace
Dining room with inglenook fireplace
Study with fireplace
Kitchen/breakfast room with bespoke burr oak furniture and 4 oven Aga
1st floor bedroom 1 with en suite and dressing room
3 Further bedrooms
2nd floor bedroom 5 and bedroom 6
Garaging for 3 cars and storage/garden equipment rooms/stables
Games room/potential annexe with planning permission (ancillary to domestic)
Gardens and grounds/paddock
Double and single bank fishing rights
In all about 5.25 acres
EPC rating D
Taylors Mill is situated close to the Hertfordshire/Bedfordshire border, one mile from the small town of Stotfold which offers plenty of shops including 2 small supermarkets, a butcher, baker, pharmacy, florist, craft shop and more. There is also a doctors' surgery, optician, dentist, library, hairdressers and a post office. There is a selection of restaurants and public houses together with sports clubs and facilities.
More extensive shopping facilities are available at Letchworth Garden City and Hitchin, 4 and 9 miles respectively, both having major supermarkets, shopping centres and an array of leisure facilities.
There are a number of train services nearby including Arlesey train station that provides a mainline service to Kings Cross (from 31 mins).
Communications are excellent with the A1(M) approximately 1 mile distant, giving access to the North and South via the M1, M25 and national motorway network.
Gatwick and Heathrow airports are accessible by train via King's Cross, whilst London Luton and Stansted are within easy reach.
Stotfold is well served with state schools. Local private schools include Kingshott School and Princess Helena College in Hitchin, St Francis College and St Christopher's School in Letchworth Garden City and the acclaimed Bedford Independent Schools for which there is a school bus service for Stotfold.
The historic University City of Cambridge is located 24 miles away and easily accessible via road or rail.
There are plenty of recreational facilities including golf at John O'Gaunt, Letchworth, Hanbury Manor, Knebworth and the world renowned courses at Woburn - also famous for the Safari Park.
Champneys Henlow Grange Health Resort and Spa is close by and Bannatynes Health Club and Spa is in Stotfold itself.
The stunning gardens, which are totally secluded, are divided by the wide millstream and predominantly laid to lawn. The gardens are a haven for wildlife enthusiasts to enjoy throughout the year with kingfishers, herons, swans, coots and owls viewed from both inside and outside the property. From the family room a sunny, sheltered patio overlooks the jetty, millstream and gardens beyond.
On the western side is a fully fenced all weather tennis court. Along the river bank to this side are large willow trees and a small jetty. To the eastern side is a well stocked and colourful flower border running adjacent to a wall which separates the drive at the side of the property. This continues to a parking area, the detached games room which has potential to provide an annexe/office, and the garage block beyond. The mill grounds also provide both single and double bank fishing rights.
To the rear of the gardens is a 3 acre field, bordered by mature trees, in which can be found owl boxes and otter holts. This field was formerly a paddock and part of the garage was originally stables. A water supply is provided to this field.
The grounds also house a wood store and small barn, currently used as a workshop, along with a chalet style garden shed/summer house. A tree house nestles overhead. There is also a small fenced copse area with integral hen house.
There are spectacular views to the rear and the minstrel's gallery on the first floor provides a lovely vantage point from which to appreciate the tranquillity and seclusion of the gardens.