3 bedroom cottage for saleChurch St, Welwyn, Welwyn
Sold STC £635,000
Located in the heart of the village is this rather unique and charming grade II listed Tudor cottage dating from the 16th Century, in a secluded garden which includes a detached Barn offering potential to convert into further accommodation and double garage.
3 Bedrooms - Kitchen - Dining Room - Sitting Room - Study/Bedroom 4 - Utility Room - Ground-Floor Bathroom - Single - Garage - Parking - Detached 2 Storey Barn - Good Size Garden
Rose Cottage History - Its most famous inhabitant was Anna Van Gogh, whose brother, Vincent visited her between 1875 -1876 when she held a teaching post at Miss Applegarthss school in Welwyn. A plaque outside the front door commemorates this event.
The Cottage has a varied and interesting history, its origins are believed to date from the early 1500s during the reign of Henry VIII and the internal timber framing includes evidence of a Jetty to the ceiling of the dining room that would have originally overhung the public highway, fairly typical of this period. It was situated directly on the route of The Great North road linking London to Edinburgh.
The cottage was extended during the 17th century creating more ground floor space over which is an unusual void referred to as a priest hole still in existence today, although there is no evidence to suggest it was used as a hiding place, it was added around the period of the British Civil War (1642-1651)
During the 19th and early 20th Century the cottage and Barn was occupied by the well-known local family name of Blow, numbered among them were various carpenters, joiners and Master builders working in and around Welwyn. During the first half of the 20th century the cottage had various uses; as a tea room The Welwyn Creamery, sub-post office and a caf. In 1968 the freehold was sold to Mr A Fox, the current owner.
Ground Floor -
Entrance Hall - 9'6 x 6'0 (2.90m x 1.83m) -
Dining Room - 14'0 x 9'0 (4.27m x 2.74m) -
Living Room - 14'0 x 13'3 (4.27m x 4.04m) -
Bathroom - 4'8 x 8'9 (1.42m x 2.67m) -
Kitchen - 11'3 x 10'0 (3.43m x 3.05m) -
Utility Room - 7'1 x 10'5 (2.16m x 3.18m) -
Bedroom/Study - 7'1 x 8'8 (2.16m x 2.64m) -
First Floor -
Bedroom 1 - 16'6 x 9'6 (5.03m x 2.90m) -
Bedroom 2 - 14'0 x 8'9 (4.27m x 2.67m) -
Bedroom 3 - 12'0 x 10'3 (3.66m x 3.12m) -
Rose Cottage Today - It presents itself as an opportunity for those who love period buildings, to restore and enhance this historic cottage and create additional living space with garaging in the adjacent barn, beyond which is a delightful secret garden measuring 65 x 55.
The cottage has been in the ownership of the Fox family for 48 years and as one would expect, the interior needs to be brought up to modern day standards. The fabric of the building, particularly the timber framing, has stood the test of time and the ceiling height is surprisingly good for a property of this age. The cottage was also re-roofed in 1992. It is unique in many ways and has some interesting features, including stained glass panels in one or two places and the aforementioned priest hole on the first floor. The upper and lower floors are all timber framed, some exposed and there is a single storey extension to the rear housing the laundry room and another bedroom/study.
The Barn - This probably dates from the early 18th century and has been used for a variety of purposes through the ages, most notably as a Dairy. It requires full-scale restoration, its approximate measurement is 40ft by 18ft at its widest point and is predominantly 2 storeys divided in to 5 rooms, a garage and passageway. Planning Consent was previously obtained (lapsed 2004) for conversion to ancillary accommodation providing: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, kitchen, living room and double garage. Plans are available for inspection at our Welwyn office.
Garden - The main garden to this cottage lies beyond the barn. An internal passageway leads through the barn with a couple of steps up to a secluded and most delightful garden measuring approximately 65ft by 55ft and hidden from view by close boarded boundary fencing and some mature shrubs and trees, it catches plenty of sun during the day.
Services - Mains electricity, water and drainage,
Location - The ancient village of Welwyn lies 25 miles north of London on the route of the original Great North road. . The village has an excellent Primary School, restaurants, shops and several public houses and the major town of Welwyn Garden City is 21/2 miles. The A1 (M) J6 is half a mile away and Welwyn North railway station on the East Coast line is just 2 miles away taking 25 mins to Kings Cross. Brocket Hall golf course and its famous Michelin star restaurant Auberge du Lac is just over 1 mile.
Rating Authority - Welwyn & Hatfield Borough Council
Welwyn Garden City
Tel: 01707 357000
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