6 bedroom detached house for saleBedford Road, Ickleford, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5
Sold STC £1,500,000
- Grounds & gardens of over 6.8 acres
- reception hall
- 5 reception rooms
- utility room
- 6 bedrooms
- 2 bathrooms (1 en suite)
- attic room
- 4-car garage
An impressive and carefully restored country house set in grounds of over 6.8 acres
Hitchin 4 miles (London Kings Cross from 30 minutes)
Arlesey Station 3.4 miles (London Kings Cross from 40 minutes)
Baldock 8 miles
A1M 8 miles
London Luton Airport 12.5 miles
Old Ramerick Manor Farm is situated just over 2.5 miles north of the village of Ickleford which has a local shop for daily needs. However, the vibrant historic market town of Hitchin is just 4 miles away with more comprehensive shopping and recreational facilities.
The local area enjoys access to excellent independent and state schooling. The town of Letchworth offers good independent schools in both St Francis College and St Christophers School. In Hitchin, the Boys and Girls Grammar Schools prove very popular along with Kingshott Preparatory School. In the neighbouring village of Preston, Princes Helena school can be found. The local village primary school is also popular and located 3 miles away.
The Manor is well placed for the commuter with the nearest mainline stations at Arlesey and Hitchin both providing trains to London Kings Cross on a regular basis, with fast trains taking approximately 38 minutes. The A1(M) and M1 are both within easy reach and provide access to London and the wider road networks, whilst London Luton Airport is just under 13 miles to the south west.
There is lots to do in the area with easy access to many country walks, cycle paths and a riding school with livery facilities. There is also a cricket club in the village which adds to the very traditional English feel of the area.
Reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, study, kitchen, breakfast room, utility, cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite bathroom, 5 further bedrooms, family bathroom, attic room, garaging for 4 cars, granary, store, grounds & gardens of over 6.8 acres, driveway
Old Ramerick Manor is a fully restored Grade II* Listed country house, with accommodation exceeding 5,600sq ft, set in lovely, part moated grounds.
With elements dating back to the 13th Century the original building was a medieval former open hall house. The manor has slowly evolved over time which is showcased in the period detailing such as the magnificent Jacobean fireplace with whimsical carvings in the entrance hall and an enchanting priest hole in the scullery.
From the Queen Anne façade, the front door opens into an impressive reception hallway with superb original tiled floor and an ornate fireplace with substantial wood burner. Both of the formal rooms lead off the hallway making for a striking welcome for guests. The drawing room has shuttered windows overlooking the gardens to the side and front, and has a stunning stone fireplace acting as a focal point.
The dining room is suitably large and would easily seat 20 for dinner with a beautiful bay window providing views over the grounds to the front. A secondary door leads to the rear hall, which provides access to the main hall, rear staircase, vast utility room, guest cloakroom, and kitchen/breakfast room.
The kitchen has a distinctly contemporary feel with a clever use of modern cabinets and sleek worktops to complement the bold black triple electric Aga. Opening up onto a large breakfast area, with windows overlooking the kitchen garden, this is arguably where the family will spend most of their time.
The original part of the Manor, which makes up the eastern side of the house comprises a sitting room with exposed beams, and a large inglenook fireplace with priest hole and hideaway hole within the chimney breast. A door leads through to the old open hall which is now a study and with the advantage of having access to the back garden and terrace, could be used as a playroom.
From the main hall is an ornate timber staircase that leads up to the landing with minstrels gallery providing access to three double bedrooms with an en suite/family bathroom and Jack & Jill WC. A rear hall provides access to the master suite and 2 further bedrooms.
The master bedroom occupies one wing of the house and is superb having been configured to create a separate dressing area and luxurious en-suite bathroom with spa style shower and separate bath.
Up on the top floor is a large attic room with exposed beams, which could make an ideal teenager's den or playroom.
Old Ramerick Manor is approached from the Bedford Road along a farm track which is bordered by farmland, The drive sweeps down to a 5-bar wooden entrance gate and a gravel drive leads past the garaging and Granary and down to the front of the house where further parking can be found.
Extensive lawns lie predominately to the east and are flanked by an ancient moat. Various fruit and specimen trees are planted across the lawns and feature a small orchard. Formal gardens are arranged around the house with beautifully planted borders, defined by an elegant brick wall. Numerous flagstone and gravel terraces surround the house providing ample space for summer entertaining. With the extensive lawns and delightful kitchen garden with quiet seating areas, there really is a place for everyone to call their own.
Originally a traditional timber barn, there is now a large 4 car garage, perfect for any car enthusiast! Next to the garaging is a refurbished Granary.
Accessed by a small footpath through a gate from the kitchen garden and over a bridge crossing the moat, is a meadow, which has been left with wild grasses and various wooded areas to attract the local wildlife
Oil fired central heating, mains water and electricity and private drainage to septic tank.
Old Ramerick Manor was once one of the oldest holdings of St John's College, Cambridge, having been gifted to the college in around 1520. The earliest record of a manor at Ramerick goes back to the 13th Century. Originally, the building was a medieval former open hall house, which had been added to over the years. The Grade II* listed manor has a multitude of historical features dating through the centuries including a priest hole in the scullery and a moat.
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