4 bedroom town house for sale5 High Street, Stevenage, Hertfordshire, SG1
Guide Price £950,000
- Superb Grade II listed home
- Over three floors
- Wealth of period features
- Cellar/Utility room
- Four bedrooms
- En-suite to master bedroom
- Bespoke hand-made kitchen
- Dining Room
- Drawing Room/Lounge
- Double garage
Full descriptionA grand Grade II Listed house of elegant proportions, sympathetically modernised whilst retaining a wealth of period features. An impressive 3,000 sq.ft. of stylish accommodation spread over three floors offering an excellent degree of space and versatility. Swann House enjoys an incredibly convenient location situated opposite the Bowling Green, just a short stroll to the Old Town's amenities and within walking distance of the mainline railway station. Viewing is highly recommended to fully appreciate the exacting standard of accommodation on offer.
Ground Floor Accommodation - The beautifully presented interior includes a most impressive drawing room with a dramatic ceiling height of over 11ft with a substantial limestone fireplace and a stunning dual aspect, bespoke kitchen/breakfast room by John Ladbury and Company incorporating top of the range integrated appliances, 30ft long reception hall with part vaulted ceiling featuring a period portcullis window and french doors opening to the gardens, a stylish dining room, downstairs cloakroom/wc and two cellars one of which has been converted into a practical utility room.
First Floor Accommodation - The wide first floor landing leads to two elegant Regency style double bedrooms with a half landing leading to a recently refitted family bathroom with a Laufen white suite including a self-filling bath with digital Grohe shower and a most spacious master bedroom suite fitted with a comprehensive range of bespoke bedroom furniture by Clive Christian and an opulent Laufen en-suite shower room with digital Grohe shower, limestone tiling and under-floor heating. Wide staircase continuing to the second floor with a spacious flexible fourth bedroom suite incorporating both a bedroom area and a fitted dressing room.
Additional Features - Further features include sash windows, tall ceilings, period wooden panelling and a most impressive wide staircase with period spiral balusters and deep period hand rails complemented by stylish Moduleo flooring and column style school radiators. Attractive courtyard area to the rear of the property, a double garage with electric doors, an additional parking space and generous private part-walled landscaped garden.
History - "Swann House" forms a substantial wing of an original 16th Century Coaching Inn, first recorded as "The Swann Inn" in 1530 under the reign of Elizabeth I. It is believed that Charles I was led through the Old Town back to London under arrest by the parliamentarian soldiers during the Civil War years. The famous diarist, Samuel Pepys, recorded a journey through Stevenage on 5 August 1664 and again in 1667, staying at "The Swann Inn" and playing bowls on the Green opposite. More recently, "The Swann Inn" was renamed "The Grange" in the 1840's by Reverend John Osborne Seager who converted the building into a boys school. Of late, "The Grange" was used as council offices incorporating the Town's Registry Office. "The Grange" comprises a group of Grade II and Grade II* Listed Buildings arranged around an attractive courtyard. The buildings are a mix of styles including Tudor oak frames, fine Tudor brickwork and Georgian facades with large sash windows. The buildings were successfully converted into eight townhouses and six apartments by City and Country in 1999 and the winner of the Bronze Award for "Best Renovation" at the "What House" Awards in the year 2000.
Portico - Grand distyle portico with detailed pediment supported by two Tuscan columns with Georgian front door opening to:
Dining Room - 15'11" x 12'2" (4.85m x 3.71m) - Featuring period wooden panelled walls, tall ceilings finished with deep ornate cornicing, ceiling rose and a substantial limestone fireplace with a detailed inset cast iron open grate with black polished granite hearth with bespoke illuminated glazed display cabinet to the fireplace recess. Sash window to the front elevation with window seat and a column style school radiator. Wide square arch opening to:
Reception Hallway - 33'2" x 4'0" (10.11m x 1.22m) - Measurements exclude a most attractive period wide turning staircase featuring deep period hand rails, newel posts and spiral balusters with external door from the quarter landing providing access to the rear courtyard. Stylish Moduleo flooring, column style school radiator, feature part-vaulted ceiling with an impressive period portcullis window to the side elevation and part-glazed french doors opening to the garden. Further doors to:
Downstairs Cloakroom / Wc - Fitted with a white two-piece suite comprising a rectangular hand wash basin with chrome mixer tap and vanity drawers below, low level wc with concealed cistern and push button flush, marble tiled walls, slate tiled floor, chrome towel radiator and downlighters.
Drawing Room - 26'10" x 20'3" (8.18m x 6.17m) - A fine feature of the property of regal proportions featuring an impressive ceiling height in excess of 11ft with 25 LED recessed downlighters, ornate deep cornicing, picture rails and period wooden panelling to dado rail height. A most impressive bespoke ornate limestone carved fireplace with matching hearth. Exposed wooden flooring, recessed electric floor sockets, three column style school radiators, matching wooden carved pediments and pilasters to doors leading to both the reception hallway and useful storage cupboard. Dual aspect provided by a combination of casement and sash windows and a bay window to both side elevations with window seats.
Kitchen / Breakfast Room - 16'2" x 14'0" (4.93m x 4.27m) - Refitted with a bespoke comprehensive range of units by John Ladbury and Company, extending to a matching kitchen island finished with Viscont white granite counter tops, upstands and splashbacks. A comprehensive range of quality integrated appliances include two stainless steel American Wolf double ovens, integrated sub-zero fridge with two separate fridge drawers with two additional freezer drawers incorporating an ice-maker. A separate Miele stainless steel and glazed steam oven, Miele integrated dishwasher and Quooka hot water tap with a recessed stainless steel double sink unit housing a waste incinerator, stainless steel Wolf five-ring gas hob with concealed extractor canopy above and a Falcon drinks fridge. Retractable flush fitting power sockets set to the curved granite breakfast bar, two sash windows to the front elevation with window shutters and window seats, stylish Moduleo flooring, column style school radiator, original fire surround with black slate hearth and cast iron grate and useful shelved walk-in pantry with power and light.
Cellar / Utility Room - 19'1" x 12'11" (5.82m x 3.94m) - PLEASE NOTE THERE IS RESTRICTED HEAD HEIGHT TO THE CELLAR. Steps and door from the reception hallway to the cellar, converted for use as a store/utility room housing a comprehensive range of white kitchen units, space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer, wall mounted gas fired boiler, water softener, tiled floor with a door opening to the second cellar (19'1" x 13'11").
First Floor Landing - 36'6" x 3'9" (11.13m x 1.14m) - Measurements exclude galleried landing recess. A most attractive wide landing featuring continuation of the deep period hand rails and spiral balusters, radiator, sash window to the side elevation, staircase rising to the first floor quarter landing with feature arched window to the side elevation. Doors to:
Bedroom Two - 16'11" x 14'6" (5.16m x 4.42m) - Measurements exclude built-in wardrobe with shelf and hanging rail. A most comfortable bedroom of excellent proportions featuring an attractive cream fireplace with cream hearth and surround and detailed inset cast iron hearth, tall ceilings with deep ornate cornicing and two sash windows with shutters and window seats to the front elevation.
Bedroom Three - 16'3" x 12'1" (4.95m x 3.68m) - A further elegant double room featuring an attractive cream fireplace with black granite hearth and surround with inset detailed cast iron grate with built-in period style wardrobe to the fireplace recess. Deep ornate cornicing, two radiators and two sash windows to the front elevation, one of which has a window seat.
First Floor Half Landing - Staircase continuing to the second floor, downlighters, access to the loft space and doors to:
Master Bedroom - 21'1" x 16'2" (6.43m x 4.93m) - A magnificent room of excellent proportions featuring a substantial range of bespoke bedroom furniture by Clive Christian including wardrobes, drawers and dressing table with vanity mirror and pelmet lighting, directable downlighters, picture rail, white fireplace with cream granite hearth and wrought iron gate. Two sash windows to the side elevation with window seat. Door to:
En-Suite Shower Room - 10'6" x 7'2" (3.20m x 2.18m) - Fitted with a white contemporary styled Laufen three-piece suite comprising a vanity hand wash basin with chrome mixer tap set to a marble topped curved vanity unit, low level wc with push button flush and a walk-in shower enclosure with Grohe digital shower with separate hand-held attachment. Limestone tiled walls and floor, chrome towel radiator, downlighters, thermostatically controlled under-floor heating and sash window with window seat to the side elevation.
Family Bathroom - 7'10" x 6'8" (2.39m x 2.03m) - Refitted with a white contemporary styled Laufen three-piece suite comprising a low level wc with push button flush, rectangular hand wash basin with chrome mixer tap set to white high gloss vanity cupboards with drawers below and a digital self-filling panelled bath with retractable hand-held shower attachment with a Grohe digital shower over with fitted shower screen, white marble tiled walls and floor with recessed glazed shelving. Chrome towel radiator, downlighters.
Stairs To Second Floor Landing - Door to:
Bedroom Four And Dressing Room - 12'0" x 12'0" + 11'9" x 10'9" (3.66m x 3.66m +3.58 - A flexible fourth bedroom part divided to create both a bedroom and a dressing area with skylight windows to the side elevation with fitted blinds, built-in wardrobes with fitted drawers and shelving, dressing table and drawers with granite counter top and fitted wardrobes to the dressing area.
Outside Front - Stocked borders enclosed by wrought iron railings.
Gardens - The property enjoys the benefit of a landscaped private garden, ideal for entertaining, with a substantial wooden deck with block paved pathway flanked by low decorative retaining walls leading to an impressive water feature and raised level lawns. The garden enclosed by well stocked shrub borders, trellis fencing and brick retaining walls with outside lights and power. Gated access to the High Street. Attractive courtyard to the rear of the property providing additional seating area enclosed by wrought iron railings.
Double Garage - Situated close to the property with twin electric up and over doors, power and light with an additional allocated parking space.
Agents Note - Swann House is freehold whilst the double garage is held on a 999 year Lease from approximately 2001 with a ground rent of approximately £100 per year (to be confirmed). In addition there is a maintenance charge for the upkeep of the communal areas of approximately £1,000 per year.
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