4 bedroom detached house for saleGustard Wood, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4
Offers in Region of £1,500,000
- Grade II listed 16th century detached property
- Four bedrooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Family room/study
- Period features
- En suite facilities
- Guest accommodation
- Extensive parking area
A Grade II listed 16th century four bedroom detached property with four B&B guest apartments, set in mature grounds overlooking Gustard Wood Common. This former public house has been subject to a full restoration programme by the present vendors and has versatile accommodation in excess of 4,000 sq. ft. with a wealth of period features throughout. The property is situated in a quiet, no through lane on a private mature plot and is within walking distance of local amenities in Wheathampsted. Harpenden, with a wider range of facilities, is approximately 4 miles away.
History and Heritage
The Tin Pot is a late 15th or early 16th century property which was given Grade II listed status in September 1984. Originally a Medieval Hall house it was used as a public house from Victorian times and has Georgian and Victorian alterations including 19th century wood casements and a 19th century canted sash bay. Original Tudor brickwork is visible in the master bedroom fireplace and the sitting room. The property retains original beams, including horseshoe beams in the master bedroom, and there is an inglenook fireplace in the sitting room. These period features are combined with modern amenities including surround sound. The four guest apartments, which are used in a B&B business, were created in the 1990s.
A solid oak front door covered by an oak framed storm canopy with a pitched tiled roof above opens into the entrance hall. The entrance hall has limestone flooring and a part glazed oak door to the rear. The utility room has a fitted base level unit with a timber worktop over. There is an inset butler's sink with a mixer tap over, and space and plumbing for a washing machine and tumble dryer. There are windows to the front and side. The cloakroom has a WC, a wash basin and an obscure window to the rear. There is a built-in storage cupboard with a window to the side.
From the kitchen/breakfast room, two archways open into the sitting room either side of the inglenook fireplace. The fireplace has an oak mantle and an inset woodburning stove on a tiled hearth. There are exposed beams, patterned exposed brick walls and windows to the side. The family room/study has glazed double doors to the front garden and a window to the side. There is an open archway and a step down into a further reception room which is currently used as a sewing workshop. This has glazed double doors to the side garden, further double doors to the parking area, and a staircase to a first floor mezzanine level.
The kitchen/breakfast room has a range of fitted wall and base level units with granite worktops and splashbacks over. There is an inset butler's sink with a mixer tap over. Integrated appliances include a dishwasher and microwave. There is space and plumbing for a gas fired Aga and an American style fridge/freezer. The breakfast area has a feature brick fireplace with an inset wood burning stove set on a brick hearth and space for a table to seat at least eight. There is quarry tiled flooring and windows to the front. The room faces east so gets the sun in the morning.
Secondary Kitchen and Boot Room
The secondary kitchen has a range of fitted wall and base level units with worktops over and tiled splashbacks. There is an inset butler's sink with a mixer tap over. Integrated appliances include a fridge, a freezer and an electric hob. There is a decommissioned Alpha range set into a fireplace. There is a secondary pedestrian door to the front and a staircase to the first floor. Open plan to the secondary kitchen is a rear hallway/boot room which has an oak door to the rear and a window to the side.
The master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling and exposed beams and frame. There is a feature brick fireplace with a tiled hearth, and a window to the side. The en suite has a roll top bath with a mixer tap and shower attachment over, WC, wash basin with mixer tap over, and an obscure low level window to the side. Bedroom two has a window to the front and storage in an alcove. Bedroom three has a window to the front with views over the meadow. Bedroom four has a range of fitted wardrobes and a window to the front. The shower room has an enclosed double shower cubicle, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail, and an obscure glazed window to the rear.
At present, The Tin Pot operates a guest accommodation business which has four guest apartments situated in the barn to the rear of the property. Each apartment has an independent front door and rear access to a garden. Each unit has an open plan sitting room/kitchenette, bathroom facilities and a bedroom on a first floor mezzanine level. The first two guest apartments have an interconnecting door between them.
Grounds and Garden
To the right hand side of the property, a pair of five bar gates lead to an extensive parking area which is bordered by lawn and mature trees and hedges. The formal landscaped gardens are mainly laid to lawn. The paved patio area has a variety of flower and shrub beds and borders. In the rear corner of the gardens, there are retained vegetable beds and a garden/log store.
The Tin Pot is located in the Hertfordshire village of Wheathampstead which has a variety of public houses and restaurants, a Tesco express supermarket, a tennis club and playing fields. Further amenities are available in Harpenden, 4 miles away, or St. Albans which is approximately 10 miles away. Commuter trains from Welwyn Garden City to Kings Cross International take approximately 26 minutes.
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