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5 bedroom detached house for sale

Bygrave, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7

Sold STC £1,500,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Detached 1960s house
  • Five bedrooms
  • Sitting room, dining room
  • Breakfast/family room, kitchen, utility room
  • Annexe potential
  • Grounds of approx. 7 acres, inc. 4 acres of woodland
  • Heated outdoor swimming pool
  • Outbuildings

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A 1960s five bedroom detached house, set in grounds approaching 7 acres, in the Hertfordshire village of Bygrave. The Moat House has just under 2,800 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation set over three floors. There is an outdoor heated swimming pool, a pool house, a barn and a detached double garage and store. There is also The Lodge a separate building by the pool with a large multi purpose room and an adjoining kitchen, shower room and cloakroom. The plot is approximately 7 acres which includes 4 acres of woodland, a stew pond and moats. The property is located only 2 miles from Baldock station from where commuter trains to London take just 40 minutes. There are private and state schools, which have been rated Good by Ofsted, within the local area.

History and Heritage 
Although the current incarnation of The Moat House is only 50 years old there is a history of previous houses on the site as far back as the 14th century or earlier. In 1383 Sir John Thornbury purchased the manor of Bygrave from Sir Alexander de Walden and in 1386 received permission for King Richard II to crenellate two houses there – the only crenellations allowed in Hertfordshire that year. As part of the crenellations a substantial moating system was built, much of which still survives within the grounds of the Moat House. Sir John Thornbury represented Hertfordshire in at least five parliaments from May 1382 onwards and spent at least 6 years on the local bench. At that stage the house was a wooden construction and it is assumed that it was destroyed by fire.

History Continued 
In 1551 Lawrence de Warren purchased the manor. He was a wealthy London goldsmith and Master of the Mint at Canterbury. He built a large house on the site in the style of the Tower of London at a cost of £5000 – a huge sum at that time. In the seventeenth century James Cecil, 4th Earl of Salisbury acquired the manor. But in 1686 he was imprisoned in the Tower of London and was not released until 1690. During that period the Tudor mansion was demolished probably by local people who took advantage of his absence. In 1966 the current house was built on the site of the old mansion. The Moat House stands next to the St Margaret's Church which is of Saxon origins. This beautiful building is steeped in history and is the most researched church in Hertfordshire. Early floor levels date from the 8th century, the Nave was built in the 12th century and the font and wall paintings from the 15th century. A new stained glass window was installed in 2000 to mark the Millennium.

Ground Floor 
The glazed front door, with glazed panels to either side, opens into the entrance porch which has quarry tiled flooring. An obscure glazed door leads to the entrance hall, which has a staircase to the first floor and a built-in double store cupboard. The sitting room has a feature fireplace with a brick surround set on a quarry tiled hearth with an inset wood burning stove. The room is triple aspect with windows to the front and side and glazed double doors to the rear garden. The windows have an electric awning. The formal dining room has windows to the front and side. The cloakroom on the half landing has a WC and wash basin.

Breakfast/Family Room, Kitchen and Utility Room 
The breakfast/family room has windows to the side and rear and glazed double doors to the rear garden. The utility room has a range of fitted wall and base units with worktops over and tiled splashbacks. There is an inset stainless steel sink and drainer with a mixer tap over, and space and plumbing for a dishwasher. The utility room has a boot cupboard and a cupboard for a washing machine and a dryer. There is built-in storage and a glazed door to the rear garden. The kitchen has a range of fitted wall and base units with worktops over and tiled splashbacks. There is an inset double stainless steel sink and drainer with a mixer tap over, and space for a built-in electric range cooker with a stainless steel splashback and an extractor unit over. There is also an integrated fridge.

First Floor 
The triple aspect master bedroom has a range of fitted wardrobes and storage and windows to the front, side and rear. Bedroom two has a window to the front. Bedroom three has built-in wardrobes and a window to the side. Bedroom four has a window to the side and a built-in storage cupboard. A door leads to an additional room with a vaulted ceiling, a skylight to the side and storage in the eaves. This could be used as a playroom or study.

First Floor Bathrooms 
The family bathroom has an inset corner bath with a shower attachment over, a WC, wash basin and a heated towel rail. There are windows to the rear and a range of built-in storage. A further bathroom has a corner bath with a shower attachment over, a WC, wash basin with a mixer tap over, a heated towel rail and a window to the rear.

Second Floor 
The landing has access to storage in the eaves. Bedroom five has a vaulted ceiling, a variety of built-in storage and a window to the rear. The bathroom has an inset bath with a shower attachment over, a WC and a wash basin with a mixer tap over. There is a window to the rear. These rooms could be used as an annexe or guest suite if required.

Gardens and Grounds 
To the front of the property, the carriage gravel driveway has off street parking in front of the detached double garage which has a sheltered store area to the side and a storage shed behind. The front gardens are mainly laid to lawn with a variety of mature tree and shrub beds and borders, and a large pond. To the side, there is a formal croquet lawn enclosed by post and rail fence and mature tree borders. The formal gardens are mainly laid to lawn with mature flower and shrub beds and borders, and an orchard. To the rear and side of the grounds is Rookery Woods which is approximately 4 acres of woodland. There is a vegetable garden which has a variety of raised and retained vegetable beds, a storage shed and a greenhouse all of which is enclosed by post and wire fencing. The vegetable garden has an automatic irrigation system fed from a medieval stew pond in the wood.

The Lodge 
The Lodge is next to the pool area and is a building of timber construction with double glazed doors and windows to three sides. Inside is a 39 ft. 5 in. x 19 ft. 8 in. open plan room with an adjoining kitchen and shower room. The Lodge is fully insulated, carpeted and has electric heating. The kitchen has a fitted base unit with a stainless steel sink and drainer with a mixer tap over. There is space for an oven and a fridge. The shower room has an enclosed shower cubicle with an electric shower over, and there is a separate cloakroom which has a WC and a wash basin with a mixer tap over. This space could be used as a home office, a games room or for entertaining.

Swimming Pool and Barn 
Next to The Lodge is a heated outdoor swimming pool surrounded by paved seating areas. The hexagonal pool house contains an electric heater and the pool pump. The swimming pool is 32 feet by 16 feet plus a Roman end. It is 3 feet deep in the shallow end and 8 feet in the deep end. The barn is a Browns and Wem timber building, with brick stub walls and a concrete floor. There are three sets of double doors, windows to two sides and power is connected. It is currently used to store mowers and other garden machinery.

Bygrave 
The Hamlet of Bygrave has previously been a winner of the Best Kept Village title for Hertfordshire, awarded by the Campaign to Protect Rural England. It stands on a clay-capped hill, a defensive position when the original settlement was surrounded by moats which were built in 1386 and which can still be seen today. From this position the whole parish - bounded by Icknield Way, the Great North Road, the Cat Ditch and a ridge to the north - would have been visible.

Bygrave continued 
The Moat House falls within the catchment area for The Knights Templar School which is located in Baldock and has an Ofsted rating of Good. The property is approximately 2.5 miles from Baldock town centre which has a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. Services from Baldock railway station to Kings Cross take 40 minutes. The village of Ashwell is located 2 miles away and has a GP surgery and a dental practice. Letchworth town centre is 7 miles away and has a wider variety of shops, pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities.

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03 October 2016

Nearest stations

  • Baldock (1.7 mi)
  • Ashwell & Morden (2.5 mi)
  • Letchworth (3.6 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Baldock (1.7 mi)
  • Ashwell & Morden (2.5 mi)
  • Letchworth (3.6 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

To view this property or request more details, contact:

Michael Graham, Hitchin

20 Bucklersbury, Hitchin, SG5 1BG

01462 511005 Local call rate

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