5 bedroom detached house for saleCaldecote Road, Newnham, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7
Sold STC £1,200,000
- 3,300 sq ft former vicarage
- drawing & morning rooms
- sitting room/study
- dining room
- kitchen/breakfast room
- 5 bedrooms
- double and single garages
- former grass tennis court
- in all 1.04 acres
- EPC Rating = D
The Old Vicarage is in a Conservation Area, tucked away behind mature trees on the north eastern edge of the small, charming village of Newnham close to the Herts/Beds/Cambs borders. The village is some 2 miles from the attractive village of Ashwell, which has a good range of local facilities - including a baker, butcher, medical practice and pharmacy. Baldock (3 miles ), Letchworth (4.5) miles and Royston (9 miles) provide a more comprehensive range of every day facilities.
The University City of Cambridge with a greater selection of shopping, schooling, cultural and recreational facilities is approximately 23 miles to the east and Bedford is approximately 18 miles to the west. There are good schools within the area including a renowned primary school in Ashwell and independent schools at Letchworth (St Christopher and St Francis College), Hitchin (Kingshott and Princess Helena), several in Cambridge, such as The Leys, The Perse and two Sixth Form Colleges, as well as the Harpur Trust schools in Bedford.
For the commuter there are fast and regular train services available from Baldock to London (from 38 minutes) and to Cambridge (from 25 minutes) Stations at Royston, Letchworth and Stevenage provide alternative timetables in both directions on the Kings Lynn to London line, with Stevenage also providing connections to the north of England and Scotland.
Stansted airport is 28 miles distant and Luton airport 20 miles
There is ready access onto the A1 just outside the village, which in turn leads north to the A14, M1 and M6 and south to the M25 and London.
The Old Vicarage is a substantial detached village property, the original part of which, according to Church records, was constructed in 1837 with a second "wing" having been added a few years later. Of red brick front (south east) and side (north east) elevations and "Cambridge Stock" on the others - all beneath slate roofs, the spacious property is laid out over two floors and retains many features of the period - well proportioned rooms with high ceilings, double hung sash windows with stone sills, a slate roofed bay window, panelled doors, open fireplaces and the central staircase. Having originally been built to replace a former Parsonage house on the same site, the present property served as the Vicarage for the adjacent Church until 1973 when it passed into private ownership. The Old Vicarage is designated a "Building of Local Interest" on the North Hertfordshire District Council's Register.
The part glazed front door leads to an entrance lobby with glazed door to the entrance hall with doors to all principal reception rooms and an elegant staircase to the first floor. To the right, the drawing room with its bay window enjoys a double aspect and has original wooden flooring together with a fireplace with period surround and mantel. Double doors interconnect with the morning room with views over the garden and a fireplace, with a period surround matching the drawing room, at the far end fitted with a woodburning stove. To the left of the hall, is a sitting room with Jetmaster open fireplace with marble surround and mantel and fitted book shelves; and a well-proportioned dining room - thought to have been the kitchen to the original house, with pine shuttered window overlooking the drive and a connecting door to the double aspect kitchen which is fitted with a range of base and wall cupboards, drawers, plumbing for dishwasher, electric cooker point and space for a breakfast table. A glazed door leads to the rear hall with back door, cloaks/boot room, and utility room, incorporating plumbing for washing machine and space for tumble dryer.
There are 5 double bedrooms to the first floor accessed from the main landing. One of the bedrooms has an en suite "Jack and Jill" bathroom (interconnecting with one of the lower landings) and there is a second bathroom with free-sta nding ball and claw bath with Victorian style fittings and storage cupboards and separate cloakroom. A large airing cupboard is adjacent.
From Caldecote Road the property is approached over a sweeping shingle drive leading to a large parking area in front of the two garages. The mature gardens and grounds, extending to approximately 1.04 acres on two sides of the churchyard, are a delightful feature of the property; surrounding the house, they incorporate a wide variety of mature trees and shrubs - Beech, Copper Beech, Ash, Willow and Yew, together with several mature Chestnut trees alongside the drive. One of the two lawns was formerly laid out as a grass tennis court/croquet lawn, latterly evolving into a generous area of grass fulfilling many different roles - football and cricket games, childrens' camping, golf practice and even a wedding-marquee.
A mature beech hedge divides the garden from the pretty C12th Church of St Vincent and its surrounding churchyard. A substantial yew hedge divides the main mown grass areas of the garden and in addition to two planted borders there is a variety of wild flowers and fruit trees including apples and plums. The area on the immediate north side of the house is fenced and gated, providing a screened area for bins and
clothes dryer etc. Mature mixed hedges, and in parts an ancient ditch, run along the northern and eastern boundaries of the property, with an occasionally used public footpath and open fields beyond; and in addition to the beech hedge bordering the churchyard the southernmost boundary is also formed by the small stream, which runs from east to west on the edge of the churchyard and under the bridge on Caldecote Road.
Agent's note: There are a capped circular well and a rainwater cistern beneath the drive.
Square Footage: 3,300 sq ft
Acreage: 1.04 Acres
From London proceed north up the A1 to the A507 exit north of Baldock. Take the A507 towards Baldock and after the service area roundabout continue south on the A507 and take the first left signposted to Newnham and Ashwell. Continue on the road into the village and at the T junction bear left heading towards Caldecote. The driveway to the house will be found on the right hand (east) side of the road immediately after the church.
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