7 bedroom detached house for saleChurch Lane, Watton at Stone
Sold STC £1,650,000
This substantial and most attractive late Victorian Rectory was built around 1900 in the Queen Anne style by noted architects Milne and Hall, using mellow bricks under a tiled roof and with extensive views over farmland and to the 13th Century parish church.
The property has an interesting history as it was once lived in by Canon HR Meyer, a notable plantsman and also the guardian for Alan Turing, the famous computer scientist and Bletchley Park code breaker, who stayed here as a child during school holidays when his parents were away in India.
The property has considerable architectural merit with well-proportioned rooms, high ceilings and many original features such as ornate fireplaces, high sash windows and the magnificent entrance hall and Columbian pine staircase - all of which the current owners have been at great pains to restore and maintain since they purchased the house in 1983.
The property offers substantial and flexible accommodation with four grand reception rooms, large kitchen/breakfast room, seven bedrooms, three bathrooms, artist's studio/games room with the further option to use the upper floor as self contained accommodation for family members or staff.
Outside there are landscaped gardens to the side and rear, and a large gravel driveway with ample parking next to the double garage. This is a rare opportunity for a growing family to live in a beautifully restored period home while becoming an integral part of the village community as the current owners have done.
The property is being sold with no onward chain.
The property is located in the village of Watton-at-Stone which is popular because it has a railway station (a few minute's walk away) with regular trains to London Moorgate/Finsbury Park and Stevenage, and also because it is a thriving community with very good village facilities including doctor's surgery (with dispensary), dentists, general store, Post Office, village bakers, family butchers, hairdressers, Chinese take-away, a number of good pubs, as well as the village church (St Mary's), Methodist Church, Memorial Hall and playing fields, (see www.wattonatstone.info for more details).
The location is especially popular with young families who want to live a quieter more rural lifestyle with their children which is helped by the excellent schools in the local area including the well-regarded village Preschool, Primary and Nursery Schools, Heath Mount Prep-School and further very good schools, private and public, in Hertford and the surrounding areas.
The River Beane runs through the village and there are plenty of footpaths leading out across the beautiful surrounding countryside. Further amenities and shopping are to be found at Hertford, Welwyn Garden City and Stevenage and the village is accessible to the A1 at Stevenage and A10 at Ware.
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