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- Six Bedrooms
- Three Bathrooms
- Three Reception Rooms
- Country Kitchen
- Utility Room
- Large Mature Garden
- Ample Parking
A wonderful former Rectory, situated in grounds of just over an acre. This beautiful family home provides the perfect balance between traditional charm and modern comfort. The house itself includes a welcoming entrance hall, formal dining room, substantial kitchen breakfast room with Jerusalem limestone flooring, an Aga and separate oven/ grill, large drawing room with floor to ceiling bay windows and French doors onto the garden, study, cloakroom and utility room on the ground floor. A modest galleried staircase leads to six bedrooms (including the master with en-suite) with three of these being located on the first floor and a further three on the second. Décor throughout is neutral, storage space abundant and the property feels spacious, warm and inviting in all areas.
Ayot St. Lawrence is one of the prettiest, most desirable villages in Hertfordshire and offers a wealth of history and intrigue. The village was home to playwright George Bernard Shaw, until his death in 1950, following which his Edwardian residence passed to the National Trust. The village's Manor House is rumoured to have hosted Henry VIII's advances towards Catherine Parr, while the local pub (The Brocket Arms) is said to be haunted to this day by the affable spirit of a Catholic priest who was hanged there after the Reformation.
The house is approached via a private gravel drive which opens into a parking area and turning circle in front of the house. To the left of the main residence are two stables, a garage, the orchard and access to the immaculate rear garden. The back of the property enjoys wonderful views across paddocks, and open countryside beyond, while views from the front are of the village's crumbling Norman church which now lies in partial ruin.
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