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The Old Rectory, Ayot St. Lawrence, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6

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Added on 18/08/2021
Savills, Harpenden

Key features

  • Handsome classic Georgian elevations
  • Fabulous gardens
  • Stunning drawing room
  • Bespoke handcrafted kitchen
  • Basement room
  • Oak framed double open garage

Property description

Tenure: Freehold

Significant wing of a Georgian former Vicarage set in wonderful gardens.


West House is a significant wing of a handsome old Georgian vicarage, which is set in stunning mature gardens in the heart of one of the county’s most sought after villages. This splendid and most elegant Grade II listed family home offers over 3,500 sq ft of internal space and stands in wonderful gardens of about 0.63 acres. The house features a beautiful drawing room with lovely open fireplace and a separate home office/study area. There is a spacious dining room and a fabulous kitchen/breakfast room, the kitchen area being fitted with an extensive range of hand crafted bespoke cabinetry complemented by granite worktops.

Off the kitchen is a very useful utility/boot room which has a door that leads out to a pretty courtyard. From the main hallway, a staircase leads down to the basement area which features a 23' studio/games room (often used for Yoga and Pilates classes), a wine cellar and workshop and boiler room.

From the hallway, a staircase rises to a split level landing. The lower level offers plenty of space for a desk for those who need further 'working from home' space, whilst giving access to bedrooms two and three. A secondary staircase rises to the top floor where bedroom four can be found. From the principal landing are the elegant main bedroom and family bathroom. The main bedroom features a bank of wardrobes and a good sized en suite bath and shower room.

West House is approached down a long gravel driveway which is flanked by lovely shrubs and trees and leads to a double oak framed 'cart shed' with power connected. The gardens beyond are all rather wonderful with a long pathway that meanders around the rear boundary passing a lovely well cared for vegetable garden and pretty wooded copse. The lawned garden is well tended for and features mature herbaceous borders and hedging.

Mains water, electricity and drainage. Oil fired central heating. We understand from the owner that FTTP fibre broadband has been recently connected in the village.


Mileages Approx: Welwyn North Station 4.5 miles with direct service to London Kings Cross from 22 minutes, Old Welwyn Village 3.1 miles, Welwyn Garden City 5.9 miles, Harpenden Station 5.5 miles, Harpenden High Street 5.7 miles, St Albans Station 7.2 miles.

Ayot St Lawrence is surrounded by some of Hertfordshire's finest countryside, but is only about 30 miles from central London. The village, made famous by George Bernard Shaw who lived at Shaw's Corner between 1906 and 1950, has a wonderful community feel with an active church, open gardens and art shows, along with the annual ball. The town centers of Harpenden, Welwyn Garden City and St Albans all provide comprehensive shopping and travel facilities.

Communications in the area are excellent. The A1(M) and M1 motorways provide access on to the motorway network. From Welwyn North there are frequent trains to London Kings Cross and the City, and from Harpenden to St Pancras International. Major airports are very accessible with London Luton Airport about 10 miles away, Stansted 30 miles and Heathrow 38 miles.

There is a fantastic selection of golf courses in the area including Brocket Hall, with its superb Auberge du Lac restaurant, Knebworth, Mid Herts at Gustard Wood and the challenging course at Hammonds End, Harpenden.

Schools in the area are numerous and include Haileybury College and Heath Mount Preparatory School, both in Hertford, Aldwickbury Preparatory School and St Hilda's Girls school at Harpenden, and St Albans High School for Girls and the St Albans School at St. Albans.

Square Footage: 3,505 sq ft

Acreage: 0.63 Acres


Web Details

The Old Rectory, Ayot St. Lawrence, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL6


Distances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
  • Welwyn North Station3.3 miles
  • Welwyn Garden City Station3.7 miles
  • Harpenden Station3.9 miles
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