4 bedroom detached house for salePye Corner, Gilston, Hertfordshire
Surrounded by three and a half acres of private grounds, this wonderfully intriguing property includes a four-bedroom detached house, a beautifully converted and expansive B1 studio, and two further outbuildings of a similar size. The house was designed in 1960 by Helmer and Dyer, a local contractor and architect who frequently worked with renowned architect Sir Frederick Gibberd. It is only the second time in its history that the house has been available for sale.
Entrance to the secluded plot is from Pye Corner, an access road that runs to the north east from Harlow. Mature hedges and woodland create a wonderful sense of privacy and isolation, despite its convenient proximity to the town centre and station. The land is loosely divided in two by a central row of planting, separating the lower and upper area of the gently sloping site. The house is situated towards the rear of the lower area, away from the road, approached by a gravel drive and fronted by a York stone raised patio. A hard-standing provides parking space for a number of cars.
The house is a T-shape with a north-south orientation. The current owners have totally reinvigorated the mid-century interiors with great integrity, over a twenty-year period, to create a wonderful contemporary family home. The re-design created more accommodation on the upper floor by expanding into further roof space with the addition of two large dormer windows that have views over the neighbouring fields.
The ground floor is an engaging open-plan space that combines a kitchen, dining and living area, with three additional rooms: study, cloakroom, and a more intimate sitting room with guest bed and adjacent bathroom with original fittings. The main reception space has large windows on three sides, capturing extensive views of the gardens and providing access to the south-facing patio. Next to the dining area is an east-facing sun room, with access to the garden, designed to catch the morning light.
The galley kitchen is suitably positioned on the north side of the open plan, behind a Vitsoe room divider. The kitchen units themselves are Vitsoe prototypes, the only existing examples of their type. Beyond the kitchen there is a study, cloakroom, WC and utility room.
An open-tread staircase strikes laterally across the wide hall to the upper floor, a similarly well-proportioned space containing another reception area and three further bedrooms. The master bedroom has its own en-suite shower room and walk-through wardrobe. There is a second family bathroom at this level.
The upper section of the site contains three expansive outbuildings, built during the Second World War as army barracks, each measuring approximately 2,500 sqft. Two are still used as storage spaces, whilst the third has been recently converted into a stunning studio, with a power-floated concrete floors and Velfac windows, whilst maintaining much of the most engaging original fabric of the building which was meticulously removed, restored and reinstated. The space is divided into two main rooms that flank a central entrance and kitchen area, one of which has a large mezzanine level.
The studio is heated (with underfloor heating powered by an air-source heat pump) and insulated with sheep’s wool to residential standards, and is wired with three-phase electricity especially equipped to serve a building of this scale. Now the precedent has been set, there is scope to convert the two remaining outbuildings, subject to the usual permissions.
Also within the plot is a large and fully functioning greenhouse positioned next to a vegetable garden and mixed-fruit orchard.
The house is very conveniently located in a semi-rural location on the outskirts of Harlow. The town has long been recognised within the worlds of architecture and design. In 1946, architect Sir Frederick Gibberd was appointed master-planner for Harlow New Town – his original plan for the town is regarded by many as his greatest achievement. After he died in 1984, Gibberd left his house, garden, sculptures and art collection to Harlow Council for the benefit of the people of Harlow, now known as the Gibberd Garden.
The Henry Moore Foundation is also based nearby, where the artist lived and worked. His former house, studio and gardens are open to the public showing much of Moore’s iconic work.
Harlow Town station is just over a mile away (a four-minute drive), providing fast and direct access into London Liverpool Street – approx. 4 trains per hour – with a journey time of around 30 minutes. The route goes via Tottenham Hale (approx. 20 minutes), for connections to the Victoria Line.
Stansted Airport is around 30 minutes away by car, or can be reached by direct train services from Harlow Town in around 20 minutes.
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