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8 bedroom detached house for sale

Westmill Lane, Ickleford, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5

Guide Price £1,650,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Wonderful period house
  • Stunning gardens and grounds
  • Classic and stylish interior
  • Bright and spacious rooms
  • Feature fireplaces
  • Large kitchen/breakfast/family area
  • Double garage and extensive parking

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

An impressive Grade II listed country house with significant local provenance set in grounds of over 2.04 acres.

Location

Approx Mileages: Hitchin station - 2.4 miles (London St Pancras from 33 minutes), Hitchin town centre - 2.5 miles, A1M (junction 9) - 5.2 miles, London Luton Airport - 11.4 miles, Baldock - 6.2 miles, Bedford -16 miles, Central London - 38 miles.

The property is situated less than a mile to the south west of the village of Ickleford, which has three pubs and a local shop for daily needs. However, the vibrant historic market town of Hitchin is just 2.5 miles away with more comprehensive shopping and recreational facilities.

The local area enjoys access to excellent independent and state schooling. In Hitchin, the Boys and Girls Grammar Schools prove very popular along with Kingshott Preparatory School. In the neighbouring village of Preston, Princes Helena school can be found. The local village primary school is also very popular and Letchworth Garden City to the East offers good independent schools in both St Francis College and St Christophers School.

The house is also well placed for the commuter. Hitchin Station provides a direct line via Thameslink to London St Pancras with fast trains taking approximately 33 minutes. The A1(M) and M1 are both within easy reach and provide access to London and the wider road networks, whilst London Luton Airport is just under 11 miles to the south west.

There is lots to do in the area with easy access to many country walks, cycle paths and a riding school with livery facilities. There is also a cricket club in the village which adds to the very traditional English feel of the area.

Description

Old Westmill Farmhouse is believed to date back as far as the 14th Century and is steeped in local history as it once housed one of the region’s productive working mills. Over the centuries, the house was extended and as of today, now represents a wonderful family home, which has been carefully restored and decorated to ensure its continued Listed accolade.

This beautifully presented house boasts some wonderful bright and spacious rooms, classic in design to their relevant period. The sitting room and dining room are particularly lovely rooms, whilst the kitchen/ breakfast/ family area undoubtedly represent the ‘hub’ of the house.

Features of note to the accommodation include
Original doors and hand crafted joinery
Open fireplaces
Sash windows
Stunning stone and brick flooring to kitchen/breakfast/family area
Bespoke kitchen with traditional Aga
Modern bath and shower rooms in period design
First floor study, extensively fitted with bespoke shelving and cabinets
Exposed timbers

Old Westmill Farmhouse is approached down its own lane leading to the house and provides access to four smaller character houses, all once part of the working Mill.

The gardens to Old Westmill Farmhouse are an absolute delight and comprise two principal areas that enjoy great privacy and seclusion due to the period brick wall which surrounds the garden. The formal garden is presented in a manicured fashion with a large level lawn, two paved sun terraces and two rather special brick summerhouses that provide lovely seating areas to relax and shelter from those hot summer days. On reaching the far end of this area of garden, one enters the next area of garden, via a door in the brick wall, which certainly conjures up the feeling of entering the ‘secret garden’. This area is laid to lawn too but is considered more informal and where children can play till their hearts content! There is a pretty wooden framed summerhouse with its own little front seating area, numerous specimen trees and running along the southern boundary is a mature hedge, which runs parallel with the river. Set within the hedge is a small entrance which leads down to the river bank and to a private seating area where one can really enjoy an abundance of wildlife.

As you approach the house from the long driveway, the first entrance, via solid double wooden gates, leads to the rear of the house and to the double garage. There is also private parking to the front for three-four cars.

Services: Mains water, electricity and gas. Private drainage system. House is fitted with an alarm system.

Square Footage: 3,966 sq ft
Acreage: 2.04 Acres

Additional Info

Wayleaves, Easements, Covenants and Rights Of Way: The property is being sold subject to, and with the benefit of all rights including: rights of way, whether public or private, light, drainage, water and electricity supplies and other rights and obligations, easements and quasi-easements and mast, pylons, stays, cables, whether referred to in these particulars or not.


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17 May 2019

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