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A Victorian seven bedroom former rectory with a self-contained one bedroom cottage, set in private, mature grounds of approximately 2.6 acres, in the village of Lemsford.

Property Highlights

  • Detached former rectory
  • Seven bedrooms
  • Six reception rooms
  • Kitchen / breakfast room / utility room
  • One bedroom Groom's Cottage
  • Outbuildings / workshop
  • Mature grounds approx. 2.6 acres
  • Village location

Lemsford House has over 7,200 sq. ft. of accommodation set over three floors. The main house has four principal reception rooms as well as a breakfast room, library, kitchen, utility room and cloakroom on the ground floor. There are seven bedrooms and four bathrooms on the first and second floors with further potential for extension into the loft area. The house retains many period features including high ceilings, picture rails, dado rails and panelling. The self-contained one bedroom apartment is in the former groom’s cottage and there are workshops and an orangery in the former stables. There is an in and out driveway with parking and approximately 2.6 acres of land including an orchard area, a vegetable plot and apiary.

History

Lemsford House is a detached Victorian country residence built of mellow Codlington Gold bricks. It was originally built in 1875 as the vicarage for the church of St John’s, which is adjacent to the property. The original house was smaller than the present property. The wing containing the drawing room and the guest suite of bedrooms above was only added later when the property became a rectory.

20th Century History

During the Second World War the house was commandeered and was used as a maternity home for unmarried mothers. After the war, in 1948, it was bought by the local builder, Brocket, who converted it into five separate flats. The current owner bought the property at auction forty years ago and has reinstated it as a single house.

Outbuildings history

At the rear of the property the former three horse stable has been converted into a workshop, but still retains the hay loft above. The adjoining orangery/garden room was originally the wash room for the horses. It has the original Victorian metalwork and the vendor has re-glazed the roof and re-coppered the cupola and weathervane. The former groom’s cottage nearby was modernised five years ago. It now offers a self-contained one bedroom apartment with a modern kitchen and bathroom together with period features including the original flooring.

Ground Floor

The double front oak doors, with an obscure leaded glazed archway window to the top, opens into an entrance porch with inset ‘welcome’ mats. There are part glazed double doors into the entrance hallway which has a staircase to the first floor with service cupboards below containing central phone exchange for landlines, broadband and WiFi (50+Mb), heating zones controls & valves, electricity meter & distribution boards (3-phase capability). The cloakroom comprises a WC and a wash basin set into a vanity unit with marble top over. There is a leaded-light window to the side.

Reception Rooms

The drawing room has three sets of stone-mullioned windows, with a seated bay area, and looks South-East to get the winter sun. There is a feature fireplace with marble surround and hearth and an inset 18Kw convection assisted log burner. On either side of the fireplace doors with inset glazed display panels open to reveal storage in the original Victorian airing cupboards. Off the drawing room, the library has windows and a door to the courtyard. The room has a window to the South with built-in timber shutters. There is a feature fireplace with limestone surround and hearth and an inset 4Kw wood burning stove. The breakfast room looks North-East over the courtyard, rockery and working well. The study has two windows to the South-East, overlooking the main garden, with built-in timber shutters, and a feature fireplace. A part obscure glazed door leads to the formal dining room which has a shuttered, glazed bay window and steps that sweep down into the drawing room.

Kitchen and Utility Room

The kitchen has a range of fitted wall and base units with granite worktops and splashbacks. There is a central breakfast island with granite worktops and storage below. The kitchen has space for a range cooker with an extractor unit above, a dishwasher and an American style fridge/freezer. There is a built-in oven and an inset stainless steel one and a half bowl sink with a mixer tap over, a filter tap and a waste disposal. The windows overlook both front and rear and there is an obscure part glazed door to the small hallway. The utility room has a window to the South and a range of fitted wall and base units with granite worktops and splashbacks. There is a butler’s sink with mixer tap above, and space and plumbing for a washing machine and a tumble dryer. The utility room also has a wine chiller and built-in pantry cupboards.

Principal Bedrooms

The master bedroom in the family quarters is accessed via an obscure part glazed, double arched doorway into the dressing room and has a variety of built-in wardrobes and storage. The picture window to the South-East overlooks the garden. The en suite shower room comprises an enclosed shower cubicle, a low level WC, a wash basin and a heated towel rail. A further part obscure glazed door leads to the en suite bathroom which has an inset corner bath, a WC, bidet, and twin wash basins set on a vanity unit. Bedroom two, in the guest suite, has a bay window to the South-East overlooking the orchard and main garden. There is a feature fireplace, with built-in Victorian airing cupboards to either side, and additional wardrobes and storage. There is an en suite Jack and Jill bathroom which has a corner bath with a mixer tap over and separate shower attachment, a WC and wash basin, set on a vanity unit with storage below.

Other Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Bedroom three has a window to the South-East and a range of fitted wardrobes and storage. Bedroom four has a window to the courtyard of the property and built-in wardrobes. Bedroom five, in the guest suite, also has a picture window to the South-East. Bedroom six, which is currently used as a gym, has windows to the West and to the courtyard and rockery. The family bathroom has a window to the courtyard and an inset bath with shower attachment over, a low level WC, and a wash basin on a vanity unit. Opposite bedroom four there is a walk-in airing cupboard.

Second Floor

The second floor landing has four built-in storage cupboards. Bedroom seven has a vaulted ceiling and a window to the South East overlooking the orchard. A latch door accesses the vast, double insulated, boarded loft area which covers the remainder of the second floor area. The loft has head room throughout and potential for further conversion, subject to any necessary planning consents.

Garden and Grounds

Double, wrought iron gates open on to a gravel driveway, which has secondary access at the other side of the property, with off street parking. There is a further block paved Double, wrought iron gates open on to a gravel driveway which has secondary access at the other side of the property and off street parking. There is a further block paved area to the side. The front garden has a variety of mature hedge and shrub beds and borders. There is a large Cedar tree to the front. The formal gardens are mainly laid to lawn, with a variety of mature flower and shrub beds and borders. There is an orchard area with five apple trees and three pear trees. To one side of the property, a gravel track leads to an enclosed, rabbit proofed vegetable garden and greenhouse area. Various sections of the garden are also laid to a wild flower meadow and apiary.

Gardens continued

In front of the orangery there are two separate paved patio seating areas together with a working stone well which has a slate pitched canopy with oak frame over. The well also has a pump which feeds an automatic irrigation system which reaches the majority of the flower beds. There is a further paved terrace area, bordered by lavender and rose beds, which is accessed from the main house via the dining room.

Groom's Cottage

There is a part glazed front door into the entrance hall, which has a quarry tiled floor and built-in storage. The sitting room has windows to the front and side, a wall mounted gas fire and the original wood flooring. The kitchen comprises a range of fitted wall and base units with worktops over and an inset ceramic butler’s sink. Appliances include an integrated oven and gas hob with extractor unit over, an integrated washing machine and space for a fridge/freezer. There are windows to the side and rear, and a part obscure, glazed door to the rear gardens. The bedroom has a feature fireplace and a window to the front. The bathroom has an inset bath, a corner shower cubicle, a wash basin set in a vanity unit and two heated towel rails.

Outbuildings

Adjoining Groom’s Cottage, the former stables have been converted into a variety of workshops and storage areas set around a central orangery/garden room. The ancillary accommodation has period features and potential to adapt to a variety of different uses.

Lemsford

Lemsford House is located on the outskirts of Lemsford Village which has two public houses and a primary school. The Brocket Hall Estate - with two championship golf courses, fine dining restaurant and 18th century mansion - is within walking distance. Further amenities are available in Welwyn Garden City which is approximately 2 miles away. St. Albans, approximately 5 miles away, has train services into London taking 30 minutes.

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