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A Georgian five bedroom former farmhouse with a stable and other outbuildings, a tennis court and just over 2 acres of gardens and paddocks in the village of Willian.

Property Highlights

  • A Georgian former farmhouse
  • Five bedrooms; five reception rooms
  • Kitchen/breakfast room
  • Accommodation in excess of 4,970 sq.ft.
  • Set in 2 acres of grounds
  • Tennis court
  • Outbuildings; garage
  • Village location

Manor Farm House has just under 5,000 sq. ft. of accommodation. There are five reception rooms, five bedrooms and three bath or shower rooms. Period features have been retained throughout with original fireplaces in the drawing room, dining room, sitting room and three of the bedrooms. There are the original folding shutters in the kitchen and the original pull up shutters in the drawing room and many of the sash windows retain the original glass. The entrance hall has the original Victorian mosaic tiled floor and original Victorian pine units were used in the kitchen. Nearly every room has some built-in storage and there are several built-in cupboards in the hallways and landings. The property sits on a plot of just over 2 acres of formal gardens and paddocks and has stabling and garaging in the old farm buildings behind the main house.

History

The property was built in the late Georgian period and had subsequent additions in Victorian times. The main house has the archetypal symmetrical façade, high ceilings, ornamental covings and sash windows of the Georgian period. As a former farmhouse there are also a number of original barns and store rooms which are currently used for garaging and stabling. The property occupies a prominent position set well back from the road and has far reaching views over the surrounding countryside and towards the village church.

Ground Floor

The double width front door opens into the entrance hall which has original tiled flooring, a built-in storage cupboard and a staircase to the first floor. There is a door to the inner hall which has quarry tiled flooring, a part glazed door to the rear and a further part glazed side entrance. Doors lead to a dry and wet cellar. The dry cellar has a door to the front and could be developed to use as a gym or games room. The wet cellar is currently used as a wine store. The cloakroom has a WC, a wash basin and a window to the side with a built-in window seat and storage below.

Principal Reception Rooms

The drawing room has a sash window to the front with far reaching views and a further sash window to the side with original fitted shutters. There is a feature fireplace with a marble surround and an inset woodburning stove on a stone hearth. A doorway leads to the inner hallway. The triple aspect dining room has sash windows to the front and rear and glazed double doors to the side garden. There is a feature open fireplace with a marble and tiled surround with a tiled hearth. A door leads to the inner hallway. The sitting room has a sash window to the side and a feature fireplace with a tiled surround and hearth.

Other Reception Rooms

The study was originally the old dairy in the Victorian extension to the property and has a window to the side where the villagers used to come to buy supplies. The laundry room has quarry tiled flooring, glazed double doors to the garden and the original built-in iron stove where the irons were heated. There is a built-in storage cupboard to the side. This is a versatile space which could alternatively be used as a breakfast room, games room or a play room. There is a door to the room which houses the boiler which has space for airing clothes, and a window to the side.

Kitchen/Breakfast Room

The kitchen/breakfast room has a range of fitted Victorian pine base level units with worktops over and a dresser style shelved display unit. There are exposed beams, the remains of the servants' bells, and a sash window with the original folding shutters to the side. The gas fired AGA is set into the former fireplace and heats the hot water for the house. There is an inset ceramic sink with a mixer tap over together with space and plumbing for a dishwasher. There is built-in storage either side of the fireplace. A door leads to the secondary rear staircase.

Utility Room

The utility room has a range of fitted wall and base units with worktops over and tiled splashbacks. There is an inset stainless steel sink and drainer together with an electric oven and hob. There is space and plumbing for an American style fridge/freezer and washing machine. The fireplace is currently sealed but could be opened up for the installation of a log burner if required. There is a sash window to the side and a further pedestrian door, with an alarm, to the side.

Principal Bedroom

The dual aspect master bedroom has sash windows to the front and rear. There is a range of fitted wardrobes and storage together with a feature fireplace with a cast iron and tiled surround. The adjacent family bathroom has an inset bath, a separate enclosed shower cubicle, a WC, a wash basin, a bidet, a heated towel rail and a part obscure glazed sash window to the front.

Other Bedrooms and Bathrooms

Bedroom two has a walk-in wardrobe, and windows to the front and side. Bedroom three has a window to the side and a built-in storage cupboard. Bedrooms two and three both have a feature cast iron and tiled fireplace. Bedroom four has a built-in storage cupboard and a window to the side. Steps down lead to a further bathroom which has an inset bath with a shower attachment over, a WC, a wash basin, a heated towel rail and a window to the side. There is also a cloakroom with a WC and a wash basin. Steps down lead to a secondary landing which is also accessed via the stairs from the kitchen/breakfast room. Bedroom five is the former maid’s room and is a double room with built-in storage and windows to the side and rear. The adjacent shower room has an enclosed corner shower cubicle, a wash basin and a skylight to the side.

Outbuildings

The outbuildings are arranged in an L-shape behind the main house and border the end of the drive where there is a large area for parking. The boot room is opposite the door to the utility and has a variety of built-in storage and shelving. The outside cloakroom has a WC and a wash basin. There is a wood store and a sheltered walk through to the side gardens. The double garage/workshop has an internal door leading to a further garden store. The main barn is of brick and weatherboard construction with a tiled roof. There is a stable to the left and two pairs of double doors to the garage area. The stable area, to the side, is currently used for storage. A door at the side leads to a hall with stairs to a 30ft. first floor room with eaves storage, a window to the side and skylights, which has been used as an artists’ studio but could be used as a home office, a games room, or a study.

Gardens and Grounds

The main gardens are situated to the side and front of the property. The formal gardens are enclosed by a fence and mature tree and hedge shrub beds and borders. There is a sheltered seating area with a tiled canopy together with a variety of raised beds. There is just over 2 acres of grounds including two separate paddocks and a tennis court.

Willian

Manor Farm House is situated in the Hertfordshire village of Willian. The village has two public houses: the award winning The Fox and The Three Horseshoes. There is also a village store, a post office and a pond. The original parish church, All Saints', has a tower with clocks on two sides. Two sides are blank, supposedly so that farm labourers would not be able to tell when to leave work. Willian is located just 2 miles from Letchworth town centre and train station from where commuter trains to Kings Cross take just 36 minutes. Hitchin is just 3.5 miles away with a wider variety of shops and leisure facilities in the town centre. St. Francis' College is just 1.3 miles from the property and St. Christopher school is just 1.2 miles away.

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