- Five/six bedroom detached house
- Kitchen/breakfast room
- Conservatory and garden room
- Utility room
- Art Deco fireplace
- Two bedroom annexe
- Tennis court
- Grounds in excess of 1.5 acres
Longwood is set in mature, south facing, landscaped grounds of approximately 1.5 acres and has been extended and maintained to a high standard throughout. The house has versatile accommodation in excess of 5,600 sq. ft. along with a detached eight bay garage and a tennis court. Longwood is located only 1.5 miles from Hitchin railway station from where services to Kings Cross take just 32 minutes.
History and Heritage
Longwood was built in the 1930s by local builder John Wray for the local dignitary William Wallace. The house is in the Art Deco style and retains many original features including Art Deco fireplaces, panelling, display shelving and the original cornicing. The servants bells are still in place and in working order. The double entrance doors are arched, solid oak and there is also an oak staircase and solid oak flooring. These period features are combined with contemporary features including a newly refitted kitchen by Woodworx of Cardington and bathrooms with Victoria and Albert baths, rainwater showers and Hansgrohe taps. The family room has been extended to include bi-fold doors to the garden.
Entrance is via an oak arched double door which leads into the front porch which has tiled flooring. A further obscure glass door with obscure leaded surround opens into the entrance hall. There are windows to the front and a staircase with a built-in cupboard to the first floor. The boot room has a wash basin with a mixer tap over, a heated towel rail, an obscure window to the side and a range of built-in storage. There is a separate cloakroom.
Principal Reception Rooms
The sitting room has a feature Art Deco fireplace with granite surround and hearth, and an inset cast iron wood burning stove. There are storage shelves either side of the fireplace and a window to the rear. The family room has glazed bi-folding doors which open to the rear garden patio area. There is a feature fireplace with a cut stone surround and hearth. The dining room has a feature cut stone fireplace with an open fire. There is built-in storage to either side of the fireplace. There are windows to the rear and part glazed double doors to the rear garden. The study - formerly the servants dining room - has a variety of built-in storage incorporating a sink unit. There is a window to the rear.
The kitchen/breakfast room has a range of fitted wall and base units with granite worktops over, and an oversized central island unit incorporating a breakfast bar. Integrated appliances include a dishwasher and a wine chiller. There is an oil fired Aga set into a fireplace with a glass splashback, and an additional electric Aga companion oven to the side. There is also an inset sink with a prep tap over. The walk-in pantry has further space for a separate fridge/freezer. The kitchen/breakfast room was refitted by Woodworx of Cardington in November 2015.
Glazed double doors with steps down lead to the conservatory which is of hardwood and glazed construction on a brick base with double glazed doors to the rear garden.
The garden room has a glazed lantern roof and underfloor heating. Double doors lead to the side gardens and a further door opens to the front of the property.
The utility room has fitted wall and base units with worktops over and tiled splashbacks. There is space and plumbing for a washing machine and a tumble dryer. There is an inset stainless steel sink and drainer with a mixer tap over, and an obscure glazed window to the side.
First Floor Bedrooms
The master bedroom has a range of built-in wardrobes and a box window to the rear overlooking the gardens. The en suite has an enclosed shower cubicle, an inset bath with a mixer tap and separate shower attachment, a wash basin with a mixer tap over, a WC and a heated towel rail. There is an obscure double glazed window to the rear. Bedroom two has a range of built-in wardrobes and storage and windows to the front and side. The en suite has a wet room shower, a WC, a wash basin with a mixer tap over, a heated towel rail and underfloor heating. Bedroom three has built-in double wardrobes and storage. There are windows to the rear and a door to the first floor balcony. Bedroom four has a range of fitted wardrobes and storage incorporating a wash basin, and there are windows to the rear. Bedroom five has built-in wardrobes and storage, and windows to the side and front.
Family Bathroom and Cloakroom
The family bathroom has a free standing, side filling bath, a wet room shower with an oversized rainwater shower head, a WC, a wash basin with mixer tap over, a heated towel rail and underfloor heating. There is an obscure glazed window to the front. The secondary cloakroom has a WC and a window to the front.
From the second floor landing there is access to a storage area in the eaves. There is also a door to a versatile room which could be used as a sixth bedroom, as a teenagers den, a games room or a cinema room. The room has access to further eaves storage and a vaulted ceiling with a dormer window to the rear with far reaching views over open countryside.
To the far right of the property, there is a leisure room, which was previously a snooker room, with fitted wall and base units with worktops over, a stainless steel sink with a mixer tap over, and a drinks cabinet/wine chiller. There is a full vaulted ceiling and bi-folding glazed doors to the side. There are windows to both sides.
The annexe has an independent front door which leads to the entrance hallway. The ground floor bedroom has windows to the front and side. The shower room has an enclosed corner shower cubicle, WC, a wash basin with a mixer tap over, and a heated towel rail. The sitting room has a window to the front. Double doors lead to the conservatory which is of hardwood and glazed construction on a brick base with glazed double doors leading to the courtyard garden. The kitchen has a range of fitted wall and base units with worktops over and tiled splashbacks. There is an inset stainless steel single bowl sink and drainer with a mixer tap over, and an integrated electric oven and hob with extractor unit over. There is space and plumbing for a fridge/freezer, a tumble dryer and a washing machine. On the first floor the second bedroom has a dormer window to the side. There is storage in the eaves.
The detached eight bay garage has four electric up and over doors to the front. Power and light are connected. There is separate pedestrian door access to the side. Internally, there is a workshop area with fitted base units and a ceramic butler's sink with a tap over. There is a separate office with a skylight to the rear. The cloakroom, which is accessed at the side of the garage, has a WC and wash basin.
Gardens and Grounds
To the front of the property, access is via electric wrought iron double gates to the circular gravel driveway. There is also extensive block paving for parking. The front gardens are mainly laid to lawn with mature tree and hedge borders. The rear garden is mainly laid to a formal lawn and is enclosed by a variety of mature flower, tree and shrub beds and borders. There are raised flagstone patio areas and a variety of summerhouses and potting sheds, together with a circular rose garden. The tennis court is enclosed by a fence. To the side of the property, a further patio and block paved pathway leads to a large storage shed and gated access to the front driveway.
The property is 1 mile from Hitchin town centre which has a variety of shops, pubs and restaurants. There is also an open air market every Tuesday and Saturday which have been taking place for over 500 years. The Queen Mother theatre is a modern purpose built theatre with a programme of professional and amateur productions. The Hitchin swimming centre has outdoor and indoor pools allowing year round swimming. The town has a range of schools including the boys and girls grammar schools which are both rated outstanding by Ofsted. The town is on the Great Northern train line and on weekdays there are four services to London and northbound there are two trains per hour to both Peterborough and Cambridge. The fastest services get passengers to London King's Cross in approximately 32 minutes. In August 2007 Hitchin was awarded Secure Station status after improvements to station security were made including new lighting, extra CCTV and the installation of automatic ticket gates.