- A Grade II listed 15th century manor house
- Five bedrooms; four bathrooms
- Kitchen/breakfast room; utility room
- Drawing room; family room; dining room
- Indoor swimming pool; tennis court; dovecote
- Grounds of approximately 1.5 acres
- Four bay garage/car port
- Rural location
Broom Manor has been completely restored and extended in recent years. This L shaped red brick house has four large gables under a tiled roof with views over the formal garden. The property was originally known as Broom Farm and the working farm is still next door, it was extended in the 1700s and then further added to during the twentieth century with the last gable being added by the present owners who have completely refurbished the house and have created the indoor swimming pool inside an oak beamed barn with folding doors leading out onto the terrace by the tennis court.
History and Heritage
The oldest parts of Broom Manor date back to the 15th or early 16th century. In the 18th century some 17th century cottages were incorporated into the property and a new façade was added to cover the join between the buildings. Other extensions were then made in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Former residents include General Sir Frederick Pile, general officer in charge of Anti-Aircraft Command during World War II, and his wife who lived in the house from the 1950s until his death in 1974. His widow lived there alone until she sold the house in 1988. The property was given Grade II listed status in October 1951 and is mentioned in the Hertfordshire volume of Nikolaus Pevsners The Buildings of England. The Dovecote is also Grade II listed and is circa 1700. It is of red brick chequered with black headers under a steep pyramid old red tile roof with bellcast eaves and square louvered wooden lantern with pyramid tiled cap.
When the vendors bought the property in 1996 it was in need of a major refurbishment including the 18th century facade which was in need of complete restoration. With the help of specialist local builders and in close consultation with the local councils conservation officer, the vendors tackled the project room by room. New Tudor style bricks for an extension next to the kitchen were obtained from the same firm in Norfolk making the bricks for the restoration of Hampton Court Palace. Bags of horsehair were obtained to repair plaster on the oldest walls. In the grounds the outbuildings have also been restored and include the addition of two bespoke "English Heritage" oak framed barns one housing the indoor swimming pool and the other a four car garage and carport. An old brick and flint granary which has been converted into a garden entertainment room.
Original Manor House
The original part of the house has an entrance hall with doors to the cloakroom, to the steps leading down to the wine cellar, and to the family room which has wood panelling to one wall, an inset fireplace with a wood burning stove and two lead light windows overlooking the parterre.
Inner Hall and Reception Rooms
The inner hall area has a lead window to the side and stairs to the first floor. The drawing room has an open fireplace, lead windows to front, rear and side, and a door to the main hall which has an original 4ft. wide door to the front. The dual aspect dining room has leaded windows and an inset fireplace with a bread oven and built-in cupboards to the side.
First Floor Bedrooms and Bathrooms
The first landing, accessed from the stairs in the inner hall, has exposed beams, stairs to the second floor and built-in cupboard. Bedroom two is part of the original manor house and has exposed beams, built-in fireside cupboard and wardrobe. The en suite has a shower cubicle, wash basin and WC. Bedroom five has a built-in cupboard and wardrobe and a window to the front. The adjacent bathroom has a modern three piece white bathroom suite and a glass and marble mosaic feature wall. The master bedroom suite is also accessed from this landing. The bedroom is dual aspect and has a feature fireplace. The dressing room has fitted hand painted bespoke furniture including built-in wardrobes and a dressing table. The en suite bathroom has a shower , bath and twin washbasins with additional storage units. The second landing, accessed from the stairs in the rear hall, has access to two further double bedrooms and another family bathroom. One of the bedrooms can also be accessed via a connecting door from the dressing room.
The kitchen has been completely refitted with a range of bespoke hand-painted cabinets and integrated appliances including an electric four oven modern Aga, three Miele ovens and matching induction hob with an extractor unit over and a dishwasher. There is a pantry cupboard with original slate cold shelf. There are windows to front and rear. The breakfast area is open plan from the kitchen and has double leaded doors to the front garden area. There is a door into the office which also has double doors to the front and built-in office furniture. A door from kitchen leads to the boot room which has a door out to the car parking area. From the boot room there is a second cloakroom, a modern utility room which has a range of base and eye level units and a sink and a second set of stairs to the first floor.
On the second floor there is a room which is currently used as a library. It has bespoke fitted bookshelves, space for seating, a dormer window and access to storage in the eaves.
Granary and Outbuildings
A separate brick and flint granary has been converted into a garden entertaining room with tiled flooring, a coal effect gas fired stove, a window to the side and folding doors and windows to a covered area at the front. It has an oak roof from Hatfield forest and Westmorland tiles. To the side of the granary there are three cart lodges which are open to the farm on the other side. These are not part of the listing of the building and have potential for conversion into a separate annexe subject to obtaining any necessary planning permission.
Swimming Pool and Tennis Court
Behind the garage block the owners have created a leisure area with an indoor swimming pool and tennis court. An oak framed barn was built with an indoor pool which is with bi-folding doors which open along the entire length out onto the terrace. There are also changing rooms and a kitchen area as well as a plant room. Outside there is a large paved patio area with raised garden area to the rear. Next to the pool there is a full size tennis court. There are solar panels on the roof of the pool building.
The property is approached via a gravel driveway with wooden electric gates with a further driveway leading up to the main parking area. The garden is laid to lawn on both sides. There is a Grade II listed brick built dovecote with circular openings on both sides, and exposed beams to the ceiling. This is currently in use as a dry store room. The formal garden to the front of the property has a flagstone patio area, and is mostly laid to lawn with mature trees and shrubs including an apple tree. To the rear of the property there is a gravel parking area for up to twenty cars and a parterre with lavender bushes from The Yorkshire Lavender Company. There is garaging for four cars in a timber outbuilding with block paved flooring. This incorporates a double carport and a double garage with timber doors and access to an eaves room which has two windows to the front, power and light connected and could be used as a home office subject to planning permission.
The well regarded village of Cottered has a thriving village community with a public house, village hall and parish church and enjoys a semi-rural setting being surrounded by open countryside. The larger town of Buntingford is a few miles away offering shopping, schooling and sporting facilities and within easy access to the A10 which connects to Cambridge in the north and London in the south. The main line railway station at Stevenage is just 6 miles away and provides a fast service to London's Kings Cross. The A1 is also close by. Alternatively Bishop's Stortford and Hertford East also provide access to London Liverpool Street and Kings Cross. There is an extensive network of local footpaths and bridle paths catering for the equestrian enthusiast.
The schooling in the area includes Heath Mount Prep School at Watton at Stone, Kingshott Prep School near Hitchin, St Edmunds College in Ware, Haileybury at Hertford and Bishop's Stortford College as well as a range of well regarded state primary and secondary schools.