Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7JJ
£1,750,000Offers in excess of
- Detached property
- Two reception rooms
- Five bathrooms
- Separate detached cottage
- Potential for an annex
- Three acre paddock
- Swimming pool
- Landscaped garden
An early 20th century five bedroom former farmhouse with a one bedroom detached thatched cottage, stables, swimming pool and over 4 acres of gardens and paddocks.
The main house has a well-proportioned entrance hall, three further reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room and a cloakroom on the ground floor. There are five bedrooms, one with a dressing room and one with an en suite shower room, a family bathroom and a shower room on the first floor. There is also a kitchen which, with three of the bedrooms and the shower room, can be separated to form a self-contained apartment. The thatched cottage is on one level with two reception rooms, a kitchen/breakfast room and utility room, a bedroom and a bathroom. House and cottage sit in over an acre of gardens with a covered swimming pool, patio areas, off street parking and a double garage accessed via electric gates. Equestrian facilities include stables, tack room/kitchen, barn and a 3 acre paddock with field shelter.
Blakemore Farm was originally built in the early 1900s as a model farm to provide produce for the kitchens of the local Blakemore Hotel (now the Needham House Hotel). The former barn and piggery have been meticulously restored and redeveloped to create a one bedroom detached cottage. In both the main house and the cottage the refurbishment has been carried out to a high specification with bespoke, handmade units in the kitchens and bathrooms, oak flooring, parquet flooring, and bespoke fireplaces and coving. A period feel has been created with details including exposed beams, decorative wall panels, Victorian radiators and an Adam fireplace which was originally in the nearby manor at Wymondley Bury.
The front door, covered by a pitched tiled storm canopy with timber frame, opens into an entrance vestibule. There is a built-in shoe cupboard and a Victorian radiator. Twin, part glazed doors lead to the reception hall which has parquet flooring, a feature cut stone fireplace, and a staircase with a full height picture window overlooking the garden. A pedestrian door leads to the double garage. The cloakroom has a WC, wash basin and a range of bespoke storage units. There is a window to the rear.
The sitting room has an original Adam fireplace - reclaimed from nearby Wymondly Bury - with ceramic inserts, decorative mouldings, a marble hearth and a log burner There are windows to the front and side. The dining room has exposed beams and a window to the front. Both rooms have central heating in the skirting boards providing all round heat. The study has a leaded window to the front and double doors to the garden.
The kitchen has a range of bespoke fitted wall and base units - including a larder cupboard - with granite worktops and tiled splashbacks. There is an oversized central island with breakfast bar, storage, built-in wine chiller, timber worktops and an induction hob with an extractor above. There is an inset double Belfast sink with mixer tap over and a boiling water tap. Appliances include an integrated Miele oven, a microwave, with warming tray, and a four oven, gas fuelled Aga, with extractor unit above. There is space and plumbing for an American style fridge freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer. A chalkboard on the wall conceals a key cupboard. There are windows to the side and rear and a door to the garden. The breakfast area has space for a sofa and a workstation as well as a table to seat four. There are double doors to the patio area and garden and access to the understairs storage cupboard.
The galleried landing has views over fields to the rear through the picture window and space for a seating or study area. The master bedroom has windows to the front and side, and built-in double wardrobes. The dressing room has a window to the front and built-in wardrobes and storage. Bedroom two has two Dormer windows to the side. There are built-in wardrobes with internal drawers and a walk-through dressing area. The en suite has a double shower cubicle, WC and a wash basin with mixer tap over. There is a window to the rear.
The family bathroom has a side filling bath, WC, a wash basin with mixer tap over, and a heated towel rail. There is a separate shower cubicle, a window to the rear and a Victorian radiator.
From the open landing space, a door leads to an inner hallway which has a walk-in airing cupboard, a further built-in store cupboard and access to the other three bedrooms. Bedroom three has windows to the front and side and a feature fireplace. Bedroom four has a window to the front. Bedroom five has a feature fireplace and a window to the rear. The shower room comprises a corner shower cubicle, WC and a wash basin, with mixer tap above. There is also a kitchen area with a range of fitted base units with granite worktops and splashbacks. There is a stainless steel sink with mixer tap over, and a built-in fridge.
The three bedrooms, shower room and kitchen could be used as a self-contained annexe. A door from the kitchen area leads to an external staircase to the ground providing a separate entrance. The same door also leads to an outdoor seating area on the flat roof above the ground floor kitchen/breakfast room. This has footings designed to support an upper storey so there is potential to extend above the kitchen/breakfast room to create a games room or a sitting room for the annexe, subject to any necessary permissions.
Front of the Property
Double wrought iron gates lead to the main driveway of the property. There is off street parking for several cars ahead of a sheltered parking area in front of the double garage which has an electric up and over door and power and light connected. The front gardens are mainly laid to lawn, with a variety of mature hedge and tree borders. A second driveway provides further off street parking. There are gates to either side of the property, which lead to the rear garden.
To the rear, the garden is mainly laid to lawn, with various patio seating areas. The main seating area is bordered by a raised brick wall with inset lighting, and flower and shrub beds and borders. There is also a courtyard garden area, with stone garden furniture, a timber gazebo and an open fronted garden store. There are a variety of mature flower and shrub beds and borders. The main lawn is bordered by a variety of mature trees and hedges, with flower and shrub beds and borders. The garden is bounded by a ha ha which allows uninterrupted views over the surrounding farmland. There is a bespoke greenhouse with a further seating area next to it.
The pool house has three sets of double doors to the garden. The changing room has an enclosed shower cubicle and wash basin, with mixer tap over and there is a separate cloak room with a WC and wash basin. The boiler room houses the pump and the boilers for the pool and the shower.
Stables and Paddock
The stable area is enclosed by post and rail fences. There are three stables by Chart Stables Ltd, one of which is specifically designed for a Shetland pony. In addition to the stables there is a tack room/kitchenette with fitted base units and a stainless steel sink, as well as a barn/store room. Power and light are connected. The 3 acre paddock is divided by post and rail fencing and has a variety of mature trees. There is water access and a field shelter.
The front door opens into an entrance hallway which has oak flooring and windows to the front. The sitting room has exposed beams to the walls and ceiling and windows to the front and rear. There is a brick fireplace with an electric wood burning effect stove. The family room has windows to the front and rear. There is a vaulted ceiling and built-in storage cupboard. The kitchen/breakfast room has a bespoke range of fitted wall and base units, with timber worktops over. There is a butler's sink, with mixer tap above. Integrated appliances include a fridge freezer, dishwasher, microwave oven with warming tray below, and a coffee machine. There is space for a range cooker. There is a window to the front and rear and double doors to the garden. The utility room has space and plumbing for a fridge freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer, and there is a door to the rear garden.
The Cottage continued
The bedroom has built-in wardrobes and storage and there is a window to the rear. The bathroom has a roll top bath with side filling mixer tap and shower attachment over, an enclosed shower cubicle, WC and wash basin. The enclosed garden - for the cottage - is bordered by post and rail fencing and mature tree and hedge borders. There are various mature flower and shrubs, vegetable beds, a patio seating area, a fishpond and space for a store shed and greenhouse. There is gated access to the side.
Blakemore Farm is located in the Hertfordshire village of Little Wymondley which has three public houses, a cricket ground and a primary school. Further amenities are available in Hitchin which is approximately 2 miles away. Stevenage station, approximately 3 miles away, has train services into London taking 21 minutes.