The Old Bell House
61 London Road, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7NE
£1,500,000Offers in excess of
- Grade II listed detached former farmhouse
- Barn/outbuildings with planning permission for accommodation/offices
- Eight bedrooms, three bathrooms
- Four reception rooms, breakfast room, kitchen, utility room
- Gardens and grounds approaching 0.5 acres
- Main house accommodation of 5,208 sq. ft.
- Barn/outbuildings accommodation of 2,486 sq. ft.
- Exposed beams, feature fireplaces, parquet floor
A Grade II listed eight bedroom detached former farmhouse with planning permission to convert 2,486 sq. ft. of barn and outbuildings into accommodation and offices.
Dating from 1700, with further extensions in 1815 and 1921, and set in grounds approaching 0.5 acres, The Old Bell House has versatile accommodation in excess of 5,200 sq. ft., set over three floors, including a lower ground floor cellar. The ground floor has four principal reception rooms, a kitchen, a breakfast room, a utility room and a cloakroom. The master bedroom, with an en suite shower room, four further bedrooms, two bathrooms and a second cloakroom are on the first floor. The second floor has three bedrooms. Hitchin train station is just 1.6 miles from the property, from where trains to Kings Cross take just 30 minutes. The Old Bell House is for sale with no upper chain.
Music Room and Dining Room
The part obscure glazed leaded front door, with built-in shutters to either side, opens into the entrance hall, which has staircases to the first floor and to the lower ground floor cellar which has power and light connected and separate store areas. The music room has sash windows to the front and side, together with a feature fireplace with a stone surround and hearth. From the entrance hall an open archway leads to the dining room which has sash windows with built-in shutters to the front and an Inglenook fireplace with an inset multi fuel burning stove set on a brick hearth.
Sitting Room and Family Room
Both these rooms are accessed via an inner hallway. The sitting room has sash windows to the rear and further sash windows and a door, set in a bay, to the side. The feature open fireplace has a tiled surround and hearth, and there is storage in the recess to the side of the fireplace. The family room has glazed double doors, with sash windows to either side, to the rear garden, and a feature brick fireplace with an inset gas fire. There is an interconnecting door to the utility room.
Cloakroom and Utility Room
A further inner hallway has a secondary staircase, with a built-in storage cupboard below, to the first floor. There is a built-in storage cupboard and a door to the rear. The cloakroom has a WC, a wash basin with storage below and an obscure glazed window to the rear. The utility room has a range of wall and base level units with worktops over, a stainless steel sink and drainer, and a window to the rear. There is space and plumbing for a washing machine, a tumble dryer and a fridge/freezer. There are also two walk-in pantries.
Breakfast Room and Kitchen
The breakfast room has a sash window to the front and a feature tiled fireplace. Steps up lead to the dual aspect kitchen which has a range of fitted wall and base level units with worktops over and an inset stainless steel sink and drainer. There is a built-in double oven, together with space and plumbing for a dishwasher. An inner hallway has a pantry cupboard and a door to the side.
Master Bedroom, Bedroom Two and Bedroom Three
The first floor landing has two built-in storage cupboards. The master bedroom has a bay sash window to the side and a further sash window to the rear, together with a variety of built-in wardrobes and storage. The en suite has an enclosed shower cubicle, a wash basin with a mixer tap over and a bidet. Bedroom two has a feature brick fireplace with a tiled hearth and sash windows to the rear, together with a wash basin set into a vanity unit with storage below. Bedroom three has sash windows to the front and side. There is a built-in storage cupboard and a feature fireplace with a brick surround and tiled hearth.
Bedroom Four and Bedroom Five
Bedroom four has a variety of built-in storage and a window to the front. Bedroom five has a window to the front and a brick fireplace with a tiled hearth. A built-in storage cupboard links the two bedrooms.
Family Bathroom, Secondary Cloakroom and Secondary Bathroom
The main family bathroom has an enclosed corner shower cubicle, an inset bath, a wash basin with storage below, a heated towel rail and a sash window to the rear. The cloakroom has a WC and a sash window to the side. The second bathroom has a Victorian claw foot bath, a WC, a wash basin and a sash window to the side.
Second Floor Bedrooms
The second floor is accessed via two separate staircases from the first floor. The first staircase leads to a landing with access to two bedrooms. Bedroom six has a dormer window to the front and built-in storage. Bedroom seven has a dormer window to the front and a feature fireplace with a cast iron surround and tiled hearth. The second staircase leads directly to bedroom eight which has a window to the side and a connecting door to bedroom seven.
A stable door opens into the first part of the barn, which is currently used as a wood store, and has storage on a mezzanine level. Twin barn doors lead to the open plan section of the barn, which has a vaulted ceiling, exposed beams and windows to the side and rear. There is a greenhouse, brick built stables and a garage. The first stable has a stable door and a window to the front. The garage has barn doors and a window to the front. Further double barn doors access a further stable, which has a pedestrian door to a second greenhouse.
Gardens and Grounds
To the front of the property, a gravel driveway provides off street parking for several cars. The front walled garden is mainly laid to lawn with a variety of mature flower and shrub beds and borders. A wrought iron gate and a gravel pathway lead to the front door. At the side of the driveway, a five bar gate opens to a block paved additional parking area for several cars. The tiered rear garden is mainly enclosed by wall and has a variety of mature flower and tree line beds and borders. There are feature ponds and a brick well. The courtyard patio area is to the side of the property and leads to a further gravelled side access pathway. There is a further sheltered seating area.
The village of St. Ippolyts has a convenience store, a church, a village hall and a primary school. The traditional date for the churchs foundation is 1087 and this is borne out by architectural evidence that includes a blocked Norman window. There are some legends about the church including the mounted Knights Templar visiting the church before riding to battle to have their horses blessed. As they left they took out their swords and carved crosses on the stonework. Local activities include a Bridge Club, a Baby & Toddler Group, a Football Club, a Bowls Club, Women's Institute and a School of Dance. The market town of Hitchin is approximately 1 mile away and has a range of shops and a mainline railway station with services to London Kings Cross taking approximately 30 minutes.