New Road, Woolmer Green, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6LE
- A detached former farmhouse
- Dating back to the 17th century with later 18th century extensions
- Four double bedrooms, three of which have en suite facilities
- Re-fitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room
- Dining room, study, sitting room, conservatory
- Double garage, two bay car port
- Grounds and paddocks of approximately 9.4 acres
- Horse walker, manège, stabling
A Grade II listed four double bedroom detached farmhouse with equestrian facilities and about 9.4 acres of formal gardens and paddocks, in Woolmer Green village.
Paynes Farm has over 4,020 sq. ft. of versatile accommodation. The ground floor has four principal reception rooms, a re-fitted kitchen/breakfast room, utility room and a cloakroom, and retains period features including exposed beams and brickwork, open fireplaces and vaulted ceilings. The first floor has three bedrooms all with en suite shower rooms, a further bedroom and a family bathroom. There is a double garage and a two bay car port which has a first floor storage area. The equestrian yard has independent access and various facilities, including a horse walker, a floodlit manège, eleven stables, eight field shelters, and a variety of garage/store/tack rooms. Knebworth station is approximately 1.4 miles from the property, with trains to Kings Cross taking 23 minutes.
Paynes Farm was originally built in the 17th century in an Elizabethan style and has later extensions from the 18th century. It was once known as Leggats Farm, and belonged to William Blake. In 1837 it was occupied by William Pain, whose daughter became the first school mistress of Woolmer Green School in 1859. The property was later farmed, by the Burgess family, when it belonged to the Knebworth Estate of the Lytton family. Around the turn of the last century, the Cotton family took over the tenancy and added the eastern wing, which includes the present sitting room. A later occupant, Mrs. Manningham-Buller, changed the name of the house to Woolmer Green End. On her death, the property was acquired by Lord and Lady Kilmarnock, who changed the name to Paynes Farm. Lady Kilmarnock was a writer and wrote at least one novel whilst at the house. More recent owners include Mr. and Mrs. Swinscow who established the Kirkstall Shetland Pony Stud, at the farm.
Entrance and Cloakroom
The solid oak front door opens into the entrance hall which has a leaded window to the front, and a feature brick fireplace with an inset wood burning stove and a built-in log storage area to the side. There is also a built-in storage cupboard. An inner hallway has a staircase to the first floor with a built-in cupboard below, and a part glazed door and windows to the side. The cloakroom has a WC, a wash basin with a mixer tap over, a heated towel rail and a window to the rear.
The study has built-in storage and a part glazed door to the side garden. The sitting room has a feature fireplace with a marble surround and stone hearth, windows to the rear and a leaded bay window to the side. Double doors lead to the glazed, timber and brick construction conservatory, which has a half vaulted ceiling and double doors to the rear garden. The dining room has a bar area which has a range of fitted base level storage units, and a window to the side. The dining area has an oversized leaded box window to the front, and a feature fireplace with an inset cast iron fire, a marble surround and a stone hearth.
Kitchen/Breakfast Room and Utility Room
The dual aspect re-fitted kitchen has a range of fitted wall and base level units with granite worktops and splashbacks over, incorporating an inset one and a half bowl ceramic sink with a mixer tap. Integrated appliances include a dishwasher and a microwave, together with space for an American style fridge/freezer and a range cooker with an extractor unit over. The breakfast area has an oversized island and a walk-in pantry which has built-in shelves and a window to the rear. The utility room has a range of fitted wall and base level units with worktops incorporating a double ceramic butler sink with a mixer tap over. There is a window and a door to the rear, together with space and plumbing for a washing machine and a tumble dryer, and a staircase to the guest bedroom on the first floor.
First Floor Guest Bedroom
The dual aspect guest bedroom has views of farmland, and a full vaulted ceiling with exposed beams. The en suite has an enclosed corner shower cubicle, a WC, a wash basin with a mixer tap over, a heated towel rail and a window to the front.
First Floor Master Bedroom
The landing has a built-in cupboard. The dual aspect master bedroom has a range of built-in wardrobes and storage, and a feature fireplace with a marble surround and stone hearth. The en suite has a double shower cubicle, twin wash basins with mixer taps, a WC and a heated towel rail. The dressing room has a variety of built-in storage and a window to the side.
Other Bedrooms and Family Bathroom
Bedroom two has built-in wardrobes and storage, and a window to the front overlooking farmland. The en suite has an enclosed corner shower cubicle, a WC, a wash basin with a mixer tap over and a window to the side. Bedroom three has a vaulted ceiling, built-in wardrobes and storage, a feature brick fireplace and a window to the front. The dressing room has a further range of built-in wardrobes and storage. The family bathroom has a free standing bath with a side filling mixer tap, a WC, a wash basin with a mixer tap, a heated towel rail and a window to the rear.
Two Bay Car Port and Double Garage
To the front a five bar gate opens to the sweeping gravel driveway which leads to a two bay car port. Accessed via stairs at the rear of the car port is a first floor storage area. There is off street parking for several cars. The detached double garage has an electric up and over door to the front.
The front garden is mainly laid to lawn and has a variety of raised retained flower beds, mature tree and shrub beds and borders, and fruit trees. There is a feature brick well with a tiled canopy over, a pond with a decked terrace surround enclosed by fencing, and a water fountain. Wrought iron gates enclose the block paved courtyard area. The rear garden is mainly laid to lawn with a variety of mature tree and hedge line borders. There is a paved patio, together with a hardstanding area for a summerhouse.
At the side of the main entrance to Paynes Farm, a separate five bar gate and gravel driveway leads to the equestrian yard which is accessed via wrought iron double gates. There is further off street parking for several vehicles and horse boxes. The stable yard also has a horse walker. The paddocks are divided into nine areas, all of which have a water supply and field shelters. To the side of the floodlight manège there is an enclosed vegetable allotment plot.
Woolmer Green is situated between the Hertfordshire villages of Welwyn and Knebworth. There are two public houses, two dentists, and a junior and a pre-school. The parish has an excellent modern village hall and adjoining sports field which are very actively used by the community. Knebworth train station is just 1.4 miles from the property. Commuter trains take just 23 minutes to London Kings Cross.