Property Ref: 61950
The pretty and highly desirable hamlet of Whempstead is a small rural community situated amidst some wonderful Hertfordshire countryside. The neighbouring village of Watton at Stone is just a few minutes drive (approx 1 mile), and provides a British Rail mainline station servicing London Kings Cross / Moorgate, doctors surgery, dentist and convenience store. The renowned Heath Mount preparatory school is just 1.5 miles from The Old Chapel and St Edmunds college is a short drive away in Ware. The close by village of Benington provides a primary school, village shop, rural bus service, two public houses, church, village duck pond and lovely countryside walks. The neighbouring towns of Stevenage and the county town of Hertford provide more comprehensive facilities for shopping and education with Stevenage mainline railway station allowing access to London's Kings Cross. Knebworth Village again has a mainline rail link and is approximately 7 miles away.
This enchanting detached Victorian chapel has origins dating back to the mid 19th century and is believed to have been converted into a family dwelling around the mid 1950's. The 1882 Kelly's directory for Hertfordshire says "At Whempstead (a hamlet 2 miles north-east ) is a small lecture hall, a brick building, erected in 1852, at the sole charge of the late Abel Smith esq. At a cost of £400." The Old Chapel has also been described as a school house during its history.
In more recent years the Old Chapel is believed to have been occupied by a botanical artist, who added a sleeping statue within the grounds and planted some interesting flowers! The property has subsequently been enlarged and sympathetically altered in line with its architectural structure to now provide flexible living space arranged on two levels. The generous partly wooded grounds extend in excess of half an acre with beautiful natural pond and direct borders with views across the adjoining Hertfordshire countryside towards Watton at Stone.
In keeping with the building's origins, the vestibule has an attractive tiled roof with griffin finial (there are two others on the main roof) and glazed front doors opening to a further arched timber door (original) which in turn opens to:
A stunning room that was the original chapel, school house and meeting room. There are many character features conveying its age and history, including an impressive fluted ceiling, stone cherub and shelf and a fireplace with timber surround, period cast-iron insert and basket and tiled hearth. The room is bright with a triple aspect provided by two windows to the front overlooking the garden and pond beyond, a window to the side and French doors opening to the sunny courtyard garden. There are five wall lights, engineered oak floorboards, and three radiators. Door to:
With staircase to the first floor, engineered oak flooring, inset ceiling light, radiator, door to kitchen breakfast room and door to:
Fitted with a suite comprising low level WC and wash hand basin, and with ceiling light and window to the side.
A sizeable room with windows providing panoramic views over the adjoining open countryside. There is a range of antique pine effect wall and base units with cupboards and drawers, and light coloured granite working surfaces that incorporate a double ceramic sink with copper taps . A matching central island provides further cupboard space, breakfast bars at either end, and a further, circular sink. There are tiled splash-backs, inset spotlights and a reclaimed tiled floor. Appliances include a double "Aga" cooker, co-ordinating electric "Aga" cooker with four ring halogen hob, both recessed within a brick built chimney breast. There is an integrated fridge freezer, further under-counter fridge, integrated dishwasher, space for washing machine, and space for drier. A cupboard houses the oil fired boiler and has space for a further small freezer, and another cupboard provides space for coats and shoes. There is a door to the courtyard garden, a door to the sitting room/ family room, and an opening from the kitchen leads you to the sun room.
The following ground floor rooms (sitting room, sun room, rear entrance hall, ground floor bedroom and bathroom), would together lend themselves well to providing a self contained annexe, subject to normal consents and regulations.
With windows spanning the walls, affording panoramic views, the sun room is a lovely place to sit and relax. There is a radiator, tiled flooring, ceiling lights, and a glazed door opening to Sitting Room/ Family Room.
With window to the side overlooking the courtyard garden, this versatile room has attractive reclaimed supporting timbers and reclaimed oak floorboards. There are two radiators, inset spotlights, internal original stained glass window, door opening to:
With door to the courtyard, wood effect laminate floor, cupboard providing shelving, ceiling light and step up to:
With corner window providing lovely views, wood effect laminate flooring, alcove ideal for dressing table/ desk, radiator, ceiling light and door to:
Fitted with a suite comprising low level WC, vanity unit with cupboard and wash-hand basin, and shower cubicle. There is tiling to the walls, a heated towel rail, strip pine flooring and a window to the side.
An attractive twisting staircase with window to the side, leading to:
With doors to all first floor accommodation and inset ceiling lights, two steps up to:
An impressive room with high vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers and high level wooden door to loft space. There are windows to the side and to the rear, together with a glazed door that opens onto the balcony, with access to the roof terrace. Radiator, fitted wardrobes, ceiling spotlights and door to:
Fitted with a white suite comprising low level WC, bidet and pedestal wash hand basin. Fully tiled sandstone walls, heated towel rail, extractor fan, inset ceiling spot lights, ceramic tiled floor and window to the rear overlooking the fields.
This room it thought to have previously been two separate bedrooms; there are two windows, two doors and two radiators. It would be relatively simple to convert this room back into two rooms if so desired (subject to normal regulations). Again the ceiling is vaulted, with exposed timbers, there are spotlights and to one end there is a range of fitted wardrobes,
This charming room is situated above the old chapel room, and so is part of the original 1852 building. There is a vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers, extensive eaves storage cupboards with wooden doors, and a co-ordinating chest of drawers, a window to the side, radiator and ceiling spotlights.
A bright room with window to the rear, the bathroom has a white suite comprising low level WC, pedestal wash hand basin, shower cubicle and panelled bath. There are tiled splash-backs, inset spotlights, ceramic tiling to the floor and a heated towel rail.
Accessed from a glazed door from Bedroom 1, the balcony, with wooden balustrade, allows far reaching views across the fields, and leads to the sun terrace. The aspect here is South Westerly and the seller tells us that, because the view is so open, the sunsets are just beautiful.
Of timber construction and once used as an artist's studio, this outbuilding has a main space with 4 double glazed roof lights, a "Jotul" log burner, kitchen units with sink and water heater. There is a further room with window to the front, and another with panelled bath, low level WC and wash hand basin. There is hot water supplied by a lagged tank with immersion heater, housed in a cupboard alongside shelved storage space.
The gardens are a particular feature of the property, extending to approximately ½ an acre in all. To the front, there is a stunning outlook across a lawn towards a natural pond, with a mature oak copse beyond. There are winding pathways to explore, a sun terrace overlooking the fields and gated access to the paved courtyard garden that is planted with roses and honeysuckle and has a small, ornamental pond. A driveway approaches the Old Chapel via a wrought iron gate and provides parking space for several cars.
Council Tax Band - G - £
Energy Efficiency Rating (EER) - F
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