Set within a conservation area, The Croft is an enchanting period residence with panoramic views, which dates back to 1516 (kitchen and dining rooms). It was originally a hall house and in later years, a bakery. The earliest available records show that the house was purchased by Henry Dixon between 1650-1680, who in turn left the property along with much of Benington to The Drapers Company.
With an eclectic mix of time period features spanning the ages, this character house boasts spacious accommodation amounting to approximately 3814sq feet, comprising: large reception hall, drawing room, sitting room, dining room, conservatory, kitchen with oil-fired AGA, utility room, cloakroom, 6 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. The property nestles beautifully within a picturesque plot of approx. 2.79acres. In the grounds, there are 2 paddocks (with water), a newly refurbished swimming pool, lovely wildlife pond, numerous outbuildings including 5 loose boxes and a tack room providing for those with equestrian interests. A tennis court which needs refurbishing, as well as mature gardens comprising of an orchard and mature shrubs and trees.
Amongst other noteworthy features, there is also a fully detached converted barn of 1905sq feet, which offers equipped ancillary living and includes: sitting/dining room with vaulted ceilings, double and single bedrooms, shower room and staircase leading to generous loft space. House EER: F. Barn EER: D
Benington is a small but stunning country village located in North east Hertfordshire, between Stevenage and Hertford, surrounded by open countryside and farmland, which provides numerous footpaths and bridleways. It has a village hall which hosts a range of regular activities such as the lunch club, yoga, mother and toddler, art club, badminton and a monthly cinema. There are two churches and two pubs, an Ofsted award winning primary school, recreation ground, village pond and of course Benington Lordship estate and gardens. There is a good community feel, with the annual snowdrop open gardens, village fete, flower and chilli festivals which run each year. It is a desirable place to live with rural ambience and reasonable access via road to market towns of Old Stevenage, Hertford + Ware. Watton-at-stone, Stevenage and Hertford stations are the closest for the commuter approximately 2-6miles in distance, with the average London Kings Cross journey being 30minutes. London Stansted and London Luton airports are under 1-hour drive. Commuter links via the A1M or A10, are relatively easy through the country lanes. The local villages of Walkern and Watton-at-stone provide post offices and village stores, as well as further pubs, teashops and other activities.
Entrance Hall (7.04m x 6.02m)
Drawing Room (5.77m x 4.62m)
Dining Room (5.46m x 4.29m)
Sitting room (5.23m x 4.27m)
WC (1.96m x 1.91m)
Kitchen / breakfast room (5.46m x 4.29m)
Utility Room (2.92m x 2.54m)
Bedroom 1 (5.77m x 4.65m)
Bedroom 2 (4.27m x 3.89m)
Bedroom 3 (5.21m x 3.18m)
Bedroom 4 (3.66m x 3.63m)
Bedroom 5 (4.14m x 3.20m)
Bedroom 6 (3.23m x 2.49m)
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