Property Ref: 65935
Stevenage comprises both the New and Old Towns and is conveniently situated within easy access of the A1M. The Historic High Street in the Old Town offers a good selection of shops, a Tesco Express supermarket, cafés/restaurants, public houses and a public library. In addition the area is well served by a good selection of local primary and secondary schools. There are more comprehensive shopping facilities in the nearby New Town with Schools, a Leisure Complex, Theatre and Arts Centre and Stevenage mainline train station with fast regular trains to London Kings Cross (23 mins).
Period front door opening to:
Period oak panelled walls with shelving, quarry tiled floor in a checkerboard pattern with door opening to:
Featuring exposed ceiling timber and an impressive inglenook fireplace with seating benches to both sides with display alcoves, an open hearth with a copper hood and a substantial oak bessemer, wooden block flooring, dado rail, picture window to the front elevation with wooden shutters. Period door to both the inner hallway and staircase rising to the first floor, radiator and further doors to:
Featuring a magnificent double height wooden carved ornate fireplace with columns and twin mantles with an open grate and a flagstone hearth. Leaded four-lite bay window with seating provides a most comfortable vantage point with views over the grounds, radiator, dado rail, exposed ceiling timber and a picture window with wooden shutters to the front elevation.
Wooden block flooring laid in a herringbone pattern, substantial black stone fireplace with a brick hearth, exposed ceiling timber, dado rail and bay window to the front elevation with wooden shutters.
Radiator, coat hanging space, built-in shelving and eye level cupboards, oak wooden cased butlers servants bell box. Doors providing access to the staircase rising to the first floor, door with steps leading down to the cellar with further doors to:
Fitted with a low level wc, wall mounted hand wash basin, quarry tiled floor, window to the rear elevation.
Quarry tiled floor, exposed wall timbers, radiator and ceramic french style Belfast sink and a recess with space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer.
Block paved stone flooring, arched recesses and exposed timbers with an eye level window to the side elevation.
Part-divided to provide a second utility area featuring exposed timbers and a useful understairs storage cupboard with quarry tiled flooring in a checkerboard pattern fitted with a range of oak effect base and eye level units finished with oak edged work surfaces with a cream Aga set to a tiled range recess with wooden mantle with both boiling and simmering plates with a baking/roasting oven and simmering oven. Ceramic french style Belfast sink to wooden counter top with a carved drainer, mosaic tiled splashbacks, further oak effect base and eye level units with floor standing gas fired boiler. Latched and braced door to the rear lobby, two windows to the rear elevation and door to:
Bench seat and quarry tiled floor. Door and window opening to the rear garden.
Staircase continuing to the second floor galleried landing, window to the rear elevation, built-in storage cupboard, radiator and doors to:
Featuring a brick arched fireplace, exposed ceiling timber and a leaded four-lite bay window with seating to the side elevation providing views over the grounds and surrounding countryside. Oak vanity cupboard with sink unit and drawers, radiator and window to the front elevation.
Fireplace, exposed timbers, vanity sink unit with tiled splashbacks and window to the front elevation.
Fireplace, exposed timbers with measurements excluding a built-in deep cupboard, radiator and window to the front elevation.
Vanity sink unit, radiator and window to the side elevation.
Vanity sink unit, radiator and window to the rear elevation.
Wooden panelled bath with separate shower over, vanity hand wash basin with cupboard below, low level wc and bidet. Tiled splashbacks, towel rail and window to the rear elevation.
Fitted with a low level wc and a window to the rear elevation.
Generous galleried landing providing access to three loft rooms, two of which are inter-joined.
Window to the front elevation.
Window to the front elevation.
Window to the front elevation.
The private grounds extend to 4.11 acres combining both formal and informal gardens with a post and rail paddock and lightly wooded areas.
A sweeping gravelled tree-lined driveway extends to the front and sides of Rooks Nest House providing ample secure parking. A formal lawned front garden flanked by the driveway to one side and beech hedging to the other, leads into a lightly wooded coppice with the fenced front boundary beyond. The garden extends to the side of the property with an abundance of mature specimen trees and well stocked shrubbery borders with an impressive mature oak tree.
A generous post and rail paddock to the side of the gardens flanked by a further mature oak tree with far reaching panoramic views across the valley and surrounding countryside.
A private formal rear garden laid predominantly to lawn interspersed with shingle borders with clipped topiary and mature shrubs flanked by both conifer screening and mature beech hedging. An area of informal garden and lightly wooded coppice lays beyond the formal garden running to the rear boundary.
Include a garden store, wood store and bike shed all with power.
Wooden built stable adjoining the double garage with Staffordshire blue brick pavers and metal corner hay baskets.
Double wooden doors, power and light with trailer recess.
Rooks Nest House, formerly known as "Howards" was the childhood home of the highly regarded author E.M. Forster with the property featuring in his 1910 masterpiece "Howards End".
Rooks Nest House is GRADE I LISTED and as such consideration needs to be given to any future plans to alter or extend the current accommodation. Further details upon request.
We have been advised that there is currently an on-going insurance claim due to a degree of movement to the front corner of the property with evidence of cracking to the brickwork. The insurance company have recommended removal of a number of mature trees to the eastern boundary and this work is currently being undertaken. It is our understanding that the insurance company has agreed to pass the benefit of this claim onto the next owner of Rooks Nest House if not settled beforehand. The current owner is also seeking confirmation that the insurance company will extend cover to any new prospective purchaser. Further details upon request.
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FIXTURES & FITTINGS: All items in the written text of these particulars are included in the sale. All others are expressly excluded regardless of inclusion in any photographs. Purchasers must satisfy themselves that any equipment included in the sale of the property is in satisfactory order.
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