Property Ref: 49943
Walkern is a select and pretty village set through country lanes approximately four miles from the nearest train station in Stevenage which has fast regular trains to London Kings Cross (approx 23 minutes). Within the village there are local shops including a Budgens, renowned tea rooms, pubs, restaurants and a highly regarded infant/junior school which has an OFSTED rating of "Good"
Leaded light wooden panelled door opening to:
Featuring a brick tiled floor, shiplap boarding to half height and leaded light window to the front elevation. Heavy wooden braced period door opening to:
A most attractive room featuring a dual aspect providing by leaded light windows to both the front and side elevations. A wealth of exposed timbers, wall lights and the first of two staircases rising to the first floor. A Haverland Smart digital electric radiator, brick-built period fireplace with flagstone hearth, oak bessemer and an inset Coves Charmwood British Manufactured multi-fuel burning stove. Latched and braced wooden panelled doors opening to:
A substantial room of excellent proportions featuring a magnificent brick-built Inglenook fireplace boasting recessed bench seating, display alcove and flagstone hearth with concealed lighting behind a substantial oak bessemer. Recessed Contura Scandinavian wood burning stove part encased in soapstone which in turn radiates heat into the room. Further exposed wall and ceiling timbers and a central feature floor to ceiling beam with antique brass wall lights. A fine wooden panelled part concealed staircase rising to the first floor with storage cupboard below with a second brick built feature fireplace to the opposite end of the room with a flagstone hearth, oak bessemer and an inset cast iron Coves Charmwood British Manufactured multi-fuel burning stove. Further walls lights to match the dining room. A dual aspect is provided by leaded light windows to both the front and rear elevations. Door to the rear portico.
Fitted with a comprehensive range of dove grey kitchen units and drawers finished with square edged natural stone effect work surfaces with an inset double ceramic sink unit with telescopic brushed chrome mixer tap. Integrated appliances include a dishwasher, under-counter fridge and separate freezer, stainless steel and glazed oven with a touch-sensitive electric hob with concealed extractor and downlighters behind a substantial wooden bessemer. Further ceiling timbers, spotlights, polished porcelain floor tiles, grey powder coated electric digital radiator and leaded light sealed unit double glazed window to the rear elevation and sealed unit double glazed window to the side. Part-glazed stable door opening to the rear garden, further built-in cupboards and shelving concealing plumbing and space for a washing machine and tumble dryer. Wide doorway to:
Boot and coat space, access to additional loft space, sealed unit leaded light double glazed window to the rear elevation and an oak latched and braced door to:
Fitted with a white wall mounted hand wash basin with chrome mixer tap, low level wc with push button flush. Cream porcelain floor tiles, electric chrome towel radiator and extractor fan.
Featuring a part-vaulted ceiling with downlighters, exposed timbers and brickwork, leaded light window to the side elevation, braced and latched doors to:
A most comfortable room featuring a part-vaulted ceiling, heavily timbered walls and fantastic wide wooden planked flooring, two leaded light windows to the front elevation and a Haverland Smart electric digital radiator. Access to additional loft space.
Fitted with a traditional style white three-piece suite comprising a low level wc with chrome push button flush, vanity hand wash basin with chrome mixer tap and vanity drawers below. A fantastic roll top freestanding slipper bath with chrome claw feet, grey powder coated electric towel radiator, exposed wall timbers, recessed cupboard and separate airing cupboard housing insulated hot water tank. Extractor fan and leaded light windows to both the side and rear elevations.
Measurements exclude doorway recess. A further generous double room featuring an impressive vaulted ceiling with exposed timbers, fantastic wide wooden planked flooring and exposed brick Inglenook chimney breast with oak bessemer and storage recess. Dual aspect provided by leaded light windows to both the front and rear elevations and access to additional loft space. Period, wide braced and latched hobbit door opening to:
With a feature heavily timbered ceiling with fantastic wide wooden planked flooring . Dual aspect provided by leaded light windows to both the front and rear elevations. Staircase part enclosed by wooden bannisters descending to the sitting room.
Fairview Cottage enjoys a slightly elevated position set back from the High Street behind brick boundary walls and clipped hedges with a central wrought iron gate with limestone capped pathway intercepting a lawned front garden leading to the entrance porch with carriage light.
Cobbled driveway to the side of the property leading past a five-bar wooden gate widening to an additional shingled parking area for several vehicles beyond.
A well maintained private generous rear garden enjoying a sunny aspect laid predominantly to lawn flanked by well stocked shrub borders with a number of specimen trees enhancing the private nature of the garden. Limestone paved terracing and shingled seating area with wooden summerhouse, log store and rear wooden portico with bench seating.
Both Planning and Listed Building Consent has been granted for a two-storey rear extension to include a kitchen and garden room to the ground floor and a bedroom with an en-suite bathroom to the first floor together with a detached garage in excess of double width proportions including garaging, store room and a first floor office with space for six work stations and kitchenette with wood burner. Further details of the planning permissions can be found on the East Hertfordshire Planning Portal with planning references: 3/11/ 2215/LB and 3/11/ 0943/FP.
Fairview Cottage was the child home of the Birdsall boys and features in the book "The Boys and the Butterflies" written by James Birdsall, a wartime account of the boys' childhood and their shared passion for butterflies.
The Tenure of this property is FREEHOLD.
The East Hertfordshire Council Tax Band is F. The amount payable for the year 2020/21 is £2640.40.
The property is Grade II Listed so is therefore EPC exempt.
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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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