Savills | Church Lane, Graveley, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7BN | Property for sale
321.72 sq m
Guide price £1,250,000(€1,477,721)

Church LaneGraveley, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7BN

  • Under offer

Key features

  • Wonderful Grade II Listed House
  • Two thirds of an acre
  • Many period features
  • Paneled drawing room
  • Fabulous mature, part walled gardens
  • Bed and breakfast potential
  • Basement/Games room
  • Seven bedrooms
  • Summer house

A charming country home with walled garden in a stunning rural setting.

About this property

  • About this property
    Located in the small hamlet of Chesfield, Manor Farm was originally a manor house known as Chesfield Manor which was converted to a farmhouse in the late 1700's. Now divided into a family home with an annexe this property has lots of potential to convert back to a single-family home or indeed keep the two separate units. The property is Grade II listed and retains some delightful elements from over the decades including a beautiful walled garden, fireplaces, exposed timbers and window shutters.

    Accessed along a charming country lane bordered by fields either side, the property is set at the end of a gravel drive. Located in an elevated position high on a level plateau the property has the most fantastic views of rolling fields and countryside.

    The House
    As is popular in the country, visitors are welcomed into the home directly into the traditional kitchen breakfast room with a fabulous focal point provided by an Aga with companion oven. With a comprehensive range of Shaker style cabinets there is room enough for a farmhouse table, perfect for informal dining. There is a useful larder cupboard with lots of storage and an attractive and practical tiled floor.

    A door leads to a laundry room which is a very generous size and has a door to outside, ideal for bringing in shopping or coming in with muddy boots and raincoats.

    Along an inner hallway is a quietly located study with a fitted desk and a beautiful original mullioned window which overlooks the gardens.

    There is a stunning and well-proportioned panelled drawing room with shuttered windows overlooking the gardens to the rear and side. There is a substantial wood burner which is perfect for the cooler evenings. There are two doors which open onto the dining room with a large feature fireplace and original wooden shutters on the windows. There is also access into the dining room from the outside through an attractive gabled porch.

    There is a cosy family room with a wood burner and a door opens out to the front garden. This could also be used as an additional study for those wishing to work from home.

    From the family room there are steps down to an inner hallway with access to the basement. A well-designed space which could make a fabulous games room or cinema room; ideal to keep teenagers entertained.

    From an inner lobby there is a modern family shower room with a large shower stall and integrated bathroom furniture.

    Leading up to the first floor there are two sets of stairs. From the dining room leads the original staircase from the manor which is a charming dog-legged style with stunning detailed oak balusters and handrails. A secondary staircase leads to the first floor from the kitchen/breakfast room.

    Located off a half landing there is a fitted shower room with a white suite.

    Arranged on the first floor there is a total of five bedrooms and a spacious family bathroom with separate shower.

    The principal bedroom has a range of fitted wardrobes and has far reaching views across the surrounding countryside.

    There are four further bedrooms on this floor all having great views.

    Carrying on up a set of stairs there is a kitchen area with fitted cupboards, sink, an electric oven and hob. Along with the two bedrooms which are located on the next floor up this area could provide an ideal opportunity to create an au-pair suite.

    Outside
    For the avid gardener there are generous gardens extending to just under two thirds of an acre which surround the house with level lush lawns.

    There is a delightful large sheltered walled garden with a patio area, and a separate kitchen garden with outhouses, a peaceful garden room with power connected, and a useful storeroom. There are various raised vegetable and fruit beds ideal for those wanting to grow their own produce.

    To the front of the property there is a lengthy gravel drive with parking for several cars. With high brick walls and evergreen hedging the property enjoys a good degree of privacy.

    Adjacent to the house is a masonry garage style store perfect for keeping gardening equipment and bikes. With the necessary consents this could be further developed.

    A charming and notable feature of the gardens is the stunning view of the ruined church of St Ethelreds which is located to the west providing a real talking point.

    View payable Stamp Duty for this property

A beautiful country home in stunning surroundings.

Lynn EllisProperty agent

Local information

  • Mileages Approx: Graveley High Street 1.4 miles, Baldock 5.6 miles, Stevenage 3 miles, Cambridge 26.5 miles, A1(M) J8 2.1 miles.
  • Set in an elevated position high on a level plateau enjoying the most fantastic views of rolling fields and countryside, Manor Farm is located in the small hamlet of Chesfield just under one and a half miles from the High Street at Graveley. Accessed along a very pretty winding country lane with fields either side, the property is set at the end of a gravel drive .
  • Originally a drovers route which became almost impassable in winter time, the Graveley High Street was turnpiked in the 1700's and with the toll monies, the route was much improved and Graveley became a sought after village where Londoners chose to have their country retreats. Now an attractive village with its two public houses the ‘George and Dragon' and the ‘Waggon and Horses', Graveley also has an eye-catching and typically English village pond. St Mary's church, which dates to the 12th Century, is situated on the outskirts of the village to the east.
  • There is a small village primary school, whilst further afield, education is available at nearby Kingshott Preparatory School with a choice of fine schools in Hitchin, Cambridge and Bedford.
  • The A1M provides access to the motorway network via the M25 (J23), which is just over 18 miles away. The neighbouring town of Stevenage, comprising New and Old Towns, offers comprehensive shopping facilities, schools for all age groups, a leisure complex, theatre and arts centre and a mainline railway station with fast, regular trains to London Kings Cross. The elegant Georgian town of Hitchin provides attractive boutique style shops and eateries and also has a large branch of Waitrose.
  • There is a comprehensive commuter train service from Stevenage to Kings Cross taking as little as 23 minutes, and Cambridge at 39 minutes with a useful Thameslink service to Gatwick Airport and Brighton.
  • For leisure there is the Chesfield Downs Golf and Country Club at Graveley less than three miles away. There are a variety of clubs to join in the village itself and for those seeking to enjoy the countryside a network of bridleways and footpaths lead from the driveway giving the opportunity to explore to your heart's content.

Additional information

  • EPC Exempt
  • Tenure = Freehold