A one off gem at the top of town dating from 1908 and with some magnificent views. Offering fabulous opportunity to enhance and modernise to your own taste
The Lawns is very much part of the history of Bishop's Stortford town centre having originally been the site of the town's bowls club and latterly a well-regarded riding academy. Due to its elevated position, the house enjoys some magnificent views over the town itself. The stables remain in part and are attached to the house. We feel that these could be used to enhance and extend the current accommodation, subject to the necessary consents.
Set back from the road along a deep gravelled driveway with a parking area adjacent to the house it is thought that the house was constructed for his own occupation for a well-known local architect. As such, the house has many interesting features with good sized reception spaces - most with high ceilings.
On the ground floor, the entrance porch opens through to the main hallway which is centred around an oak, hand crafted staircase rising three levels to the top floor. There are original stained-glass and sash windows throughout the house which provide much interest. There are three reception rooms on the ground floor - a living room, family room and dining room, most of which have their original fireplaces. The family room has an interesting box-bay window overlooking the gardens. There is a guest WC under the stairs. To the rear the kitchen/breakfast room is fitted with a range of basic wall and base units and has a door to the side garden. From here you can access the cellars which provide useful storage space. The kitchen also has access to an eaves/loft area which was originally used as an apple store.
On the first floor there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms. Some of these rooms have fitted cupboards and vanity sink units.
On the top floor there are three further bedrooms with some eaves and loft access. Two of these rooms have access to a small balcony.
On the outside, the house sits in a mature and mostly walled plot of around a third of an acre. To the rear of the house a large lawn area gives way to mature flowerbed borders with a detached garage/wood store, which has also been used as stabling in the past. Adjacent to the kitchen are two stables as shown on the floorplan.
There is an extensive parking area within the gardens some of which adjoins Windhill Old Road. We believe that historic planning permission had been granted here although this would have lapsed some time ago.
Our clients intend to apply an overage clause over this land in their favour should separate residential development occur in the future. Please ask us for further details regarding this.
A commanding position right in the heart of town with some delightful character. Not really much to fault here - these houses are unique and no surprise that they only come to the market once every century!Justin Godfrey