A beautifully presented Grade II listed farmhouse in an exceptionally good position on the fringes of a delightful, tranquil green. Mature gardens and paddock around six acres.
Youngloves Farmhouse is a substantial timber framed farmhouse dating back in part to the early 16th century that has been modernised and redecorated throughout. An abundance of charm and character has been retained with rooms featuring exposed timbers, stone floors, stock brick fireplaces and wood burning stoves.
The family friendly layout flows well to provide flexible living and entertaining space. Everyday living is centred around an open plan dining room with wood burning stove, study area and fully fitted kitchen with a range of wall units, built in fridge and an electric Aga. To the back of the kitchen is a utility/boot room leading to the rear garden and terrace.
The principal reception rooms are accessed from the hallway and include a stunning dual aspect panelled formal drawing room with large inglenook fireplace, a family sitting room with exposed beams and a wood burning stove, and a playroom/study. The ground floor is completed with a guest cloakroom including built in utilities and a cellar fitted with cavovin wine storage for approximately 1,800 bottles.
Upstairs the house comprises five principal bedrooms with fabulous semi vaulted ceilings and charming aspects over the gardens and surrounding countryside. The main bathroom, with roll top bath, has been recently redecorated. The second family shower/bathroom leads to a walk in linen and drying cupboard above the Aga. There is a generous landing area off the main stairs from the hall while the back stairs lead from the kitchen. Useful attic storage space is accessed via a pulldown hatch and ladder.
Outside, the house sits in a magnificent parkland style garden which opens onto a large paddock. The house is approached from Southern Green across a gated gravel driveway providing ample parking. Off the driveway a large timber barn provides further car parking, two secure garages, a garden store and wood shed. To the rear of the house is a separate barn with power and light ideal for home working.
The mature gardens include front and rear York stone terraces, well stocked flower and shrub borders, a croquet lawn, a fenced pond and numerous fruit and specimen trees.
At the bottom of the garden is a large paddock extending to 5 acres, with mature hedge/tree lined boundaries and a further pond. The footings of a previous 7.5m x 5.0m barn with first floor storage area remain and could be rebuilt. The woods adjoining the paddock open on to glorious countryside crossed with numerous local footpaths.
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Youngloves for me, sums up everything you could hope for in a house, with its charming characterful living space and enjoys excellent outdoor areas in a most idyllic location, yet is not too cut off with neighbours close by if needed. It also has fast access to the City via Stevenage station which can get you to Kings Cross in under 25 minutes.Justin Godfrey