Prime location on the west of this attractive market town, opposite the scenic Therfield Heath. Less than 40 minutes by train to central London (King's Cross). 17 minutes by train to Cambridge. 23 miles from Stansted Airport - 24 miles from Luton Airport (according to Google). A truly impressive 'Arts and Crafts' home in grounds extending to just over 0.8 acres (subject to survey).
One of the true glories of this outstanding individual Arts & Crafts home is its proximity to the Heath.
Located between the village of Therfield and Royston, the Heath is often referred to as Royston Heath. Officially it lies within the parish of Therfield, but whatever you call it, it's an outstanding area of public open space extending to some 400 acres and which runs for over 2 miles along Baldock Road right opposite Hartwell Lodge.
Ranged along the chalk escarpment to the south west of the town centre, the Heath is a common on which sheep are still regularly grazed and its downland is popular with ramblers and dog walkers alike. The highest point of the Heath is Therfield Hill, which, at 168 m (551 ft), is the highest point for twelve miles in any direction affording fine views over the surrounding countryside.
For nature lovers the Heath has much to offer. Several species of orchid can be found here during the summer months, and 26 species of butterfly are regularly recorded, often being seen on the wing over the Heath in every month of the year. In April, botanists come from many miles around to admire its pasque flowers. For birdwatchers, the Heath is a point of passage for migrant birds such as ring ouzels and wheatears. Skylarks and meadow pipits breed across the Heath and impressively large numbers of willow warblers also nest here. Whitethroats and lesser whitethroats are common in hedgerows on and around the heath during spring and summer and enlightened management of nearby farms has led to big increases in the numbers of grey partridges using the Heath in recent years, bucking the national trend. Another declining species, the corn bunting, still has a toehold in the area. A good selection of raptors can be seen here, with kestrels, sparrowhawks and buzzards all breeding and hobbies and red kites being seen on an increasingly regular basis.
The barrow cemetery at Therfield Heath contains a Neolithic Longbarrow dating from c.4000-c.2300 B.C. And a group of up to 12 Round Barrows from the Bronze Age (c.2300-c.750 B.C.).
The Heath is home to many sports clubs, with the thriving Heath Sports Club (hsc), providing facilities including a gym, squash courts, bar and bistro. The hsc is also home to Royston Hockey Club, Royston Rugby Club, Royston Runners and archery amongst others. An 18 hole golf course extends over part of the Heath and there is a practice track for horses.
The fact that the present owners have lived here for nearly 40 years is ample testament to just how comfortable and enjoyable this fine property is as a family home. It benefits from a newly up-graded central heating system with an up-to-the-minute high efficiency gas fired condensing boiler.
Entrance porch 2.13m x 1.16m (7'0' x 3'10')
Window to front aspect and door to:
Entrance hallway 6.62m x 4.52m (21'9' x 14'10')
Mullioned windows to front and side aspect. Stairs to first floor door to:
Dining room 5.81m x 3.93m (19'1' x 12'11')
Mullioned window to side aspect Mullioned square bay to front aspect.
Kitchen/breakfast room 5.86m x 3.75m (19'3' x 12'4')
Mullioned windows to rear and side aspect. Bespoke eye and base units. Butchers block wood counters. Under mounted butler sink set into a granite work counter/drainer chrome mixer tap. Integral dishwasher. Integral fridge freezer. Space for 8 ring range/oven. Extractor hood central island with granite work surface and base storage Wood panelled seating area door to:
Utility room 5.02m x 2.69m (16'6' x 8'10')
Mullioned window to side aspect, stainless steel sink and drainer inset to base unit. Replacement condensing gas boiler (installed December 2012). Doors to:
Pantry 1.70m x 1.06m (5'7' x 3'6')
Window to rear aspect .
Boot/coat store 1.70m x 1.47m (5'7' x 4'10')
Window to rear aspect .
Drawing room 6.83m x 5.02m (22'5' x 16'6')
Square mullioned bays to front and side aspect. Fireplace with wood mantle. Granite surround and hearth. Solid fuel stove style burner. Decorative moulding. Wood panelling.
Study 5.13m x 3.04m (16'10' x 10'0')
Mullioned window to side aspect. Living flame gas fireplace. Wood mantle, granite surround and hearth, decorative mouldings. French style glazed doors to:
Sitting room 6.04m x 5.00m (19'10' x 16'5')
Mullioned windows to rear and side aspects. French glazed doors to terrace. French glazed doors to:
Conservatory 8.53 > 7.26m x 5.68m (28'0' >23'10' x 18'8')
Windows to rear aspects, timber framed and dwarf walls. Tiled floor. French glazed doors to garden.
Rear hallway 3.09m x 1.01m (10'2' x 3'4')
Glazed panelled door to terrace. Door to:
Shower room 4.06m x 1.06m (13'4' x 3'6')
Window to rear aspect. Shower cubicle with integral power shower wash stand with inset wash basin. Door to:
WC 1.75m x 0.76m (5'9' x 2'6')
Window to rear aspect, low level WC.
L shaped. Windows to front and side aspect. Stairs to second floor. Door to:
Master bedroom 6.12m x 4.41m (20'1' x 14'6')
Windows to rear and side aspects, Integral wardrobes and dressing table. Door to:
En suite 3.78m x 3.22m (12'5' x 10'7')
Window to side aspect. Matching suite comprising: Whirlpool corner bath, vanity unit with inset wash basin, bidet, WC, power shower and cabinet. Heated towel rail. Fully tiled walls. Tiled floor.
Bathroom 3.12m x 2.87m (10'3' x 9'5')
Window to rear aspect. Corner whirlpool bath, telephone style mixer tap and shower. Washstand with inset wash basin. Storage cupboards curved shower cabinet with integral power shower. Low level WC. Heated towel rail. Tiled walls. Tiled floor. Large airing cupboard.
Bedroom two 5.28m x 3.83m (17'4' x 12'7')
Window to front and side aspect. Integral wardrobes and storage cabinets. Vanity unit with inset wash basin.
Bedroom three 5.28m x 3.83m (17'4' x 12'7')
Window to front and side aspects Vanity unit with inset wash basin.
Bedroom four 4.06m x 3.75m (13'4' x 12'4')
Window to rear aspect . Vanity unit with inset wash basin. Integral wardrobe door to:
Storage room 3.20m x 2.76m (10'6' x 9'1')
Window to side aspect.
Bedroom five 4.39m x 3.07m (14'5' x 10'1')
Window to front aspect. Integral wardrobe. Door to landing. Door to bedroom three.
Sky light over top of stairs. Wood panelled walls. Storage into eaves. Doors to attic storage.
Attic room 4.14m x 4.08m x 2.61m (13'7' x 13'5' x 8'7')
Window to rear aspect. Storage into eaves.
Attic room 2.84m x 2.36m (9'4' x 7'9')
Window to side aspect. Exposed beams.
The formal entrance to the property is through electronic wrought iron gates off Baldock Road. There is also vehicular access from Heathfield to the rear garden. The main driveway is block paved and leads round the front and down the side to the detached garage. The gardens are laid to lawn with a variety of mature trees and shrubs. Behind the garage is a greenhouse and a timber garden shed. At the bottom of the garden is a summer house.
The detached two-storey 7-car garage offers scope for a variety of alternative uses, subject to any necessary consents; a gym, games room, office, studio, workshop or annexe are just some which spring to mind.
Ground floor 9.80m x 9.75m (32'2' x 32'0')
Windows to side and rear aspect. Two up and over doors set in 14'5 openings. Three & single phase power. Alarm system door to: Inner lobby, stairs to first floor, door to garden.
First floor 9.39m x 6.14m (30'10' x 20'2')
Window to front and rear aspects. Guest WC and cloakroom. The floor has been strengthened and would be an ideal games room or office space.
The heated pool is 36' x 18' plus a Roman end. The pool area is enclosed with walling and the surrounding area has a specialised cushioned and non-slip surface. Within the pool area is a Summer House. Steps lead up to the rear terrace and Boiler House housing the pump, filtration plant and boiler for the pool. To the side is a path which leads to the front of the house. The rear terrace is paved with a pergola over.
Royston is a busy market town that lies in the north-east corner of the county on the border with Cambridgeshire. The town takes its name from the wayside cross erected by Lady Roysia in around 1066. Royston grew up at the intersection of two ancient thoroughfares: Ermine Street and Icknield Way. Ermine Street was constructed by the Romans but the prehistoric Icknield Way said to be 'the oldest road in Britain' was ancient even before the Romans invaded. Royston boasts some historic buildings, including parts of a Royal Palace used by James I and Charles I whilst hunting. There are also award-winning gardens for the visitor to see as well as Wimpole Hall, a magnificent stately home, which lies six miles to the north. The town's fascinating history is detailed at the Royston Museum. Today, light industry provides employment for the market town as well as many quaint shops and Restaurants. The Town has a mainline station which provides a fast and frequent service to London and Cambridge. For vehicles both the A1 and M11 are within easy access.
Royston provides a choice of excellent primary, middle and secondary state schools. The outstanding Sixth Form Colleges in Cambridge are within easy reach by train or by road. A wide choice of private schools are to be found in Cambridge, Hitchin, Bedford, Ware and Bishop's Stortford.
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