ENTRANCE HALLWAY * SITTING ROOM WITH OPEN FIRE * DINING ROOM WITH PATIO DOORS TO THE GARDEN * KITCHEN * DOWNSTAIRS CLOAKROOM * THREE BEDROOMS * BATHROOM * UTILITY ROOM * OFFICE * STUDIO * OFF ROAD PARKING * FRONT GARDEN * LARGE, MATURE REAR GARDEN SLOPING DOWN TO THE RIVER * IN ALL, A PLOT OF AROUND A FIFTH-ACRE
POTENTIAL TO EXTEND, SUBJECT TO PLANNING PERMISSION * WALKING DISTANCE TO THE TOWN CENTRE AND STATION
Berkhamsted mainline train station (London Euston approx. 30 mins) � 1 mile
M25 (J20) � 6.5 miles
M1 (J8) � 6.5 miles
St Albans � 11 miles
Heathrow airport - 28 miles
London - 31 miles
(All times and distances are approximate)
Can it be true? An individual, period, three bedroom extended cottage with parking and potential, with the most wonderful riverside garden, all approximately a 15 minute walk from the station?
That is exactly what you will find at Bourne Cottage, on Bank Mill Lane.
Nestling unobtrusively amongst the hedgerows, one of only two properties on the riverside side of Bank Mill Lane, as opposed to the canalside, Bourne Cottage was originally built around 1845 for the chauffeur of the New Lodge, today the site of the exclusive Royal Keys development.
From the front, one would never guess how this property opens up at the rear, to offer a light and airy open plan living space - and one is certainly not prepared for the amazing rear garden, which slopes gently down to the river Bulbourne and looks across to the field beyond, where horses happily graze.
Downstairs, there is a lovely fusion of ` homely cottage` and space, as the present owner (of the last 30 years) has opened it up to provide an ambient flow which is ideal for young families and entertaining.
The kitchen, to the front of the house, merges seamlessly with the dining area, enabling you to see both front and rear gardens whilst cooking. From the kitchen, you can access the utility room, converted garage/studio room and adjoining office/garden room, which guest bedroom, as there is a downstairs cloakroom nearby.
The original sitting room still has its open fire and the door which reveals the stairs that take you to the three bedrooms and bathroom upstairs.
The characterful bedrooms have high, sloping ceilings and the bathroom has a wonderful `slipper` bath that overlooks the garden - perfectly positioned to enjoy a glass of bubbly with your bubbles!
As for the large, well stocked and tended mature rear garden, it is difficult to describe just how special it is until you see it. Thoughts of lazy, hazy days with a `sundowner` by the river spring to mind or, for children, their own version of `Swallows and Amazons`.
There is off road parking in front of the converted garage and more space to the side of the house and, when you look at the rear, it is easy to see the potential to extend, subject to planning permission, of course.
Bourne Cottage is now ready to welcome the next lucky owner who is sure to make the most of its unique mix of town and country living.
The property is situated in Bank Mill Lane, a leafy country lane which runs parallel with the Grand Union Canal, less than a mile from Berkhamsted High Street.
Berkhamsted itself is a busy market town, located to the West of Hertfordshire and just 30 minutes from London by train. Perhaps the town`s most prominent role in National affairs came in 1066 when William the Conqueror was handed the English Crown. Berkhamsted Castle was built following the granting of the crown, and famous names associated with it include Geoffrey Chaucer who was Clerk of Works, and Thomas Becket who was Constable of the Castle in the 12th Century. Substantial ruins of the Castle still remain today.
Today, the town is highly desirable for commuters, with excellent transport links by road and rail. The mainline train station provides a regular and direct link to London Euston in a little over 30 minutes. Major road connections nearby include the M25 (J20) and the M1 (J8 and J9). The A41 dual carriageway runs to the South of the town, providing an excellent connection to Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Tring and Aylesbury.
There is a good range of leisure facilities in the area. There is walking and riding just minutes away in the surrounding countryside and on the National Trust`s 5,000 acre Ashridge Estate, while nearby golf courses include Ashridge, Berkhamsted, Mentmore and The Grove. The area offers excellent schooling, including Berkhamsted School, founded in 1541, and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
Berkhamsted offers a wide range of shopping, from independent boutiques to national names such as Waitrose, M&S Simply Food and Laura Ashley. The larger towns of Hemel Hempstead and Watford offer wider facilities, including Debenhams and John Lewis department stores respectively. Milton Keynes and London are both easily accessible too.
Dacorum Borough Council
All occupier`s fixtures & fittings are specifically excluded from the sale. Measurements are approximate. Photographs, floorplans & description are for guidance only and do not form any part of a contract of sale. Mains services have not been tested.