4 Bed Detached House  For Sale  The Old Magistrates Court 6  Priory Lane  Royston  Hertfordshire  SG8   - £800,000

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The Old Magistrates Court is steeped in history, originally constructed in 1883 as part of Roystons Police Station and Sergeants House including a court room and cells. After careful renovation, it now offers over 3,100 sq ft of beautifully presented accommodation combining contemporary interior design with original features. There are four reception rooms, a two room cellar, utility and beautiful open plan kitchen/dining/living room with granite work surfaces, a central island, integrated appliances and mezzanine family room above. The first floor offers a family bathroom and four bedrooms including the master with designer shower room. Conveniently located in the town with exceptional amenities and transport links, it boasts a 30 minute drive to Cambridge and is within walking distance of the train station offering regular services into London Kings Cross within 40 minutes.

The Old Magistrates Court is a quite exceptional home that boasts a superb location within the thriving town centre of Royston. Id say that it was a combination of the utter uniqueness of the property and its excellent location that initially drew me to it, says the owner. It was built in the late 19th century and originally formed the towns courthouse and police station, but after having been left vacant for a considerable period of time, it was used as an office in the mid-1990s and then converted into this fabulous home four years ago by a local developer.

Externally the house is hugely characterful, but internally it has a much more contemporary look and feel, although crucially it retains a great many really beautiful and in some cases quite unusual features. The old prison cells complete with the original cell doors have been transformed into an office, a home gym and a utility room, and the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area, which used to be the old courtroom, still has the original huge windows, a big marble fireplace and a gorgeous vaulted ceiling. The old and the new blend beautifully throughout.

The biggest change Ive made to the property is to the outside space, continues the owner. As well as a decent size lawned area theres also what was once the exercise yard. Its a really nice secluded courtyard area in which Ive created an outdoor kitchen and entertaining space. Its partly covered and has an outdoor fireplace, so if the weather is a little inclement it can still be used; it almost becomes an extension of the living space when the weather is warm.

The open-plan kitchen, dining and living area with its huge mezzanine level is really very impressive, but since creating the outdoor entertaining space Id say that that is now my favourite part of the property as a whole, says the owner. Its a lovely place to entertain family and friends during the summer.

I work in Cambridge and travel into London on a fairly regular basis, and so what I particularly love about living in Royston is that the transport links are excellent, so I can get just about anywhere with the greatest of ease, says the owner. I also love the fact that the town is surrounded by some beautiful countryside and I can go running or walking on Therfield Heath, which is a stones throw away and absolutely stunning; I feel like I have the best of everything here.

Theres no doubt Ill miss this house terribly when I move, says the owner. Ive certainly not seen another property quite like it and I probably wont find one again. Its totally unique and has the most wonderful sense of history. Its been a real privilege to own.

I work as a creative director and I find that the whole house is an incredibly creative space to work in, says the owner. The interior is very contemporary and so its perfect for modern living, but at the same time it has so much character; its a combination that makes for a very inspiring environment.

Original Front Door With Covered Porch To: -

Entrance Hall - Solid oak wood floor.

Boot Room - 2.98m x 2.42m (9'9" x 7'11" ) - Secondary glazed windows to front and side aspects. Solid pine wood floor. Recessed ceiling lights. Radiator.

Snug - 3.87m x 3.61m (12'8" x 11'10" ) - Secondary glazed windows to rear and side aspects. Feature fireplace with inset cast iron hearth and surround. Radiator.

Inner Hall - Secondary glazed window to rear aspect. Exposed brickwork and recessed cell view shutters. Solid oak wood floor. Stairs to first floor landing with understairs storage cupboard. Feature spot-lighting. External door to rear aspect opening to garden. External door to side aspect opening to courtyard.

Cell One / Study - 3.98m x 2.14m (13'0" x 7'0" ) - Double-glazed window to side aspect. Feature drop glass desk with chain supports. Feature spot-lighting. Cast-iron radiator.

Cell Two / Gym - 3.98m x 2.14m (13'0" x 7'0" ) - Double-glazed window to side aspect. Cast-iron radiator.

Cell Three / Utility Room - 3.98m x 2.14m (13'0" x 7'0") - Double-glazed window to side aspect. Range of base and wall mounted units with complementary oak worksurface. Inset belfast sink with swan neck mixer tap. Integral washing machine and tumble drier. Feature spot-lighting. Radiator.

Cloakroom - Two piece suite comprising a low level WC and corner hand wash basin. Tiled floor. Extractor.

Kitchen Living Room - 9.97m x 5.47m (32'8" x 17'11" ) - Kitchen:
Secondary glazed tall arched window to front aspect. Solid wood floor. High vaulted ceiling. Range of modern Rot Punkt base and wall mounted units with granite worksurfaces and feature lighting. Matching central island with built in CDA 5 ring gas hob and retractable extractor hood. Integrated fridge/freezer, dishwasher, coffee machine, ice dispenser and plate warmer. Built in electric oven and microwave. Inset stainless steel sink unit with mixer tap and worksurface cut drainer. Recessed ceiling lights. Lighting by Tom Dixon, leading British designer. Radiator. External door to covered porch. Oak and glass panelled staircase to family room.

Living Room:
Secondary glazed tall arched window to front aspect. Solid wood floor. High vaulted ceiling. Feature fireplace with marble surround and slate hearth. Recessed ceiling lights. Lighting by Tom Dixon, leading British designer. Radiator. Door to:

Dining Room - 4.61m x 3.02m (15'1" x 9'10" ) - Two secondary glazed windows to side aspect, one to front aspect. Solid wood floor. Fireplace. External door to front aspect with storm porch. External door to rear aspect opening to courtyard. Radiator.

Family Room - 5.47m x 4.26m (17'11" x 13'11" ) - Gallery overlooking kitchen living room (former courtroom) below. TV and telephone point. Steps up to first floor landing.

First Floor Landing - Secondary glazed window to side elevation. Built in cupboards with shelving. Recessed ceiling lights. Access to loft space. Steps down to family room.

Master Bedroom - 5.66m x 3.94m (18'6" x 12'11" ) - Window to side elevation. Built in wardrobes. Recessed ceiling lights. Radiator.

En Suite - Three piece contemporary Rhoper Rhodes suite comprising a low level WC, walk-in shower, and hand wash basin with mixer tap. Tiled floor. Vanity cupboard. Shaver point. Recessed ceiling lights. Extractor. Heated towel rail.

Bedroom Two - 3.65m x 3.30m (11'11" x 10'9" ) - Secondary glazed window to rear elevation. Built in wardrobe. Recessed ceiling lights. Radiator.

Bedroom Three - 3.52m x 3.05m (11'6" x 10'0" ) - Secondary glazed window to rear elevation. Recessed ceiling lights. Radiator.

Bedroom Four - 2.04m x 1.70m (6'8" x 5'6" ) - Secondary glazed window to side and rear elevations. Built in storage cupboard. Recessed ceiling lights. Radiator.

Family Bathroom - Glazed window to side elevation. Velux window. Three piece contemporary Rhoper Rhodes suite comprising a low level WC, Jacuzzi panel bath with shower over and glass shower screen, and a double sink unit with mixer taps and vanity unit under. Storage cupboard. Tiled floor. Shaver point. Recessed ceiling lights. Extractor. Heated towel rail.

Outside - Enclosed Courtyard:
Gazebo covering L-shaped seating area. Entertainment features including a brick-built gas fire, stainless steel gas barbecue with slate topped preparation area and inset belfast sink with Victorian-style mixer tap and wall mounted lighting. Arch to:

Garden:
Mainly laid to lawn (approx. 50 x 20). Access to external door down to:

Boiler Room - 4.04m x 2.33m (13'3" x 7'7" ) - Floor mounted gas-fired boiler serving system. Arch opening to:

Cellar - 3.9m x 3.72m (12'9" x 12'2" ) - Power and light connected.

Agents Notes - Built circa. 1883
Not listed
Building is of local historical interest
Gas-fired boiler
Two parking bays to front

All measurements are approximate and quoted for general guidance only and whilst every attempt has been made to ensure accuracy, they must not be relied on. The fixtures, fittings and appliances referred to have not been tested and therefore no guarantee can be given that they are in working order. Internal photographs are reproduced for general information and it must not be inferred that any item shown is included with the property. Seller Insight: Comments are the personal views of the current owner and are included as an insight into life at the property. They have not been independently verified, should not be relied on without verification and do not necessarily reflect the views of the agent.

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Property Features


Renovated Former Police Station

Four-Bedroom Property

Stunning Galleried Family Room

Over 3,100sq ft of Accommodation

Three Converted Cells

Courtyard Perfect For Entertaining

Separate Basement

Four Reception Rooms

Off-Road Parking for Two

Excellent Commuter Links









Property Features


Renovated Former Police Station

Four-Bedroom Property

Stunning Galleried Family Room

Over 3,100sq ft of Accommodation

Three Converted Cells

Courtyard Perfect For Entertaining

Separate Basement

Four Reception Rooms

Off-Road Parking for Two

Excellent Commuter Links


These are for general guidance only. You are responsible to confirm accuracy by inspection.