3 Bed Other  Under-Offer  Bancroft SG5  Hitchin  Hertfordshire  SG5   - £575,000

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Recognised as being one of the earliest surviving properties remaining in the town, this superbly presented home had a complete scheme of renovation in 2009 by its current owners and now stands firm over four levels of uneven, timber exposed rooms. Originally known to be a Hall House in design, subsequent additions have been added to give it the functionality it possesses today, as a cottage. This property was also once the business premises of a Mr William Ransom, the founder of the earliest independent pharmaceutical company in 1846 who since had a local school named after him. The Gatehouse proudly proclaims Mr. Ransom’s association here by means of a commemorative plaque at the front of the house in full public view. At some point, there is also a hint of a connection with the church as a bishops mitre is etched in stained glass on the landing window. Whether this connection is true or not, today the cottage fills 1750sqft of accommodation (mainly on the upper floors) with its character intact, ready for its next occupants.


STEP INSIDE GROUND FLOOR:
Accessed via the street, past the impressive solid oak entrance door, the first glimpse inside the house opens up into a welcoming entrance hall with terracotta tiled flooring and exposed beams with a storage area for coats. There is a cloakroom to the far end with doors leading to the earliest part of the house, the living room. A wonderful room steeped in the past with a period library with ladder and open fireplace, there are also some unusual features in this room like the central beam which does not belong to the original house. The historical society, believe it may have come from either the Croft or the Hermitage, both high prestige houses that no longer exist. To the rear of the living room a door opens into the multifunctional kitchen/ dining room, a double room dating back the 1600�s with exposed brick wood burning stove and breakfast bar. Back in the hall, a door leads to the cellar and lower ground level with what is believed to be an original 15th Century window in the utility room. An equally historic solid wooden door leads out to the garden.



STEP INSIDE FIRST FLOOR:
Upstairs the bedrooms and bathroom all come off a central landing which provides access to each individual room. The exposed beams interlink each other and divide the space between areas with a separate shower room positioned to one end. The main bedroom is particularly impressive, featuring an exposed fireplace and semi vaulted ceiling but all bedrooms are ample doubles and unusually spacious for this style of cottage home. The bathroom is again particularly spacious with a four-piece suite with Heritage appliances. A set of half-steps lead up to the upper most room in the house which sits over a flying freehold over the gate house entrance.



STEP OUTSIDE:
The property sits on the main High Street in the centre of the town centre with a security coded gated entry for access to two parking spaces. There is a pretty courtyard garden with arching brick boundaries and a shingled patio area, awash with the vendor�s current selection of potted plants. A secluded space, the garden enjoys the warmth of the sun and serves as a relaxing space to unwind or relax.

ABOUT THE AREA:
Often featured as one of the best places to live in the UK and regularly featured in �top10 towns� countdowns in glossy magazines, Hitchin is clearly favoured with commuters but it also offers a wide selection of excellent pubs, restaurants, bars and places to socialise. With a wide range of open parks and spaces its historic market (one of the largest in the region) sits in the shadow of St Marys Church; its most prominent and most impressive building. It boasts, quite rightly, to be an ideal place to shop with boutiques and independents mixed in with larger chained stores and supermarkets. With over five top primary and secondary/private schools, Hitchin also provides a healthy place to educate the young and bring up a family. For leisure, Hitchin has an open aired swimming pool, its own football and rugby team and a cricket club.



LOCATION:
By road the A1 (M) is 3.5miles from the property linking London and Cambridge to the North. The nearest airport is London Luton which is 9 miles away with the M1 motorway at junction 10 is 10.9 miles both via the A505 and A1081. By rail, Hitchin is on the London Kings Cross east coast mainline and the fastest service to London Kings Cross takes just 28 minutes, to Cambridge takes 33 minutes and Peterborough, 38 minutes.



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