7 bed Detached House


Offley, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5

Property Description

Birkitt Hill House is an elegant unlisted period family house in an elevated position. It is situated down a long drive on the edge of the village in grounds of 5 acres.

– Hitchin 4 miles (Kings Cross / St Pancras International 33 minutes)
– M1 (Junction 10) 8 miles
– A1(M) (Junction 8) 7 miles
– Luton Airport 6 miles (not on flight path)

Entrance hall • 3/4 reception rooms • Kitchen with Aga & Larder • Utility Room • Pantry • Boiler Room • Boot Room Cloakroom • Cellar • Front and back stairs 7/8 bedrooms 3 bathrooms • Walk-in airing cupboard Outbuildings including garaging for 4 cars, with potential to convert into separate dwelling subject to planning permission • Drive • Established garden • 5 acres Accommodation approximately 4,500 square feet

Birkitt Hill House is situated in an elevated position down a private drive on the edge of the village of Great Offley. The drive is approached via a bridge over the A505 road, which is set down at the bottom of a deep cutting. The village has a good range of amenities including a Post Office/General Stores, Primary School, Church, 2 pubs, Hairdresser, Recreation club, Chinese restaurant and bus service.
Offley is 3 miles from Hitchin, a historic market town with twice weekly food market and a good range of shops, supermarkets and leisure facilities. The M1 and A1(M) are within easy reach. Regular train services to London King's Cross and St Pancras can be found at Hitchin and Luton Airport Parkway.

Birkitt Hill House is an impressive and elegant unlisted period house. Its origins are Georgian, with Victorian, Edwardian and more recent additions. The property retains much of its original character with well-proportioned rooms and original period features including mantelpieces, cornices and window shutters. There are opportunities for modernisation in some parts.

The main entrance has a stone portico and front door with fanlight above, opening into a large light reception hall with parquet floor. The house offers excellent well-proportioned south-east facing reception rooms with wooden window shutters and three with working fire places. Doors lead out of the reception hall to the drawing room and to a cloakroom with door to WC and basin, and through to the boiler room. A smaller hall gives access to the garden, study and dining room, a door with stairs down to the cellar including wine cellar, and a staircase to the first floor.

The kitchen has a range of oak fitted wall and base units, electric 'total control' 3 door Aga, Miele ceramic hob and large stainless steel sink. From the kitchen there is access to a pleasant breakfast room, pantry with larder and utility room through, and serving hatch to the dining room. There is a useful second staircase from the back hall near the outside door which leads to the boot room area.
The Garden Hall on the south side, originally the main entrance, has double doors leading to the arched porch outside and a parquet floor. The main stairs to the first floor leads off the hall as does the door to the cellars.
On one side of the garden hall is the study with built-in bookcases along one wall. This room was the main reception room of the original house.
On the opposite side of this hall is the beautiful, well-proportioned dining room with a high ceiling, cornice and a ceiling rose. The open fireplace has a timber surround and there are fitted shelves under the serving hatch to the kitchen.
The back hall has a Victorian quarry tiled floor and secondary staircase leading to the first floor.

Outside the back door is an enclosed rear porch with door to the garden and access to the boiler room/store room with quarry tiled floor, large butler sink and work surfaces with cupboards and drawers underneath. This room is also accessed from the cloakroom.

On the first floor there is an impressive master bedroom affording beautiful long views over the countryside and an en-suite bathroom. There are a total of 7 further bedrooms, 2 further bath/shower rooms with heated towel rails, and a large walk-in airing cupboard. Loft hatches lead to attic space.

The en suite bathroom has a panel enclosed bath, WC and hand basin. On the opposite side of the passage is bedroom 4, which has access to the nursery.

Bedrooms 3, 5, 6 and 7 are accessed from the Victorian landing which has a secondary staircase to the ground floor and recently re-fitted family bathroom which has been finished to a high standard with large bath, shower, WC and hand basin set in vanity unit with cabinet above, and heated towel rail.

There is ample parking around the house with an extra grass-blocked overflow area.

The large garage/stable building is about 1,100 square feet overall including 4 garages, a stable room with 2 boxes and a tack room, a store and loft space above.

There is also a further timber frame outbuilding, which measures 41'6 x 14'6 and houses the oil storage tanks and a large wood store and a 14'6 x 11' summerhouse at the end, which overlooks a small secluded part of the garden.

The beautiful gardens feature an attractive brick enclosed formal walled garden with well stocked beds, lawn paths, and paved sitting areas. There is another enclosure with formal yew hedging and the main garden leads into a paddock/orchard/wild flower area at the eastern end. The property has a kitchen garden area, a good variety of specimen shrubs and bushes throughout the grounds and a wealth of mature trees with woodland along the north and east boundaries

Tenure: Freehold
Services: Electricity, Water, Private Drainage
Local Authority: Hertfordshire County Council
Council Tax Band: H

SITUATION: Birkitt Hill House is an elegant unlisted period family house in an elevated position. It is situated down a long drive on the edge of the village in grounds of 5 acres.





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