We are delighted to offer this original "Garden City" town villa known as "Garth End" built in 1906 and situated on the favored south side of town, close to the highly reputable schools of St Francis and St Christopher's and within half a mile of Letchworth railway station.
This distinctive detached property is set back from Hitchin Road behind a natural screen of mature trees and shrubs, it has a large brick paved driveway leading to a detached double garage and main entrance. The accommodation features the original oak floors, mullioned leaded light windows, original solid brass door furniture and high ceilings throughout. From a tiled entrance porch a door leads to the main hall, off which the principle reception rooms are approached; the main drawing room occupies the south west corner of the house and features impressive mullioned windows to south, west and north, a centrally positioned brick fireplace has an Antique Pine mantle and the flooring is solid oak. A door leads on a rear paved terrace and the room enjoys open views over a large formal south facing garden. Wide arch to dining room with tall mullioned bay, oak floor and some recessed bookshelves. A rear hall gives access to a study fitted with bookshelves and original storage cupboards.
The kitchen and breakfast room is divided in to 2 distinct areas, the breakfast room has the original servants bell station, oak floor and a range of cupboards, dresser unit and window to south aspect, arch to kitchen, fitted with a bespoke range of "Chalon" storage units, solid maple worktops incorporating butler sink, central preparation unit with cupboards and drawers under, small enamel sink, saucepan and utensil rack over. Britannia cooking range flanked by marble worktops, fitted fridge and dishwasher under. Walk-in larder, wide French windows onto terrace, door to laundry room with plumbing for washing machine, a range of cupboards and quarry tile floor, door to outside.
From the main hall Is a stair turret leading up to a half landing with leaded light window, the main landing has a barrel vault ceiling and a door to an ironing room. The master bedroom has a south facing projecting bay with lovely views of garden, an original strip pine floor and several deep built in wardrobes. There are 4 further bedrooms which face south and east, most have built in wardrobes and wash basins. On the landing are 2 separate shower rooms; the main shower room has a large walk-in shower stall with glass screen and "rainfall" power shower, twin sinks with large mirror and integrated lighting, WC and range of cupboards. The second shower room is located further along the landing, it is fully tiled, has a similar power shower, vanity basin and WC.
"Garth End" is centrally positioned within wonderful parkland style gardens which face south to the rear and extend in total to one acre. Backing onto the house is a raised Indian sandstone seating terrace which runs full width, steps down to large sweeping lawn, numerous flower beds and borders, a variety of ornamental shrubs and spring bulbs. To the far end is several mature conifers, a small orchard and a gravelled area with raised beds surrounded by box hedging. A further brick and block implement store are located to one side. There is a productive vegetable and soft fruit garden surrounded by wire netting, part has been sectioned off to create a chicken run.
The rear elevation of the house has a mature wisteria and from the main terrace a further paved area extends to one side leading to a herb garden with raised planters, Olive tree, cordon fruit trees and a brick outhouse/implement store. A gate leads to front drive with parking for several cars, a detached double garage and a further detached single garage currently used as a gym room.
Designed by Ebenezer Howard in the early part of the 20th Century, Letchworth Garden City combines the benefits and advantages of town and country living, it was the first of its kind and its success led to the concept being repeated elsewhere. The town centre offers a wide range of shopping facilities.
Hitchin Road is one of the premier residential roads in Letchworth Garden City, conveniently located less than 1 mile from the main east coast, London to Cambridge rail network, taking just 28 minutes to Kings Cross and 26 minutes to Cambridge. Junction 9 of the A1(M) is approximately 2 miles away providing an alternative route. Central London 38 miles.
Mains water, gas, electricity, and drainage.
St Christopher's, St Francis and Highfield are all within a short walk. Kingshot is located on the outskirts of Hitchin. Bedford School for boys is 20 miles to the North.
Strictly by appointment with the sole agent, Bryan Bishop and Partners.