"The Old Court" lies within the former grounds of Tewin Water House, a Georgian Mansion commissioned in 1798 by the 4th Earl Cowper for his own occupation. As the name denotes, the house was originally designed as a squash court and was constructed in 1850, using a unique quad block technique which rendered the building soundproof. The court became a dwelling in 1950 and the current owners have lived there since 1989, in that time they have renovated the property, adding rooms, and reconfiguring the layout to create a wonderful family home of character.
The Old Court is approached via remote controlled entrance gate with driveway leading up to the house and garaging. A pair of panelled doors opens into a beautiful reception hall with oak flooring and a staircase to upper floor, a small recess houses the cloakroom, with WC and basin. There are 3 reception rooms, all have high ceilings and lead off the main hall, on the right-hand side is a sitting room with wood-burning stove and a pair of french windows onto front garden, to the left, is a formal dining room with large "seating" bay fronting the dining area and pair of French windows leading on to the patio, opposite which is a fully fitted kitchen with a full range of built-in appliances, fitted storage units and granite worksurfaces. The flooring is Indian slate that actually has little fossils in it, and a glazed bay to one end of the kitchen overlooks a delightful walled courtyard with steps up to garden. From the kitchen, is a door to a large laundry room with a range of fitted cupboards, sink unit and plumbing for washing machine, and a door to outside (part of this room is used as a gym)
The centrepiece of the ground floor is a stunning, square shaped drawing room with a central marble fireplace fitted with a wood-burning stove, and a pair of French windows opening out onto a charming, paved seating terrace.
On the first floor are a total of five bedrooms, a separate shower room, family bathroom and a superb master bedroom suite, with mezzanine dressing room, and an extension to the bedroom to create a delightful living space with two sets of bi-fold doors opening out onto garden and a Hot Tub with canopy over, this leads down to a small ornamental pond and rockery and a large, paved sun terrace with glass balustrade.
The gardens extend to approximately one acre and comprise large lawns to front, side and rear, a section of the garden has a dog compound with several outbuildings and fenced run, this links up with the front lawn and drive. To one side of the house is the garage block with 2 parking bays and a separate workshop/store. The gardens adjoin protected woodland attracting all manner of wildlife, over which the property has uninterrupted views.
This is a really lovely family home in a secluded setting, right next to open countryside walks and yet only 1 mile from Welwyn North station, providing a fast and frequent commuter service into Kings Cross and Thameslink line. The nearest town is Welwyn garden City to the south and Hertford to the east. The A1(M) J.6 can be reached at Welwyn approximately 2 miles away. The area is well served by reputable independent schools including, Haileybury, Heathmount and Sherrardswood.
All mains services are connected to the property and there is a massive septic tank emptied every year.
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Welwyn Garden City
TEL: 01707 357000
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