Guessens is an historic Welwyn property located in the centre of the village, opposite St Mary's Church. Its origins date from the 14th Century to a timber frame farmhouse which has been discovered by the developer, Netherdown Herts Ltd, when doing extensive pre-restoration works on the building. The name, Guessens, stems from a 14th Century farmer, Stephen de Guessing, who commissioned a timber frame farmhouse of two storeys. Guessens, as the house has been called for many centuries in its present form, is thought to have been built in the late Elizabethan as early Stuart period.
One of its most famous residents was Dr Edward Young, Rector of Welwyn and renowned playwright and poet. Dr Young lived at Guessens between 1730 and 1765; during this time, it was remodelled, and a Georgian faÃ§ade added. A plaque is still visible on the outside of the building commemorating his tenure.
The house was again added to in the mid-19th Century, on the South side and again in early 20th Century to the North. It is recognized as a landmark Welwyn property of significant historical importance and is Grade II* listed.
Netherdown Herts Ltd
Regarded as one of Hertfordshire's front ranking property developers, Netherdown has built up an enviable reputation over the last 40 years, creating high quality exclusive homes.
The acquisition of Guessens in 2018, a 10,000 square foot pile in the centre of Welwyn, is their most prestigious development to date. They have enlisted the help of several companies specialising in restoration of period buildings, as well as involving English Heritage and The Georgian Society.
Bryan Bishop and Partners
Bryan Bishop and Partners acted as the selling agent on behalf of the previous owners, The European Missionary Fellowship, a charitable organisation who owned the house from 1985 up to until was sold to Netherdown in 2018.
Guessens Mews Restoration
The house has been divided into four freehold units, split vertically and two new "mews houses" built to the South side and restoration of Coach House "Little Guessens" to the North, making a total of seven freehold properties. The development occupies a premium location opposite St Mary's Church, set within parkland grounds of about two acres. Each property has its own private patio area with access onto private communal gardens, and the remainder of the grounds will be held under shared ownership of the residents for their exclusive use. There is private parking for each property and additional visitor parking is also provided, and the main entrance to Guessens Mews will be off Codicote Road.
The projected completion date of 2021 will mark it out as Welwyn Village's most exclusive residential address.
Within Guessens Mews
Each property has been given a name drawn from its extensive history. The build and finish specification are of the highest quality involving skilled craftsmen utilising as much of the original fabric of the building as possible, to a standard which embraces the latest technological advances in modern construction.
Outgoings - a residents management company will be set up, and each property will be subject to a monthly service charge, based on its square footage. Details of these charges are available on request from Netherdown Herts Ltd, Tel: 01707 376 255.
Please note that an application has been submitted by Netherdown for a small, detached house along the Southern boundary of Guessens Mews which is subject to planning approval.
A1 (M) Junction 6 - 0.5 mile | Welwyn North Station - 2 miles with services into Kings Cross and St Pancras | Nearest major towns - Welwyn Garden City to the South - 3 miles, Hitchin - 12 miles and Stevenage - 6.8 miles to the North, Hertford - 6.5 miles to The East and St Albans - 11.5 miles to the West, Luton Airport - 11 miles, Stansted Airport - 27 miles, Heathrow Airport - 38 miles, Southend Airport - 57 miles
Leisure facilities include Brocket Hall private championship golf course, Welwyn Tennis and Bowls Club, Odyssey Health and Fitness Club Knebworth
Local Authority Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
â¢ Bespoke, Handcrafted Kitchens using quality wood and paint finish
â¢ Quartz worktops and up-stands
â¢ Appliances including integrated NEFF fridge/freezer, dishwasher, combination oven/ microwave, single oven and induction hob
Family Bathrooms and En-suites
â¢ Ideal standard sanitary ware
â¢ Hansgrohe or similar chrome taps and bath fillers
â¢ Hansgrohe or similar thermostatic shower fittings
â¢ Full height tiling to shower and bath areas
â¢ Fitted wall cupboards and illuminated mirrors
â¢ Heated towel rails
â¢ Electric underfloor heating (where suitable)
â¢ TV and master BT point
â¢ Fully refurbished and draft proofed period windows and
â¢ Period style panelled internal doors
â¢ Matt paint finish to walls and eggshell paint finish to woodwork
â¢ Period style radiators throughout
â¢ Fully fitted alarm system
â¢ Private parking
â¢ Fully landscaped communal gardens
The details contained in this specification are for guidance only. All images depicted are indicative of the types of specification that will be available. These particulars should not be relied upon as accurately describing any of the specific matters described by an order under the Property Misdescriptions Act 1991. Netherdown Ltd reserves the right to change the specification and design. Purchasers should contact our sales agent for up-to-date specifications and details. This information does not constitute a contract, part of a contract or warranty.