The Old Vicarage is a substantial detached village property, the original part of which, according to Church records, was constructed in 1837 with a second wing having been added a few years later. Of red brick front (south east) and side (north east) elevations and Cambridge Stock on the others all beneath slate roofs, the spacious property is laid out over two floors and retains many features of the period well proportioned rooms with high ceilings, double hung sash windows with stone sills, a slate roofed bay window, panelled doors, open fireplaces and the central staircase. Having originally been built to replace a former Parsonage house on the same site, the present property served as the Vicarage for the adjacent Church until 1973 when it passed into private ownership. The Old Vicarage is designated a "Building of Local Interest" on the North Hertfordshire District Council's Register.
The part glazed front door leads to an entrance lobby with glazed door to the entrance hall with doors to all principal reception rooms and an elegant staircase to the first floor. To the right, the drawing room with its bay window enjoys a double aspect and has original wooden flooring together with a fireplace with period surround and mantel. Double doors interconnect with the morning room with views over the garden and a fireplace, with a period surround matching the drawing room, at the far end fitted with a woodburning stove. To the left of the hall, is a sitting room with Jetmaster open fireplace with marble surround and mantel and fitted book shelves; and a well-proportioned dining room thought to have been the kitchen to the original house, with pine shuttered window overlooking the drive and a connecting door to the double aspect kitchen which is fitted with a range of base and wall cupboards, drawers, plumbing for dishwasher, electric cooker point and space for a breakfast table. A glazed door leads to the rear hall with back door, cloaks/boot room, and utility room, incorporating plumbing for washing machine and space for tumble dryer.
There are 5 double bedrooms to the first floor accessed from the main landing. One of the bedrooms has an en suite Jack and Jill bathroom (interconnecting with one of the lower landings) and there is a second bathroom with free-standing ball and claw bath with Victorian style fittings and storage cupboards and separate cloakroom. A large airing cupboard is adjacent.
From Caldecote Road the property is approached over a sweeping shingle drive leading to a large parking area in front of the two garages. The mature gardens and grounds, extending to approximately 1.04 acres on two sides of the churchyard, are a delightful feature of the property; surrounding the house, they incorporate a wide variety of mature trees and shrubs - Beech, Copper Beech, Ash, Willow and Yew, together with several mature Chestnut trees alongside the drive. One of the two lawns was formerly laid out as a grass tennis court/croquet lawn, latterly evolving into a generous area of grass fulfilling many different roles - football and cricket games, childrens' camping, golf practice and even a wedding-marquee.
A mature beech hedge divides the garden from the pretty C12th Church of St Vincent and its surrounding churchyard. A substantial yew hedge divides the main mown grass areas of the garden and in addition to two planted borders there is a variety of wild flowers and fruit trees including apples and plums. The area on the immediate north side of the house is fenced and gated, providing a screened area for bins and
clothes dryer etc. Mature mixed hedges, and in parts an ancient ditch, run along the northern and eastern boundaries of the property, with an occasionally used public footpath and open fields beyond; and in addition to the beech hedge bordering the churchyard the southernmost boundary is also formed by the small stream, which runs from east to west on the edge of the churchyard and under the bridge on Caldecote Road.
Agent's note: There are a capped circular well and a rainwater cistern beneath the drive.View payable Stamp Duty for this property