This rarely available and wonderfully bright three-bedroom lakeside house, with garage and off-street parking, can be found close to the centre of the popular town of Hitchin in North Hertfordshire. Built in 1971, and one of only four completed to the same design, the houses occupy a remarkable position on Bearton Pond, well known among anglers and for which each property has its own mooring and fishing rights.
A private no-through road leads to the house which is set back behind a garage and a large front garden. Internal accommodation extends to approximately 1,185 sq ft and is arranged over two storeys.
Entry is via a side courtyard to a central hallway and large dining area with powder-coated aluminium sliding glazed doors to the rear terrace and an open-plan kitchen to the left. Beyond is the living room with a dramatic double-height mono-pitch ceiling, exposed brick wall, timber beams and cladding, and an open log fireplace. Glazing on one side soars to the ceiling’s full volume, flooding the space with light, and a large picture window at the rear looks out over the water and surrounding foliage. Solid oak flooring provides an uplifting continuity across much of the ground floor.
There are two double bedrooms on the ground floor, both currently used as studies, with engineered oak floors, built-in wardrobes and windows to the front garden. On this level there is also a family bathroom.
An attractive, open-tread timber staircase ascends to the expansive first-floor master bedroom with stripped-wood flooring and mono-pitched ceiling. Light pours in through French aluminium casement windows with views over the water to the rear. There is a significant amount of storage space within the eaves.
The individual plots are staggered in their arrangement along the banks of the pond, benefiting from incredibly private rear terraces. The exterior of the property has recently been re-clad in beautiful cedar, providing a pleasing contrast to the white-painted timber of neighbouring properties.
Bearton Pond, which measures approximately half an acre and is now private, has attained an almost mythical standing among fishermen for being where Richard Walker, a local angler who held a 28 year record for the largest carp ever caught in the UK and went on to be considered one of the finest fisherman of the twentieth century, honed his skills. A covenant on the land permits residents mooring for one rowing boat and one casting per property at any one time. Kayaking is also permitted on the lake.
The house is approximately 15 minutes’ walk to the cobbled medieval streets of Hitchin town centre which offers a broad range of independent boutiques, popular high-street shopping, restaurants, pubs and bars, and a twice-weekly outdoor market. There are number of theatres and a yearly arts and music festival that takes place across the town during the month of June.
Hitchin has become increasingly popular with commuters in recent years for its proximity and ease to both London and Cambridge. The train station is within walking distance of the house and runs regular services to London Kings Cross, Moorgate (Northern Line), Finsbury Park and Highbury & Islington (Victoria Line) taking approximately 40 minutes, and to Cambridge in around the same time.
Please note that all areas, measurements and distances given in these particulars are approximate and rounded. The text, photographs and floor plans are for general guidance only. The Modern House has not tested any services, appliances or specific fittings — prospective purchasers are advised to inspect the property themselves. All fixtures, fittings and furniture not specifically itemised within these particulars are deemed removable by the vendor.