Comment: The thrill of seeing inside St Albans’ stand-out homes

Crispin House, Holywell Hill, St Albans

Crispin House, Holywell Hill, St Albans - Credit: Archant

Say what you like about St Albans, it’s certainly not short on stand-out homes.

From the insanely expensive (53 The Park and Wick House to name but two) to the endlessly debated (Gabriel Square) to the quirky and eye-catching (The Old Factory on Watsons Walk is just one example) there’s lots to look at and talk about here.

One home that certainly stands out from the crowd it is Crispin House. Newly on the market with an asking price of £1,295,000, its central position on the corner of Holywell Hill and Sopwell Lane means many of us will have passed by and wondered what it looks like inside. And now we know!

Apparently it’s the ‘oldest registered house in St Albans’ and it couldn’t look more historic if it tried, bursting as it is with exposed beams and feature fireplaces spread over four fabulous, Grade II listed, floors. All up it offers over 3,500 sq ft of accommodation.

When we put it online earlier this week as our Property Spotlight our web traffic went through the roof: like me, many local people had been longing to see what it looked like inside. And judging by the response on social media, they liked what they saw.

A bit of googling confirms that the house has only been a residential home for a relatively small proportion of its long life – believed to have been built in the 1500s, it was an inn and public house for more than 450 years until a lorry crashed into it in 1958. After its frontage had been restored, the pub became a shop known as Crispin Antiques, before becoming the five-bed family home it is today.

I’d wager this is the best pub conversion in St Albans by some margin. If only I had a spare £1,295,000...