Home of the week: The Old Vicarage, Northaw
PUBLISHED: 11:32 10 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:41 10 February 2016
With elements dating back to the 1700s, including multi-paned sash windows with original shutters, The Old Vicarage presents the rare combination of traditional styled formal rooms, together with practical family accommodation designed for modern living.
Guide price £2,250,000
Savills Barnet | 0208 447 4408 | savills.co.uk
The Old Vicarage is an elegant Grade II listed Georgian former vicarage situated in the sought after village of Northaw.
Comprising 8 bedrooms, 3 elegant reception rooms, extensive cellars, double garage, formal gardens, swimming pool and a paddock on the opposite side of the road, this is an excellent home perfect for a growing family who want the benefits of village life close to London.
The reception hall is most welcoming and suitably befits a house of this calibre, currently home to a full size grand piano, yet still able to accommodate guests.
Two elegant Doric columns frame the access to the inner hall, which leads to the remainder of the ground floor. An ornate staircase rising to the first floor is set to one side, whilst a trap door below the staircase gives access to the cellars.
The kitchen/breakfast room bursts with light from windows at the front and delights in views over the grounds through French doors, which lead out to the terrace.
Designed and created by craftsmen, the traditional styled bespoke cabinets with a large island unit housing a preparation sink are handsomely decked with variegated granite worktops. Complemented by attractive dresser units and with two built in electric ovens and a ceramic hob, this kitchen is the place for even the most discerning gastronome.
There is a door through to an outer lobby giving access to the side of the house down the small driveway to the double garage.
There is also a large glass fronted larder providing ample food storage space. Adjacent, is a utility room large enough for all laundry appliances.
A delightful family room, with inset window seats overlooking the front has a fireplace which adds a certain charm and cosiness to the room. The dining room is a graceful and most elegant room typical of the era with French doors leading out onto the rear terrace.
Large enough to accommodate at least 14 for dinner, this is an excellent place to entertain on a grand scale. The generously proportioned drawing room is flooded with light from a tall window overlooking the front of the house and a set of French doors leading out to a small balcony with steps to the garden. Again, a fireplace with decorative surround provides a focal point to the room.
On the first floor, within the eastern wing of the house, is the master suite which enjoys its own separate lobby, bathroom with dressing area. The bedroom is substantial and has additional fitted cupboards. This is an especially bright room with windows on three sides including two pretty oeil-de-boeuf windows.
On the western side of the house is the guest suite with en suite shower room, which looks over the rear garden and with its elevated position, takes in the distant countryside backdrop.
There is a fitted study located at the front of the house which overlooks the green pasture of the paddock, a most inspiring place from which to work.
On this floor there are two further guest bedrooms which share the family bathroom.
Up an easy rising staircase is the second floor which is home to three bedrooms and a bathroom. This would make a lovely place for children to share, providing a place to both play and sleep, set privately away from the rest of the house.
Running under the house is a series of cellar rooms, including a wine cellar, which benefit from decent ceiling heights and natural light – this area could lend itself to conversion, with the appropriate consent.
The gardens are a noteworthy feature of The Old Vicarage with lovingly tended lawns and flower beds exhibiting some fine topiary and seasonal plants. The borders are well screened by a pleasing variety of trees and hedging set against a substantial brick wall. There is a large flag stone terrace which wraps along the rear of the house, an ideal sheltered spot for outdoor entertaining. Behind a gate, tucked privately at the end of the garden, away from the house, is a delightful free-form outdoor swimming pool.
To the front of the house is a small driveway providing ample offstreet parking along with the double garage and separate parking area at the side of the house. The house and gardens have been beautifully managed and cared for by the present owners for the last 40 years or so.
Directly opposite the property, situated across Vineyards Road, is a separate parcel of land. The land is accessed via a wooden gate and slopes gently down to adjoining woodland.