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Property – 4 of the best...historic homes

PUBLISHED: 18:09 14 April 2014

Appletrees, Brian Bishops

Appletrees, Brian Bishops


Valley Farm, SavillsValley Farm, Savills

Welwyn, £1m.

Appletrees is Grade II listed and dates from the 16th century. Its attractive brick facade hides an earlier timber frame beneath a clay tile roof. The property is mentioned in Pevsner’s Hertfordshire edition of The Buildings of England and is illustrated in Richard Whitmore’s biography of the Queen Mother. It is only the second time the property has come onto the market in over half a century.

The accommodation comprises three reception rooms, a galleried entrance hall, kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a study. The house is set within an old walled garden with a double barn-style garage.

The property is in the village conservation area andis a short walk to the High Street. It is also well placed for travelling to London via the A1(M) or from Welwyn North railway station.

George Orwell's former home in Wallington, SatchellsGeorge Orwell's former home in Wallington, Satchells

Agent: Bryan Bishop, 01438 718877.


Codicote, £1.5m.

Valley Farm is located in a rural setting, between Codicote and Kimpton. Set behind a knapped flint wall in 4.3 acre grounds with the River Mimram along one of the boundaries, it is a beautiful property, believed to originate from the mid to late 1600s.

Sawbridgeworth, SavillsSawbridgeworth, Savills

It has many fine period details including brick inglenook fireplaces in the sitting room and dining room, mullioned windows and exposed beams. The property was sympathetically extended in the 1980s.

Accommodation is arranged over two levels, with all bedrooms enjoying views of the surrounding countryside. There is a traditional timber frame barn with parking for two cars and a large open barn with potential for further development.

Agent: Savills, 01582 465016.


Wallington, £450,000.

A charming Grade II Listed detached cottage situated in the village of Wallington, nestled between the village of Ashwell and the town of Baldock. George Orwell lived in the house from 1936 to 1940 and is where he wrote Animal Farm. The cottage is lovely, with a wealth of charm and character with exposed beams and posts including a dressing room situated between the two bedrooms. The ground floor features a kitchen breakfast room, dual aspect sitting room and a dining room that was the author’s writing room. Outside, there is a front and a rear gardens with a two room studio with the potential to convert into an annexe.

Agent: Satchells, 01462 892041.


Sawbridgeworth, £745,000.

The detached period cottage in an idyllic setting overlooking Allens Green in Sawbridgeworth dates back to the 18th century and offers a stylish combination of period features with later modern additions. There is a wealth of exposed timbers in most rooms and an inglenook fireplace in the principle reception room. The property has five-bedrooms including a master bedroom with en-suite, and a loft conversion. Outside, the mature and professional landscaped gardens won a national award. There is also a large summerhouse with gym, sauna and garden store.

Agent: Savills, 01279 756800.

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