This delightful Grade II listed period property perfectly encapsulates the full history of Letchworth Garden City in one exceptional home and that is why it is this week Featured Home. The house is 17th Century in origin and was extensively re-worked by Parker and Unwin, the principal architects of the Garden City, in 1909.
It has numerous names over the years including that by which it is Listed, Norton Old Manor House, and the more realistic Coppers Farm, to which it has reverted. The listing suggests that although it was never the Manor itself, it was probably its Home Farm. The large covered balcony was added by Parker & Unwin as an 'open-air bed-space', considered very healthy at the time.
The adjoining thatched period barn, with its fine heavy oak frame has now been incorporated into the living space to provide an outstanding family room with the central area rising to the full height of this beautiful building. An office and adjoining covered loggia are to be found in a detached thatched outbuilding immediately to the rear of the house. Even in a town noted for many interesting individual homes, this has to be one of the most outstanding.
The house stands in beautiful grounds of very nearly an acre, set back and well screened from the road. The front garden is laid to lawn with herbaceous beds edged by box hedges, rose border and numerous ornamental shrubs and specimen trees including maples, silver birch, horse and sweet chestnuts, willow, apple and walnut.
A five-bar gate opens to the gravel driveway and forecourt which provides ample off-street parking and leads to a second tarmac driveway which leads to additional parking in front of the detached Triple Garage. The delightful and very private south facing rear gardens measure approximately 172' by 150' (52.5m x 45.6m) and are laid to extensive lawns with block paved patio, herbaceous beds and borders, rockeries, ornamental shrubs and many fine trees and conifers including weeping willow, silver birch, maple and blue cedar. The main orchard lies in the south east corner of the garden and adjoining the part walled vegetable garden with potting shed and greenhouse. The 33' x 15' (10m x 5m approximately) swimming pool is heated by an air source heat pump and is surrounded by an extensive brick paved terrace with an adjoining Pool House with shower room.
The house is very pleasantly situated in Norton, one of the three historic villages absorbed by Letchworth Garden City, close to the 12th Century parish church, Norton Primary School and the Three Horseshoes pub, all of which are within a quarter of a mile. It is only a mile and a quarter from the main shopping centre and less than a mile and a half from the mainline railway station. Letchworth Garden City is on the Cambridge to London Kings Cross mainline with services running regularly throughout the day. The fastest service to London Kings Cross takes just 28 minutes with Cambridge 28 minutes away in the other direction. Junction 9 on the A1(M) is 2.6 miles away by car and Junction 10 is 2.5 miles.
Designed in the early 20th Century to combine the benefits of town and country, Letchworth Garden City was the world’s first example of this concept and succeeds to this day in achieving its aim. The town provides excellent schools, shops, leisure facilities and open green spaces, of which the 63 acre Norton Common is the most notable and only three-quarters of a mile away.
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We look forward to hearing from you soon,
The Charter Whyman Team
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