Rooks Nest House, formerly known as 'Howards' is a Grade 1 listed property believed to be dating back to the Tudor period. The house has about four and a half acres of land with additional extensive formal gardens and several outbuildings. Benefitting from three reception rooms (all with fireplaces), five bedrooms and three further attic rooms. Retaining many of its original features: doors, windows, inglenook, a cellar and servants' quarters to name just a few. But it is renowned for being home to the author E.M.Forster. He spent his formative years here, from four to fourteen. The house was clearly referred to in Forster's 1910 novel 'Howards End' and was portrayed with love. Forster kept in touch with friends and neighbours following his departure from the house as he was very keen for the countryside to remain as undisturbed as it had been during his childhood. In 1989 The Friends of Forster Country was founded by Margaret Ashby and the late John Hepworth in an effort 'to preserve for all time the open green space in the north of Stevenage, known as the Forster Country' The friends of Forster Country meet regularly and there is an annual gathering and country walk each New Years Day.
Pitched tiled entrance porch to the front of the property leads to:
Oak panelled to half height. Door to:
3.40m (11' 2")x15'5"
Notable features include block parquet flooring and original doors. Walk in inglenook fireplace with side seating. The hearth has a copper hood and is in working order. Door to the stairs - there is also an additional servants' door to the stairs. Doors to the rear lobby, lounge and study. Radiator. Window to the front aspect. Telephone point.
3.81m (12' 6")x15'7"
Window to the front aspect. Fireplace (concealed at present) Oak parquet flooring. Radiator.
4.47m (14' 8")x15'1"
A dual aspect room with casement door and full length windows to either side and a feature bay window with seating to the side aspect. A grand fireplace in working order with an impressive wooden surround and with mantle and facade above. Radiator.
Window to the rear aspect. Door to the cellar and servants' door to the stairs. In bygone years used by the servants, this is a generous area laid out as follows:
3.28m (10' 9")x6'7" inc to 3.15m (10' 4")
Butler sink. Space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer. Quarry tiled floor. Window to the side aspect.
Suite comprises low level wc and wash hand basin. Window to the rear aspect. Radiator.
3.78m (12' 5")x10'7"
Mains gas Aga inset into a generous chimney breast. Range of base and eye level units with work surfaces over. Space for fridge. Space to informally dine. Window and door to the rear aspect Feature tiled flooring and original servants bells. Open to:
3.28m (10' 9")x6'7"
Range of base and eye level units to match the kitchen with an inset French Country Farmhouse sink. Space and plumbing for a dishwasher. Floor mounted boiler. Window to the rear aspect.
4.57m (15' 0")x14'1"
Oak beams, brick floor and a window to the upper side aspect.
Wooden hand rails and balustrade with stairs rising to the second floor. Window to the rear aspect.
4.80m (15' 9")x14'11"
A dual aspect room with a window to the front aspect and a feature bay window to the side aspect with seating. Radiator. Vanity sink unit with cupboard beneath. Open fireplace (blocked). Adjoining door to bedroom three.
4.09m (13' 5")x 4.78m (15' 8") plus a deep door recess
Window to the front aspect. Radiator. Covered fireplace. Wash hand basin. Airing cupboard.
3.51m (11' 6")x15'8"
Deep walk in wardrobe. Radiator. Window to the front aspect. Adjoining door to the master bedroom.
3.35m (11' 0")x10'7"
Window to the side aspect. Radiator. Wash hand basin.
Window to the rear aspect. White suite comprising low level wc, wash hand basin inset into a vanity unit with cupboards beneath and a bath with splash tiling. Shower unit over bath.
Loft hatch. Book case/library area with doors to:
Low level wc. Window to the rear aspect.
3.07m (10' 1")x11'1"
Window to the rear aspect. Radiator. Vanity sink unit.
An original door leads into the attic space and there are three good size rooms here, each of which have windows to the front aspect. Many years ago these rooms would have been the servants' quarters.
An impressive drive sweeps into the property from Weston Road and there are extensive formal gardens to the front and rear of the house. There are a wide variety of trees and established shrubs and hedging. beyond which lies about four and a half acres of paddock land (mostly fenced) with a Donkey stable which has power (used most recently for family occasions with a Marquee). There are several substantial outbuildings of note which include: - A large garage with double doors, a pitched roof and additional storage, light, power and water source. - Wood store - Garden store - Donkey/Pony stable - Good size stable with corner hay feeders
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