Wharf Lane, Dudswell, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4

££975,000 Guide

The good life.

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If you’ve always dreamed of living by a canal and perhaps even being self-sufficient, Lock House could be the answer.

Dating back to circa 1850, this detached old lock keeper’s cottage, extended and modernised, offers peace and solitude whilst being only a few minutes’ drive from the local convenience store, coffee shop/bakery and primary schools, and a short drive into Berkhamsted town centre and railway station.

Approaching one-and-a-quarter acres, with its own paddock, stables, outbuildings and large garden, you could live the rural dream and commute to London for work if necessary. Or, for those who work from home, there is a purpose-built home office in the garden, complete with power, heat and light.

What was once the front, opening onto the towpath, is now the rear of the property, affording even more privacy. These days, Lock House is approached from Wharf Lane which runs parallel to the canal.

Hidden behind electric gates, the house is now accessed from the ample driveway and garden path. To the left, you’ll find donkeys in the paddock. To the right, rabbits in runs, apple, pear, plum and greengage trees, fruit cages, asparagus and raspberry patches, raised vegetable beds, a greenhouse, carriage barn and wood store, and plenty of garden for dogs and children to run around in.

Of course, there is still private gated access straight onto the towpath and, because Lock House sits in front of a lock, the mooring of barges is only permitted well away from the house itself.

Internally, the layout is very versatile, providing three bedrooms, with the potential to extend into the large loft, subject to planning permission.

To make the most of the views of the canal and across towards the Chiltern Hills, it's an 'upside down' layout. Downstairs comprises a kitchen, complete with a Stanley range cooker, a modern bathroom, a cellar, and two rooms which could either both be double bedrooms or reception rooms, or one of each, according to your needs. There is also a large porch and a recently added extension - a beautiful dining/family room which opens out onto a large patio and the wonderful garden.

Upstairs, there is a cosy, triple-aspect sitting room with log burner, a shower room and another double bedroom, which would equally make a fabulous extra reception room.

So, with over an acre of peace and solitude beside the canal, a paddock, stables, vegetable patches, fruit cages and fruit trees and a purpose-built home office… the ‘good life’ awaits!

Tenure: Freehold

Wharf Lane, Dudswell, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4
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