Property of the Day: The Old Rectory, Hertfordshire

A 17th-century former rectory with a river running through the gardens

THE PROPERTY: The Old Rectory is approached through parkland via a sweeping drive. The house is set in four acres of land on the banks of the river Mimram. As well as six bedrooms and four reception-rooms, the 17th-century property comes with a separate annexe with its own kitchen and shower.

THE INTERIOR: The spacious rooms are decorated with wood-panelled walls, herringbone parquet floor and ornate wooden fireplaces. The kitchen has been redesigned around a large conservatory with doors that open out onto a terrace. The garden can also be accessed via a double set of French windows from the dining-room.

THE LOCATION: The house is in the centre of Hertingfordbury, which is under a mile from Hertford and only 22 miles from central London.

WHY WE LOVE IT: The house comes with attractive French-style shutters on the windows.

BUY IT NOW: £2,975,000 with Savills



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