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Cottage | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
A quiet retreat in the centre of the historic town of Berkhamsted, the Bakehouse is the former Victorian stable building to Dean Incent's House, the oldest house in the town.
Converted in 2012 to a high specification, the Bakehouse comprises a comfortable living room with kitchen and dining area on the ground floor and a first floor bedroom with en-suite shower room. It is fully-equipped for self-catering, or you may choose amongst a wide variety of cafes, brasseries, restaurants and pubs, all within easy walking distance.
The open-plan ground floor features oak floorboards with underfloor heating, reclaimed oak windowsills and a fitted kitchen with oven, microwave, induction hob, dishwasher, washing machine, fridge and all crockery and utensils for self-catering. The living area includes a 37" HD TV with satellite receiver/recorder and surround sound system with iPod dock, large sofa and an armchair, with an antique circular table and chairs in the dining area.
Upstairs features a vaulted ceiling with original beams, wooden floor, solid oak doors, a king-sized double bed, two large hanging cupboards and a Juliet balcony. The en-suite bathroom is decorated with limestone and contrasting glass tiles and includes a walk-in shower, toilet and a feature washbasin. An unusual design detail, normally found only in 5-star hotels, is a switchable glass window to the bedroom which turns opaque at the touch of a button!
The Bakehouse is detached and double-glazed throughout. Access is via a gate and the garden of Dean Incent's House.
One free parking space is available and further parking on the street is available nearby. Berkhamsted station is 5 minutes' walk.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||200 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: London Heathrow (40 km) or London Luton (22 km), Nearest railway: Berkhamsted 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 En suites|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Double beds (1), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 3|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided, High chair|
The Hertfordshire region
Berkhamsted is a lovely market town set in a valley of the Chiltern Hills with a history going back beyond Saxon times. Its claims to fame include strong royal, literary and teaching connections.
Berkhamsted Town Council has created a 'Berkhamsted Heritage Walk' which partners the 32 blue plaques that were installed in 2000 on some of the town's most significant buildings, including Dean Incent's House where the Bakehouse is located.
It was in Berkhamsted, where earlier there was a Saxon fort, that William was handed the crown in 1066. Here, his half-brother, Count Robert of Mortain, built a 'motte and bailey' castle with two moats. Substantial ruins of the Castle still remain and are free to explore. This was the favourite home of the Black Prince, who honeymooned here with the Fair Maid of Kent. Geoffrey Chaucer was Clerk of the Works.
Berkhamsted School was founded in 1541 by Dean Incent, who was believed to have been born in the eponymous house in 1480 and whose father was Secretary to Cicely, Duchess of York.
The hymnist and poet, William Cowper, was born in the Rectory here, less than two hundred years before Graham Greene was born at St. John's, Chesham Road, a boarding house of Berkhamsted School. The room where he was born in 1904 can been seen from the Bakehouse.
James Barrie often stayed here and the Llewellyn Davies children who lived in Egerton House were the inspiration for Peter Pan. A few doors down the High Street Clementine Hozier lived and attended the Girls' School, now part of Berkhamsted School. She became the wife of Sir Winston Churchill.
The Grand Union Canal was opened through Berkhamsted in 1798. The 'Father of Inland Navigation', the Duke of Bridgewater, who inspired the canal system in England, had his home 'up on the hill' at Ashridge.
Berkhamsted is on the West Coast mainline, with fast and frequent trains to London (30-35 minutes). An off-peak day return costs just £14 or a Travelcard, which includes public transport in London, costs £19.50 for adults (2014 prices).
Berkhamsted lies within the Chiltern hills. Ashridge Management College is 4 miles away and the Ashridge woodlands (National Trust) are just 10 minutes walk away. Ivinghoe Beacon, the eastern end of the Icknield Way, is 7 miles away.
The towpath of the Grand Union Canal, which passes through Berkhamsted, provides a tranquil and flat route for cyclists and walkers, or a base for anglers.
Whipsnade Zoo and Woburn Wildlife Park & Abbey are a short drive to the north and, to the East, is the historic town of St Albans.
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14 Aug 2014
"Amazing! Perfect location!"
I had my family from Canada coming to visit us. We rented the Bakehouse for them and they had an amazing stay. The house is very cute, clean and very spacious, Walking distance to everything. I highly recommend this place. The owners were very helpful and always available if we needed anything or had any questions. I look forward to booking the Bakehouse whenever our friends and family come back to visit. Thanks for everything Jeremy (owner)
8 Jul 2014
"Cosy home from home in lovely location."
We stayed in the Bake house for 9 nights in June and July 2014. It was everything and more that we had hoped to find from the web site booking we had made. Lovely clean and modern property with all the appliances you could wish for, plus in an idyllic setting. Great location for shopping, history, country walks, theatres, main line to London and good central location to travel out from. Astrid & Jeremy were lovely hosts and we hope to be back again on our next long break. Thanks for everything. Andy & Tanya Keen.
30 Jun 2014
"Convenient,Quiet,Well Appointed with caring hosts near by.We are 80 plus!"
No place to put your coats near the entrance,perhaps and umbrella type stand.
Limited towels racks in the bathroom
22 Mar 2014
"Holiday let turned into a years stay !"
What can I say about the Bakehouse apart from perfection. The beautiful little house in the back garden of the owners garden ( refurbed in 2012 ) is just perfect if you are planning a short or long s… More
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