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 flick of a switch!
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|
|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 South East England 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.
Among the many distinguished Old Berkhamstedians are Claude Cockburn, Peter Quennell, Richard Mabey, Michael Meacher and Robin Knox-Johnston.
The valley route north through Berkhamsted has always been of major importance. Originally the ancient Roman road (Akeman Street), it later became a turnpike road for the Sparrows Herne Turnpike Trust.
The Grand Junction, now the Grand Union Canal, was opened through Berkhamsted in 1798. Up until the Second World War the canal was a principal artery of the industrial revolution linking London with the West Midlands. 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 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.
Berkhamsted is on the West Coast mainline, with fast and frequent trains to London (30-35 minutes). An off-peak Travelcard, including public transport in London, costs just £12.55 for adults (2013 prices).
For more information about Berkhamsted, see http://www.localauthoritypublishing.co.uk/councils/berkhamsted/around.html
The Rex, 'the best little cinema in Britain' is worth a visit. www.therexcinemaberkhamsted.com
The Annual Graham Greene festival takes place in Berkhamsted. www.grahamgreenebt.org
Information on the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) http://www.chilternsaonb.org/explore-enjoy.html
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