Genuine Tudor house to let from September 2014 to June 2015

This is part of a Tudor house, originally a coaching inn, built about 1540 in the reign of
Henry VIII

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It has many period features, including black and white timbered walls.

It is a Grade II Listed Building, and has protected status.

The house is available to rent starting on 1 September 2014, ending on 30 June 2015. (The starting and ending dates may be negotiable.) Ideally suited for a couple with study, work, and social interests in Cambridge and London.

Baldock is a fascinating small town, originally Roman but re-founded in the 12th century by the Knights Templar. It lies at the junction of the main north-south Roman road and an iron-age track called the Icknield Way. There are many Tudor and Georgian buildings, and a fine 14th-century church. Even the large town-centre supermarket is in a very special building!

                                                                                                                                                                                          St Mary's Church

The town is well served by excellent Italian, Indian, Bangladeshi, and Chinese restaurants, two fish-and-chip shops, a Greek restaurant and hotel, and many pubs which serve food ranging from bar snacks to gourmet meals. In the recently-refurbished town centre there are several cafés with open-air seating, a very good library, a community centre, and a church hall.

Our house is three minutes' walk from Baldock railway station; there are fast trains to Cambridge (30 minutes) and London (40 minutes).

London's Luton and Stansted Airports (providing cheap flights all over Europe) are both 45 minutes away by car, and there are good bus and coach services from Baldock to all London airports.

It takes about 35 minutes by car to the park-and-ride services around Cambridge (we don't recommend driving within Cambridge or London); it is 3 miles to the main A1 north-south road (partly motorway), 30 miles to the M25 London Orbital Road.

Cambridgeshire's largest stately home, Wimpole Hall (owned by the National Trust) is nearby, and has its own rare-breeds farm. Baldock is surrounded by delightful hilly countryside, excellent for walking, and the nature reserve called Ivel Springs, where the River Ivel starts, is just across the road from our house.

There are good shopping facilities in the adjacent small towns of Letchworth Garden City and Hitchin; halfway to Letchworth there is a large supermarket, several home-furnishing shops and a builder's merchant, and a swimming pool and leisure centre. Letchworth and Baldock have modern gyms.

The house comprises the following accommodation
(full details at the end):
    entrance lobby with space for coats and shoes; stable door to the courtyard 
    large living room 
    dining room / kitchen 
    large double bedroom with study area 
    study (suitable for use as an occasional guest bedroom) 
    outside: gravelled courtyard with flower beds and tubs (shared) 
        sunny seating area with table and chairs (shared) 
        space to park one fairly small car 
        garden bench; herbs in tubs; small shed 
    gas-fired central heating with radiators; double-glazed windows 

no pets; no smoking

Rental:               £550 per month

                                         plus bills: electricity, gas, council tax, phone/internet

Deposit:             £825 to be cleared into bank before rental begins                    

Enquiries to:

                    Dining room                                                            Courtyard                                                        Kitchen

                        Living room                                                      Bedroom                                                            Study