It’s a dream for many of us: moving out to the country and enjoying a more wholesome lifestyle outside of our careers.
We want to go for country walks, have cosy pub lunches with good friends, surrounded by happy, rosy-cheeked children, bouncy gun dogs and muddy wellies.
At the same time however, we’d like to be able to easily reach the capital, have access to quality education for our kids and not feel as though we are ‘out in the sticks’. In other words, we want the best from a life in picture-postcard rural England without sacrificing our cultural and social needs.
One such rare place and an absolute jewel of the countryside is the village of Much Hadham in Hertfordshire.
This ancient and quaint village is situated between Ware and the market town of Bishop’s Stortford and is surrounded by glorious rural views. A truly quintessentially British village, it has artisan shops, gastro pubs and several excellent schools nearby.
A few miles down the road is Perry Green where internationally distinguished sculptor Henry Moore lived and worked.
Today its home to the Henry Moore Foundation, a registered charity, which was established for education and promotion of the fine arts. Its Institute in Leeds specialises in the study of sculpture while the Foundation supports a range of different artistic movement’s as well as preserving the Moore legacy. There is an art gallery and gardens, a shop, library and café.
Much Hadham is well connected. London’s Liverpool Street station can be reached directly by train in just over an hour from Bishops Stortford station. Both the M11 and M25 are under 30 mins drive away.
It is easy to see the charm of this area, but here’s the catch:
Just as it is not possible to make old friends, the trouble with entering a heritage area is the lack of new property. Anyone who has ever attempted to make the dream a reality will know, that should they even be lucky enough to find a suitable area, there may not be suitable homes available to buy.
It is therefore nothing short of a miracle that there are not one, but two brand new family homes on the market in Much Hadham from local family-run housebuilder Bellis Homes – a rare opportunity to acquire the dream lifestyle.
Magna House, Much Hadham
This detached six-bedroom house has contemporary and modern touches throughout, but its external design remains in keeping with the historic nature of the area. It has a pitched roof, dormer windows, bay windows and traditional timber and brick elements.
There is excellent living and entertaining space including a large basement featuring a leisure area with a gym, wine store and cinema room. The ground floor of Magna House boasts a large living room featuring a contemporary fireplace and open plan kitchen area, with comfortable family living space with bi-fold doors opening out to the garden.
The property’s generous accommodation includes three large reception rooms situated off the impressive entrance hall including a formal dining space. The six bedrooms are set over two floors, four have their own en-suites whilst the second-floor rooms utilise one expansive shared bathroom.
Millers View, Much Hadham
An exceptionally well designed six bedroom detached family home positioned perfectly within this exclusive development in the award-winning village of Much Hadham. The spacious and contemporary rooms are well proportioned, providing excellent living and entertaining space.
This beautifully built home excels the modern day new build with innovative design and high specification, whilst blending into the surroundings with its traditional presence. The ground floor boasts a large living room featuring a contemporary fireplace and open plan kitchen area, with comfortable family living space with bi-fold doors opening out to the garden.
Bellis Homes have been building houses and welcoming families into new areas for over 20 years and are aware that sometimes a small additional gesture can really make a big difference to peoples’ lives and how they settle in. Therefore, they have decided to give buyers of Magna House and Millers View free membership to one of the cultural hubs of Much Hadham and Perry Green – the Henry Moore Foundation.
“Much Hadham may be a small village in Hertfordshire, but it holds a rich history appearing as far back as the Doomsday Book. It has been home to many notable residents, not least sculptor Henry Moore. As we introduce these two beautiful new homes to the village, we want to embrace and support the past as well as enable new residents to become part of the local community. As a moving-in gift we will be presenting them with a lifetime family membership to the Henry Moore Foundation at Perry Green.”
Henry Fordham, Director, Bellis Homes