Batchworth Lock, Church Street, Rickmansworth
Grand Union Canal
Property type: House
This unique and intriguing modern house stands beside Batchworth Lock (Lock 81) on the Grand Union Canal. It is set in a tucked away position between the canal and a short branch of the River Colne, near the Rickmansworth Waterways Trust Canal Centre. The property has development potential, with planning permission in place to extend and create a six bedroom home with two reception rooms. There is scope to improve the exterior presentation, particularly at the canalside, and in so doing make a valuable contribution to the regeneration of the area.
The upper floor is level with the lock, whilst the ground floor is at garden level. There are entrances to the house on both levels. The entrance on the ground floor is to the rear of the house, opening into a hallway with stairs rising to the first floor. There is a good sized sitting room to the right, with French doors opening out to the garden. To the left is an open plan kitchen diner. A window overlooks the garden, and a back door opens to a private area of terrace.
The entrance door on the upper floor faces the lock and opens to a bright through hallway. On this floor there are three good sized bedrooms and a bathroom. The master bedroom and the second bedroom both benefit from large windows overlooking the lock.
The garden extends along a long triangular plot which is mainly set to the side of the house. It is bordered on one side by the lock side wall, and there are steps leading up to a garden gate by the lock landing. On the other side of the garden is a branch of the River Colne, with water company offices on the opposite bank ensuring a degree of peace and privacy in the garden in the evening. There is a delightful riverside seating area to enjoy during the summer months.