The Toll House, Bulbourne, Hertfordshire
Grand Union Canal
This glorious Grade 2 listed toll house stands proudly on the junction of the Grand Union Canal and the Wendover Arm, beside the Tring Summit Lock. The Toll House was built in the mid 1800s and features in the classic 1960s movie, The Bargee. This is the first time it has come on the market since it was owned by British Waterways. It is set in a beautiful rural area between the Chilterns and Ashridge Forest, with stunning towpath walks and other country pursuits on the doorstep. It has few immediate neighbours, but is within walking distance of the tiny hamlet of Bulbourne, and close to the prestigious market town of Tring.
The Toll House is set in a plot of just under half an acre with frontages to both the Grand Union and the Wendover Arm. It is approached via a six bar gate to the front, and a concrete drive leads around to the side of the house where there is a parking area for up to four vehicles. Large gardens, which are mainly laid to lawn, surround the house on three sides. There is a beautiful weeping ash tree in the centre of the lawn overlooking the Wendover Arm. On the front bank adjacent to the balancing pond there is a beautiful array of flowers in the spring, including snow drops, primroses, tulips and daffodils.
The house has a host of late Georgian and early Victorian features such as high ceilings both upstairs and downstairs, original stone flooring, original fireplaces, and sash windows. The main front door to the house overlooks the Wendover Arm, and opens to a large hallway with a panelled staircase rising to the first floor, a door to the cellar, a shower room with WC, and a door out to the enclosed rear courtyard with its storage area and utility room.
A door to the left of the hallway opens to the original Toll Office, which is one of most exciting aspects of the property. This part of the house has a separate entrance door and hallway and could therefore be used as an annexe or office. This entrance was used by the boatmen to pay their Toll fees whilst passing through the double locks of the Tring Summit. A quirky internal Toll door with a sliding box sash payment window, complete with coin impressions, opens from this hallway to the main room, which is currently set up as a fourth bedroom. This enjoys views along the Grand Union Canal and Wendover Arm via a delightful bay window. On the opposite side of the hallway is a bathroom which is used as an en-suite.
Returning to the main hallway, a door to the left opens to a cosy sitting room, which features a working fire place. Another door from the hallway opens to the dining room, a double aspect room with original flagstone flooring, and a lovely fireplace with a beamed mantle and a cast iron wood burning stove. The dining room leads through to a modern, well fitted kitchen with views over the garden. A door from the kitchen leads out to the enclosed courtyard. Here you will find a good sized utility room, which originally housed the outside laundry and the bathroom. The original solid fuel water boiler and chimney are still in place, although not working.
The staircase in the main hallway of The Toll House leads up to the first floor via a lovely half landing with a feature sash window. The first floor landing is very spacious with a huge feature oak beam. The landing opens to three bedrooms, all of which are bright double aspect rooms, and a family modern Victorian style bathroom with a large top roll top bath and separate shower. The master bedroom is a good sized double room with views over the Wendover Arm to the front, and the garden and woodland to the rear. The second bedroom is also a good size double room with views over the Grand Union Canal and the lock to the front, and the Wendover Arm Canal, Chiltern hills and Wendover woods to the rear. This bedroom benefits from an original working fireplace. The third bedroom is a slightly smaller double room with views over both both the Grand Union and the Wendover Arm, and over the access bridge to the Toll House.
The Toll House also boasts three cellar rooms, a substantial area which the present owner uses as a cool wine cellar, workshop and home gym. The cellar benefits from two external windows providing natural light.
The side and rear gardens are completely secluded, laid to lawn, and edged with woodland, tall poplars, a eucalyptus tree, and a variety of bushes and hedges. There is a magnificent “Pink Lady” apple tree that produces a generous crop of delicious eating apples each year. There is a large area of sandstone patio with a huge oval Koi carp pond. The gardens also benefit from a brick built shed, and an adjoining WC with hot and cold plumbing and electric light. There is an additional bespoke storage lean to for gas bottles, logs, garden tools, and mower, and a further timber garden shed.