Ancient farmhouse goes on the open market for the first time in more than half a century

A 17th century farmhouse on the Essex Hertfordshire border, which has remained untouched for decades, is on sale for the first time in fifty years with leading local estate agent Mullucks Wells.

The Old Kennels at Manuden which is Grade II listed was once part of the Hassobury Estate and home to the huntsman of the estate’s own hunt. The farmhouse at that time was known as Broom Farm and the kennels, which have long since been demolished, were on the same site. The house is Grade II listed, with many fabulous original features including an inglenook in the dining room, and dates back to 1650 and possibly earlier. Now though, the family home, needs total renovation.

Mullucks Wells Residential Director, William Wells said, “This property is in a stunning position with beautiful views and although it might appear to be miles from all civilisation it is actually close to the centre of the village of Manuden, a few miles from Bishops Stortford and 10 minutes from Stansted Airport without being affected by the flight path.”

 Sadie Edge who grew up at the farmhouse with her mother and siblings has many happy memories. “The cart pond in front of the house is stone lined in one part – originally for the purpose of cleaning carts – and as children we used to take our ponies through for a quick wash after a bit of cross country.”

The property was bought by her parents from the Hassobury Estate after they had begun renting it in 1965. Her mother, later, also bought the cottage within the grounds of ¾ acre. There are four bedrooms in the main house, a one bedroom cottage and a barn included in the sale.

Sadie Edge added, “At one point the house was half weather boarded and it was our parents who totally rendered it in the 1970s. We had some wonderful times living at The Old Kennels and played in the garden for hours on end. It’s been a bit of wrench to leave but it’s now time for another family to enjoy the house.”

The Old Kennels, Manuden, Essex is on the market with Mullucks Wells on 01279 755400 for £700,000.