Homes With History Provide ‘Upside Down’ Living

With architectural detail influenced by the rich history of the site, surrounding Georgian townhouses and the nearby brewery, Carriage Court is a stunning residential development in the heart of Hertford town centre, recently unveiled by Go Homes.  Featuring a restored coach and carriage showroom, new Georgian style villas and contemporary mews, this unique development offers a collection of 13, two, three and four-bedroom houses, all designed with ‘upside down’ living accommodation.

Carriage Court is located on the site of a strict Baptist Chapel and the former Coach and Carriage Works site previously owned by H. McMullen of the McMullen’s family, owners of Hertford Brewery. During the 1800’s carts and carriages were made and then displayed in the first-floor windows of the showroom to catch the eye of the passing gentry.  Carefully converted and restored to provide four, two and three storey houses, exterior features of the former Georgian showroom include a white rendered façade, vertical flat metal cladding and extensive glazing to the ground floor and large windows featured on the first floor, where carriages were previously displayed.

Each with a unique interior layout, these four homes all include an open plan living, dining and kitchen area on the first floor to maximise the use of the extensive period windows and an exterior balcony for dining al fresco.  Designed to embrace ‘upside down’ living, two bedrooms with en-suite facilities are on the ground floor of each home, whilst two bedrooms with en-suite facilities and a separate study are on the second floor of the two three storey homes. Original Oak and contrasting steel beams add to the period character, whilst additional features such as a wall mounted panel from the former Baptist Chapel in one property, play homage to the site’s history.

The six four-bedroom Georgian style villas have been designed to reflect the architecture of the townhouses in the adjacent North Road Conservation Area.  Featuring a traditional rendered exterior, with changing window size depending on the level within the building, detailed coursing bands and semi-circular arches to windows and doors, several of these period style properties also include balconies and external railings.  Internally, the three storey homes feature a contemporary open plan living, dining and kitchen space on the first floor, which opens onto a balcony, ideal for entertaining guests.

Set behind the villas, are three mews houses.  Designed with a contemporary, industrial exterior, the properties feature a brick façade and a linear lantern light with clerestory windows along the top of the steeply pitched roofline, reflecting the architecture of McMullen’s Brewery, whilst adding character and light. With large windows and an ‘upside down’ floor plan configuration, these homes have been thoughtfully designed to suit modern day living, with an excellent specification throughout. Each of the mews houses also benefits from its own garage.

Oliver Hookway CEO of Go Homes commented: “We are delighted to launch Carriage Court and have paid tribute by commemorating the history of the site, throughout the development. The beautiful homes have been carefully designed to incorporate traditional features and architectural style. We are very proud of the development and the reception from locals has been outstanding, which is already generating a large amount of interest from homebuyers. To avoid any disappointment, any potential purchasers should register their interest in these unique homes.”

Offering a perfect location, with stunning countryside on the doorstep, Hertford is a vibrant market and county town which boasts a vast array of restaurants, bars, pubs, boutique shops and amenities including a Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco superstore and Marks & Spencer Express. Also found locally are highly sought-after primary and secondary schools including the prestigious Haileybury School and St Edmunds College.

Situated approximately 20 miles from The City of London in the South and 30 miles from Cambridge in the North, Carriage Court is easily accessible by road and rail.  The development is located a short walk from Hertford North and Herford East stations, with services to Moorgate station in 50 minutes and for road users, there is easy access to both the A414 and A10.

Prices start from £465,000 for an oversized two-bedroom house and the Government backed Help to Buy scheme is available on a selection of properties. For more information visit or call 01992 568933 to arrange a viewing.

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