Historic Georgian Cottages 'The Welches'

Mill Hill | London | NW7


For Sale

3 bedrooms | 2 bathrooms | 4 reception rooms | 2 Outbuildings | Mature 125ft garden | Private parking

‘The Welches’ – a magnificent freehold that was historically a semi-detached pair of Georgian cottages, but is now one special home. Having been in the same family ownership for 66 years, extensive refurbishment had been undertaken over the years, and is now ready for its next chapter. 

As you approach The Welches, a lovely circular carriage drive welcomes you. As you face the property, the left hand cottage was originally no.2, and to the right hand side, no.1. As you step through the front door, you enter into an open hallway. The history of the property shows itself immediately with exposed beams, fireplaces and wood floors. You can see where the cottages divided, with an interconnecting door providing access between the two reception rooms

Working around the ground floor, you witness a beautiful contrast of brickwork and timbers. The potential to make something out of this property is huge. A later 1939 extension (seen from the front in red brick) is present to no.1, and a fully fitted kitchen provides direct access to the garden.

There is agreed planning permission to extend the ground floor to include a wonderful orangery, an additional first floor bathroom and the inclusion of a ground floor W/C.

Two twisting staircases wind up to the first floor, following the original design of each cottage. Both staircases lead to front and back bedrooms, significant in their own right with original fixtures, fittings and floorboards. The standout room on the first floor is the back bedroom of no.2, with its mottled brick and mortar wall. There is also a fitted bathroom suite on this level.

At the top of the stairs, you have two attic spaces, which traditionally would have been servants quarters or loft storage, but now is an opportunity to create creative spaces or perhaps studio accommodation. The front facing rooms have a lovely view of the traditional village green, and the back rooms, a wonderful view of woodland.

Accessible via the ground floor as well as from the garden, are two large outbuildings, one which used to be the scullery kitchen. These converted tastefully would make superb, work from home offices or studios. There is access to a gated driveway from here, which is perfect for the addition of secure storage or parking.

Rare for the area is the unchanged, mature 125ft garden that has a delightful protected Bramley apple tree, vegetable plots and a developed lawn. The rear of the garden opens onto woodland that forms part of the ancient ‘Arrandene open space’, where you can find muntjac deer, badgers and the occasional hedgehog.

Mill Hill Village really is a special place, and like many traditional Middlesex villages, has been encompassed into the metropolis of greater London, whilst still retaining its identity. There is the old village green, a locally maintained pond named ‘The Angel Pond’ and the traditional high street, which is replete with traditional weatherboarded exteriors to nearly all dwellings. These are all part of the Mill Hill wider conservation area.

Local services are in abundance, including a butchers, newsagents & a garden centre, all a short stroll away. There is direct access to open country walks, including the Arrandene Open Space and Totteridge valley, all within a five minute walk. The area is well-known for its fantastic primary and secondary schools, including the world-renowned Mill Hill independent school (only a five minute walk away). These are all within a comfortable, commutable distance.

Mill Hill Broadway, only a 5 minute drive away, has everything you need for shopping, supermarkets and transport. Mill Hill Broadway links up with the Thameslink trainline, with regular services getting into St. Pancras station in under 20mins. Northern Line underground services can also be reached via Mill Hill East in under 6 mins drive, a 10 mins bus ride (no. 240, & stops 200 metres away) or a 20-25 minute walk.


‘The Welches’, as noted with Historic England, has history spanning 300 years, with evidence to suggest it was built circa 1725.

The property was originally two semi-detached cottages, set back from the village green. The picture above shows the property in the late Victorian period (seen in the top left of the shot) and exhibits how the street scene has remained almost unchanged for almost 130 years.

Both cottages have witnessed numerous changes internally, including the modern infill addition to right side of the property. Last on the market in 1958, no.2 to the left hand side was originally live-in housekeepers accommodation, with evidence still seen via the small internal interconnecting door in the front two rooms.

Both cottages are constructed of traditional methods of the time, with internal timber frames and brick infill, and externally timber clad with feather board and first floor rendering. Both sides have original brick chimneys, and 3 genuine restored feature fireplaces.

The Welches, Milespit Hill, London, NW7



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  • Property construction: Timber frame, with timber cladding (feather board except for the first floor front which is  rendered), the internal walls are timber frame with brick infill
  • Utilities: Gas, electric, water, broadband
  • Gas supply: Scottish Power (independently supplied)
  • Electricity supply: Scottish Power (independently supplied)
  • Water supply: Thames Water (mains supplied)
  • Sewerage: Attached to mains sewerage
  • Broadband: Standard download speed – 11 mps, upload speed – 1 mps, superfast download speed – 80mps, upload speed – 20 mps
  • Mobile signal/coverage: Likely coverage on all major networks
  • Building safety: n/a
  • Restrictions: Grade 2 listed (entry no: 119172), part of the Mill Hill conservation area
  • Flood risk: very low risk of flooding
  • Planning permission: granted for an orangery to the ground floor extension, increasing the ground floor square footage & circulation, and for an additional first floor Bathroom and downstairs toilet.

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