7 bedroom detached house for saleHemel Hempstead
Guide Price £1,995,000
- MAGNIFICENT PERIOD ARTS AND CRAFTS FAMILY HOME
- SEVEN BEDROOMS, INCLUDING MASTER WITH EN-SUITE
- FIVE RECEPTION ROOMS
- A HOST OF ORIGINAL BEAMS AND FIREPLACES
- ACCOMMODATION EXTENDS TO APPROXIMATELY 4277 SQ FT
- GARDENS INFLUENCED BY DESIGNER GERTRUDE JEKYLL
- GROUNDS OF APPROXIMATELY 6.5 ACRES (STMS)
- ITALIANATE TERRACE GARDEN AND COURTYARD
Threefields is a magnificent period home constructed around 1908 and influenced by the Lutyens School of Architecture. Inside there are seven sumptuous bedrooms and five reception rooms, while the grounds extend to approximately 6.5 acres (STMS) and include paddocks and woodland. Planning permission has been granted to extend the main house and convert the outbuildings.
Their beautiful home has been described in books as a superb illustration of an Arts & Crafts property.
It was inspired by Sir Edwin Lutyens and has a glorious garden influenced by Gertrude Jekyll, yet until they bought it, they had no idea about its history.
We just loved the character of the house and its seclusion as soon as we saw it, remembered owner Michelle Truscott, who moved to Threefields with her husband Carl just over four years ago.
We also loved the way the land wrapped itself around the house and the fact it was not overlooked at all.
The couple immediately set about redecorating the interior to their own tastes.
When I walked in the first thing I noticed was how light and airy it was - and that the views were so beautiful from every room, she said. We wanted to make the most of that by keeping rooms quite bright.
Some rooms featured interesting vaulted ceilings and in many places timber beams could also be seen. In total there were some 12 original fireplaces as well.
Carl said they paid great attention to detail in renovating all the period features.
We even repaired some window latches, and you can still see the original manufacturer's name on them, he added.
The house also has a true feeling of space in many of its rooms, making it ideal for hosting parties.
The kitchen is really spacious and is a great area for cooking and entertaining, said Michelle. It has a view out over the Italian garden at the back and it catches the sun when it comes up in the morning.
We also love the garden room, which is very tranquil. We often see deer and pheasants from here and I sometimes go into the garden room to meditate.
She added: The drawing room is also so bright and airy, and looks fabulous when the fire is lit in the inglenook. We have a bar in there and can sit with friends.
Carl said the dining room was another space they often enjoyed with guests.
We have a fireplace with a log-burner and a large bay window that almost goes from floor to ceiling, he said. We can sit and eat, and see right across the garden.
Glorious garden views can also be enjoyed from the master bedroom and other upstairs rooms. On the second floor of the house, the long top bedroom has a cottage character, with an oak floor, beams and fireplace, which the couple love.
I think this is one of my favourite rooms in the whole house, admitted Michelle.
After moving in the owners applied for planning permission to extend Threefields and to make an outbuilding habitable. They have not managed to carry out the work, however, but believe it might be a project that a new owner could take on.
This has been an amazing place to live and we are very sad to leave it, she added. We had our wedding celebration here, our son was born while we were here and we held his christening here.
It holds so many memories and has been so special. It has been our perfect home.
Approached via a tree-lined avenue of silver birches, Threefields is to be found secluded and tucked away behind a set of double wooden gates. Your first vision of this period home is breathtaking. Influenced by the Lutyens School of Architecture with a garden assisted in its design by Gertrude Jekyll, the house has a remarkable presence.
Alongside the first of its Italianate terraces, the original oak front door opens to the reception hall where deep red traditional quarry tiles lead us into the drawing room. Warmed by original herringbone parquet flooring, this triple aspect room is filled with light. Indeed, all of the windows within the house provide stunning views and are enhanced with locally sourced stone sills. The large Inglenook fireplace is another dramatic feature with intricate brickwork and an open fireplace within.
Adjacent is the cosy, beamed, family room with its open fireplace. This leads through to the formal dining room where original dark wood flooring parallels the warmth from the wood-burning stove set within a grand pale stone fireplace. You also note the quirky serving hatch and the glorious rear views of the grounds. A garden room leads off, so that even when it's a little too cool to be outside the doors can be thrown open and the family can watch the fallow deer play happily on the lawns.
The rustic kitchen/breakfast room has a plethora of cream wooden cabinets enhanced by dark wood work surfaces and complemented with cappuccino and cream wall tiling. Views from the windows are over the second Italianate terraced courtyard with a pond and raised terrace for alfresco dining. Enclosed by the properties outbuildings its wonderful to sit in the warmth of the sun admiring the intricate beam work and warm brick elevations. A useful study leads from the kitchen as does the large boot room/utility room which has independent access so dirty wellies can be dumped within. This room also provides the linked access into the many storage units and workshops attached to the main house.
The beautiful original oak staircase, complete with ornate twisted iron stair rods, ascends from the family room where an intricately beamed landing leads to the two wings of the house. There are seven beautiful bedrooms, each one unique and different. The first floor guest suite is double aspect and has a period John Bolding & Sons' Ltd Argo sink housed in one corner. Just past the family bathroom you find the Master suite with en-suite bathroom and access to the spacious dressing room/nursery bedroom. There are a further three bedrooms on this floor, each boasting a certain charm, whether it's beams, fireplaces or incredible views you will be spoilt for choice. A further shower room with WC and wash hand basin completes this floor.
Rising to the seventh bedroom, the arched beam work and ecclesiastical-style intricate wall panelling with window seats create a dramatic impact in this 22ft room. Additionally, there is a glorious central open fireplace and breathtaking views from its triple aspect windows.
Setting the Scene
The outstanding Gertrude Jekyll influenced gardens have been meticulously maintained under the couple's care.
It has different sections that offer interest and colour all year round.
The gardens and the arboretum are just so beautiful. There are three paddocks, where racing horses were once kept, and where we often now see fallow deer, they said.
There are blackberry bushes, where we pick fruit to make jam and crumbles, and in one of the fields we created three golf holes.
They added: We just love the garden so much. In the spring all the bulbs come up and in the summer it is all leafy and green.
There is also a wonderful opportunity to develop the property as the current owners have architect approved plans and permission to add extensions to the main house and to convert the outbuildings in to further accommodation. These can be viewed upon request.
WITHIN EASY REACH
As you wend your way through the leafy Hertfordshire lanes on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, you will find the hamlet of Felden. Whether you are looking for an easy drive to the golf course, a slalom on the artificial ski slopes or a trip to the local shopping centre, Felden is very well placed. The house is surrounded by rolling greenbelt countryside and has many glorious walks. Enjoy a Sunday stroll to dine at the Three Horseshoes an 'olde worlde' dog friendly pub with alfresco dining and often a quartet playing. Other recommendations are Boxmoor Lodge or walk along the Grand Canal to sample the fine food of The Fishery. The area also has a number of excellent schools for both private and state education.
There is easy access to Boxmoor railway station. Carl works in London and can be in Euston by train within 30 minutes. It takes just 15 minutes to walk to the station from Threefields. We are out in the country but at the same time we can easily drive to Kensington, which is just 22 miles away and are within reach of St Albans and Hemel Hempstead, he said. Major shopping and leisure facilities can be accessed easily in the towns and the M1, travelling towards London and the M25, is just a short drive away.
From the A41 take the exit for Hemel Hempstead and at the traffic lights turn left onto the A4251 towards Berkhamstead. After about a mile turn left into Felden Lane and follow this road as it climbs up the hill to Felden. Continue for half a mile turning left into Sheethanger Lane. The private road to Threefields can be found halfway down on the right hand side flanked by high shaped yew hedging.
For those with satellite navigation the post code for the property is HP3 0BJ.
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