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5 bedroom detached house for sale
Manor Farm Dunstable Road, Markyate, Hertfordshire
Perched high on what was once part of the much larger estate of Cell Park, Manor House, which in part dates back to the 1600's, is a large Grade II listed detached manor house of immense charm and character with many period features, offering striking views across open countryside and set on a plot in excess of 2 acres. In addition there is a separate brick built barn offering 1600 sq ft of space with kitchen, WC and heating which is ideal for office use or as an annexe, it also offers garaging.
Situated on the outskirts of Markyate, Manor House offers a rare chance to be within a highly
convenient location, yet be miles away from the hustle and bustle of city living.
On driving up the private drive and at the crest of the hill you are greeted by this very special and handsome home that leaves you in no doubt of both its period charm and wonderful location. Whilst having a striking front door our clients tend to use the entrance to the east where parking for several vehicles and a yew hedge take you into the welcoming hallway from which the principal reception rooms await as does the guest cloakroom and useful boot room.
A staircase leads downstairs to the basement which our client uses as an office with a separate store room and door leading to the garden.
At the very heart of a good period farm house is the kitchen and this home is no exception with its handsome brick built fireplace, tiled clay flooring, breakfast island, exposed beams and vaulted ceilings. This room epitomises what any buyer would expect from a property of this age. In addition there is a range of wall and base level units with complementing work surfaces, separate utility room and patio doors leading out to the kitchen garden. Manor House is a wonderful place for entertaining and offers three unique reception rooms suiting
both formal and informal gatherings. The dining room can seat many with a cosy feel offered by the clay tiling and brick built fireplace.
The dual aspect drawing room has both a bay window and large sash window offering good views across the gardens with high ceilings and many period features to include shutters, an open fireplace and ornate coving. Across the entrance hall the sumptuous living room is wonderfully light with large sash windows and patio doors affording magnificent views across the garden and again complemented by an open fireplace and ornate detailing.
The property has two staircases leading to the first floor with both the main bedrooms following in the foot print of the reception rooms below and offering triple aspect views across both open countryside and formal gardens, one of which has the benefit of an en suite bathroom and dressing room. The two additional bedrooms towards the rear of the property share a bathroom and are both a good size, forming a private guest suite via the rear staircase. Back through to the large landing and up the turned staircase to the second floor the property has an additional self contained suite useful for either guests or an au pair.
To the front of the property our clients have recently built a barn which now caters for a variety of different uses but has in the past been both a garage and office suite. Subject to the right permissions this could be converted into more comfortable living accommodation and has gas central heating.
To the rear the gardens are both extensive and private, enclosed in part by a brick wall and are
southerly facing. The kitchen garden is sheltered and offers the ideal space for outside dining with a pathway leading to the extensive lawned area, which is peppered with fruit trees and additional mature planting extending to the orchard. There is also a potting shed and gardeners WC.
Dunstable Road is situated in Markyate which caters for daily provisions with the larger towns of both Harpenden and St Albans nearby. Other benefits are its proximity to Luton airport and M1 motorways which are both within easy reach. Excellent state schooling is offered in both St Albans and Harpenden with the highly regarded private schooling of Beechwood Park moments away and Berkhamstead School within driving distance.