5 bedroom detached house for saleHarpenden Road, St. Albans, Hertfordshire
Sold STC £2,350,000
- Storm Porch
- Reception Hall
- Drawing Room
- Morning Room
- Dining Hall
- Open plan Kitchen/Breakfast/Family Room
- Boot Room/Utility/Cloakroom
- Master Bedroom Suite with Dressing Room and En suite Bathroom
An impressive and unique 19th century detached house offering substantial, fully refurbished and extended accommodation and situated in a leafy location in the heart of the City Centre within very easy reach of the mainline station and excellent schooling.
The Knoll is conveniently located in the picturesque and historic Cathedral City of St Albans, less than 20 mins by fast train to London St Pancras.
Offering an appealing mix of easy access to the capital and on the edge of the rolling Hertfordshire countryside St Albans continues to prove a very popular destination for the family buyer by virtue of the superb private and state primary and secondary schools, Oaklands College and the University of Hertfordshire.
St Albans is equally well positioned in terms of excellent transport links. As well as fast rail links to St Pancras International, Watford and Euston, the motorway network, M1, M25 and A1m, are also all only a short drive. Airports at Heathrow, Stansted and Luton are all within easy reach and direct train links to Gatwick also make it another viable option.
St Albans is a thriving and vibrant shopping destination with an excellent mix of well-known high street brands, designer names, independent and boutique retailers, large out of town shopping centres and colourful twice-weekly markets, regular French markets and the annual Christmas market. The city also has a wide and varied mix of restaurants and pubs, from historic taverns to stylish wine bars, celebrity chef branded eateries, to independent restaurants and coffee shops.
Surrounded by open countryside, St Albans also benefits from acres of open green space and parks, from Verulamium Park & Lakes around the Abbey in the centre of the city to Bernard's Heath, Clarence Park and Heartwood Forest to name but a few. There are also extensive sporting and leisure facilities, Westminster Lodge, St Albans City Football club, Old Albanian Rugby Club, Verulam Golf club, home of the Ryder Cup and many other private gyms, clubs and societies.
The Knoll is situated in a generous and mature plot. Set well back from the road down a gated gravel drive it enjoys leafy views to both the front and rear, and is within walking distance of everything that St Albans has to offer.
The Knoll is a substantial detached house thought to date back to 1854. The property has been the subject of extensive refurbishment and enlargement by Edwin Homes, renowned for producing superb homes in excellent locations. Situated in a popular and convenient city centre location on a mature plot of approximately a third of an acre and set well back and screened from the road, it provides very easy access to everything the City Centre has to offer, as well as the Mainline Station to London St Pancras, excellent local private and state schools, Verulamium Park, Bernard's Heath, The Abbey, the motorway network and Harpenden.
Arranged over three floors there is immaculately presented accommodation which combines many Arts & Crafts period features with stylishly presented contemporary additions. Of particular note is an impressive reception hall which leads to all the main ground floor accommodation and features a handsome oak turning staircase to a galleried landing and the bedroom accommodation. Four formal reception rooms provide versatile accommodation, two of which lead to the covered veranda and garden at the rear. A superb bespoke walnut and hand painted kitchen/breakfast room, handmade by deMornay Boyes with Kashmir white granite counter tops and an Aga gas fired range oven, interconnects with the dining room at one end while at the other end it is open plan to a beautiful orangery designed to maximise the feeling of light and space and take full advantage of views over the garden. It also provides access to the garden via French doors to the paved terrace and veranda.
Upstairs the galleried landing leads to the five comfortable double bedrooms and a beautiful family bathroom with roll top bath, separate shower enclosure and bespoke vanity unit. The vaulted master bedroom provides a dressing room and equally well-specified en suite bathroom, while two further en suite shower rooms to bedrooms two and three complete the picture upstairs.
To the lower ground floor are three interconnecting cellars, offering traditional cellar storage facilities, or, with the necessary consents, scope to convert to provide additional accommodation.
While offering spacious, flexible and very practical accommodation the Knoll is also charmingly unique. Beautiful fireplaces in many of the rooms, beamed ceilings and bay windows are combined with well-considered interior design combining a sympathetic palette of colour, including the imaginative use of original William Morris wallpaper designs, with elegantly detailed features, wooden, stone and tiled floors, feature lighting and beautiful sanitary ware to create a stylish and comfortable home that is both beautiful to look at and a pleasure to live in.
The Knoll is offered for sale Freehold with vacant possession on completion and with no onward chain.
Services: Mains water, electricity, gas and drainage are connected to the property.
Directions: From St Peters Street head north past St Peters Church then bearing left onto Harpenden Road where the Knoll can be found on the right-hand side, just after the left hand turn into Townsend Drive.
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