7 bedroom house for saleHolywell Hill, St. Albans, Hertfordshire
Under Offer £3,500,000
- Entrance hall, Drawing room, Dining room, Study, Family room, Kitchen/Breakfast room, Gym, Wine Store, Utility room
- Master bedroom suite with balcony, Five further bedrooms all en-suite, Games room/bedroom 7 (44'x 22'), Further bathroom and store
- Beautiful gardens, Detached triple garage block with office at first floor level, Outbuildings
Orchard House was originally built in the early 19th century and was significantly extended in the 1990's. The house now combines light and spacious reception rooms on the ground floor with comfortable and flexible bedroom and bathroom accommodation at first and second floor level. The ground floor benefits from a stunning entrance hall leading to the principle reception rooms. Of particular note, is the beautifully proportioned drawing room with access on to the period, verandah and open plan kitchen/family room with access on to the stone terrace and rear garden.
The wonderful galleried landing at first floor gives access to the six double bedrooms, all of which offer en-suite bathrooms. The principal bedroom suite has a balcony and commanding views over the gardens, Abbey Orchard and Cathedral. At second floor level, there is an additional and substantial reception room, currently used as a games room and measures 44'x 22'. There is also an additional bathroom and store room on this level. In addition, there are spacious cellars which houses a gym, utility room and wine store.
Orchard House neighbours the Abbey Deanery and is situated in approximately one acre in an enviable position centrally located in St Albans, Hertfordshire's most historic cathedral city, and has fine views of the south side of the Cathedral and over the Abbey Orchard, across to the Great Gateway and Verulamium Park beyond. St Albans was an important, large Roman town called Verulamium. It took its present name from Saint Alban and the Benedictine Abbey which has played such an important part in its history. The first draft of the Magna Carta was drawn up at the Abbey, which became a Cathedral in 1877 when the City Charter was granted. Glimpses of St Albans' long and interesting history are everywhere. From one of the oldest inns in England to an early 15th century clock tower, there are, a wealth of places to visit and explore. St Albans today is a thriving city and a highly sought after place in which to live. It has everything needed for a convenient, modern lifestyle, excellent shopping, places to eat out, superb communications by road, rail and air and excellent schools, in both the state and independent sectors. St Albans School is the only school in England to have educated a Pope. In addition to the wide variety of schools, St Albans also has two higher education campuses, Oaklands College and The University of Hertfordshire. There are clubs and societies offering everything from acting to yoga and sporting facilities that are exceptional. There are acres of public open spaces including the famous Verulamium Park with its beautiful ornamental lake; home to a wealth of wildlife and water birds. St Albans can also boast the creation of England's largest and native woodland, a magnificent forest for the future called 'Heartswood'. Orchard House is located at the end of a private driveway, yet is within convenient walking distance of everything St Albans has to offer.
Sitting behind electric wrought iron gates the property is approached across a pretty block paved driveway providing parking for several cars. The driveway is populated by mature shrubs and hedging including a pretty island bed. To the southeast there is a detached triple bay garage with office at first floor level (there is potential to convert the existing office to secondary accommodation subject to the necessary planning consents). Also to the southeast there is a garden store and workshop. Orchard House sits in approximately one acre and is privileged with its own private access to the Abbey Orchard, Cathedral and Verulamium Park beyond. The gardens and grounds provide a charming and tranquil setting and are mainly laid to lawn punctuated by mature trees, hedging and shrubs. To the west a stone terrace adjoins the rear of the house and to the southwest there is a delightful walled vegetable garden.
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