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6 bedroom equestrian facility for sale

Childwickbury, St. Albans, Hertfordshire, AL3

Guide Price £4,650,000

Property Description

Key features

  • gardens,woodlands, paddocks of about 45 acres
  • equestrian facilities
  • 4 reception rooms
  • reading hall
  • kitchen/breakfast room
  • master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area
  • 4/5 further bedrooms
  • 2 family bathrooms
  • garage
  • EPC Rating = F

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A fine country retreat with equestrian facilities, wonderful far reaching views and excellent transport links


High Street, Harpenden 3.4 miles
Harpenden mainline station 3.5 miles - St Pancras International from 22 minutes
St Albans mainline station 1.8 miles - St Pancras International from 18 minutes
M1 (J9) 5 miles
London Luton Airport 9.3 miles

Ladygrove has one of the best locations in Hertfordshire. Suitably rural enough for those who wish to enjoy country living, yet within 4 minutes of two of the country's best loved towns and cities.

Harpenden, with its bustling tree-lined 'village-like' high street, is home to a comprehensive range of high end shops, restaurants and boutiques as well as 3 supermarkets including an M & S food store and Waitrose. The cathedral city of St Albans, rich in cultural history, has large open spaces, excellent restaurants and a variety of shops to suit every taste.

The area is well known for its excellent private and state schools, with buses for St Albans, Harpenden, Berkhamsted and Elstree schools picking up close by at Hatching Green and on the high street.

There are excellent sporting and leisure facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, sports centre and 4 renowned golf clubs all within approximately 3-4 miles.

For the train commuter, Harpenden and St Albans offer fast and frequent train services into St. Pancras International from 22 and 18 minutes respectively. For the motorist, junction 9 of the M1 motorway is only 5 miles distant.


Hall, drawing room, sitting room, family room, reading hall, study , kitchen/breakfast room, utility room, cloakroom, master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing area, 4 further bedrooms, bedroom 6/study 2, 2 family bathrooms, EPC=F

Garage, Gymnasium, first floor sitting area and art studio

Brick built stable block with 3 loose boxes and tack room with WC, feed store, all-weather manége, over 5.5 acres of paddock land divided into 6 areas-each with mains water supply

Gardens and woodlands
Formal and informal gardens with landscaped fruit and vegetable kitchen garden,
Significant area of beautiful and established woodland - in all, about 40 acres

Named after the nearby ancient woodland, Ladygrove was once the game keeper's cottage to the Childwickbury Estate. Today, Ladygrove represents a wonderful country house, which offers bright and spacious accommodation and is superbly presented throughout in a most stylish manner that reflects the property's rich history.

A gravelled driveway leads from the well screened parking area across immaculate lawns to an elegant pathway flanked by topiary trees and lavender up to the front door.

The front door is sheltered by a pretty gabled porch with lots of space to leave the muddy boots and shoes.

A large hallway, with a flagstone floor, is warmed by underfloor heating which stretches throughout most of the ground floor, making for a practical yet attractive feature.

To one side of the hallway, the kitchen breakfast room, built by Henry Gordon Jones of Suffolk, is a traditional take on a modern facility with a robust Aga and electric companion with integrated appliances to complete. With over 500sq ft of space, this is well-designed with plenty of room for the family to spend quality time. There is a large island unit, with preparation area, dividing the room from the large breakfast area that overlooks the gardens and down through woods to the Verulam valley.

Adjacent, is a fitted utility room with the cabinets complementary to those in the kitchen.

There is a cosy sitting room with open fireplace and French doors leading out to the terrace and the lawned gardens.

There is a large, comfortable family room with rich red decor, perfect as a backdrop for a high tech media room.

The hallway turns down to a study, which is well fitted and looks out over the paddocks opposite. A peaceful spot for a home office or indeed for a study large enough for children to make use of together.

Further along, leading to the drawing room, the hallway opens up on to a large reading hall with space enough for easy chairs and a desk.

The elegant drawing room, set at one end of the house, is an ideal entertaining space. With its grand proportions and architectural detailing and its substantial fireplace taking centre stage, this room manages to be both impressive yet cosy.

With the orientation of the garden and the distinct courtyard feel created by the L-shape, you can imagine leaving the doors to the house on the southern and westerly sides open to the warm breezes of summer, sheltered by the hedges and woodland beyond.

The first floor is well designed with family living in mind with 5 bedrooms, a fitted study/bedroom 6 and 3 bathrooms.

The master bedroom has a dressing area with a range of fitted wardrobes by De Mornay Boyes. There is a beautifully designed en suite bathroom with separate shower.

The remaining bedrooms, all having fabulous views over the surrounding countryside, are served by two bathrooms, ideal for children to share.

English Heritage Building
Adjacent to the gravel parking area, there is an attractive separate two storey timber building, which houses a large gymnasium and garage and a sitting area and art studio above. There is a sink and plumbing for toilet facilities and is accessed by an external staircase so therefore easily converted into secondary accommodation, subject to the necessary consents.

Set along a private road in the middle of the renowned Childwickbury Estate, the private grounds to Ladygrove extend to over 45 acres in total.

A short distance from the formal gardens, with their delightful parterre and knot gardens, is a thoughtfully designed potager garden. Originating from France and designed as an ornamental kitchen garden, the planting combines fruit and vegetable crops with flowers and herbs to enhance the beauty of the space, thus giving a functional vegetable plot the year-round visual appeal of a garden.

Parkland style gardens extend away from the house and meet with the large swath of ancient woodland that lies to the south of the property. Here, one can enjoy tranquil walks along a number of meandering pathways and during the spring, the ground cover of blue bells is truly spectacular.

For those with a keen equestrian interest, a separate gated access can be found further down the private lane and this gives direct access to the stable yard, parking for horse box lorries and trailers, and the manége.

The stable yard comprises 3 loose boxes, a large tack room with WC and a storage barn to the rear. There are 4 turn out paddocks to the side and a 40m x 20m all weather manege beyond.

Across the lane, the main paddocks can be found. This area is divided into 6 areas by post and rail fencing and all have their own water supply.

To the eastern boundary, and within the curtilage of Ladygrove, there is direct access to a public bridleway, making this a fabulous place to ride out into the countryside.

Easements, Wayleaves and Rights of Way
The property is offered for sale subject to any public or private rights of way and all easements and wayleaves, whether referred to in these particulars or not.

Mains electricity and water. Private drainage. Oil fired central heating.

Local authority:
St Albans District Council - 01727 866100

Strictly by appointment with Savills

Acreage: 45 Acres

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Added on Rightmove:
14 July 2016

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