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5 bedroom detached house for sale

West Common, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

Sold STC £5,950,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Entrance hall, 4 Reception Rooms and study, Kitchen/breakfast room, Master bedroom suite, 4 further bedrooms, 2 further bathrooms, In all 7,119 sq ft, Extensive garaging, Grounds of appro (truncated)

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

Flowton Priory was originally built in 1525 at the village of Flowton in Suffolk. In 1928 it was transported brick by brick to its present idyllic location within West Common, a most desirable position in Harpenden, where it is set in stunning grounds behind its own woodland.

Built in the Tudor style with elegant chimney stacks and superb heraldic style stained glass lead light casement windows, which date back to Tudor times, Flowton Priory is possibly one of Hertfordshire's finest homes.

Sitting at the head of an impressive private drive, which passes through its own lightly wooded copse, Flowton Priory is approached through impressive gates and a pretty tree lined gravel driveway flanked by manicured lawns and beautifully maintained ornamental gardens.

Stepping across the herringbone porch through a substantial original oak door you are greeted by the most convivial of entrance halls with its 16th Century staircase which sets the tone for the rest of the house.

There is a spectacular drawing room with linen fold cabinetry and oak panelling, which is home to a large 16th Century carved stone fireplace and hood which is beautiful in its simplicity. There is an ornate door leading out to the terrace which overlooks the Summer House.

The house is full of architecturally interesting detail including a jettied upper floor and gables, period fireplaces, exposed timbers, 16th Century stained glass heraldry, including arms of Cardinal Wolsey and further detailing from York Minster and Wells Cathedral.

The heart of the home is provided by the Tudor style vaulted kitchen, fitted with its handmade oak cabinetry and furniture along with a Lacanche Range.

The kitchen's focal point is the large impressive central island unit capped with white marble. The breakfast area, which is nestled in the bay window, enjoys views over the grounds to the front in the morning sunshine. Next to the kitchen is the striking dining room with an impressive light oak marquetry floor; large enough for a table to seat at least 12, a sumptuous room for elegant and sophisticated entertaining.

From the kitchen, an inner hallway leads to the south eastern wing of the house where a large family room and a substantial prep kitchen/utility room can be found. The prep kitchen is perfectly located as it is close to the side door which leads directly out onto the side terrace where alfresco entertaining can be enjoyed.

From the inner hallway, a second staircase rises to the first floor where 2 double bedrooms and a stunning French period style bathroom, with a handsome antique slipper bath and drenching shower, can be found.

This south eastern section of the house would make an ideal annexe for an independent family or staff, as required. There is a sizeable study located next to the front hallway with a pretty Victorian style fireplace and large windows on three aspects, which makes for a very agreeable place to work from home.

Flowton Priory is situated in Harpenden which is a county town boasting a bustling tree lined High Street with a comprehensive range of shops including a large Waitrose, Marks & Spencer Food and Sainsbury's. Additionally, there are many sophisticated hairdressers, boutiques, bistros and restaurants.

Access into London for the commuter is convenient with Harpenden station just over half a mile walk away with fast trains available for Kings Cross/St Pancras. For the motorist, Junction 9 of the M1 is 3.5 miles drive with close links with the M25. Luton airport is located under 8 miles away and London Heathrow 35 miles providing the international commuter with a convenient hub.

Harpenden has a great choice of schools with both state and private options including St Hilda's School for Girls and Aldwickbury Boys Preparatory School. Further afield in St Albans is the St Albans High School for Girls and St Albans Boys School.

For the sports enthusiast there is a great choice of opportunities locally. Within a short walk there is Rothamsted Park which has a large leisure complex including indoor pool and popular gymnasium. Additionally, Harpenden Lawn Tennis Club is adjacent with Hammonds End Golf Club a short drive away. There is also the wonderful open spaces of Harpenden Common with its challenging golf course and two cricket pitches, one of which with its pretty clubhouse traverses the course.

The gardens and grounds are beautifully maintained and have evolved into maturity with striking topiary and formal ornamental gardens. There is a lengthy gravel driveway boarded by Legustrum standards, which sweeps down to the substantial garage block.

Immediately to the rear of the house is a large Yorkstone sun terrace, a stunning parterre garden and a significant Koi Carp pond. Beautiful, gently undulating lawns abound the terracing and parterres. There is a lovely avenue of Prunus Glabosa trees, which extend away from the house and lead towards a pretty fountain and Italian garden with seating area.

The side terrace is well sheltered and provides an ample dining area with steps to a spa bath with concealed TV and separate DVD player.

The Summer House
An elegant, contemporary garden Atrium, which follows key architectural flourishes and finishes of the main house, blends seamlessly into the landscape and fuses with the host property. The summer house is a wonderful modern open space for entertaining. It also overlooks a delightful water feature at the rear, which provides an alternative vista, making this an idyllic place to retire to in the evening.

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11 October 2016

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