4 bedroom detached house for saleBrownlow Gate, Little Gaddesden, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4
- Reception hall
- 2 reception rooms
- 4 bedrooms
- 3 bathrooms
- courtyard carriage drive
- walled garden
A uniquely seductive gate lodge that won an award for the restoration of a Grade II listed building in 2000. The property was subsequently acquired by our clients who have passionately improved both the interior and the gardens.
The foundation for the original building was laid in 1280, where it was a Gatehouse for the northern approach to Ashridge and was used by Henry VIII as part of the hunting grounds. But following heavy damage by Cromwells armies, the lodge was rebuilt by the eminent architect Sir Jeffrey Wyattville in 1823.
Little Gaddesden Lodge has striking architectural appeal and an amazing historical past that spans over eight centuries, in addition to which it now functions extremely well as a home.
Approached via automatic gates, the Lodge House sits to the left of a communal courtyard which it shares with just four other properties, in addition the Lodge has a carriage drive with parking for multiple vehicles as well as a single garage.
Gothic archways lead into the covered porch area with a substantial oak entrance door that opens into the octagonal reception hall, a fine room with carved stone fireplace, making a lovely sitting room. There is an inner hallway, part of which has a glass roof displaying the tower, embellished with stone Gargoyles and this leads to the fabulous living room.
Like so many of the rooms, the quality of the light in the living room is very good and with an oak floor covering and a beautiful fireplace with multi-fuel burning stove, this is a great entertaining space.
The Kitchen/breakfast room has a high vaulted ceiling and is fitted with a generous range of storage units, enhanced by granite counter tops and built in appliances that include an Aga range, Neff Dishwasher and Neff microwave. Double doors lead conveniently into the conservatory/dining room with blinds that help dim the light and reduce heat and overlooks the gardens. There is also a conveniently positioned study, which incorporates a utility area.
A glass walkway provides an additional viewpoint of the garden and leads to the Studio. This versatile space has many potential uses, including utilisation as a fantastic guest bedroom four. There are two further bedrooms on the ground floor, one having it's own en suite shower room, whilst the other has a shower room just outside of it's entrance door and both are fitted to a high standard.
An elegant turning staircase leads from the reception hall to the master bedroom, which commands a fine position in the turret with views over neighbouring gardens and paddock. With an unusual Octagonal shape and both Gothic style windows and Lancet windows, the character of this room is thought provoking and this bedroom also benefits from a dressing room with a good range of wardrobe units and in turn leads into a well fitted en suite shower room.
Externally, the 'walled garden' to the rear has been professionally landscaped to a high standard, with substantial paved patio areas and raised flower beds which have been generously planted with specimen shrubs and flowering plants, some with the addition of pergolas that support Clematis, Wisteria and climbing roses. For those that frequently travel, this is a great 'get up and go' garden, being reasonably self sufficient.
The Ashridge estate, which is owned by 'The National Trust' is made up of many thousands of acres of the most beautiful Hertfordshire countryside and ancient woodlands, providing delightful country walks and bridlepaths. There is also a nearby village store and characterful Ale House serving food. Berkhamsted, just 5 miles away provides a more comprehensive range of shops and a fast mainline rail service for the London Commuter (fast train to central London 35 minutes).
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