9 bedroom detached house for sale

Preston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4

Guide Price £2,000,000

Property Description

Key features

  • Gardens approaching 2 acres
  • Stunning views
  • 6 reception rooms
  • 9 bedrooms
  • 3 bathrooms
  • cloakrooms
  • tennis court
  • garaging
  • outbuildings

Full description

Tenure: Freehold

A substantial early 20th Century Grade II Listed country house with stunning far reaching views

Location

Hitchin 3.7 miles (fast train to Kings Cross 25 mins), Stevenage 6.4 miles (Kings Cross 20 mins), Harpenden 10.3 miles (First Capital Connect /St Pancras International 27 mins), Luton Parkway 8.5 miles (First Capital Connect /St Pancras International 33 mins), M1 (J10) 10 miles, A1(M) 3.9 miles, London Luton Airport 7 miles

Poynders End, named after the Poydres family who owned land and property in the area at the turn of the fourteenth century, is a private hamlet of only 5 properties lying to the east of the pretty village of Preston.

Preston is an attractive and sought after village which is surrounded by open country side and is close to the vibrant Georgian market town of Hitchin. There is a pretty village green with a popular public house which is owned by the villagers.

Preston is located within driving distance of Harpenden, Welwyn Garden City, Hitchin and Stevenage, all of which provide a comprehensive range of shopping and travel facilities.

In the village there is a renowned private girl's school, The Princess Helena College, as well as a primary school and nursery. Further afield there is a good choice of schools at Hitchin, St Albans and Harpenden.

Communication links to the M1, M25 and A1(M), all fall within a 5-15 minute drive and the mainline station at Hitchin (First Capital Connect) offers a direct service to St Pancras and the City from 27minutes. In addition, London Luton International Airport is 7 miles away.

Description

Ground floor - Entrance porch, reception hall, drawing room, dining room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, walk-in pantry, boot room, utility room, cloakrooms, cellars

First floor - Master bedroom suite with dressing room and en suite bathroom, bedroom 2 with en suite bathroom, 4 further first floor bedrooms and family bathroom

Second floor - Large billiards/games room, 3 bedrooms, 2 studies

Outside - Gardens and grounds approaching 2 acres, loggia, tennis court, outbuildings, garaging

The Property
Commissioned in 1903 by Frederick Seebohm for his son Hugh's wedding gift and completed in 1905, Poynders End is a perfect example of an Arts & Crafts style country house, which dominates its surrounding landscape and is Listed Grade II.

The stature of the building, the excellence of the period details and the mellowness of the rich materials used, makes this a uniquely attractive home, which has been enriched by the passage of time.

Poynders End retains many of its original decorative features including a spectacular oak staircase, ornate window catches, leadlight windows, pine flooring and carved wooden panelling.

Accessed through an outer porch, the wide oak panelled front door with decorative iron fittings gives onto a small lobby lined in red brick with a door which opens directly into the drawing room, with a matching twin door into the magnificent staircase reception hall. An elegant and substantial Jacobean moulded string staircase with an oak moulded hand rail and heavy square newels, leads up to the upper floors of the house.

The L-shaped drawing room is a most impressive room where all the family can relax, yet it is also designed to impress. With a superb stone fireplace acting as a focal point and double doors leading out to a recessed covered loggia, this is ideal for both grand and informal entertaining.

Adjacent, is a stunning dining room with fireplace and 2 attractive semi-octagonal bay windows, which overlook the gardens with a door leading out to the loggia. A distinct and unusual feature of this room is the lozenge-shaped decorative bosses on the ceiling with loops, which were designed to hang oil lamps.

A small passage leads from the dining room past the butler's well-fitted pantry and through to the large kitchen/breakfast room, which has painted wood cabinets warmed by the robust 2-oven Aga. A cheerful room with space for a substantial breakfast table, this makes for a relaxed area for the family and friends to gather for informal get-togethers.

There is a sitting room with a modest fireplace and double doors, which lead out to the terrace. A further door leads down to a cellar.

A single storey annexe leads from the kitchen and provides a useful array of store rooms and a large utility/boot room.

From both the formal entrance hall and 'servants' inner hall, staircases lead up to the first floor. The principal staircase turns on a half landing, which provides a small seating alcove from where the views of the surrounding countryside are stunning.

The first floor was originally designed to provide 3 principal bedroom suites with dressing rooms and bathrooms. Now with a more flexible arrangement this floor has a total of 6 bedrooms, 2 with en suites and a separate family bathroom.

Feature notes - The whole of the north-east wing of the house is taken up with the master suite. The bedroom extends to over 20 foot with a beautiful stone fireplace and east facing bay window. There is a dressing room, which has fitted cupboards and a bay window with vanity area, which overlooks the canopy of the distant woods surrounded by rolling countryside. A roll-top bath on wooden legs takes pride of place in the bathroom with its sage green painted panelled walls.

The top floor of the house, where the servants quarters and nurseries would have originally been located, is now occupied by a series of rooms and a sizeable billiards room, dominated by a whale bone style oak arched beam. With some reconfiguration, this whole floor could be remodelled to provide a fantastic and enviable teenage domain.

Outside
Poynders End is set at the very end of a gravel driveway occupying an elevated position which overlooks rolling fields, woodland and valley beyond.

Accessed via a private road leading off a country lane, the house feels very private but not secluded.

Immediately adjacent to the house is a courtyard sheltered by hedging on one side and the sitting room and annexe on the other. A perfect place for al fresco dining being close to both the kitchen and sitting room.

There is also a recessed loggia, which is accessed from both the drawing room and dining room. Above the loggia sits an original wrought iron sundial mounted on oak panelling, which displays an intriguing Greek inscription.

The outbuildings consist of an attached double garage and a separate barn-style garage with mezzanine level above.

For the keen tennis enthusiast, there is a recently resurfaced tennis court located towards the south eastern boundary.

Square Footage: 7,739 sq ft
Acreage: 1.87 Acres

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Listing History

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17 November 2016

Nearest stations

  • Stevenage (2.8 mi)
  • Hitchin (3.1 mi)
  • Knebworth (4.6 mi)
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Nearest stations

  • Stevenage (2.8 mi)
  • Hitchin (3.1 mi)
  • Knebworth (4.6 mi)
Distances are straight line measurements from centre of postcode

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01582 934084 Local call rate

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