Grove House, Radlett, Hertfordshire
Positioned on the prestigious Newlands Avenue, set behind a private gated driveway, the house occupies a desirable south-west facing plot and feels secluded and intimately grounded in its setting; a verdant oasis of mature parkland designed by a head gardener at Kew.
The internal layout is a dynamic composition of interconnected living spaces adjoined with seamless fluidity; single stories are juxtaposed with soaring double-height voids, with floor-to-ceiling glass walls allowing light to flood down and through the plan. The interior follows an exceptionally chic, modern aesthetic, an exercise in soothing colours and tactile materials of concrete, marble and wood. Constructed of a lightweight, insulated, exposed-concrete frame, the loadbearing block-work walls are finished in insulating render and plaster.
At ground level, walls of corner glazing in the triple aspect living room frame green, leafy views across the garden; a modern fireplace sits centrally, and solid-timber flooring runs underfoot. Argon-filled fenestration is finished with concealed electric roller blinds providing a screen to the sun when required.
A tall Mimosa tree forms a centre piece in the internal courtyard, ensuring a visual connection with the natural surroundings from various rooms and levels. Full-height glass doors open the dining area onto the internal courtyard, an idyllic position for summer lunches. A beautifully designed Boffi kitchen is adjacent, fitted with Gaggenau appliances and an island with Boffi Calacatta natural quartzite worktops.
A staircase with leather treads and handrail by Bill Amberg Studio leads to the long upper walkway connecting the three beautifully proportioned bedrooms, each replete with bespoke joinery and expanses of glass inviting exceptional light. The principle bedroom, dressing room and en-suite shower room is positioned on the northern wing of the house. This room is also triple aspect and features a glazed, floor-to-ceiling triple-panel artwork.
The second bedroom, also with an en-suite shower room and of a similar size, is located on the southern wing. The third bedroom, currently organized as a secondary lounge, is positioned centrally.
The fourth and fifth bedrooms at ground level, both with en-suite shower rooms, divide equally in two by a concealed folding partition wall, or as shown, remain fully open for use as a study or studio. These two bedrooms are accessed via the upper walkway and a secondary leather-clad descending staircase, or by a separate and independent front door.
An additional studio is also positioned in the grounds, providing an excellent space for homeworking, a creative workshop or a fitness suite. There is also a car port with generous secure parking for several vehicles.
Externally, the gardens have been beautifully landscaped; immaculate lawns interspersed with herbaceous borders and decked terraces drenched in a golden light in later hours. A series of rectangular water pools reflect the surrounding tree canopies, creating an ephemeral mirror of the architecture and wonderful sense of movement as the light changes throughout the day. Mature hedging provides excellent privacy and carefully positioned specimen trees create a dappled light through the seasons.
Grove House offers excellent proximity to beautiful surrounding countryside. The area is well-known for exceptional schooling, with Haberdashers and Merchant Taylors nearby.
For day-to-day amenities, Radlett’s pleasant high street has a good provision of independent shops, cafes and restaurants, with a broader selection at neighbouring St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Brent Cross.
Rail connections to central London are excellent. The train station at Radlett is less than ten minutes on foot, with direct Thameslink services from here to St Pancras in around 25 minutes. The M1, A1M and M25 are all easily accessible and Luton airport is under 30 minutes’ drive away.
Grove House, Radlett, Hertfordshire
NEAREST STATIONSDistances are straight line measurements from the centre of the postcode
- Radlett Station0.3 miles
- Bricket Wood Station2.0 miles
- How Wood Station2.3 miles
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