6 bedroom detached house for saleDancers Lane, Bentley Heath, Hertfordshire
- Sole Agents
- Grade II listed
- Set in 6 acres with 1.5 acre lake
- Recently restored and refurbished
- 6 Bedrooms
- 7 Reception rooms
- 6 Bathrooms
- Separate 3 bedroom cottage
A grand restored and refurbished Grade II listed Country House set in a secluded and private setting of approx. 6 acres with a 1½ acre lake approached via a sweeping gravel drive with roundabout within easy reach of central London.
Recently restored and refurbished this Grade II country house, being of architectural importance. Dancers Hill House is described as a Palladian Villa, which has been significantly extended. The front elevation has the classical proportions of the period, constructed in brick, finished in render under a slate roof. A Modillion eaves cornice lies below the parapet.
Internally, the house, which has a transitional feel, combines light and spacious reception rooms with comfortable bedroom accommodation. A particular feature is the excellent proportions of the principal reception rooms, which includes a drawing room, dining room, conservatory, lounge and study. The drawing room opens through to the Viewing Gallery, which overlooks the formal gardens to the rear of the house.
At the garden level is the cinema room, wine room and a traditional cellar. There is also a gymnasium, shower room, snug, utility room and boiler room, which have been incorporated into the East Wing.
Externally, situated to the northeast of the house, is Ivy Mantle, charming three bedroom cottage with two reception rooms, and a fitted kitchen/dining room. Ivy Mantle is ideal as separate accommodation for guests, staff or relatives or as a home office.
The gardens and grounds provide a magnificent setting for the house. The informal lawns and parkland to the south include a charming 1½ acre lake, stocked with a selection of fish. To the rear are the formal gardens with rose beds set within walled areas, creating peace and tranquillity. The gardens include a magnificent selection of mature trees including Cedar, Limes and Yew, whilst in the spring the grounds are carpeted in daffodils and bluebells.
Dancers Hill House stands in an elevated rural position within the Metropolitan Green Belt. The property is located on the outskirts of Hadley Wood/Hadley Common and Barnet, which provide a comprehensive range of shopping and other facilities, whilst central London is 14 miles to the south.
Communications are excellent with the A1/M25 interchange 2 miles away. Fast and frequent trains leave Hadley Wood, reaching Kings Cross in around 20 minutes or Moorgate in around 30 minutes. The London underground service runs from High Barnet (Northern Line). There is also good access to national airports. Heathrow is within 25 miles, Luton Airport 20 miles and Stansted is 36 miles distant.
The district is also renowned for its strong selection of schools in both the private and state sectors. Prep schools include Norfolk Lodge (Prep and Nursery) Lochinvar and Stormont, nearby public schools include Haberdashers Askes, Haileybury, Aldenham, Queenswood (for girls), St Albans School for Boys and St Albans High School for Girls. State schools include Queen Elizabeths Boys, Queen Elizabeths Girls, and Dame Alice Owens.
There are also a number of Golf Courses in the vicinity including Beech Hill, Old Fold, Dyrham Park and South Herts.
Geoffrey de Mandeville, the Earl of Essex, is assumed to have built a Motte and Bailey castle on the site of Dancers Hill House in the early 12th Century.
A manor house is the first recorded building on the site in 1558. Prior to becoming Queen, Princess Elizabeth would stay at this home to break the insufferable carriage journey between Hatfield House and London. It is thought that the Princess took her afternoon tea under the old yew tree, which still stands at the front of the house.
In 1768 the property was acquired by George Byng of Wrotham Park, later to become Admiral of the Fleet.
The core of the existing house is attributed to Charles Ross, who rented the house from the mid
Ground Floor: -
Reception Hall - 6.37 x 3.44 (20'11" x 11'3") -
Guest Cloakroom -
Drawing Room - 8.33 x 5.08 (27'4" x 16'8") -
Lounge - 7.67 x 4.38 (25'2" x 14'4") -
Study - 3.71 x 3.44 (12'2" x 11'3") -
Dining Room - 7.94 x 5.48 (26'1" x 18'0") -
Conservatory - 9.29m x 2.60m (30'6" x 8'6") -
Kitchen/Breakfast Room - 7.28 x 5.31 (23'11" x 17'5") -
Garden Level: -
Gymnasium - 4.49 x 4.02 (14'9" x 13'2") -
Shower Room - 4.00 x 2.42 (13'1" x 7'11") -
Snug - 3.75 x 3.31 (12'4" x 10'10") -
Utility Room - 4.79 x 4.21 (15'9" x 13'10") -
Cinema Room - 6.18 x 4.89 (20'3" x 16'1") -
Wine Room - 4.82 x 4.23 (15'10" x 13'11") -
Cellar - 4.46 x 2.45 (14'8" x 8'0") -
First Floor: -
Master Bedroom - 7.73 x 4.35 (25'4" x 14'3") -
En Suite Bathroom -
Bedroom 2 - 7.44 x 5.43 (24'5" x 17'10") - With dressing area
En Suite Shower Room -
Bedroom 3 - 5.00 x 4.13 (16'5" x 13'7") -
En Suite Shower Room -
Bedroom 4 - 5.44 x 3.81 (17'10" x 12'6") -
En Suite Shower Room -
Bedroom 5 - 5.46 x 2.97 (17'11" x 9'9") -
Family Bathroom -
Bedroom 6 - 3.39 x 3.23 (11'1" x 10'7") -
En Suite Shower Room -
Ivy Mantle: - Externally, situated to the northeast of the house, is Ivy Mantle, charming three bedroom cottage with two reception rooms, and a fitted kitchen/dining room.
Ivy Mantle is ideal as separate accommodation for guests, staff or relatives or as a home office.
Ground Floor:- -
Kitchen - 4.53m x 3.11m (14'10" x 10'2") -
Reception - 6.7 x 4.46 (22'0" x 14'8") -
Dining Room - 2.91m x 3.46m (9'7" x 11'4") -
First Floor :- - ` (`) -
Bedroom 1 - 4.55m x 3.71m (14'11" x 12'2") -
Bedroom 2 - 3.49m x 2.97m (11'5" x 9'9") -
Bedroom 3 - 2.85m x 3.46m (9'4" x 11'4") -
Family Bathroom -
Outbuilding - 12.26 x 3.85 (40'3" x 12'8") -
The Exterior - The gardens and grounds provide a magnificent setting for the house. The informal lawns and parkland to the south include a charming lake, stocked with a selection of fish. To the rear are the formal gardens with rose beds set within walled areas, creating peace and tranquillity. The gardens include a magnificent selection of mature trees including Cedar, Limes and Yew, whilst in the spring the grounds are carpeted in daffodils and bluebells.
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