5 bedroom detached house for saleChequer Hill, Flamstead, St. Albans, Hertfordshire
A superbly appointed 'Border Oak' designed five bedroom family home constructed in 2004 to an exceptional specification. Offering wonderful gardens and river frontage. Located on the fringe of the highly regarded village of Flamstead.
A wonderfully spacious family home full of character, Oak House was built by the craftsmen of renowned bespoke builders Border Oak in 2004. The timber frame, leaded windows and overhanging upper storeys give the appearance of a heritage building, reflecting the 16th-century houses of Flamstead village. All the ground floor rooms lead off the spacious entrance hall, with the kitchen open to the conservatory, creating a wonderful family space for day to day living. The De Mornay Boyes hand-built solid wood kitchen has pale quartz worksurfaces, a breakfast bar, a double butler’s sink and a Rangemaster cooker. In the centre of the conservatory is a handcrafted dining island, giving diners delightful views over the gardens. There’s also a separate dining room, a study, shower room and spacious but cosy sitting room, with a brick fireplace and logburner and doors to the garden. A beautiful oak staircase leads to the first floor where there are five double bedrooms and two bathrooms. Two of the bedrooms including the master bedroom have
wonderfully high vaulted, beamed ceilings, adding an extra layer of character and feeling of space. The master en suite has both a shower and bath and a dressing area. The sophisticated underfloor heating system has thermostats in every room,
allowing the option of warm bathroom floors all year round. Even the attached garage has underfloor heating, enabling conversion to extra living space if needed. Above the double Border Oak carport is a large room, which could be used as a home office or games room. The approach to the house is by a private drive from which electric gates open on to a large gravelled area in front of the house and car port. The half acre of gardens
have been beautifully designed, with a courtyard garden and water feature, a large lawn, fruit cages, a gazebo and a summer house that could also be used as a home office or playroom.
The Owners’ Story
We do spend a lot of time in the kitchen and conservatory which is great for entertaining both in summer and winter, being a very light and warm room with great views over the garden. We can comfortably seat eight people around the new bespoke dining island. Our sitting room is a lovely cosy room in the winter with a large wood burner but in the summer it has triple aspect windows and French doors leading out to the garden.
All the bathrooms have been completely renewed and the kitchen and conservatory have been retiled with light coloured porcelain tiles
The garden has been totally recreated and transformed into a magnificent area, which is great for summer parties to which we frequently have 50 to 60 guests. However if the weather is poor we can still accommodate them all within the house.
The walled courtyard is the main outdoor dining space but there are many places throughout the garden to sit and enjoy the sun at different times throughout the day. We have built a new patio on the other side of the river as an alternative area for a BBQ, and the sun shines straight into the Gazebo in the evening which is a perfect place to sit and have a sundowner
This is a wonderful house to live and entertain in. We have four children and eight grandchildren so there is always someone staying. Christmas is a fantastic time with family and friends when we have a huge Christmas tree in the hall and there are many places for each age group to be. Of course we also have great Christmas parties for our friends as well.
Oak House is on the edge of the pretty Hertfordshire village of Flamstead, just
10 minutes from Harpenden and its station, where fast trains reach St Pancras in less than 30 minutes. Flamstead is a lively community with three pubs, a successful primary school and a good village shop, while Harpenden has a wide choice of restaurants, cafes and shops including a Waitrose and excellent secondary schools for which Flamstead is within the catchment area. The M1 and M25 are conveniently nearby and Luton Airport is less than seven miles to the north.
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