An outstanding Grade II listed equestrian home in a private rural setting

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Listed Grade II, being of architectural and historic interest, Shortgrove Manor Farm is constructed of mellow red brick under a clay tile roof and was originally built in the early 18th century. Internally the house combines elegant reception rooms with exposed timbers and deep inglenook fireplaces with comfortable bedroom accommodation over the first and second floors.

Across the paved courtyard is the indoor swimming pool, gym and a comfortable home office finished with polished panelling and fitted bookshelves. To the east of the house is the self contained, two-bedroom cottage, ideal for guests, staff or a dependent relative. There is also a studio flat approached over an external staircase. Shortgrove Manor Farm has outstanding equestrian facilities with 17 loose boxes, some constructed in the American style together with a solarium, feed store and tack room, together with a horse walker.

The private gardens and grounds are situated on the south and west side of the house overlooked by a paved terrace with a magnificent mature Magnolia tree. Beyond the terrace, the gardens are laid mostly to lawn and divided into ‘rooms’ with ornamental hedging and mature specimen trees. The house is approached over a long tree lined driveway culminating in a large central courtyard.

To the west are well drained post and railed paddocks whilst further paddocks are situated on the far side of the lane.

This property has 35.4 acres of land.


Shortgrove Manor Farm nestles in the eastern reaches of the Chiltern Hills surrounded by well-maintained agricultural land and mature woodland. The village of Kensworth is just 0.5 miles away and benefits from a primary school, two shops and a pub. More comprehensive facilities can be found in nearby Harpenden 8.5 miles away with a selection of boutique shops, pubs and restaurants together with larger supermarkets such as Marks & Spencer, Waitrose and Sainsbury’s.

Communications are excellent with fast and frequent trains leaving Harpenden and reaching London St Pancras International in 24 minutes. The M1 (junction 9) is within 5 miles linking with the M25 and the national motorway network. Luton Airport is 8 miles away to the north. There is an excellent selection of schools in the district, most notably Beechwood Park School, an independent primary and prep school. St Albans School for boys and separately St Albans School for Girls.

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Other features

  • Hall, Drawing room, Dining room, Kitchen/breakfast room Utility room, Cloakroom, Cellar
  • Principal bedroom with ensuite dressing room, 6 Further bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms
  • Indoor swimming pool, Games room, Gym, Office
  • Self-contained two bedroom cottage, Separate studio flat Games Room/Bedroom accommodation
  • 17 Loose boxes, Solarium, Tack and Feed rooms, Manege Horse Walker
  • Workshop, Stores, Garaging
  • Beautifully landscaped gardens
  • Post and railed paddocks
  • About 35.41 acres

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Ref: LON200101

Dovehouse Lane, Kensworth Dunstable LU6

Guide Price

Ref: LON200101

Dovehouse Lane, Kensworth Dunstable LU6

Guide Price