Grade II* Listed Georgian House
Originally known as Rushden Place, Julians Park was built in 1605 for William Stone, refronted and remodelled in 1710 for Adolphus Meetkerke, and then altered again in the late 1930s for Colonel Reginald Cooper. He reinstated the enclosed court which had been replaced by an informal carriage sweep, re-modelled the gardens to the north of the house, and added a swimming pool set in one of the walled gardens, principally leaving the house as set out today.
Owned by the current family since 1940, the beautifully proportioned Georgian house is steeped in history with many notable royal and famous guests. The house is also noted by Sir Nikolaus Pevsner in his Architectural Guide of important houses of Hertfordshire.
Julians Park is a Grade II* Listed wonderfully proportioned Georgian house. Sitting in a slightly elevated south facing position, the house is approached by a tree lined avenue. A truly impressive clock tower with octagonal belfry and a copper ogee head with weathervane provides a wonderful approach to the house.
Principally set over two storeys with cellars below, Julians Park is one of the finest country estates in Hertfordshire. Largely of red brick construction with cement rendered Portland stone dressings, the house is of elegant proportions. Internally the house combines spacious reception rooms as well as characteristic smaller living accommodation.
The traditional entrance to Julians Park opens onto a grand reception drawing room with an impressive open fire providing a welcoming feel and sense of arrival, leading off to both sides of the house. With three reception rooms currently used as a sitting room, office and family room, the house provides comfortable living space suitable for families. A well-proportioned dining room with bay front window overlooks the rear gardens. Attached to the rear and extending to the right is a 5 bay single story music room with tall 18 pane architraved sashes.
In the west wing, accommodation comprises a kitchen/breakfast room with traditional utility, pantries and larder.
Leading from the main staircase, there is a principal bedroom with en-suite and five further double bedrooms, all with en-suites.
A further staircase leads to the second floor being the attic, offering additional bedrooms, snug and sitting room.
There is an extensive cellar which is accessed via a set of stairs from the rear hall. Extending to six rooms in all, this area provides a wine cellar and ample dry storage.
This property has 182.78 acres of land.
The gardens and grounds are a very special feature of Julians Park. To the north and east of the house the well maintained Grade II Listed gardens provide a peaceful and traditional setting.
Set out for Col. R Cooper, the red brick walled garden extends in three sections away from the house to enclose rectangular gardens. With kitchen garden, terraced formal garden and swimming pool, the impressive grounds surrounding Julians Park create a wonderful setting.
To the west of the house and service courtyard lies a wooded area of former pleasure grounds containing a further pond and orchard.
A unique feature of the property is the ice house, which sits about 300 metres south of the house in a wooded former chalk pit. There is also a private well.
Outbuildings To the rear of the house is a service yard with a number of useful outbuildings and stabling as well as a portal framed agricultural style building currently used in connection with the gardens.
Gardeners Cottage Adjacent to Julians Park, adjoining the kitchen wing of the main house is Gardeners Cottage, a red brick ancillary staff accommodation formerly used as staff accommodation. Gardeners Cottage accommodation comprises sitting room, kitchen and pantry on the ground floor, with three bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor.
Home Farm Formerly the stable block, Home Farm has been converted sympathetically to provide comfortable modern living. With its own private entrance, Home Farm has independence from the main house. The spacious accommodation comprises kitchen/breakfast room, drawing room and dining room on the ground floor with three ensuite double bedrooms, dressing room and a further single bedroom on the first floor.
Part of the original stable block remains, with the coach house being accessed from the main courtyard, as well as ancillary stores and an Estate office.
Estate Land The farmland at Julians Park completely surrounds the main house, providing a contained, ringfenced private estate with the house at the centre. The gently undulating arable land is commercial in nature and totals about 140 acres, part of which is currently entered into an environmental stewardship scheme, with some grassland immediately surrounding the house. The land is classified as Grade 2 and 3 on the Agricultural Land Classification Maps, with soils belonging to the Hanslope soil series, which is a highly regarded and productive clay loam well suited to growing cereal crops.
The 33 acres of predominantly mixed broadleaf woodland situated on the peripheral boundaries of the estate and interspersed with the arable farmland creates privacy and seclusion, as well as adding to the character of the estate.
The rolling nature of the land and mature woods have enabled the current owners to enjoy a small family shoot.
Julians Park is a wonderfully secluded estate situated in North Hertfordshire. Located at the centre of its own private ring fenced estate, Julians Park is approached by a tree lined avenue. Sitting in a prominent position, the southerly facing Grade II* Listed Manor House overlooks open, gently undulating arable fields enclosed by its own mature woodland.
Julians Park sits on the northern edge of the village of Rushden, a small rural village with a church and public house. A broader range of shopping, recreational and leisure facilities are available in the market town of Baldock 6 miles away, the new town of Stevenage 8 miles and Royston 9 miles.
There are excellent educational facilities locally with St Christopher School, Kingshott School and St Edmunds College, Heath Mount Preparatory School and Haileybury College all in close proximity.
Slightly further afield, the university city of Cambridge offers additional well-known independent schools, including The Leys and The Perse, as well as many highly regarded preparatory schools.
The Estate is easily accessible with excellent communications by both road and rail. The A1(M) is 10 miles away, and there are fast and frequent trains from both Stevenage and Baldock to London, with trains from Stevenage reaching London St Pancras and Kings Cross in 27 minutes. Luton Airport is 24 miles away and Stansted Airport, 25 miles.Read all
- Grade II* Listed Queen Anne House with five reception rooms and ten bedrooms
- Historic gardens and grounds Grade II Listed
- Outbuildings, outdoor swimming pool and former ice house
- Adjoining secondary accommodation with three bedrooms
- Converted stable block with four bedrooms
- Arable farmland and mature broadleaf woodland
- About 182.78 acres
- For sale as a whole
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