An outstanding and elegant modern family home in classical style set in 102 acres with far reaching rural views
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Hillend Farm is approached via a long private driveway which winds uphill to the impressive modern country house. Situated in an elevated position in a fold in the land within 102.28 acres, Hillend Farm enjoys privacy and protection but benefits from far reaching views across rolling, wooded countryside.
Designed by the present owner, the exquisite finish and attention to detail combine traditional features with modern living. The columned portico with steps up gives way to a panelled front door opening into a grand entrance hall with light, tiled flooring, Georgian style full length sash windows and high ceilings. The ground floor offers light, elegant and beautifully proportioned reception rooms, perfect for family living and entertaining alike. Gracious chandelier lighting throughout the reception rooms compliments the grandeur of the architectural design of Hillend Farm. A superbly fitted custom built kitchen comprises a comprehensive range of units, also including an AGA and separate range. A central island with a wooden work surface sits at the heart of the room. French doors opening out to a terraced seating area in the garden afford much natural light and delightful aspects.
The first floor bedroom accommodation is linked by one of the most spectacular features of Hillend Farm, a majestic cantilevered stone staircase with wrought iron detailing. The master bedroom comprises an en-suite bathroom with dressing room and floor to ceiling sash windows offering panoramic views across the Hertfordshire countryside. There are four further bedrooms, three of which have their own en-suite bathrooms.
Situated close to the house is the self-contained cottage providing useful secondary or guest accommodation, together with the utility room and boot room. The large agricultural barn could, subject to planning consent, create a substantial games room/party barn.
This property has 102 acres of land.
Gardens and grounds The gardens and grounds are a principal feature of the house; beautifully landscaped, they are laid mostly to lawn flanked by well stocked herbaceous borders, studded with young specimen trees. Lying to the rear of the barn is the heated swimming pool, set in a paved surround with protective hedging and espaliered fruit trees. Beyond the formal gardens are further lawns with young and mature deciduous trees and a boundary of evergreen hedging.
The Parkland Forming mostly rolling, open countryside, the parkland ensures maximum privacy whilst providing excellent grazing and riding opportunities for the equestrian enthusiast. The land is subdivided into a number of separate, fenced paddocks.
Standing in an elevated position with remarkable rural views over the surrounding countryside, Hill End Farm lies in the heart of 100 acres of well fenced parkland and pasture land. The property is surrounded by a further 900 acres of newly planted mixed woodland, owned and managed by the Woodland Trust. The property is situated half a mile north of the thriving and popular village of Sandridge, a traditional and attractive Hertfordshire village which provides good amenities including a village shop, three public houses and a church. More comprehensive facilities are available in the nearby historic town of St Albans (3 miles) and in Harpenden (4 miles). Communications include frequent Thames Link trains from St Albans to Kings Cross in about 26 minutes. Junction 4 of the A1(M) is within 3 miles, Junction 6 of the M1 within 6 miles and Junctions 21a and 22 of the M25 are within 7 miles. Luton International Airport is about 10 miles distant.
There is a wide variety of schooling in the district including preparatory schools at Sandridge and Harpenden. Public schools include St Albans High School for girls, St Albans High School for boys, St Hildas School, Sherradswood School, Queenswood, Haileybury and Habberdashers Aske. Sporting and recreational facilities include golf courses at Verulam, Brocket Hall and mid Herts. Lying at the heart of a 900 acre estate the property has excellent links with a network of bridlepaths, ideal for riding.Read all
- Entrance hall, drawing room, sitting room, kitchen/breakfast room, dining room, study, larder
- Master bedroom with dressing room and en-suite, 4 further bedrooms (2 en-suite), bathroom
- Separate 2-bedroom cottage
- Large barn with potential to be converted
- Mature gardens and grounds, swimming pool
- Parkland and pasture
- Planning consent for second cottage and stables
- Approximately 102.28 acres