A stunning, contemporary home created by the skilful conversion of a magnificent Grade II* listed 16th Century barn. In all, in excess of 7,500 sq ft.
Berkhamsted town centre � 1 mile
Berkhamsted mainline train station (London Euston approx. 30 mins) � 0.5 mile
M25 (J20) � 8 miles
M1 (J8) � 8 miles
Heathrow Airport � 28 miles
Central London � 30 miles
(All times and distances are approximate)
MAIN HOUSE : Entrance hall : cloakroom : boot room : utility room : living room : open plan kitchen/breakfast/family room : dining room : master bedroom with en suite : four further bedrooms, all with en suites : Library : wine store
ANNEXE : Gym and Home Office : WC
STABLE COTTAGE : Sitting room : kitchen : bedroom : bathroom
GARDENS & GROUNDS : Lawned gardens, with stunning views : large patio area : central courtyard : unique �indoor garden` with secure parking : further parking for up to five cars
THE GREAT BARN
The Great Barn is a Grade II* listed, timber framed barn dating back to the 16th Century. Beautifully converted to the highest specification by Thameside Homes, both the developers and architects have been commended by English Heritage for the design of this wonderful home, which also benefits from a Zurich guarantee.
The barn itself is the largest tithe barn in the Three Counties district. As a result, capacious, open plan entertaining areas have been created, as well as ample family bedroom space.
The property is approached via an unmade driveway, just off Castle Hill. Remote controlled, electrically operated double doors open to provide owners access to a secure indoor parking area and a stunning �indoor garden`. From here, the first glimpse of the property`s beautiful accommodation can be seen through a glass wall and entrance door. This innovative design creates the ultimate, secure access to one`s home.
For visitors, there is ample private parking, plus gated access to a wonderful central courtyard, lined with Silver Birch trees and with a pathway leading to the formal entrance for the main house.
From the formal entrance hall, there is access to the cloakroom, boot room and utility. Steps lead up into a large family room, which is open plan to the breakfast room and kitchen.
The kitchen has been fully fitted with a stunning, contemporary design range of units, finished in stainless steel and white lacquer, and with polished granite worksurfaces. The attention to detail throughout this beautiful home is second-to-none and, as you might expect, the kitchen is no exception. A modern range of appliances is included, comprising a coffee machine, microwave oven, plate warmer, range cooker, dishwasher, fridge drawers, wine cooler and a free standing �Maytag` American style fridge/freezer.
Immediately adjacent to the kitchen is the dining room. The barn`s former �threshing facility`, now a marvellous room with vaulted ceiling showing the original mill wheel above and exposed brick walls.
Perhaps the most striking of the reception rooms is the living room, which has been thoughtfully positioned on the first floor, and takes advantage of stunning, elevated countryside views through the full height glass wall to the gable end. Once again, exposed beams adorn the walls, complimented by solid Oak flooring. From here, full height windows also provide views over the �indoor garden`.
A curved Oak staircase leads up to the second floor, and the pinnacle of the barn`s immense gable end. Here can be found a beautiful master bedroom suite, boasting a plethora of exposed beams to its vaulted ceiling, plus magnificent views over Berkhamsted`s countryside via a glazed wall. The en suite bathroom is stunning, with a large oval shaped steel bath, twin sink units and a separate curved walk-in shower with feature mood lighting.
Further accommodation to the main house includes four further bedrooms, all with en suite facilities, a study and a large wine store.
In addition, there are two further areas of accommodation:
THE ANNEXE is situated immediately adjacent to the main house, but is entirely separate and has its own front door. This useful space of some 650 sq ft comprises two large rooms plus a WC. For those wishing to work from home, the space would provide spacious, luxury office accommodation. Alternatively it could be used as a gym or a games room, or easily converted to a teenagers den or staff accommodation.
STABLE COTTAGE is a separate, detached one bedroom converted stable block, located on the edge of the site. Providing useful accommodation of almost 500 sq ft, this pretty cottage comprises a sitting room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. Potential uses include guest or staff accommodation, or the property could even be let out. Further parking is located adjacent.
GARDENS AND GROUNDS
In all, the plot totals just over 0.4 acre. The central courtyard features detail lighting and is bounded by the house and annexe to three and a half sides. From the centre of the courtyard, one catches a glimpse of greenery through an archway located to the far end. Curiosity draws you through the arch and into the main garden which comprises a large patio, perfect for private, outdoor entertaining, and generous lawns with mature trees. From here, it is possible to take in some of the town`s most panoramic, open views across rolling countryside.
The Great Barn is located just off Castle Hill, one of Berkhamsted`s most sought after residential locations, just half a mile from the mainline train station.
Berkhamsted is a busy market town, located to the West of Hertfordshire and just 30 minutes from London by train.
Perhaps the town`s most prominent role in National affairs came in 1066 when William the Conqueror was handed the English Crown. Berkhamsted Castle was built following the granting of the crown, and famous names associated with it include Geoffrey Chaucer who was Clerk of Works, and Thomas Becket who was Constable of the Castle in the 12th Century. Substantial ruins of the Castle still remain today.
Today, Berkhamsted is a highly desirable commuter town, with excellent transport links by road and rail. The mainline train station provides a regular and direct link to London Euston in a little over 30 minutes. Major road connections nearby include the M25 (J20) and the M1 (J8), both of which are around 8 miles away. The A41 dual carriageway runs to the South of the town, providing an excellent connection to Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Tring and Aylesbury.
There is a good range of leisure facilities in the area. There is walking and riding just minutes away in the surrounding countryside and on the National Trust`s 5,000 acre Ashridge Estate (around 3 miles away), while nearby golf courses include Ashridge, Berkhamsted, Mentmore and The Grove.
The area offers excellent schooling, including Berkhamsted School, founded in 1541, and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
Berkhamsted offers a wide range of shopping, from independent boutiques to National names such as Waitrose and WH Smith. The larger towns of Hemel Hempstead and Watford offer wider facilities, including Debenhams and John Lewis department stores respectively. Milton Keynes and London are both easily accessible too.
Thameside Homes Ltd was formed in 2004 by directors of Thamside Construction Ltd, an established, family run construction company for the last 20 years. The company differentiates itself with high quality developments that are unique in concept. Its portfolio is spread across listed buildings and challenging construction designs to provide extraordinary contemporary projects. The Great Barn has been submitted for a number of awards for its uniqueness and quality.
Dacorum Borough Council
Tel: 01442 228000
FIXTURES & FITTINGS
Only those mentioned specifically in these particulars are included in the sale. All others, such as curtains, light fittings, garden ornaments and furniture are specifically excluded but may be available by separate negotiation.
All occupier`s fixtures & fittings are specifically excluded from the sale. Measurements are approximate. Photographs, floorplans & description are for guidance only and do not form any part of a contract of sale. Mains services have not been tested.