ENTRANCE HALL * SITTING ROOM * DINING ROOM * KITCHEN/BREAKFAST ROOM * STUDY/OCCASIONAL GUEST BEDROOM * MASTER BEDROOM WITH EN SUITE * SECOND PRINCIPAL DOUBLE BEDROOM * FAMILY BATHROOM * GATED, ALLOCATED PARKING FOR TWO CARS
* 1/4 SHARE OF FREEHOLD * SUPERB, TOWN CENTRE LOCATION *
Berkhamsted High Street � 100 yards
Mainline train station (London Euston approx. 30 mins) - 0.3 mile
M25 (J20) � 7 miles
M1 (J8) � 7.5 miles
Heathrow airport - 28 miles
Central London - 31 miles
(All times and distances are approximate)
When it comes to kudos, elegance and location, this unique apartment is the ultimate in lateral, luxury living, and is located just a five minute stroll from the best of Berkhamsted.
Situated in what was once the impressive Victorian offices of William Cooper, it is the perfect marriage of period elegance, with contemporary chic, and has been tastefully refurbished over recent times.
Inside, as you enter the wide, welcoming entrance hall, you are presented with a choice of two distinct `wings`; straight on for living, or turn right for sleeping. Meanwhile, a short flight of stairs leading down to a lower ground level is not the last of the many unusual features to be found in this distinctive home.
The sumptuous sitting room, for example, complete with magnificent sash windows, is of an unusually opulent scale and includes a 12ft high ceiling, together with French doors out into its own private courtyard garden. Similarly spacious, the fabulous, bespoke kitchen is beautifully appointed and, as you would expect, is topped with polished black granite worksurfaces.
When it comes to sleeping accommodation, the luxury continues. At the far end of the hall, the most breathtaking master bedroom suite is to be found; with a 12ft high ceiling, and bathed in natural light through its four, large sash windows, this gorgeous room is the epitome of period elegance. And the luxurious en suite bathroom, so sleek it would not look out of place in one of London`s most iconic hotels, features twin wash basins, a double shower, and a freestanding, polished copper, roll-top bath. For guests, a stylish, second double bedroom could not be more perfect, with the family bathroom located just across the hall.
That accommodation in itself would perhaps be impressive enough, but then the short flight of stairs leading down from the entrance hall reminds you there is more to be found. Descend to what was once the Cooper company`s strong room, still evident by the original reinforced steel door with grill, and which the present owners have cleverly and successfully converted into an atmospheric dining room. A few steps further down still, leads you to a second former strong room, now converted to a very useful study/family room, or which could also double as an occasional guest room.
Throughout the property, its Victorian heritage is evident; magnificent high ceilings, picture rails and beautiful architrave and, on the lower ground level, there are many quirky character features including brick pillars, steel doors, nooks and crannies.
Outside, a lovely, private courtyard garden is the perfect place for a little al fresco dining, but yet is very low-maintenance for those wishing to `lock up and go` to sunnier climes over the winter months.
Finally, electrically operated gates, complete with `CH` motif, create a secure parking area for Cooper House. Two spaces are allocated for the property, and there is also good provision of additional parking for visitors.
A rare opportunity indeed, and one equally well suited to those wishing to downsize, whilst retaining scale and spaciousness, as it could be to a professional couple seeking a Berkhamsted pied a terre, just five minutes` walk from the station.
The property, one of just four period apartments in Cooper House, is situated in Ravens Lane, a central location just off the High Street, and in a Conservation Area.
Berkhamsted itself 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, the town is highly desirable for commuters, 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 and J9). 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, 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 Laura Ashley. 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.
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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.