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4.25 acres, Lilley Bottom, Lilley, Luton, Hertfordshire, LU2, Bedfordshire
For Sale - Guide Price £2,500,000


  • Private and secluded location
  • Excellent stabling and manege
  • Outside heated swimming pool
  • Lovely mix of formal gardens
  • Set in grounds of about 4.25 acres
  • Good commuter links
  • Superb equestrian facilities including swimming pool

An idyllic country home with equestrian and leisure facilities set in grounds of about 4.25 acres.

Location

Mileages approx; Harpenden 8.6 miles (St Pancras from 29 minutes)
• Hitchin 4.9 miles (London Kings Cross from 33 minutes, Cambridge from 32 minutes)
• A505 2.6 miles
• M1 (J10) 5.9 miles
• Luton Airport 4.1 miles

Lilley Bottom is a small hamlet, which is well placed for travel to comprehensive shopping and transport facilities both at the elegant Georgian town of Hitchin and the vibrant tree lined high street at Harpenden. Kingswood is conveniently placed for country living with great connections. Both Hitchin and Harpenden are popular destinations for families having a range of educational facilities available for both primary and secondary school ages. There are comprehensive leisure opportunities at the newly refurbished centre at Rothamstead Park with its recently opened theatre. For golf enthusiasts there are a variety of clubs within 10 miles of the property providing the perfect opportunity to work on your game.

Description

Set on the Herts/Beds border and surrounded by wonderful countryside with panoramic views, Kingswood is this beautiful modern built Arts and Crafts style home which has been designed to take advantage of the stunning surroundings. The house is set back from the country lane and is well screened from the country lane by mature foliage providing a good degree of privacy.

Accessed via tall electric gates the setting has a very private and peaceful feeling. An attractive porched lobby opens onto an inner hallway which is simply breathtaking with its tall vaulted ceiling and lantern roof opening the space up to the sky. The accommodation on the ground floor is well designed and provides extensive entertaining opportunities. The great room is magnificent with cathedral like proportions highlighted by windows and doors on three sides. A beautiful baronial style fireplace takes centre stage and comes into its own during the chillier seasons. Overlooked by balconies from the first floor landing this is an elegant room which despite its voluminous dimensions remains comfortable and cosy. In the other wing of the house there is a triple aspect drawing room which is currently being used as a snooker room. A stylish room with feature fireplace this space could be put to a variety of uses to suit one’s own needs. Next to this room is a study/family room which is ideal for a home office or playroom. From the central hallway a pair of arches open to a formal dining room which has views over the front and rear gardens and an attractive fireplace. Perfect for dinner parties on a grand scale or indeed for relaxed family suppers. Adjacent is a traditional styled kitchen/breakfast room with a four oven Aga with companion and space for a large range oven for summer cooking. A central island unit with granite preparation area divides into a breakfast area which leads into a charming conservatory. There is a fitted utility room which has a walk-in wine store and leads through to the garage wing.

The first floor features a magnificently appointed minstrel’s landing with seating areas which overlook the great room; a perfect place for bedtime stories before settling down for the night. There are two suites on this floor each with their own dressing rooms and bathrooms. The principal bedroom is delightful with French doors leading out on to a balcony which overlooks the pool area. Superb far reaching countryside views to be enjoyed with the morning’s coffee. With two separate dressing areas this is a suitably indulgent space with ample storage. The guest suite has steps leading down to a useful home office which is currently being used as a gymnasium too. This space offers the possibility to be put to a variety of uses dependent on requirements. There are two further bedrooms on this floor sharing a well-appointed shower room, ideal for the family or guests.

Kingswood is surrounded by the most beautiful grounds which are elegantly designed and well maintained with extensive manicured lawns interspersed by attractive topiary shrubs, hedges and mature trees. A variety of flagstone terraces are arranged around the house providing a variety of seating areas to relax in. The swimming pool which measures 10m and perfect for morning work outs, is located adjacent to both the great room and drawing room and is nicely sheltered but still enjoys fabulous views. There is a well-presented fenced vegetable garden and orchard set to one side which has several planting beds ideal for the most-green fingered of gardeners. Complemented by a large and stylish greenhouse this provides a great opportunity to grow your own. A delightful woodland walk leads from the lawns down to a footpath which encircles a fully fenced pond which provides the perfect habitat to encourage wildlife. A great addition to the leisure facilities at Kingswood is a hard surface tennis court which is located towards the front of the grounds adjacent to the boundary and is bordered by trees and hedging. Set toward the rear of the grounds are the equestrian facilities which are accessed along a tarmacadam driveway which leads out through gates to the lane. Arranged adjacent to a sizable manège there are three separate bespoke stable blocks with a useful staff sitting room and kitchenette. There are currently 16 stables with various complementary stores, a rug room and a horse solarium.
There is Paddock land adjacent to the property which is currently leased by the current owners by separate negotiation. There is the possibility of the land being transferred to the new owner.

Square Footage: 5080 sq ft
Acreage: 4.25 Acres

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