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9.4 acres, Mackerye End, Harpenden, AL5, Hertfordshire
For Sale - Guide Price £6,500,000

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  • Significant Grade II Listed Manor country house
  • Less than 2 miles from Harpenden
  • Stunning far reaching views
  • Idyllic hamlet setting
  • Extensive range of quality timber framed barns
  • Beautiful gardens
  • Swimming Pool
  • In all about 9.4 acres

A beautiful Grade II listed Manor House with literary connections situated in one of the most desirable hamlets in Hertfordshire, enjoying splendid rural views yet still highly accessible.

Location

The Manor House is superbly situated in some of Hertfordshire's finest countryside within 31 miles of Central London and less than 2 miles from the picturesque town of Harpenden. The property is on the edge of the hamlet of Mackerye End, with a good range of shops, services and restaurants in nearby Harpenden and Wheathampstead. Communications in the area are excellent with the M1 (junction 9) 6.9 miles away and the A1 (Junction 4) 6.7 miles away giving access to both the North and South of the country. From Harpenden there are frequent direct trains to London - St Pancras (from 22 minutes and linking to Eurostar), Farringdon(Crossrail), City Thameslink and London Bridge - and to Luton and Gatwick airports.

There is a fantastic selection of golf courses in the area including Brocket Hall, Harpenden Golf Club, Harpenden Common, Aldwickbury, Redbourne and Luton Hoo, all within 10 minutes away, and then Ashridge, The Centurion andk Knebworth are further afield. Harpenden has two very active tennis clubs.

Excellent state and private schools are numerous. Aldwickbury, Beechwood, St Hilda's, St Albans High School, St Albans Boys School, Haberdashers Boys and Girls Schools, St Helena's College, Berkhamsted, Queenswood and Merchant Taylors schools are all accesible with school bus services from Harpenden. Haileybury College and Heath Mount are further afield. St George's School in Harpenden recently won The Sunday Times Comprehensive School of the Year Award.

Description

Dating back as far as the late 16th century, The Manor House is today a fabulous and most elegant country house situated less than 2 miles from the vibrant town of Harpenden. The house has fascinating literary associations, being the holiday childhood home of the essayist and poet, Charles Lamb. He is best known as the author, with his sister, Mary Lamb, of Lamb's Tales From Shakespeare, Charles Lamb
first visited the house, the home of his great aunt, in 1779. In his essays of "Elia" he later described revisiting the house "withing a gentle walk from Wheathampstead" and "with a pleasure I had not experienced for many a year".

The property is accessed through automated iron front gates leading through to a stunning private courtyard setting with stone shingle surface providing parking for numerous cars. The front door opens into the music room with impressive proportions and large open fireplace. A door leads through to the staircase hall where there is direct access to the drawing room, sitting room and dining room; all with fireplaces. A second door from the music rooms leads through to the kitchen, passing the secondary stairs, a cloakroom and a prep room. The kitchen is dual aspect with an external door leading out to the parking area. There are steps down to the cellar with further separate rooms. Beyond the kitchen is the family room with views over the garden. A door from here leads into the rear entrance hall, cloakroom, utility room and study.
The stairs lead up to a galleried landing above, the master bedroom is accessed at the top of the stairs and comprises a bedroom, bathroom and dressing room. There are two further bedrooms, both of which are ensuite. The landing continues past the secondary stairs to two further bedrooms which share a shower room.
The secondary stairs continue up to the second floor, where there are two further bedrooms and a bathroom.
Passing the barn cottage a path leads through to the swimming pool area, enclosed by a range of stores which have been converted into a gym, changing rooms, boiler room, power room and storage. Beyond is a substantial Grade II listed timber barn with approximately 2,000 sq ft of internal space. The barn has development potential, subject to the necessary planning permission.

The formal gardens are situated predominantly to the south east of the house and outbuildings and have been carefully designed to create different garden areas including a patterned garden, an orchard, a fountain and two lawns. A hedge separates the formal gardens with the large pasture field beyond.

Barn Cottage: A charming detached period timber cottage with kitchen/living room and bedroom with shower room.

The Great Barn: Impressive timber building used for 'party & games' barn with separate kitchen and two WC's. Attached is a second barn currently used as storage.

Garaging: opposite the great barn there is a triple open bay garaging with a separate storage barn and an attached barn beyond.

Services: Oil fired central heating, public drainage and a private water supply (bore hole), and high Speed broadbands.

Square Footage: 6978 sq ft
Acreage: 9.4 Acres

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