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12.5 acres, Abbotshay Farm, Ayot St. Lawrence, Hertfordshire
For Sale - Guide Price £4,250,000

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  • 5 reception rooms
  • 8 bedrooms
  • 2 bed cottage
  • entertainment barn
  • equestrian facilities
  • indoor swimming pool
  • tennis court
  • paddocks and woodland
  • EPC Rating = D

Abbotshay Farm is superbly situated in some of Hertfordshire's finest countryside within 31 miles of central London. The property is on the edge of the picturesque village of Ayot St. Lawrence, made famous by George Bernard Shaw who lived at Shaw's Corner between 1906 and 1950. The town centres of Harpenden and Welwyn Garden City are within easy reach (both 6.5 miles respectively) and both provide comprehensive shopping and travel facilities.

Communications in the area are excellent with the A1 about 3 miles away. The A1 is about 3 miles away. From Welwyn Garden City there are frequent trains to London (Kings Cross) and the City, taking about 30 minutes, and from Harpenden to London (St Pancras) taking about 35 minutes.

There is a fantastic selection of golf courses in the area including Brocket Hall with its superb Auberge du Lac restaurant, Knebworth, Mid Herts. at nearby Gustard Wood and the challenging course at Hammonds End, Harpenden.

Good schools are numerous and include Haileybury College and Heath Mount Preparatory School, both in Hertford, Aldwickbury Preparatory School and St Hilda's Girls school at Harpenden, and St. Albans High School for Girls and the St Albans Boys at St. Albans.


The front door opens into the impressive Entrance Hall with staircase, from here there is direct access to the Drawing Room with inglenook fireplace and the Study opposite with built-in cupboards and drawers.

From the hall a corridor passes a Cloakroom and the Dining Room (with French Doors to an inner courtyard) leading into the Kitchen/Breakfast Room with views over the rear courtyard to the cottage and the party barn. There is a Snug Room with built in cupboards and Pantry, both found off opposite ends of the kitchen.

Beyond the kitchen, there is access to the rear courtyard as well as to the Cellar, Utility Room and the Library beyond, a second door leads through to the Indoor Swimming Pool with two Changing Rooms. The pool has three sets of French doors from the pool onto the terraced area outside. Beyond the pool is the Gym with an impressive vaulted ceiling.

Stairs lead up from the hall to the first floor, there are 6/7 Bedrooms (onen is currently a study) on the first floor, all good sized rooms with built in cupboards. In addition there are two Family Bathrooms. Both the Master Bedroom and the Guest Bedroom have En Suite Bathrooms, whilst the master also benefits from a Dressing Room. The second floor is accessed via stairs from the kitchen, where there are two further Bedrooms and a Kitchenette.


There is an excellent balance of formal and informal grounds.
From the Kimpton Road, Tanyard Lane is a quiet ‘no through' country road, which meanders up above the rural picturesque valley below. The property is approached through wrought iron gates, along a gravel driveway and arriving at the front of the house. The formal gardens surround the house and have been maintained to an exceptional standard with meticulous attention to detail. The gardens include terracing ideal for alfresco dining, manicured box hedging, topiary and formal lawns with far reaching views beyond. In addition, there is a well maintained tarmacadam tennis court beside the stable block, several of the stables are currently used as a workshop but could easily revert to stable use. Between the stable block and the house is the Cottage and the Entertainment Barn. There is secondary access to this area of the property from the lane.

A gate from the lane gives access to a pony paddock with timber log store. A gate leads through to a large strip of young woodland with rides through, perfect for walks. On the far boundary there is access to a footpath, which leads into the village and to a network of lovely country walks.

The Cottage - Access is both by a rear entrance from the main courtyard and by its own front door from a small enclosure of its own partitioned off from the main formal garden, the cottage has a Kitchen and Sitting Room with two comfortable Bedrooms with en suite Bathrooms upstairs.

Entertainment Barn - Impressive exposure timber framed building with a mezzanine area at one end. The barn has a large open fireplace and a Bar with WC below the mezzanine floor.

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