**virtual reality 360° tour available** A very fine country house in grounds approaching 5 acres including beautiful walled formal gardens of around 1.4 acres. Built around 1860, with subsequent additions in the 1930's and more recently, to provide extensive family accommodation.
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Propertyinsight This lovely family home was built in a gothic style in the 1860's and was subsequently enlarged in the 1930's and in more recent times to provide accommodation of great charm and character that takes full advantage of fine views over its grounds, the private park and the countryside that surrounds it.
Originally the Gardeners' cottage with walled gardens to serve Frogmore Hall, the property has been enjoyed as a family home for many years and it is with heavy heart that it is now being sold. Having been improved and enlarged over the years the accommodation offered is now over 3800 square feet and is well proportioned and laid out for family life. It provides great privacy and seclusion yet is only minutes from the neighbouring village of Watton at Stone with it's own station into London. The village also provides a school, local shops including a butchers and general store/post office together with two popular pubs. The county town of Hertford is just five miles away and Stevenage, with its array of amenities, is also close at hand, in particular its mainline station into Kings Cross with travel times as fast as 25 minutes. A great choice of state and public schools (Heath Mount, Duncombe, Haileybury College, St Edmunds College). Road users enjoy easy access to the A1 (M), the A10 and the M25 and to the airports at Heathrow, Luton and Stansted.
Stepinside The front door opens into the entrance hallway with a cloakroom and wc off. Glazed double doors then open into the large drawing room with Oak panelling to the walls and windows to the side. There is an attractive feature red brick fireplace and glazed double doors open into the impressive sitting room. This is a fine room that is lovely and light with windows and French doors opening onto the walled gardens and into the adjoining conservatory. There is a large fireplace with wood burning stove and stone surround and ample room for numerous sofas and arm chairs making this a great family or entertaining room. An inner hallway with stairs to the first floor links to the rest of the house, off which is a useful study, a large attractive dining room with original features including an open fireplace and gothic window overlooking the garden and countryside. The kitchen/ breakfast room is a lovely size and whilst could do with updating or even extending into the current office, it is perfectly functional for the time being and overlooks the grounds and countryside. Off the kitchen is a utility room with a useful walk in storage room off it and a door to the grounds and garages.
Upstairs the bedrooms, 4 of which are double aspect, also enjoy fine views over the gardens and surrounding countryside. The master suite is a lovely size with door out onto the roof terrace and a refitted en suite shower room with contemporary suite and separate WC. There are four further double bedrooms, two of which are en suite, and a large refitted family bathroom.
Stepoutside As the name implies, Garden House does enjoy spectacular gardens and grounds. Approached through Frogmore Park by a long sweeping track the house sits in an elevated position with a large gravel driveway that leads up to the triple garage and workshop. The grounds extend to approximately 4.7 acres with a majority being light woodland and grass. The formal gardens are enclosed by high Victorian walls and extend to around 1.4 acres and are laid extensively to lawn with many mature shrubs and trees together with a wildlife pond. There are well stocked herbaceous borders and climbers throughout the walled gardens and a large paved terrace with arbour adjoins the house providing a sheltered area to sit and while away a summers day. Within the walled garden is a large conservatory within which is the swimming pool heated with a heat pump, changing rooms and plant room. Hidden away are two very large outbuildings/workshops ideal for housing lawn mowers and tractors.
Generalinformation Local Authority: East Herts DC Council Tax Band: H Oil fired central heating by radiators in the kitchen with underfloor heating throughout the rest of house Private drainage.
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