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Guide price

£2,500,000

5 bed detached house for sale Hoo Park, Whitwell, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG4

5 beds
4 baths
5 receptions
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Property location

Nearby amenities

  • St Paul's Walden Primary School1.1 miles
  • Kimpton Primary School1.2 miles
  • Knebworth3.8 miles
  • Stevenage4 miles

Features and description

  • Freehold
  • Over 5,000 sqft of elegant accommodation
  • About 3 acres of stunning gardens and grounds
  • Private gated country estate setting
  • Separate annexe, if required
  • Impressive reception hall
  • Splendid first floor drawing room taking full advantage of views
  • Hard surface tennis court
  • Double garage and extensive parking
Substantial country house with fabulous gardens and far reaching views.

Location

Mileages Approx:Harpenden 5.5 miles with mainline station to St Pancras International from 22 minutes, Hitchin 7 miles,
Welwyn 4.5 miles, A1M junction 6 - 4.5 miles, M1 junction 9 - 9.8 miles.

Whitwell Hoo, locally known as Hoo Park, sits behind elegant wrought iron gates and is surrounded by wonderful open countryside, which is a pleasing mixture of mature woodlands and pasture. Set in the heart of some of the most beautiful countryside, Whitwell Hoo has a decidedly rural feel, but is still well placed for access to all amenities including those within the nearby village of Kimpton.

Standing on the pinnacle of an elevated spur overlooking a small valley, the Coach House is 5.5 miles north of the popular and sophisticated town of Harpenden with its elegant tree-lined high street, which offers an eclectic mix of shops, eateries banks and supermarkets including a Waitrose.

The house is very well placed for education with a variety of schools in Harpenden, Preston, Hitchin and further afield at St Albans and Cambridge.

There is lots to keep you busy within both walking and driving distance of the house with numerous footpaths and bridleways criss-crossing the countryside. For those working on their golf handicap, there is a good choice of golf courses to visit at Gustard Wood, Harpenden and Welwyn.

Description

This fine former Georgian Coach house and stables served Baron Dacre's The Hoo family mansion until it was restored and converted for residential use in the early 1990's. Now the only remaining part of this unique development which has historic roots dating back to 1764, the property has been elegantly and sympathetically designed to provide a superb family home with a delightful distinctly country house feel.
The Coach House is Grade II Listed and enjoys superb rural views and occupies a commanding position on the edge of fields overlooking rolling countryside. Sitting in grounds which extend to approaching 3 acres, it takes full advantage of its elevated and sheltered location whilst still enjoying a wonderful open aspect.

With clever design coupled with skilled workmanship, the property has been brought very much into the modern day. With particular attention having been paid to appropriate period detailing, the Coach House stands as a suitably splendid but reassuringly homely house. Traditional windows, exposed structural timbers and fine fireplaces balanced against a restrained palette of light tones, all add to the elegant charm of this outstanding home.

Visitors have a choice of routes to the house. Whether accessing from Kimpton Village along a private gated road or from the Westerly entrance across the Chambers Bridge, visitors are assured of a warm welcome.
Set behind a graveled driveway an outer lobby opens into an inner reception hall with an elegant imperial staircase which leads up to a stunning first floor drawing room. Benefitting from windows on four sides this is a bright and airy room even on the dullest of days. With a large alcove fireplace this is a room that really comes into its own during the cooler months with a roaring fire to keep the space warm and cosy.
On the ground floor with views over the gardens to the rear, a family room with fireplace and more than enough room to seat a large gathering has French doors which open onto the rear terrace.

Overlooking the front of the house, a beautifully appointed kitchen breakfast room with large picture windows makes for a relaxed and casual place for the family to gather. Shaker style units with polished granite worktops are arranged around a breakfast area. Providing a perfect focal point, there is a substantial red 2-oven Aga to warm the room. A pair of integrated larder fridge/freezers, dishwasher, double electric oven and inset hob complete the comprehensive range of appliances. Opposite is a bright and charming dining room with elegant French doors leading into onto the terrace - an idyllic place for those formal mealtimes or simply having a houseful at holiday time. A fitted utility room with space for a fridge freezer is located off the kitchen, and with its side access connecting with the driveway, this is a useful space appropriate for family needs.

There is a well-designed study featuring fitted bookshelves with a window overlooking the front enjoying views over pasture land down the valley to the bridge this is the perfect place for a home office but could also be used as a family or TV room. Usefully, on the ground floor with its own front door, there is an annexe with sitting room, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom. This could be used as a master suite for those preferring ground floor living or indeed as a guest suite or indeed an indulgent teenage den.

There are two further bedrooms on the ground floor each sharing a well-appointed family bathroom with twin basins, bath and separate walk in shower.
On the first floor overlooking the grounds is a master bedroom with a range of fitted cupboards and a recently refurbished bathroom with separate style shower. Adjacent, again overlooking the grounds, is a guest bedroom with fitted cupboard and refurbished en-suite facilities. There is a very large and easily accessible loft room with over 600 sq ft of storage space, ideal for keeping seasonal sports equipment and suitcases hidden away.

Outside:
With beautiful grounds extending approaching 3 acres, the Coach House has stunning formal gardens with well-maintained lawns interspersed by immaculate flower beds and an attractive central fountain with pond. With well-planned planting there is interest in the gardens for every season of the year.

Adjacent to the rear reception rooms is a large attractive paved terrace, which overlooks the garden with gates to the front, ensuring a secure area for children and pets. This feels very much like an outdoor room for the summer months with ample space for al fresco entertaining.

The extensive lawns lead down to a fenced all-weather tennis court which is surrounded by further grassed areas bordered by tall evergreen hedges.

Square Footage: 5157 sq ft

Acreage: 3 Acres

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