An exceptional Edwardian residence offering over 5,500 sq feet of light, spacious accommodation, which has been lovingly updated and improved by the current owners and was once believed to be the childhood home of Esther Rantzen! Built in 1910 of London stock brick under a clay tile roof, this handsome home is certainly considered to be one of the finest in the town.
Whitelea is positioned on a generous plot of approx 0.65 acres and situated on a desirable private road in the popular market town of Berkhamsted.
Whitelea is approached via two separate gated driveways; one leading to the triple garage and the main gate leading you along a driveway to the front of the property.
Upon entering Whitelea, one is immediately struck by the immaculate condition in which the house is presented and the large entrance hall with Oak floor boards provides a warm and welcoming first impression. The hallway leads through to the principal reception rooms, all of which are both light and spacious. The sitting room with high ceilings, large sash window and an open fire is an ideal place in which to enjoy a quiet moment with your favourite book. Off the sitting room is the playroom/ music room which is dual aspect and generously proportioned. Continuing back through the hallway, the family room is also dual aspect, with a large bay window and doors leading out to the conservatory which is currently used as an occasional formal dining room. The kitchen/ breakfast room is ideally orientated to make the most of the morning and evening sun whilst French doors lead out onto a terrace, ideal for entertaining in the warmer months. To complete the ground floor accommodation there is a study, cloakroom, pantry and utility room.
Stairs rise up to the first floor, the large master bedroom has a dressing area with fitted wardrobes and a stylish en-suite with double sinks, bath and separate shower. The guest bedroom is perfectly tucked away in a far corner of the house with its own bathroom ensuring any guest is well catered for. Bedroom three has a lovely feel, being dual aspect and enjoys excellent views across the garden. There are two further double bedrooms, sizeable family bathroom with separate bath and shower, shower room and store room off bedroom five. For that added luxury, air conditioning has been installed into the master bedroom and bedrooms, three, four and five.
Outside space is accessed via a covered area from the utility room, there is a substantial additional building over two floors which is currently used as a gym to the ground floor and party room to the first floor, with an additional shower room. This space offers excellent flexibility for a number of purposes, whether as it is currently or as separate accommodation for an elderly parent, adult child or an au pair.
The generous plot wraps around Whitelea with the prominent garden and lawn being to the front southerly aspect. The large terrace is westerly facing and enjoys the afternoon and evening sun whilst also offering excellent privacy. There is an array of mature trees and shrubs throughout the grounds.
Council tax band H
EPC Rating D