From the circular driveway the entrance to Woodcock Hill is suitably impressive. The entrance lobby which was added to the house in the 1870's has a stunning semi-circular bay overlooking the gardens. The original Corinithian Columns were re-instated to their rightful position, frame the impressive oak front door which is approached by attractive stone steps.
Inside the parquet floors and oak panelled walls gleam with a patina of history and elegance. There is also a hidden doorway within this beautiful old panelling which provides secondary access to the cellar.
Typical of this period, the apartment retains many splendid original features including high ceilings, ornate coving and oak parquet flooring throughout.. There are two large reception rooms with sash windows overlooking the formal gardens, a Victorian conservatory and loggia with original mosaic tiling, kitchen/breakfast room, study, four bedrooms, two bathrooms and a cellar with two private vaults and wood store.
There is an entrance hall with beautiful black and white Karndean tiles and doors to all the principal reception rooms. Through an attractive archway leading down to the kitchen/breakfast rooms, follows stairs down to the bedrooms, bathroom and cellar.
The study, which is located to the front of the house has glorious light and wonderful high ceilings with ornate coving. Floor to ceiling bookcases line the walls and surround a central fireplace creating a calm and quiet environment for reading or working. Two large sash windows with original panelled shutters overlook the gardens to the front and side.
The drawing room opens out into a gracious space and alongside the dining room spans the width of the living area. Both rooms are flooded with light from windows overlooking the conservatory and the loggia and a fine bay window with original panelled shutters overlooks the gardens. There is a stunning open fireplace with timber surround and the sheer scale of the rooms is enhanced by the beautiful high ceilings and original ornate coving creating both a grand and elegant space. Doors from the drawing room lead to a charming Victorian conservatory with pretty mosaic tiled floor and the remains of the original cast iron heating system.
The formal dining room with its own grand fireplace and carved wood surround is a fantastic entertaining space with floor to ceiling sash windows and door leading out onto the loggia. With its charming mosaic tiles framed by a trailing wisteria, this is the perfect place to take your morning tea or perhaps an alfresco lunch in the late afternoon.
From the inner hallway you will find the kitchen/breakfast room which has been hand crafted with a range of shaker style units, integrated appliances and AGA and provides an open plan working space in which to cook and eat. There is also a door to the front.
The inner hallway conveniently leads away from the main reception areas of the apartment to the four bedrooms and private stairway to the cellar, ensuring the living and sleeping spaces are quite separate. The Master bedroom resides in a quiet spot at the rear and features a huge picture window which overlooks a secluded garden area. The Guest bedroom is of equally generous proportions and also takes advantage of views of the rear garden. Bedrooms three and four are back to back and have pretty sash windows to the front of the house overlooking the rose gardens and fields beyond.
There is a charming and characterful family bathroom with a freestanding bath tub and a high level cistern toilet, attractive rolled polished marble floor tiles and part panelled walls, creating a haven in which to relax. There is a floor to ceiling cupboard of a good size which currently houses the washing machine and tumble dryer. A huge sash window overlooks the front garden hedge for privacy. There is a further separate bathroom with shower.
Beautifully curved stone steps lead down to the cellar where you will find 3 vaults, two of which belong to the apartment. One still remains fitted as the original wine cellar complete with brick and stone bins and the second is currently used as a gym but would also make an ideal study/den. There is also a separate wood store with original shute.
Outside - The gardens and land wrap around the house from all sides and are separated into areas by ancient yew hedging, mature trees, secret doorways, hidden gardens and old brick stock walls. There is a beautifully constructed clock tower which demonstrates a fine example of brick and flint work which houses the original working clock and provides two storage rooms allocated to the apartment. There is also a timber barn, shared greenhouse and ornamental pond. The Gardens and Grounds surrounding the house extend to around 3 acres and provide Woodcock Hill with a private and peaceful setting. There are extensive views from the house over the formal gardens with attractive lawns well established flower and shrub borders and two splendid old oak trees, a mature Scotch pine and yew.
The entrance through the ancient yew hedge leads to the original walled garden with flower and vegetable beds and a charming apple tree walk. Beyond the walled flower garden there is an orchard with land to the side and a small woodland where you will find the old wood stores and original goose sheds and a superb old oak tree.
Woodcock Hill is surrounded by rolling countryside synonymous with the area, yet the estate is less than a mile from the pretty village of Berkhamsted which provides a comprehensive range of shopping and good rail links to London Euston. Heathrow airport is only about 21 miles via the A41 & M25. There is an excellent range of schooling close by, both private and state and the surrounding countryside is ideal for both walking and riding through the nearby Ashridge Estate. From the driveway there is a carport belonging to the apartment with further parking available on the main drive.
The house and formal gardens are surrounded by a further 21 acres of pasture and woodland, bordered by Durrants Lane and Bell Lane. Ownership comprises leasehold (approx. 64 years remaining) of the apartment and one third ownership of the entire freehold.