The Walled Garden was built Circa 1998 within the original walled kitchen garden to Stocks House, which itself was the principal Georgian Mansion to the medieval village of Aldbury. Set beneath the escarpment to the National Trust Ashridge Estate and on the edge of this most sought after Chiltern Hills village, The Walled Garden is certainly one of those wonderful ‘hidden gems’.
Standing centrally within the walled garden and boasting a wonderful high degree of privacy and seclusion, The Walled Garden boasts some spectacular far reaching countryside views mainly from the first and second floors of the house. With over 5,600 sq ft of living space, this really is a wonderful family home.
Once at the front gates, one immediately feels a true sense of arrival as you sweep down the drive to the house, the wonderful setting begins to unfold. The front door opens to a most bright and spacious reception hall, with a galleried landing above and flows through to the reception rooms and kitchen area. For those who love a more open arrangement of rooms for both family living and to entertain, the layout lends itself perfectly for such purposes.
In addition, set on the lower floor, there are two large rooms which offer a multitude of uses, but more recently have been used as a snooker room and table tennis room. It has been said on many occasions that one of these two rooms would make for a perfect home cinema and a gymnasium.
Other rooms of note include the breakfast room which features a high vaulted ceiling, the master bedroom suite with its rather unique en suite arrangement and the bedrooms on the top floor which, without doubt, have the best views of the surrounding countryside. In addition, there is a lovely sun lounge, currently used as an art studio, that enjoys a delightful aspect across part of the gardens and has a door that leads through to the indoor swimming pool. For those who may need separate staff accommodation or want to offer an older teenager with ‘independent’ living space, above the garage is a fabulous living/bedroom with its own shower room and its own separate access, if required. This space could also be utilised as a home office, or even offered as a wonderful Air bnb.
The gardens and the areas of private ground beyond the walls are without doubt the overarching features to the property. With numerous seating areas, either on the terraces or beneath the shade of one the many trees that adorn the gardens, or at the end of a pretty little pathway, one is spoilt for choice as to where to enjoy the those sunny summer days with, maybe, a Gin & Tonic in hand! Connected to one of the walls is a large brick and timber garden store, perfect to house the mower and other garden equipment.
Approx. Mileages: Aldbury Village Centre - 0.8 miles, Tring mainline Station - 2 miles (London Euston from 37 minutes), Tring - 4 miles, Berkhamsted - 6 miles, Aylesbury - 12 miles, central London - 37 miles, M25 (junction 20) - 15 miles, M1 (junction 11) - 10 miles, London Luton Airport - 16 miles London Heathrow Airport 33 miles.
The Walled Garden is extremely well placed for those who enjoy living in the countryside yet choose to commute to London or the North. The village of Aldbury, famed for its pond and medieval stocks, is one of the county’s most historic and sought after villages as it nestles at the foot of the Chiltern Hills and lies within a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Aldbury village offers two popular public houses, a 12th century church, village hall, a pre-school and primary school and a popular shop with post office. Aldbury also sits beneath the renowned National Trust owned Ashridge Estate, which comprises some seven square miles of woodland and common land and offers a labyrinth of footpaths and bridleways to those who love the outdoor pursuits.
The historic market towns of Tring and Berkhamsted are both within easy reach and provide a variety of high quality shops, banks and restaurants. For those commuting by rail, London Euston can be reached in approximately 37 minutes from Tring main line station, whilst those travelling by car can access the M25 via the A41 bypass to the south of Tring which facilitates routes to the motorway network and international airports.
Berkhamsted and Tring provide excellent schools for all age groups. Berkhamsted has the renowned Berkhamsted School which is co-educational (four to 18 years) and The Tring Park School For The Performing Arts can be found in the centre of Tring. Preparatory schools in the vicinity include Beechwood Park, Westbrook Hay and Lockers Park.
Square Footage: 5,553 sq ft
Acreage: 1.5 Acres