Preston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7SA | Property for sale | Savills
46.74 Ha(115.50 Ac)
Guide price £4,500,000(€5,130,950)

PrestonHitchin, Hertfordshire, SG4 7SA

  • Under offer
  • Freehold

Key features

  • Situated in a picturesque village in the heart of the Hertfordshire countryside
  • Attractive family home with beautiful gardens
  • Garage block for four cars with ancillary accommodation above
  • Outdoor swimming pool and home office
  • Productive kitchen garden and orchard
  • Excellent equestrian facilities including American barn with stabling, manège, horse walker and paddocks
  • Grazing land and woodland extending to about 115.5 acres.

An impressive family home set in award winning gardens with exceptional equestrian facilities and ancillary accommodation.

About this property

    Ladygrove Farm is approached through automatic gates with curved brick walls to either side. A gravelled sweeping drive leads through the garden, passing mature and semi-mature trees arriving at a parking area in front of the house. Immediately in front of the house is an area of stone paving with steps leading to arched oak double front doors.

    The property is constructed of brick and part tiled cladding under a tiled roof and amounts to some 4,500 square feet of internal space with well proportioned reception rooms that are ideal for entertaining.

    From the main reception hall, all the reception rooms are easily accessed. The impressive drawing room is to the right, with steps down into the triple aspect room, centred with a working fireplace. Leading off to the left is the dining room, with a door through to a study. A second door continues through to the kitchen and breakfast room, which has direct access to the front of the house and out to the swimming pool via the garden room. There is a utility room next to the kitchen. Throughout the ground floor, there are French windows accessing the outside terrace and a fine outlook across beautiful gardens and parkland beyond.

    From the reception hall, the stairs lead up to a galleried landing above. The generous principal bedroom is accessed on the right at the top of the stairs and has wonderful views over the gardens at the rear of the property with a walk in dressing room and bathroom beyond. The remaining bedrooms are accessed off the main landing, with a double bedroom suite, further double bedroom, family bathroom and double bedroom with a second door that leads through to the final bedroom.

    The gardens and grounds have been beautifully landscaped by the present owner and include, to the north, an area of mature woodland bordering the entrance drive surrounded by lawns and, in front of the house, a hard parking area bordered by mature flower beds and herbaceous borders.

    The house is flanked by the garage block which is of similar construction to the main house. A pair of up and over electronic doors lead to the garage area with space for four cars. Stairs at the rear of the building lead up to a bedroom and bathroom above, ideal for guests or staff accommodation. At the rear of the house the gardens are presented with herbaceous borders, box and yew topiary, pleached hornbeams and an avenue of horse chestnut trees beyond the gardens heading up to woodland. The lawns which include an ornamental pond and bridge leading to a woodland area beyond.

    Further exquisite gardens are found to the east of the house, there is a productive kitchen garden with an Alitex greenhouse. Beyond is a manicured orchard enclosed by a brick wall, hedging and the stable block. There is a timber framed office nestled in the orchard with WC.

    The stable block is located to the south east of the house with separate access off the public road and is constructed of brick and timber cladding. The facilities include a lean-to farriers bay and washdown area, cloakroom with WC and wash basin. Within the building there is a staff kitchen, stable, tack room and central concrete walkway. Beyond is a horse walker and the manège with a Martin Collins surface.

    The general purpose barn can be accessed from in front of the house, via a brick and tarmac drive that leads through lawns to a tarmac area or via a right of way through Ladygrove Mews. It is constructed of a steel portal frame with a concrete floor, part brick and timber clad with spaceboarding under a galvanised steel roof. Double sliding doors in the northern end lead to a workshop/machinery store including 3 oil and diesel tanks on brick bases. The middle section of the barn is not owned but accessed on the eastern elevation. The remainder of the barn (southern end) can be accessed via a full height shutter door, this area allows for storage as well as room for a 7.5 tonne horse lorry.

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Ladygrove Farm is a wonderful Hertfordshire Estate offering an idyllic country lifestyle.

Hugh MaconochieProperty agent

Local information

  • Ladygrove Farm was built in 1987, it is an impressive family home situated in the village of Preston but retaining its private and secluded setting. The gardens and grounds have also been completely re-landscaped to provide uninterrupted views through the formal gardens towards railed paddocks at the far end of which is mature woodland. The gardens have been designed by the Chelsea award winning designer, Julie Toll. The property is set in some 115.50 acres of land, all of which has been well maintained and superbly presented.
  • Preston is a charming English village, nestling in beautiful countryside about 30 miles north of central London. The village maintains a friendly community feel with an active cricket club and the ever popular pub, The Red Lion, the first community owned pub in the country.
  • Harpenden and Stevenage are both easily accessible from the house and provide a comprehensive range of shopping and travel facilities. The historic market town of Hitchin lies approximately 4 miles away, offering a comprehensive range of leisure and shopping facilities, local theatre and the market square that hosts many events including street food evenings and specialist markets.
  • There are a number of renowned schools in the area including primary school and nursery situated in the village. Further a field is Kingshott School and Heath Mount School as well as the ever popular Hitchin Boys and Hitchin Girls schools.

Additional information

  • Directions: Postcode: SG4 7SA By Road: From London take the A1(M) northwards to Junction 8 and then the A602 toward Hitchin. At the ‘3 Moorhens' roundabout in Hitchin, take the left turn on the B656 toward Codicote. After 1.6 miles turn right towards Preston. Continue on this road turning right at the next turn towards Preston Village and Breachwood Green and after about 50 yards the entrance gates to Ladygrove Farm will be seen on the left hand side. By Rail: From London (King's Cross) there are fast rail links to Stevenage and Hitchin with travelling times of 23 and 25 minutes respectively.
  • EPC Rating: D
  • Tenure: Freehold
  • Council Tax Band: G