Country living at its finest within 1.6 miles of Harpenden station and with 4.5 acres and 3,000 sq.ft approx. of outbuildings.
It is rare to find such a hidden gem so close to the comprehensive amenities offered by the elegant and popular town of Harpenden.
Originally built in 1953, Bowersbury Farm has undergone an incredible transformation to become a home sitting very comfortably in the 21st Century. Stripped to its original shell, the extensive renovation project has been carried out with meticulous care resulting in a magnificent family home. Set back from a charming lightly wooded lane, the property occupies very rural grounds extending to about 4.5 acres. Designed with flexible living at the forefront, the owners have created a multi-functional arrangement of spaces, perfect for the differing dynamics demanded by today's living needs. With a keen eye for keeping the house current, there is high speed fibre direct to the property, CAT6 data wired to all rooms and wi-fi, sky TV and aerial and Ring entry with CCTV.
Through a delightfully oversized front door into a cathedral-like reception hallway, a bespoke handcrafted staircase climbs the vast double height space.
A barn style door slides open into the kitchen/dining/family room which is triple aspect with sliding doors onto the expansive terrace. The well-considered and designed kitchen features bespoke cabinets by Dwayne Edward's of Harpenden with integrated appliances including a pair of larder fridges and freezers inset hob, ovens and drinks fridge. A stunning and generously sized breakfast island takes centre stage with a pair of induction hobs set in book matched granite which is also utilised for the adjacent worktops. With a lengthy slot window in place of the usual splash back tiling and glazing on three sides along with a pair of skylights, this whole space is filled with light even on the dullest of days. Extending to over 45ft, this space is perfect as a relaxed area for the family to spread out in front of the island wood burner whilst watching TV and keeping the chef company!
Behind sliding barn style doors there is a well fitted utility room and separate walk in pantry providing ample storage space for the most ambitious of cooks.
Across the hallway there is a dual aspect sitting room, again with a wood burner and bi-fold doors opening up onto the terrace. A sociable area with more than enough space for comfy sofas to relax enjoying the far reaching countryside views. In the east wing of the house is a self-contained annexe with its own front door. Consisting of a stylish sitting room/kitchen with sliding doors to the terrace, a generously sized bedroom with fitted cupboards and well-appointed wet room, this would be ideal for returning offspring or dependents seeking single-storey living.
Quietly situated in the west wing of the house there are two
en suite guest rooms, one with a shower room, fitted cupboards and sliding door out to the gardens, and the other with a bathroom and walk in dressing room.
On the first floor is an elegant master suite with dressing room, fitted cupboards and a luxurious wet room with bath and steam room. Again enjoying far reaching southerly views over the surrounding countryside.
There are two further bedrooms on this floor each sharing a family shower room. This is a perfect space for youngsters to share with their parents being close by.
There is a self-contained annexe behind the garage overlooking the gardens and terrace. There is a kitchenette and shower room, making this a perfect retreat for a teenager seeking a little independence or indeed for dependents or staff.
The owner has created an air conditioned gymnasium set away from the house. With cooling during the summer months and heating during the cooler months thus is a space which could be put to a variety of uses.
The gardens are laid mainly to level lawns and are interspersed by a variety of fruit trees and saplings. Bordered by woods to one side and fields to the rear, this really does provide a reassuringly rural feel. Across the rear of the house there is a fabulous well-appointed terrace with a stunning modern all-weather gazebo and fire pit; a wonderful entertainment space to enjoy the great outdoors.
Set to one side behind fencing is a vegetable garden with greenhouse; perfect for raising some home grown fruit and veg. There is an additional 3,000 sq ft approx. of various mixed use outbuildings, some require more modernisation than others and all have access via a separate driveway to the right of the house. Planning has been submitted to redevelop these outbuildings into one dwelling, however please note that permission has not been granted as of yet.
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It is rare to find such a hidden gem so close to the comprehensive amenities offered by the elegant and popular town of Harpenden.Kris Smith