A ground floor apartment within a grade II listed palace conversion, set at the heart of a private country estate.
Access to the estate is through private gates and along a private, tree-lined drive winding its way through the beautifully landscaped grounds to the Palace itself. The building is Grade II listed, with many stunning external and internal architectural features, and was built in 1589 by Sir Walter Mildmay, who was the founder of Emmanuel College, Cambridge. It has been sympathetically restored and converted into thirteen luxury apartments, which successfully combine many of the original period fittings, including the high ceilings, decorative plasterwork, hidden doorways and historic fireplaces, with high end modern additions such as underfloor heating, fully-fitted bespoke kitchens and bathrooms and oak-finished floors to provide a contemporary feel.
This beautifully presented and spacious apartment is on the ground floor and is believed to have formed part of the original palace kitchens. The central hallway leads through to all the ground floor living accommodation, with the open plan kitchen/ living/dining room area immediately facing the entrance. This is a bright space, with a deep bay window and a raised kitchen area comprising a fully-fitted urban myth design' bespoke kitchen with full height units to each side, composite stone worktops with glass upstands and a large central island. The Smeg and Siemens appliances include an oven, electric induction hob with extractor, integrated dishwasher, wine cooler, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer. The lower level living area beyond can be easily zoned to provide a large seating area in front of the stunning feature stone fireplace and a generous space for the dining area off to one side.
Other rooms off the hall include a cloakroom and, on the right, a large ground floor bedroom suite with dual aspect sash windows and a range of full height built in wardrobes in the bedroom and a four piece ensuite bathroom with walk-in double shower enclosure and heated towel rail.
A short flight of stairs in the hall beyond the cloakroom leads up to a spacious upper landing that overlooks the estate grounds and is itself a versatile area currently used as a study. A door on the landing leads through to a large master bedroom suite, with views to the front and a range of full height built in wardrobes in the bedroom and an en suite with fully tiled walk-in shower enclosure, built-in vanity units, heated towel rail and a large area of useful storage space concealed behind sliding doors.
View payable Stamp Duty for this property
The communal grounds, lifestyle and sense of community explain why the thirteen apartments sold so quickly when the palace was first converted in 2015.Phaedra Howard