Home of the Week: Fieldgate, Harpenden
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Set behind tall hedges overlooking the fields of Rothamstead is a charming traditionally built home called Fieldgate. Built in the late 1930s, the house has great character as is reflected by its extensive use of clay tile hanging, rich red bricks and lead light windows.
Behind a gabled outer porch and lobby leads a very bright and spacious hallway, stretching across the front of the house and linking all the separate living areas. Beautifully aged original oak plank flooring extends through the ground floor, providing a seamless flow between the reception rooms.
At the westerly wing of the house is a large sitting room with a fabulous brick inset fire alcove, which is home to a substantial solid fuel burner. French doors link through to a dining room that is cosy and overlooks the garden through a pretty bay window.
Adjacent to the kitchen/breakfast room is a large family room, which has a comfortable sitting area with gas-fired wood burning stove. With French doors leading to both the garden and terrace, this is the perfect backdrop for summer entertaining.
The kitchen/breakfast room is designed with a comprehensive range of cabinets, hand-made and fitted by local firm De Mornay Boyes, respectful to the age and grandeur of the house. With extensive storage arranged around a substantial gas aga, with companion oven and hob, this is a great place for the family to get together.
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Overlooking the front driveway is a large study. There is a concealed wine store under the floor, ideal for the avid connoisseur.
A turned staircase leads up to the first floor. The master bedroom is well designed, with a walk through dressing area and beautifully finished bathroom with limestone style tiling and underfloor heating. A large picture window frames the views to the rear, taking in the first hole of the golf course and treelined horizon beyond.
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At the other end of the landing, having views both to the front and rear of the house, is a large guest bedroom with en suite shower.
There are three further bedrooms on this floor sharing a large family bathroom, which has a separate shower and roll top bath.
Behind a timber door more stairs lead up to the top floor, which is a vast space of attic rooms with lots of natural light. There is also a useful WC with hand basin tucked to one side.
This is a large and bright space, ideal for creating a home office or artist’s studio. It is set to one side of the garden and makes for a discrete, attractive addition, forming a courtyard like feel to the terrace.
Double garage with annexe
To the front of the house there is a detached double garage with independent annexe, with a separate shower room. A great guest suite for long-term visitors or even for a teenagers’ residence.
Sitting on a plot that is in excess of half an acre, the house is set well back from the road, partially hidden by tall hedges and a mature spreading spruce. A gravel drive leads from the lane, through a five-bar gate, into a large parking area with space enough for several vehicles.
To the rear is a substantial lawned garden bordered by beech hedges and interspersed by trees. There is a gate leading into the golf course, that has public footpaths meandering down to Redbournbury Mill.
A heated pool, with an all-weather roll away cover, is located to one side of the garden with a terrace surrounding. Measuring over 35’ in length, it provides a perfect opportunity to keep up a fitness regime in the comfort of your own home.
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