Property Ref: 61603
Since its earliest recorded existence as the Manor of Estone before the Norman Conquest, Astonbury has offered a lifestyle to Royalty, the Aristocracy and the Church. At the time the house appeared in the Doomsday Book, it was owned by the Bishop Odo de Bayeux, the half-brother of William the Conqueror. In 1535 Astonbury was seized by Henry VIII. He passed the manor to Sir Henry Boteler, Sheriff of Hertfordshire, who commenced construction of the present building on the foundation of the medieval structure.
The area has a variety of private schooling and includes: Sherrardswood, Aldwickbury, St Francis' College, Princess Helena, St Edmunds College, St Albans girls & boys school, St Albans Abbey School, Heath Mount in Watton at Stone, Kingshott and Haileybury, Duncombe at Bengeo, St. Christopher's in Letchworth and Queenswood.
There is an excellent choice of golf courses in the area including close by Stevenage, Brocket Hall with the Auberge du Lac restaurant, Knebworth & Aldwickbury Park.
A wide & original central Oak door leads to a deep carpeted communal hall that boasts rich Oak panelling and a beautiful staircase with Gothic style carved balustrade leading to the first and second floors. From here another Original Oak panelled door leads to:
With an entry phone and polished Oak floor, this useful area has a cloaks area, shelved cupboard and boot store with low level lighting. Opening to:
A magnificent split level area has a wealth of character features including original Oak leaded windows that allow gorgeous views across the park like gardens.
The snug area with polished oak floor is home to the exceptionally large original red brick Inglenook fireplace with stone hearth & carved Oak mantel with cast iron fire basket. From here are four wide lit steps that lead to the comfortable and carefully zoned living area with Gothic Oak panelled ceiling, 3 wall lights, 3 radiators & dado rail. An enclosed spiral staircase from here leads down to the lower ground floor with access to the Kitchen/breakfast room, 3rd bedroom and utility area. A further Oak door leads:
Automatically lit with radiator and doors leading to:
A sumptuous dual aspect double room with original window to the rear and walk in bay window to the side with views across the lovely lake. High ceiling with picture rail and ornate ceiling cornice, two fitted double wardrobes, 2 radiators and door to:
This automatically lit area has a modern and recently fitted white suite comprising a double ended panelled bath with integrated mixer tap, hand held spray and Monsoon head, concealed dual flush WC, under lit vanity wash hand basin set on a floating stand with mixer tap and drawers below. Fully tiled floor and walls, chrome heated towel rail, 3 inset spot lights, shaver point, extractor fan and an integrated double mirrored vanity cupboard.
Another gorgeous double room with original window to front, high ceiling with picture rail and ornate ceiling cornice, two fitted double wardrobes, 2 radiators and telephone point. A door leads to a side lobby which in turn allows for an Oak door with access to the grounds. Door to:
Another recently fitted elegant white suite comprising a double shower cubicle with integrated hand held and Monsoon shower head, concealed flush WC and vanity wash hand basin set on a floating under lit stand with integrated mixer tap. Two inset ceiling spot lights, ceramic tiled floor and walls and a chrome heated towel rail.
ENCLOSED SPIRAL STAIRCASE FROM THE DRAWING ROOM LEADING TO:
The spiral staircase leads to the lower hallway which has a built in storage cupboard with automatic light, radiator, door to bedroom 3 and an opening to:
Original Gothic style Oak door to the side with direct access to a shingled seating area which in turn leads to the lawns and surrounding grounds. A concealed and easily accessed utility area has a base unit with granite working surface, space and plumbing for washing machine and tumble dryer, single drainer stainless steel sink with mixer tap, timber shelving above and a drying area with hanging. Radiator and airing cupboard housing the pre - lagged hot water tank with immersion heater and shelved storage above. Door to:
Another entirely modernised space with and extensive range of white contemporary units that are encased within Quartz working surfaces with matching up-stand and splash-back. The LED under and over lit units house a 5 ring induction hob with extractor above, AEG double oven, integrated full length fridge, under counter freezer, integrated dishwasher and 18 bottle wine cooler. Inset one and a half bowl sink with with mixer tap and cut Quartz drainer, heated tiled floor, wall mounted TV point and two original windows to the rear.
Yet another double room with two original bay windows to the front, 2 radiators and triple fitted wardrobes. Door to:
Once again recently re-fitted with a double cubicle and glass screen with integrated shower, concealed dual flush WC, and vanity wash hand basin set on a floating under-lit stand with contemporary integrated mixer tap. 4 ceiling spot lights, extractor fan and lit display niche.
Sweeping into the tree lined driveway of Astonbury Manor, which is around one third of a mile long and with fields and meadows on both sides, the truly magnificent & meticulously maintained grounds extend to approximately 17 acres and comprise formal English gardens, apple orchard, paddocks and woodland, two lakes and a graceful central fountain.
With direct access from the apartment, this pretty part walled garden area is shingled with a great aspect across the lawns. The current owners make great use of this area for alfresco dining and summer barbeques - a true asset for those seeking outdoor space in the summer months.
Astonbury Manor is surrounded by an ornate red brick wall with pillared entrance and gravelled parking area. The sweeping lawns and illumined pathways allow access to beautiful pockets of mature trees, shrubs and bordering farmland.
An international size hardcore tennis court is provided for residents, along with use of a lovely conservatory - ideal for soirée's and entertaining guests by prior arrangement.
Of double width design with light, power and remote controlled up and over door, excellent loft storage and water close-by.
Mains gas, electricity and water are connected. The heating is gas fired and is served by a communal boiler. The property is held on a 999 year lease from 2005. The management company hold the freehold of Astonbury Manor and the seller own a share of the Management Company.
ASTONBURY MANOR (NO1) LTD MANAGEMENT CHARGES COVER:
1. All gas & electricity necessary to run the boiler house which provides heating and hot water to all apartments.
2. All electricity to the communal areas of the Manor House.
3. Buildings insurance for the Manor, garage block & boiler house.
4. Water charges.
5. Exterior maintenance work for the manor including painting, any roof works, re-pointing and chimney repairs.
6. All boiler house maintenance.
7. Engineering insurance for the boiler house.
8. All interior maintenance works and decorating to the communal areas.
9. Cleaning of exterior windows and interior of communal areas, including carpet cleaning.
10.The management charges for 12 months are paid half yearly.
ASTONBURY MANOR (NO.2) LTD MANAGEMENT CHARGE COVERS:
1. Maintenance of grounds, roads, fencing and tennis court.
2. Tree surgery as required.
3. Maintenance of sewerage system
4. Maintenance of outside lighting
5. Third party insurance
6. Directors insurance the entry phone system.
Ground rent - £50.00 per annum
The Manor is located approximately half mile to the south east of Aston village, and is ideally placed for access to the neighbouring towns. For the commuter, Knebworth's mainline station lies approximately 2.5 miles to the west and offers a frequent service to London's King Cross.
The following times & distances are approximate and should be seen as a guide only.
Stansted airport 26 miles - Junction 7 of the A1(M) approx 3 miles - London Heathrow Airport 42 miles - Luton Airport 19 miles - Welwyn Garden City 9.5 miles - Hertford 8.9 Miles - St Albans 18 miles - M25 (London Colney) 24 miles
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