Greenbank Road, Watford, Hertfordshire, WD17

£1,100,000

Guide price

  • Bedrooms: 3
***Guide Price £1,100000 to £1,200000***

Sitting on 3 acres of private land and gardens, grade II listed former Dower House for the Earl of Essex, Russells House, is a rare opportunity. This elegant and spacious three bedroom apartment has a town house feel and forms a major part of the original 1714 Georgian period building, reaching over four floors with a private entrance.

Large 7 ft double fronted windows and grand 12 ft high ceilings in the main rooms create a truly unique feel in the 1985 sqft (184.4 sqm) house. Benefiting from direct sunlight in the mornings and evenings has the property filled with natural light through the day. Tastefully renovated throughout by the current owners, the property is in move in ready condition and offers multiple large rooms inclusive of the kitchen diner, master bedroom, drawing room and family bathroom.

Russells House has been home to many notable people over the centuries; General Colville who served at the Battle of Waterloo, Maharajah of the Indian state of Baroda (one of the world's richest men at the time), to name but few. Russells House also played a crucial role in Britain's air defence during the Second World War.

Just a few minutes walk away is The Grove (London's Country Escape set in 300 acres of countryside) with a private award winning spa, championship golf course and multiple restaurants. Less than 15 minutes drive are numerous award winning country pubs, restaurants and country walks to discover.

Yet, central London is still 15 minutes train ride away and Heathrow airport is only 20 minutes drive via M25. Choice of excellent private and state schools are located nearby and for the summer holidays, Warner Brother Studios is within easy reach to experience the award winning 'The Making of Harry Potter' tour.

The private, large communal garden is a safe haven that benefits from several original 300 year old Lebanese Cedar Trees, located to the right of a tree lined private drive. At the top of the private drive is the main courtyard with two private parking bays that come with the property.

Scale of the property can be immediately appreciated at the entrance hallway with a 30ft view to the very top of the property. In addition, the basement has been recently converted to a bright and airy wine cellar and gym.

Overlooking the fountain courtyard, the first floor fully fitted, west facing kitchen diner has a 26ft worktop space and comes with the extremely rare Sheoak Australian hardwood flooring. Separate to the kitchen is a compact utility room opposite the guest lavatory.

With generous Georgian proportions, the master bedroom and drawing room offer Georgian character features such as the double fronted 7ft wooden sash windows, stately bespoke cornices and fireplace. The master bedroom comes with an en-suite consisting of a Japanese style sit in bath to enjoy an unique window greenery view whilst relaxing in the bath.

On the second floor is the spacious family bathroom with wooden wall panelling, sheoak flooring and luxurious hand finished copper leaf slipper free-standing bath. On the same floor are the two guest bedrooms and two loft access equalling to the full footprint size of the property.

The owners state:

“ We have been truly happy here. When we moved in nearly a decade ago, we knew very little of the area, but it has been one lovely surprise after the other. From strolling along the canal to walks in bluebell fields in the ancient Whippendell Wood. We have had wonderful meals at many local country pubs and restaurants, and enjoyed drinks with friends and family at The Grove whilst watching the sunset.

The house itself has been our dream home, offering Georgian elegance with the practicality of a family home. We love the views of greenery from the windows. This brings such peacefulness after a busy London work day! Warm summer days are spent sitting in the garden and sharing drinks with our amazing neighbours, who gave us such a warm welcome from the very first day. This place is truly unique and offers a wonderful lifestyle between country living and London life. "

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