Situated in one of the most enviable locations in the area, Longbridge House is a truly unique family home, built with uncompromising attention to detail and nestled in the private gated community of Longdean Park. Read more
Situated in one of the most enviable locations in the area, Longbridge House is a truly unique family home, built with uncompromising attention to detail and nestled in the private gated community of Longdean Park.
Built within the last 2 years and with a flare of design rarely seen, this family home offers almost 7,000 square feet of accommodation.
From the moment you step through the double entrance doors a feeling of space and style exude from the double height reception hall, a glass bridge elegantly adjoining two accommodation wings and the garden and views beyond are teased through the copious amounts of beautiful glazing. This is a wonderful seating area with a dual aspect tunnel stove fireplace that also serves the lounge and defines the phrase 'entertaining space'. This double height space makes the perfect setting for a grand Christmas tree. With chic porcelain tiles and contemporary lines, the reception hall is designed to wow any visitor to the property.
The reception hall leads to a luxury kitchen in the right-hand accommodation wing. A great space with oodles of work-surfaces including a generous island, a range of integrated appliances and the most glorious views of the garden. What better place to enjoy an early morning coffee and a chat about the day ahead at the breakfast bar. The kitchen is bathed in light with 9 Velux windows.
A more formal dining area sits to the front of the kitchen area, which can easily accommodate a 10-person dining table, making this space ideal for those who like to cook and chat with their guests. To work off those indulgent treats from the kitchen, a gym is situated just off the dining area. For chilly autumn nights, a large lounge with feature fireplace is located just down the hall. A large set of bi-fold doors drink in the view from the outside and provides access to an enormous sun terrace. Access to a large ground floor bedroom suite with dressing room and luxury en-suite bathroom can be accessed through the more formal lounge. This room also has bi-fold doors to the sun terrace. This bedroom suite would be particularly good for older children looking for more self-contained space, or perhaps an older relative.
As anyone would expect from a home of such grand proportions, a large study and comms room are also located on the ground floor, as is a utility/laundry room, downstairs cloakroom and access to the double garage. All floors are served by under floor heating provided by air source heat pumps, one of the features that make this house so environmentally friendly.
The master suite is located on the first floor and would give the best London hotels a run for their money. With generous proportions, lots of glazing, a roof terrace, fireplace with log burning stove, generous dressing room and the biggest walk in shower we have ever seen, this master suite is simply breath-taking. The views over Bunkers Park are phenomenal, a sea of green in the summer months and the beautiful transition into Autumn can all be watched from the private roof terrace or lounge area. A further 3 double bedrooms, all en-suite and one with a generous walk in wardrobe, are located on this level.
The fun really starts at the top of the house with a state-of-the-art media room and large games room which could also be used as a further guest suite if required, a retracting roof window is a beautiful and unusual feature.
The property sits on a large, well secluded, private plot approaching half an acre, with a large carriage driveway to the front. This plot really is an oasis for nature. While sitting in the garden, or enjoying a soak in the hot tub, there really is nothing to disturb your peace and quiet. The current owners have created a sun terrace of around 1,500 square feet, with steps down to a lawned area and herbaceous, tree lined borders. An outside kitchen is located on a lower sun terrace. A glazed balustrade borders the patio which is up lit at night creating a luxurious and relaxed feel. Access to the rear of the property can be gained from the gated side accesses.
Longdean Park is a gated development of self-build homes from the early 1960s. It is named after the Long Dean, a stunning nature reserve that lies adjacent to the Estate to the east which is used by many residents for daily walks. Many of these early homes have either been extended, or are now being totally redeveloped. Characterised by their large plots and open feel, there really are very few developments like Longdean Park. A residents' association was set up to ensure that the area keeps its unique identity. The houses throughout the development are set back from the road with wide verges and a lovely open feel. The plots cannot be subdivided under the covenant of the Estate so this spacious feel will not be eroded.
Heating - Air source heat pumps supplying the heating to all floors through a wet underfloor system. Smoke free log burner for reception hall and formal lounge
Electrics/media – the property has cat 6 cabling for media throughout the house with control 4 managing tv, internal and external lighting and heating
Kitchen – built in induction hob, 2 ovens including a steam oven, coffee machine, full height larder fridge with sperate freezer plus additional low-level built-in fridge, 2 wine chillers, instant boiling tap, 2 dishwashers, washing machine and tumble dryer, water softener
Bathrooms –. All principle bathrooms have generous walk in showers with rainfall shower heads and waterfall taps. The main bathroom has his and hers basins with aback-lit double ended free standing bath tub. All bathrooms are tiled in porcelain tiles. All bathrooms have underfloor heating.
Flooring – porcelain tiles to reception hall and bathrooms, enginereered solid oak flooring and carpeting to all other arears Construction – Porotherm super insulating construction under a pitched, slate effect tiled roof.
This home is ideally located for local, national and international travellers. Apsley or Kings Langley train stations are easily accessible from the property and provide frequent services into London Euston. Road links including the M1, M25 or A41 motorways are just a few minutes' drive from the property. For those needing international travel, London Heathrow and London Luton airports are within a 40-minute drive. London City is also very easily accessible by car or train from the property.
A range of state and independent schooling options are available. Within a few minutes' walk of the property is Abbots Hill Girls day School, Lockers Park Day and Boarding School for Boys, Westbrook Hay for Boys and Girls and Church of England mixed School. St Albans schools may also be available as the current owners' children were schooled in St Albans.
The historic City of St Albans is just a few minutes' drive from the property, a quintessential English City with strong Roman ties, a range of boutique and national retailers, restaurants and pubs. St Albans Cathedral sits within Verulamium Park and is a great place to spend a warm spring day. For more serious shopping Watford, Milton Keynes or Brent Cross are within easy access as is London's Famous West End.