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Castle Wharf, Bridge Street, Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, HP4

££1,850,000 Guide

Town centre, canal side, and totally unique.

There is no other house like this four double bedroom, five bathroom detached property anywhere in Berkhamsted.

It is, quite simply, unique – and, for anyone looking for a large town centre property, complete with two garages, the location is undeniably superb, as not only is it within a stone's throw of the High Street, it also backs onto the canal, with uninterrupted views.

Specially designed and built for the current owner, the property is full of character, built with centuries-old bricks and boasting centuries-old solid wooden flooring, reclaimed from an old warehouse.

However, that's where the period features end, for everything else about the house is modern and contemporary, designed for today's way of living.

A magnificent split level, open-plan L-shaped kitchen/dining/sitting room dominates the ground floor. It provides access to a large cobbled terrace, which edges a part of the canal where no one is allowed to moor – so all you see are the passing ducks and barges or those which are moored on the opposite bank. Furthermore, there are no passers-by as there is no tow path on this side either.

The magnificent kitchen boasts granite work surfaces and a large island, and virtually two of everything; two dishwashers, two fridge freezers, two ovens, two plate warmers and two sinks, as well as a combination microwave, coffee maker, induction hob, extractor fan and plenty of storage.

Bedroom-wise, on the first floor, you will find two of the double bedrooms, each with their own superb bathrooms. The principle, to the rear, has a balcony overlooking the canal and the other has a balcony to the front, as well as access to the rear roof terrace which overlooks the canal. The large space in between both bedrooms, presently used as a gym/family room, is most versatile and could be utilised to suit individual needs.

Meanwhile, the top floor is ideal for guests or teenagers wanting their own space. A galleried landing separates two more double bedrooms, each with bathrooms, and one with a separate dressing room as well.

A second staircase – a beautiful black wrought iron spiral – provides another access down to the living area, as well as a downstairs shower room with wc, a utility room and internal access to the second garage. Although at the front of the house, the utility room's external door acts, in effect, as the 'back door' to the property – ideal for muddy boots, children and dogs.

This totally unique house really does need to be viewed to fully appreciate the flow of the layout and the many features which make this both a wonderful family home and a superb place for entertaining - and what's more, there is no upper chain.

Berkhamsted itself is a busy market town, located to the West of Hertfordshire and just 30 minutes from London by train. Perhaps the town`s most prominent role in National affairs came in 1066 when William the Conqueror was handed the English Crown. Berkhamsted Castle was built following the granting of the crown, and famous names associated with it include Geoffrey Chaucer who was Clerk of Works, and Thomas Becket who was Constable of the Castle in the 12th Century. Substantial ruins of the Castle still remain today.

Today, the town is highly desirable for commuters, with excellent transport links by road and rail. The mainline train station provides a regular and direct link to London Euston in a little over 30 minutes. Major road connections nearby include the M25 (J20) and the M1 (J8 and J9). The A41 dual carriageway runs to the South of the town, providing an excellent connection to Hemel Hempstead, Watford, Tring and Aylesbury.

There is a good range of leisure facilities in the area. There is walking and riding just minutes away in the surrounding countryside and on the National Trust`s 5,000 acre Ashridge Estate, while nearby golf courses include Ashridge, Berkhamsted and The Grove. The area offers excellent schooling, including Berkhamsted School, founded in 1541, and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.

Berkhamsted offers a wide range of shopping, from independent boutiques to national names such as Waitrose and M&S Simply Food. Milton Keynes and London are both easily accessible too.

Tenure: Freehold

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Nash Partnership Berkhamsted
152 High Street
Berkhamsted
Hertfordshire
HP4 3AT

01442 863000
berkhamsted@nashpartnership.co.uk

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