Hidden gem, right in the heart of the village.
Available for the first time in more than thirty years, Ash Riding is a true hidden gem; a substantial, individual property set in five acres, which enjoys an idyllic country setting, plus a prized location.
One of just six attractive homes in Gatesdene Close, all built in that wonderful bygone era that was the Fifties, the property is situated right in the heart of Little Gaddesden, nestled away at the end of a desirable cul-de-sac. And the fact that is has been owned and occupied by just one family for over three decades, speaks for itself.
Inside, the property offers three generous living spaces and four principal bedrooms, plus a large fifth bedroom/fourth reception room located on the ground floor. The wonderfully retro kitchen/breakfast room still features its original, hand built 1950s kitchen units, but would also lend itself perfectly to being modernised to suit today's way of living, if preferred. All of the rooms boast beautiful views of the property's stunning gardens.
In addition, the property boasts a large attic space which, subject to obtaining the necessary building/planning consents, could easily be converted to further accommodation if required.
Outside, the gardens are truly exceptional; a gardener's paradise and a children's haven. The magnificent plot extends to just over five acres and, with its abundance of trees, including Cedar of Lebanon, and mature shrubs, Ashridge wildlife is certainly never far away. The property also includes a stable block, and there are also two further outbuildings: a workshop and an oil tank store.
To the front, the sweeping gravel driveway provides parking for five to six cars and leads to a double garage.
There is no doubt this gorgeous home is a rare find and offers significant scope to remodel. Indeed, naturally enough, people today may wish to modernise some aspects of it and perhaps extend too. But one almost hopes that the new occupants choose to keep at least some of the original features of this wonderful property, for without them Ash Riding would surely lose a little of the soul that gives it its unique appeal. Who knows, perhaps they, too, will enjoy this wonderful home for another thirty years.
The sought after village of Little Gaddesden lies within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, amidst some 5,000 acres of National Trust land.
Village facilities include a Church, village hall, shop and post office, an excellent C-of-E primary school, bowls club and a popular pub and restaurant.
Just four miles away from this idyllic setting, is the prestigious market town of Berkhamsted, located to the west of Hertfordshire. A highly desirable commuter town, Berkhamsted offers a wide range of shopping, from independent boutiques to national names such as Waitrose and Boots. The Grand Union Canal runs through the town, and there are many bars, restaurants and cafes creating something of a metropolitan ambiance.
The area has excellent transport links by road and rail. The mainline train station in Berkhamsted provides a regular and direct link to London Euston in a little over 30 minutes. Major road connections nearby include the M25 and the M1, while 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 on your doorstep, in beautiful surrounding countryside. Nearby golf courses include Ashridge, Berkhamsted and The Grove.
The area offers excellent schooling, including the independent Berkhamsted School, founded in 1541, and Tring Park School for the Performing Arts.
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