Possibly the best kept secret in Hertfordshire.
If you want total seclusion and privacy, yet with easy access to Berkhamsted and its many amenities, Martins is the perfect place.
Hidden away behind understated electric gates in the centre of sought after Potten End village, this unique five bedroom detached house sits in 0.8 acre, with gardens as beautifully presented as the house itself.
With some parts dating back to Elizabethan times – still boasting wall and ceiling beams – and some to the 1800s, this impressive Grade II listed property is steeped in history and yet feels so light, bright and contemporary.
Whilst completely refurbishing it, the present owners have successfully married the integrity of the original building with the style and features today's buyer demands, and its layout makes it the perfect house for entertaining, as well as a wonderful family home.
Each room has been beautifully decorated in muted hues that make for a seamless flow and a tangible air of peace and serenity. The sitting room, along with the kitchen and garden room, for example, bring the 'outside in' and the colours in the drawing room had their inspiration drawn from nearby Ashridge.
The open-plan dining room is the perfect place for dinner parties or large family gatherings, leading, as it does, to both the comfy sitting room and snug and the fabulous kitchen and garden room with atrium roof, bespoke units, copious storage, and central island.
Also on this floor there is a wide, welcoming entrance hall, a study, a large utility room, a boot room, a downstairs cloakroom and the drawing room.
Upstairs, you will find five double bedrooms, together with a central library/music room. Again, all rooms are decorated so subtly and tastefully, and each affording its own special view of the gardens.
The principal bedroom is a suite in itself, with a luxurious four piece en suite bathroom and large dressing room, and it can be separated for complete privacy if desired, as it can also be accessed via a second staircase which leads into the kitchen.
As you would expect from a house of this calibre, the bathrooms are all of the highest quality, with large walk-in showers and underfloor heating.
The garden is, quite simply, spectacular, with beautiful lawns and mature trees and shrubs plus so many different species of flowers. Every which way you look, you have a different view and it is a positive sun trap.
Outside the garden room is a perfect spot for enjoying the outdoors, with gazebo and firepit and, further down the garden, a brick built summerhouse, with light, power and water, makes for many lazy lunches al fresco, barbecues, summer parties and an extra chill out space as it is a real sun trap.
There is also an ancient pond with statue and fountain enclosed by curved privet hedges, a real feature of the inner courtyard to the front of the house.
For car parking, the enclosed driveway gives ample space for several cars, plus there is a double garage with electric roll door. A generous mower store is located behind.
Potten End is the quintessential English country village, with a village green, pond, church, hall, playgroup, primary school, two pubs and village shop. Set amidst beautiful countryside, yet only around two miles from Berkhamsted, it offers the best of both worlds; the rural idyll within striking distance of many amenities.
There is a thriving social life to be found, with clubs as diverse as Guides, Brownies, Beavers and Scouts to bridge, line dancing, cricket, bowls, WI, yoga and badminton.
Nearby Berkhamsted is a busy market town with many independent shops and a thriving market, 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 at Berkhamsted Castle.
The area is highly desirable for commuters, with excellent transport links by road and rail. Berkhamsted mainline train station provides a regular and direct link to London Euston in around 30 minutes. 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. The National Trust`s 5,000 acre Ashridge Estate is just minutes away, while nearby golf courses include Berkhamsted and The Grove. The area offers excellent schooling, including Potten End School, Berkhamsted School 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 WH Smith.