Ward Estates are proud to bring to the market this truly unique and iconic Arc house located within the picturesque and sought-after village of Hertingfordbury.
Unique eco-friendly Arc House
4 Double Bedrooms
Two Reception Rooms
Separate Office/gym room
Stunning secluded plot
Driveway and ample parking
Sought-after Village Location
This highly acclaimed, eco-friendly property, with its curved zinc roof and Sweet Chestnut exterior cladding, takes its name from the unique shape which defines its architecture.
The property is set within a secluded, elevated plot which features a large driveway and wrap-around, south-facing garden. Originally built in the 1950's, the current owners purchased the property in 2010 and carried out the extensive renovation and extension works in 2013. Their goal was to create a modern, flexible living space suitable for family living, with ample storage, natural light, whilst maintaining and respecting the heritage and history of the original building, and building in an environmentally conscious manner.
The extension was designed by a local Hertford architect whose company is renowned for their low energy and environmentally conscious buildings. It is built with a timber frame construction which is highly insulated. Windows and doors are all triple glazed, underfloor heating runs throughout the ground level, and the central heating and hot water can be run from the wood-burner (via a thermal store) as an alternative to using gas. There are dimmer switches throughout with low-energy led lighting which all contributes to low environmental footprint of the house.
Internally the property has been thoughtfully designed with versatility in mind, to accommodate family living. There is an abundance of natural light throughout the house, facilitated by the bi-fold doors, and large floor-to-ceiling windows.
The property has a large welcoming porch with generous inbuilt storage for shoes and coats. This leads to the open-plan living accommodation where exposed brickwork from the original building's chimney breast houses a wood burning stove which also heats the water. A large lounge with warm oak bookcases enjoys a southerly aspect and glass bifold doors provide panoramic access to the garden. The entire ground floor is tiled with Italian porcelain limestone-effect tiles which continue seamlessly to the outdoor surrounding patio creating a huge outdoor room when the glass bi-fold doors are fully retracted.
The kitchen/breakfast room has a modern fitted kitchen featuring exquisite granite countertops and Neff appliances, and two sets of glass doors which open onto the garden. There is a utility room and a further 'snug' area which can be closed off with a concertina sliding door. There is also a toilet/cloakroom with a wet-room shower.
The property also offers an additional external studio room with a separate electric supply and underfloor heating which can be used for a number of purposes including a gym/office/playroom. Access is via a back door, and the studio has its own courtyard garden from which you have private access onto the public footpath which runs parallel to the rear of the property and leads to the heart of the village.
The impressive bespoke 'floating' oak staircase with its high curved timber wall leads upstairs. The flooring throughout the upstairs is engineered oak. There are four double bedrooms with en-suite facilities to the master bedroom, a full length fitted wardrobe to one wall and a stunning bespoke large floor-to-ceiling arched window. There are a further three double bedrooms which all have fitted wardrobes. Narrow vertical radiators maximize the usable wall space.
The family bathroom is fully tiled with a separate shower. A large basin runs along the wall so that several people are able to share access at the same time. There is a sliding wall feature to offer the option of privacy or use as a family bathroom. The towel radiators to the bathrooms are on a separate heating circuit to allow them to run in the summer months when the main central heating is turned off.
The garden is a perfect size for a family and for spacious entertaining. It has a playful grassed mound with a tunnel for children to play in and a large covered gazebo, perfect for entertaining friends and family. Further benefits are a large garden shed and a driveway with off road parking for several cars.
Hertingfordbury is a semi-rural idyllic village and boasts the White Horse gastro pub which is just a short walk away as well as being within walking distance to Panshanger Park, a 400 Hectare space of open greenery and woodland and is a popular spot for families and dog walkers offering an abundance of walks around the park, lake and rivers.
St Joseph's in the Park is a highly renowned independent private school located in St Marys Lane, Hertingfordbury offering schooling to children aged 3-11 years old. The property is also situated within catchment for other Hertford schools both Primary and Secondary. Hertford Town is located only a few minutes drive away and offers an array of restaurants, shops, bars, parks and river walks. Hertford North and Hertford East benefit from excellent rail links into London in less than an hour.