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Ahead Of Its Time - Holwood House

23rd Oct 2013

It is rare to walk into a home that was built in 1958 and, after 55 years, still feel that its design is ahead of its time. But upon entering Holwood House, which is located in Mill Hill bordering Totteridge, visitors are struck by architectural elements which combine to create a home that is as relevant today as it was back then.

Situated on a 2.4 acre plot (0.1 of an acre short of a hectare), in one of the most desirable locations in the area, this residence has been designed in such a way that each room has an uninterrupted view into the garden. Winner of the Ideal Home of the Year in 1963, what makes this house truly special is that its owner is not only a renowned architect, but is also the person responsible for its award-winning design.

The property was initially part of an estate which was owned by William Wilberforce, a British politician, philanthropist, and a leader of the slave trade abolition movement. The initial manor house was sold many years later, demolished and divided into four plots, one of which was purchased by the current owner who chose it purely because of the exquisite, mature Cedar of Lebanon tree which is the focal point upon entry to the property.

Situated on the extensive driveway, the tree offers the perfect welcome to this home. The house - which is extremely spacious and bathed in light courtesy of oversized windows throughout - offers well-proportioned living space across two floors which are linked by a sweeping staircase. A stand-out element of the home is its five bedrooms, which include an extensive master suite and two additional large bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms. Additional features include five bathrooms, five reception rooms, a large kitchen/breakfast room, ample storage space, and a separate art studio/office which leads out onto the garden. The current property, which is 5,300 sq. ft, has received planning permission to add an additional 1,450 square feet to the existing structure, creating a ‘ballroom’ reception room, glass loft extension to the kitchen, and an exquisite new master suite.

The most exceptional element of the home is its exquisite garden. Beautifully landscaped and well thought out, the garden is divided into distinct areas through the clever placement of numerous ponds, benches, greenery, a well-maintained tennis court, and outdoor sculptures - many of which were designed by the owner of the home. The entire area is quiet and secluded, with a Hornbeam arbour and three huge Eucalyptus trees - which were planted by the owner himself over 30 years ago - being a true highlight of the space.

Located in the highly desirable Nan Clarks Lane in the affluent suburb of Mill Hill at the start of Totteridge Lane, Holwood House is conveniently located for the excellent local schools, various shops and restaurants of Mill Hill Broadway, and numerous transport links.

The property is available for £4,999,999. To arrange a viewing or for further information, please contact Lee Martin or Steven Schiller on 020 8954 0060; e-mail finehomes@prestonbennett.co.ukor visit www.prestonbennett.co.uk

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