It’s fitting that a property which radiates with harmony is owned by a man who created magic through music.
Along with his family, Laurie Johnson has called Priory House home since 1962. A celebrated film and television composer, he is well-known for having scored the music for The Avengers, The New Avengers and The Professionals - all of which were massively successful in the 60s, 70s and 80s, and which are still being shown regularly on television today. Furthermore, the score for Stanley Kubrick’s classic film Dr Strangelove was created by Laurie whilst living at Priory House.
A national treasure, 2014 has seen Mr Johnson being awarded an MBE on the Queen's birthday honours list for his services to music.
Having spent his career composing delightful and thought-provoking melodies it’s clear that he has an appreciation for beauty, and this is reflected in his choice of home.
On the market for the first time in 52 years, Priory House is a property which is second-to-none. Steeped in history, this spacious Grade II listed Wisteria clad home was built circa 1530 on the foundations of what is believed to have been the original C13th Priory.
As beautiful as it is unique, Priory House sits within idyllic grounds which are enclosed on all sides by established trees and hedges.
The property’s character is the key to its appeal. It features a range of original elements including authentic brick barrel chimneys, William Morris panels in the dining room, and original Tudor fireplaces throughout the house.
The epitome of tranquillity, Priory House offers its residents the ultimate in security and peace of mind. Perfectly designed to offer respite, entrance to the house is via a considerable oak door which opens onto the entrance hall and ultimately the reception rooms, each of which has views over the landscaped grounds.
The house is extensive and spacious and is complete with 7 bedrooms - one of which has an en-suite shower room - 2 family bathrooms, a drawing room, formal sitting room, separate dining room, family room, library, study, and conservatory. The kitchen boasts genuine features including high ceilings, authentic wooden beams, and the original cast iron Aga.
While its internal features are one-of-a-kind, the property’s greatest asset lies in its enchanting grounds which extend to 3.3 acres.
Priory House is approached via its own lengthy driveway which angles past the property’s pony paddock and through its gardens, ultimately ending in a large parking area to the front of the house. To the right lies the former coach house and garage with attached stables. Planning Permission has been received (and recently renewed) to covert this area into a separate 3 bedroom dwelling.
Lovingly tended over five decades, the gardens are green and lush and feature rolling lawns, elegant flower beds , mature trees, and a delightful rose garden which is brimming with rose bushes that were a gift from Dame Barbara Cartland. The secluded gazebo features a herringbone patterned Tudor brick floor and a charming rose granite table which has never been moved due to its substantial weight.
Not only are the property’s grounds truly exceptional and suited for entertaining, but Priory House also has private access to the 55 hectares that make up Bentley Priory Nature Reserve.
Situated in the North West of Stanmore, Priory House is well located for access to Stanmore and its surrounding areas. The perfect family home, it is located within a short distance of renowned state and private schools including the prestigious Harrow School, Merchant Taylors' School, Haberdashers' Aske's, Aldenham School, North London Collegiate, St. Helen's School, St Martins Preparatory, St John’s School and Northwood College.
Transport links are all within easy reach, with a train journey from Harrow to Marylebone station taking only 12 minutes.
Priory House is available for £3,995,000.
To arrange a viewing or for further information, please contact joint sole agents Preston Bennett on 020 8954 0060 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or Hamptons International Hampstead Office on 020 7717 5157