Stag Hill, Mentmore, Buckinghamshire, LU7 0QG
- New detached energy efficient house
- Four bedrooms; three bathrooms
- Three reception areas around paved courtyard
- Bespoke fitted kitchen with AEG and Miele appliances
- 4,130 sq. ft. of accommodation
- Landscaped garden with decked patio areas
- Gated driveway, double garage, CCTV, garden lighting
- Catchment for Aylesbury grammar schools
A modern individually designed 4,130 sq. ft. four bedroom detached house with three reception areas, a bespoke fitted kitchen, three bathrooms and a small landscaped garden.
The Forge is built on the site of a former smithy on a hillside in the conservation area of Mentmore historic village which is set in peaceful rural countryside, yet with easy rail commuting to London and good road links to motorways and Luton airport. The house is energy efficient with an emphasis on security. Stylishly designed inside and out, it has over 4,000 sq. ft. of accommodation in a U shape around a low maintenance landscaped garden and a paved courtyard enclosed by six sets of double window doors from the three reception rooms providing full opportunity for entertaining both in and outdoors. The property was built using local workmanship with high specification materials, equipment and appliances.
An energy efficient Samsung 16KW outdoor air source heat pump provides hot water for the 300L cylinder as well as underfloor heating throughout the house. Each room’s heating is controlled by thermostat and those for the principal rooms can be controlled via smartphone. The property’s lighting system has been carefully designed and uses a variety of different lighting including mood lighting, spot lights, downlights, floor level and stair lighting. There are 5 amp lighting circuits in the principal rooms. Energy efficient LED lights are used throughout. The A+ energy efficient Rais 700 Danish wood burning stove in the drawing room has been certified by HETAS and meets Eco Design requirements on particulates. These features contribute to the property’s Category B energy efficiency rating. The two bat boxes and a bird box inserted in the cavity walling above the garage and the two Schwegler nest boxes mounted externally contribute to ecological enhancement.
Design and Specification
The property was designed by award-winning residential architects PCKO. Its attractive exterior is complemented by spacious, contemporary interiors. The house has been constructed with great attention to detail and the high specification includes oak flooring and a bespoke oak, glass and steel staircase and balustrading. Danish designed Rationel timber double-glazed windows and window doors provide ample natural light, solar gain and sound attenuation; they have concealed trickle ventilation and some first floor windows are reversible for cleaning. All large windows and window doors are equipped with electrically operated blinds. The property is comprehensively wired for data, ethernet, TV and telephone. Smoke alarms, heat and CO² detectors are hard wired to the mains supply. A superfast internet service is provided by Village Networks: the router is configured with the latest wireless encryption software and speeds will average between 20 and 24 Mbps.
Entrance Hall and Inner Hallway
The front door opens into an impressive part double height vaulted hall which is overlooked by a galleried first floor landing. Extensive glazing, including two sets of window doors to the courtyard, provides good natural light. There is a bespoke oak and glass staircase with a storage area under, floor level and stair lighting, double doors to the drawing room and access to the two piece cloakroom and the laundry/utility room. Oak flooring continues from the hall into the drawing room, inner hallway and dining/family room. The inner hallway has three full height storage cupboards. It is open to the dining/family room and two wide sliding glazed doors, which fully retract into wall pockets, give access to the kitchen.
Drawing Room and Family Room
The drawing room has a two sets of full height double window doors to the courtyard and an additional narrow window. These admit good natural light and provide views across the courtyard to the dining/family room. The wood burning stove is flush fitted into the far wall and has a black granite hearth with a log store below. There is recessed shelving, storage space and seating on either side of the fireplace. The triple aspect dining/family room has a vaulted ceiling, two sets of full height double window doors to the courtyard, four automated Velux skylight windows and two vertical windows to the front. These two reception rooms and the spacious hall surround the courtyard for easy circulation for entertaining. The double doors from the hall to the drawing room are specially hinged to allow opening flat against the wall.
The bespoke Lumina high gloss white Masterclass kitchen was designed and installed by Neils of Tring. It has a range of lighting including mood lighting, downlighting, spot lights and floor level lights and is fitted with handleless drawers most of which illuminate on opening. White Porcelanosa ceramic tiles complement the cabinets and white quartz worktop which extend around two sides of the room. A narrow window to the rear admits natural light. The extensive base level units avoid the need for wall cabinets, adding to the spacious feel. The kitchen is open plan to the dining/family room with the doors open or they can be closed to screen kitchen operations while still allowing natural light from the hall windows.
The central preparation island includes a breakfast bar with space to seat six. The steel grey leather matt finish granite worktop incorporates a stainless steel sink with an Abode Atlas Professional pull out mixer tap and an Insinkerator waste disposal unit with air switch. The same granite worktop covers a wine cooler and wine rack. Integrated AEG appliances comprise a bank of four built-in ovens, including two steam ovens, an induction hob and extractor hood and a fridge. There is also an integrated Miele dishwasher.
Pantry/Utility Room and Laundry/Utility Room
White Porcelanosa ceramic floor tiles continue from the kitchen into the pantry/utility room which has a double sink, storage cupboards and space for an American style fridge/freezer with provision already in place for a water dispenser/ice maker. The laundry/utility room is accessed from the hall and has a Belfast sink, storage units, a laundry chute (from the first floor landing), and a large ironing platform. There is a white ceramic tiled floor and spaces for a washing machine and dryer. Plumbing connections for the washing machine have been provided.
First Floor Landing
The galleried landing has high vaulted ceilings, oak flooring, and is naturally well-lit by a feature skylight and full height windows to the front. A glass balustrade and oak handrail overlook the hall below and provide access over a ‘bridge’ to two bedrooms. There is space for a study, library shelving or seating area if desired, and large walls give full opportunity to display artwork. Built-in storage cupboards include an airing cupboard and a clothes chute to the laundry below.
Master Bedroom Suite
The master bedroom has two large windows and a narrow window overlooking the courtyard. A trapdoor gives loft access. A video screen and telephone connects with the pedestrian gate. Steps down lead to a dressing room which has built-in glass-fronted and illuminated drawers and six hanging rails. There is an opening to the plant room beyond. A door and illuminated steps lead down to the en suite bathroom which has a sunken bath, twin washbasins with storage drawers below, a WC, and a shower cubicle. The floor is white ceramic tiled and there is a heated towel rail and illuminated wall mirrors. A small window opens to the garden below. The bedroom has space for additional storage and hanging space if desired. All the bedrooms have electrically operated blackout window blinds. All three bath/shower rooms have Duravit sanitary ware, Porcelanosa tiles, heated towel rails and Hans Grohe and Geberit fittings with Kaldewei steel enamel baths and Vega illuminated mirrors in the bathrooms.
Further Bedrooms and Family Bathroom
Bedroom two has a window to the front, two windows to the side, and a large three piece en suite shower room waterproofed to wet room standards. Bedrooms three and four both have windows overlooking the courtyard. Bedroom four has access to a partially boarded loft area via a retractable ladder. The four piece family bathroom includes an oversized wet room style tiled shower, a double ended bath, a washbasin with chrome stand, and a WC. There is a heated towel rail and illuminated shelving. All these bedrooms have space to install built-in storage either in the room or in the corridors outside.
The plant room has two windows to the front and accommodates the pressurised hot water cylinder and control panel for the external heat pump. There is also a floor hatch which provides maintenance access to the controls from the garage below without entering the rest of the house. Both openings to the room can be locked when necessary. The room could also be used as hobby space or for storage.
Emphasis on security will afford added protection whether or not the house is occupied. The intruder alarm system installed by Oakpark includes a video and telephone entry system to control the pedestrian gate and is operable from both the hall and master bedroom. An electrically operated sliding metal gate encloses the external parking space. The gate, made by local engineers, complements other village fencing. All the Rationel timber windows have locks and ironmongery approved by Secured by Design and the two Rationel external doors are fitted with three point espagnolette bolt locking systems
The double garage has a Hormann electric sectional door and can accommodate two large SUVs. It is provided with a universal electric charge point and has a tap, fuse boxes and switches for the external lights. The garage is wired to be added to the alarm system if desired. The Samsung air source heat pump is located on a platform beyond and behind the garage far side wall.
The courtyard and small garden have been landscaped to provide an easy to maintain outside area for entertaining and relaxing. A rising path constructed with granite setts and stone paviors leads from the gate to the front door and has low level bollard security lighting. There are gabion retaining walls, a small decked seating area, a lawn, a specimen Norwegian Maple and timber fencing to prevent overlooking. The courtyard is surfaced with rows of granite setts to align with the stonework wall columns to enhance a colonnade effect. These ‘tram lines’ frame four squares surfaced with paviors.
Mentmore is best known as the estate village for the Grade 1 listed Mentmore Towers built by Sir Joseph Paxton for the Rothschild family. The village has a church, a village hall and a pub ‘The Stag’ (currently closed awaiting new tenants). The village green and children’s play area are a short walk away. The village is surrounded by open countryside and lies close to the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with extensive recreation opportunities. A network of footpaths leads to other villages. Cheddington which is approximately 2 miles away has a railway station, a shop and public houses. Wing (approximately 3.2 miles) has a village store, post office, restaurants, a church, GP surgeries, sports and social clubs, a recreation field and schooling for all ages. Marks & Spencer has recently opened a foodhall near Leighton Buzzard, a few minutes away by car.
The property is in catchment for Aylesbury grammar schools. Local private schools include Tring School of Arts, Tring (8 miles) and Egerton-Rothesay School, Berkhamsted (11 miles).
There is a choice of commuter stations in the area. The closest, Cheddington, has trains to Euston in 44 minutes. Leighton Buzzard (5.1 miles) and Tring (7.5 miles) have rail services to Euston taking 32 minutes and 37 minutes respectively. All three stations are on the Main West Coast Line between London and the North West and, by connecting at Milton Keynes, there is mainline rail access to Birmingham, Liverpool, Glasgow and other towns and cities. The village is also conveniently positioned for access to the national motorway network with the new junction 11A on the M1 only 11 miles away, easily accessible via the Leighton-Linslade bypass and the new dual carriageway link road.