Oc­tagontakesthe flat to a new level

The Jewish Chronicle - - Classified -

IF YOU were brought up in a flat and you want to take the idea to the nth de­gree, do have a look at the show apart­ment, now open, at Wall Hall. It is worth be­ing shown around, just to see what ul­ti­mate lux­ury a flat can of­fer. Top house­builder Oc­tagon has fin­ished work on the apart­ments, in the grade II listed Wall Hall man­sion, at Alden­ham near Radlett, Herts.

Each of the con­verted man­sion homes is an orig­i­nal, rang­ing from 1,200 sq ft, for a two-bed­room sec­ond­floor apart­ment, to the show flat, a truly ba­ro­nial 6,000-sq ft two-storey wing.

Bankers may not be fash­ion­able at the mo­ment, but Wall Hall was once the home of JP Mor­gan, a highly so­cia­ble Amer­i­can.

He hosted shoot­ing par­ties and coun­try week­ends at Wall Hall. The guest list in­cluded King Ge­orge VI and Queen El­iz­a­beth the Queen Mother.

When the Sec­ond World War was de­clared in 1939, JP loaned his house to one Joseph Kennedy, the Amer­i­can Am­bas­sador to the UK, who used Wall Hall as a week­end re­treat, where he could take his wife and large young fam­ily — in­clud­ing his son John, bet­ter known to­day as JFK, the for­mer Amer­i­can pres­i­dent.

The gothic re­vival man­sion, with a castel­lated façade, was built in the early 19th cen­tury for Ge­orge Wood­ford Thel­lu­son, a pros­per­ous City banker men­tioned in Charles Dick­ens’s A Tale of Two Cities.

Wall Hall has al­ready re­ceived many de­sign and land­scap­ing awards, in­clud­ing the Daily Mail “Best De­vel­op­ment in the UK” and Ex­press News­pa­pers “Best Land­scap­ing in a Ru­ral Set­ting”.

The new apart­ments come with a host of pe­riod fea­tures, in­clud­ing grand stair­cases, a mag­nif­i­cent ham­mer beam ceil­ing, a sil­ver vault, or­nate cor­nic­ing and plas­ter­work, mar­ble fire­places, carved pan­elling and stained glass win­dows.

More mod­ern add-ons in­clude gated un­der­ground park­ing and Cat 5e ca­bling, fit­ted to all homes, for a fast in­ter­net con­nec­tion.

Wall Hall stands on the edge of the pretty vil­lage of Alden­ham, on the up­per reaches of the River Colne, which are per­fect for walk­ing or rid­ing.

An ar­ray of leisure fa­cil­i­ties, in­clud­ing swim­ming, ten­nis and gyms, are all close at hand. Ad­ja­cent to Wall Hall lies Alden­ham Golf Course and Coun­try Club.

Set in a Humphry Rep­ton land­scaped park and sur­rounded by rolling coun­try­side, Wall Hall is within the M25 and only 15 min­utes drive to Brent Cross shop­ping cen­tre.

Com­muters have swift ac­cess to the M1 or can ex­pe­ri­ence stress-free rail travel from nearby Radlett into Lon­don’s St Pan­cras.

Wat­ford, a lit­tle over three miles away, has a shop­ping cen­tre with depart­ment stores and a multi-screen cin­ema.

In the grounds, Oc­tagon has care­fully re­tained and re­stored the Rep­ton gar­den ar­chi­tec­ture, in­clud­ing the orig­i­nal abbey folly and for­mal Ital­ian gar­den with mar­ble gazebo.

It has also en­hanced the dis­tin­guished land­scape de­signer’s vis­tas, fea­tur­ing a num­ber of spec­i­men cedars of Le­banon.

Be­yond the cedars, tucked away in a cor­ner of the grounds, there is an out­door, all-weather flood­lit ten­nis court and fully equipped gym, for res­i­dents’ exclusive use.

The Wall Hall Man­sion apart­ments in­clude from two to four bed­rooms and cost be­tween £700,000 and £3.6 mil­lion.

To view the show home, fur­nished and dec­o­rated by R In­te­ri­ors of Lon­don, con­tact agent Real Es­tates.

Wall Hall: kitchen/din­ing and mez­za­nine area. Agent: Real Es­tates

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