Octagontakesthe flat to a new level
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