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Park Road, Toddington, Dunstable, LU5

Guide price £5,000,000

9 Beds 6 Baths 5 Receptions

REF: WOB140112





An impressive Grade II Listed Country House set in a stunning position surrounded by open countryside. Reception Hall. Drawing Room. Sitting Room. Dining Room. Family Room. Kitchen/Breakfast Room. Garden Room. Two Offices. Utility Room. Three Cloakrooms. Basement with wine cellar and gym. Master bedroom with en suite bathroom and dressing room. Eight further bedrooms (four en suite). Family bathroom. Two bedroomed cottage. Three bedroomed Gate House. Seven Car Garage. Mature grounds with lake. Two tennis courts. Summerhouse and Greenhouse. Extensive Equestrian facilities including stable block, portal framed barn, ménage and post and railed paddocks. All in approximately 29.5 acres. THE PROPERTY Toddington Park is a mini estate set in open countryside and protected by its own mature grounds which offer a high degree of privacy. A three bedroomed Gate House marks the start of the private drive which leads up through a wide avenue of mature trees forming a mini arboretum. The principal and imposing house lies at the end of the drive with sweeping in and out drive with additional security gates including a turning circle in front of the house. Enjoying a southerly aspect with elevated views over rolling countryside the house is centred around a central courtyard. Designed for entertaining the well-proportioned principal rooms run along the southern and western elevations accessed off the impressive central reception hall. The first floor is a mirror image of the ground floor with principal bedrooms enjoying stunning views over the mature grounds and beyond. The master bedroom is impressive with four further en suite bedrooms and nine bedrooms in total. Lying to the rear of the house is an excellent two bedroomed staff cottage occupying the site of the former estate office. Running away from the cottage is the seven bay garage and beyond the former kitchen garden with 60 foot greenhouse. The mature part walled grounds to the main house are totally private and mainly laid to lawn. A very attractive one acre lake adjoins the garden with natural path running around its perimeter. The equestrian facilities benefit from their own drive with current stabling for twelve horses along with tack room, hay barn and ménage. Toddington Park is the perfect country mansion within an hour's travelling distance of London. Equally it offers potential to be utilised for more commercial uses from small country hotel to corporate headquarters and a viewing will be essential to fully appreciate all it has to offer. ACCOMMODATION Steps lead up to the front door opening into the Entrance Hall with part glazed oak doors allowing access to the oak floored Reception Hall lying in the heart of the house with oak fireplace. The hall overlooks the inner courtyard with inner hall leading off and main staircase gently rising to galleried landing. All the principal rooms run along the front of the house. The drawing room enjoys a triple aspect with full height glazed bay window with working shutters. The focal point of the room is the decorative wooden fireplace with white granite tile hearth and bi fold doors open into the garden room offering access into the courtyard and grounds. The sitting room enjoys a more cosy feel with decorative fireplace and bay windows with working shutters. The dining room has the flexibility to accommodate intimate or large scale entertaining with bi fold doors enabling the room to be halved in size if required. The room benefits from decorative coving with stone flooring and the stone fireplace houses a wood burner. Lying next door is the kitchen/breakfast room. Shaker units adorn 3 walls with integrated appliances including Fisher and Paykel dishwasher, Neff double oven with warming drawer, drinks fridge and Smeg fridge freezer. The black five oven electric Aga has pride of place and French doors lead out onto a paved seating terrace. Running along the rear of the house and accessed from the rear entrance hall and inner hall are the boot room, pantry, three cloakrooms, utility room and at the far end are two further reception rooms currently utilised as offices with part glazed wall dividing the two. Two separate staircases provide access to the gym, wine cellar and boiler room housing two Ideal Imax boilers with associated pumps and pipework. FIRST FLOOR The first floor accommodation is served by a landing that runs around the inner courtyard. The three principal bedrooms run along the front of the house with master bedroom lying above the drawing room with dressing room and tiled bathroom. Four further guest bedroom suites lie on this floor along with three further double bedrooms served by two family bathrooms. THE COTTAGE Lying to the rear of the house and providing excellent independent living facilities for dependent relative, nanny/au pair or staff. The kitchen/living room is well equipped and The Cottage provides three bedrooms (one en suite) with family shower room. GARAGING Running away from The Cottage and accessed off the block pavioured drive is the seven car garage. One garage has been partly partitioned to create a dog kennel with adjoining fenced dog run. THE GARDEN AND GROUNDS The main formal grounds surround the house and are enclosed behind front brick wall with railings. The drive divides sweeping round to the front and rear of the house. A paved terrace runs around the house edged by herbaceous borders with steps leading down on to the formal lawn interspersed with mature specimen trees. A larger expanse of lawn lies to the west with attractive brick workshop and adjoining play area. Sitting to the north of the garaging are two En-Tout-Cas tennis courts in need of a little attention with access to the former outdoor swimming pool with summerhouse which includes changing facilities. Lying to the north is the 60 foot by 20 foot wooden greenhouse divided into two growing rooms along with workshop / potting room at the far end. The greenhouse overlooks the former kitchen garden currently sown to grass with a number of fruit trees. THE GATE HOUSE Lying just inside the front gates is The Gatehouse which dates to 1909 and constructed of brick under a slate roof. The part glazed front door opens into the sitting room with stone fireplace. The galley kitchen is fully equipped and adjoins the dining hall. Three bedrooms lie on the ground floor, one with en suite shower room and the family bathroom. Stairs lead up to the master bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en suite bathroom. The Gatehouse benefits from its own private garden with paved terrace and extensive tarmac parking area. EQUESTRIAN FACILITIES Accessed from the main grounds to the house or via their own independent drive are the equestrian facilities. The stable yard lies to the west of the house and centred around a block pavioured courtyard. The main stable block is ''L' shaped and provides for the stabling of five horses with separate tack room and feed store. Across the courtyard is a barn offering excellent storage facilities and currently incorporating a further six loose boxes. Enclosed behind post and rail fencing with kick board is the sand and rubber ménage measuring 42 metres by 26 metres. THE PADDOCKS Extending to approximately 16.05 acres, the ten paddocks are divided by post and rail fencing. Seven are accessed off the back drive which leads up to the stable block and barn with the remaining paddocks running around the main grounds to the house. DIRECTIONS (LU5 6HJ) From the M1 Junction 12 follow signs to Toddington and in the village take the first right hand turn into Park Road and signed to Milton Bryan. Follow this road out of the village passing the entrance to Toddington Manor. Continue for a further half a mile and The Gate House marking the entrance to Toddington Park will appear on your right. LOCATION The property is peacefully located in a rural area of high landscape value. Local shopping facilities are available in Toddington and the Georgian market town of Woburn which also boasts many fine restaurants including the Michelin starred Paris House. More extensive shopping and leisure facilities are provided in Milton Keynes with its covered shopping centre along with David Lloyd Tennis Centre. Close by Woburn Golf and Country Club boasts three Top 100 courses in the UK. The area is well served for schooling for all ages including the renowned Harpur Trust Schools in Bedford with dedicated coach service from Toddington. The property benefits from excellent communication links, with the M1 motorway a five minute drive away with central London reached within 40 minutes on a good journey. Harlington Station offers a 40 minute commute into London Kings Cross and on to the City. Luton airport can be accessed within a 15 minute drive from the house offering flights to Europe and beyond. RIGHT OF WAY Outside the main grounds to the house a footpath diagonally crosses the drive and leads out past the equestrian facilities. Two further rights of way leave the property but don't connect and hence are never used. They are historic paths originally used by workers on foot.