As you sweep up the mile-long drive, take in the beautiful views of the parkland. Style meets substance in this beautiful family home, where classical columns provide an elegant backdrop to laid-back lounging, in true country chic manner. According to The Times ‘The coolest estate in Hertfordshire’.
The dining room lends itself to a black tie celebratory feast, or perhaps you’d prefer to hang out with the children in the homely country kitchen? Then head to the living room to chill out in front of a roaring open fire, or you can create your own entertainment by retiring to the drawing room to tinkle the ivories.
By day, throw open the wooden shutters and let the light flood in. Once outside, you’re spoilt for choice with 100-acres of sprawling countryside, a clock tower and walled gardens to explore. There has never been a greater spot for an afternoon of hide and seek, genteel croquet or a dip in the plunge pool, which will all help you work up an appetite for supper or successfully wear out the children! Frankly, you’ll never want to leave.
With 100-acres of estate to explore, your peaceful ambience is punctuated by the braying of resident ponies or the call of wild birds from the woodlands. Lazy afternoons walking the riverbank soon drift into long, laid-back evenings where time no longer matters.
The working Georgian clock tower keeps a watchful eye over the celebrations as its dulcet chimes echo across the relaxing scene. Children of all ages will adore the freedom of the vast open spaces.
While away the afternoons with impromptu cricket or rounders matches, or hit the all-weather tennis court. Just a short stroll away, you’ll discover the walled garden offers a peaceful escape from the rest of the world and a chance to grab some rays.
As your guests bid their farewells, take a moment to reflect on the memories made, and precious moments spent together, as you sit back and take in the sunset from the terrace.
You’ll find everyone flocks to the kitchen for leisurely brunches and midnight snacks. Pop the kettle on and soak up the sound of lively chatter. For happy hostesses, there’s a combi and fan oven as well as the 5 oven AGA, so you’ll be whipping up gourmet delights with ease.
When you’re ready to leave the hard work to someone else, the formal dining room is the perfect backdrop for a catered dinner, with a grand table for up to 18 guests. From sumptuous feasts to more simple fare, we can arrange the catering to suit the occasion, leaving you free to simply enjoy yourself. You are on holiday after all.
There’s no need to stand on ceremony when you’ve spent the day exploring the estate and have worked up an appetite for a wholesome summery spread. Simply fire up the coal barbecue and enjoy al fresco dining from the terrace.
With a vast array of farm shops, delis and wine merchants within easy reach, you’ll never be stuck for supplies, as well as excellent gastro pubs and restaurants aplenty when you fancy a hassle free meal and no washing up!
Make an entrance as you sweep down the dramatic staircase, ready to enjoy a piano recital in the light-flooded drawing room. If music recitals aren’t your thing, the room lends itself perfectly to chatter and merriment from the comfort of the vast sofas in front of the open fire.
For laid back lounging, the colourful sitting room is ideal for chilled out movie nights. But if your idea of luxury is more literary-minded, you can head to the library to lose yourself in one of hundreds of books.
At Youngsbury you’re truly spoilt for choice with so many characterful spaces to discover. The conservatory provides a wonderful vantage point of the gardens, while the adventurous will love exploring the cavernous cellars.
Ping pong tournaments are actively encouraged between young and old, and the iPod docking stations mean you’ll always have a celebratory soundtrack at the ready. A wonderful home of contrasts, the majestic columns set a grand tone for your stay, whilst the relaxed family kitchen is a homely spot to just hang out with the family.
When it’s time to call it a night, there are eight charming bedrooms to choose between, all individually designed with eclectic colours, fabrics and prints, as well as a handy sofa bed in the sitting room.
Take in the commanding views over the estate from the comfort of the master suite. A restful night in the comfy king bed is a given, and you have a vast en-suite with traditional bath and shower for a relaxing soak.
There’s a twin bedroom for children, and a further six bedrooms with double and king beds for guests to snuggle into. With a mix of feminine florals, and light, bright colour palettes, each room has a distinct character and cosy, country chic feel. After a fun filled day, you’ll relish your restful surroundings.
Once morning comes, enjoy a decadent lie in and don’t worry, there will be no one queuing for showers with two en-suites and three further bathrooms at your disposal.