A modern masterpiece adjacent to a medieval market square.
Individually conceived and executed, Maelstrom House is a juxtaposition of traditional design and 21st Century technology. Intelligent use of design and layout has created a home of immense privacy incorporating the best elements of cutting edge style and exemplary craftsmanship.
From the entrance courtyard a wide front door opens directly into a spacious and stunning entrance hall. A sleek and beautifully crafted stainless steel curved staircase has pride of place in the room and sets the tone for the quality and innovation to be found throughout the house. St Albans limestone flooring leads directly through the entrance hall and right through the ground floor area. Both the ground and first floors have under-floor heating. To the right of the hall is a large shower room with twin stone basins, an electric WC and shower cubicle. Adjacent is a large general store with curved walls and matching, shaped shelving, offering an extensive storage area; to one corner is a porcelain sink with storage unit beneath. From the hall two doors, one to either side of the staircase, lead into the main living areas.
The door to the right leads directly down to the kitchen area, a magnificent open plan space houses a stainless steel kitchen incorporating an 8-ring Wolf gas hob, full height Sub Zero fridge and freezer, full height wine fridge, 2 Wolf electric ovens, Miele microwave, Miele Nespresso coffee machine, larder fridge, 2 chiller drawers, warming drawer and stainless steel teppenyaki grill. A door leads into the preparation kitchen, fully fitted with stainless steel units and with work surfaces over with two fitted dishwashers (one by Miele and one by Fisher and Pykel). The kitchen has intelligent and sensitive air conditioning to remove unwanted cooking smells form the remainder of the living area which opens directly from the kitchen.
The full height seating area has a huge west-facing window with central door to the garden; a recessed box fireplace provides an open fire and steps lead up to the dining area, which also has a large west-facing window. Off the dining area is the library, a contemplative and intimate room with custom-built bookshelves to two walls. From the dining room a wall of glass with central sliding door leads into the magnificent indoor infinity swimming pool, which has a wide limestone seating area with individual sauna and steam room and a wash-down shower unit. The pool has been cleverly designed to fit within the glazed south-facing bay. A below water surface slate bridge - which can be swum under to a deeper area of the pool - leads directly to the integral spa. At either end of the pool terrace, a staircase leads down to the state of the art air-conditioned cinema.
The ground floor accommodation continues off the kitchen with a short passageway leading to a bedroom with full height south-facing windows and thence into the magnificent galleried sitting room with cathedral-style window facing on to the garden. This is a wonderful bright room and has a gallery overlooking it at first floor level.
The principal staircase leads to the galleried landing, which overlooks the living room, kitchen and garden beyond. There is also a mezzanine gallery area overlooking the sitting room. The master suite is approached directly off the landing and comprises a huge bedroom with superb dressing room, fully fitted with Tisettanta wall fittings on all four walls. A door then leads into the en-suite bathroom which has been expertly conceived to house a sunken bath, two limestone infinity basins, a concealed shower cubicle, WC and urinal. From here doors lead to the galleried landing with sliding glazed doors in a glass wall leading back into the master bedroom, and with glass balustrades overlooking the pool. At the far end of the gallery, stairs lead down to the pool and at the top of the stairs there is an air-conditioned gym. This has a large window overlooking the garden to the rear.
From the landing there are doors to the laundry room, fitted with a large American style washing machine and tumble drier. An adjacent door leads into the family/hobby room – a full height room with windows on twin aspect with ample space for computers, televisions, pool tables, etc. The three remaining bedrooms are all accessed from the landing and each has en-suite facilities. All the bathrooms have been designed and tailored to match the style and individuality of the adjoining bedrooms.
Accessed through electronically operated gates, a long drive leads down through an archway to a secluded parking and turning area in front of the house.
Set in a wooded dell, the main area of garden is to the back of the house and is approached down the side of the building past a wonderful feature Welsh slate wall. The rear garden offers high levels of privacy and is surrounded by a variety of mature conifer and deciduous trees. A level area of lawn leads directly from a large terraced area. Pathways lead round to the side of the house where on the northern side there are a series of raised herb beds.
The Welsh slate wall has an integral stainless steel stairway leading up to the wooded area of the garden.
Immediately to the front of the house are the garages and the garden store.
4 Reception rooms
Master bedroom suite with dressing room and bathroom
4 Further bedrooms and 4 bathrooms
Indoor infinity pool with sauna/steam room
Cinema and gym
Gardens and grounds
Approximate Square Feet:
Lot Acres: 2