Wellgarth Manor was originally built as a nursery training school in 1916. The design is believed to have been started by architects Lovegrove and Papworth, and then handed over for completion by Arthur Penty of Parker and Unwin, one of the architects appointed in the design and development of Hampstead Garden Suburb. For many years the building was used as a youth hostel until it became surplus to requirement by the Youth Hostel Association.
Developers Harrison Varma has now sympathetically restored the Arts & Crafts exterior and completely transformed the interior of the building to create contemporary homes. The original house has been converted into four properties, while an additional two new build houses have been built in the grounds. Each benefits from state-of-the-art interiors, secure on-site parking for two cars, externally monitored CCTV and private gardens and terraces.
Simon Barry, partner, Knight Frank residential development (020 7861 5499; www.knightfrank.co.uk), says: ‘Harrison Varma have brought their trade-mark qualities of light-filled space and amazing technology to their latest project. You will find only the best possible materials and highest standards of workmanship with the added benefits of security and privacy.’
All the joinery, fitted desks, dressers, bedside tables and wardrobes have been custom made. Spacious kitchens feature Poggenpohl units, stone work surfaces and Gaggennau appliances. Bathrooms have limestone flooring and walk-in showers. The master bathroom suites have his and her shower areas, Kaldewei baths with whirlpool Jacuzzi and chromatherapy systems. There is an integrated audio system throughout each property and Aquavision monitors can be found in the guest and master bathrooms.
All formal reception areas have hard word flooring. The properties feature cinema rooms with a bar, full High Definition projectors, screens with 17.1 surround sound and blu-ray players.
Located only moments from Hampstead Heath and Hampstead Village, Wellgarth Manor is surrounded by parks and woodlands. It is within walking distance of Golders Green underground station which has fast links to the City and West End. It is also close to some of north London’s most prestigious schools.
There are five properties available, with prices starting from £3.75million for the three bedroom, three bathroom property in the main converted Wellgarth Manor.. The four bedroom, four bathroom house has a guide price of £4,950,000 and the six bedroom houses which feature, double garages and gardens start from £5,250,000.
Trevor Abrahmsohn of joint selling agents Glentree International (020 8458 7311 www.glentree.co.uk) believes: ‘With the property market for 2010 looking a lot healthier than for some considerable time, we are not expecting them to remain available for long.’