As lockdown goes on and we continue to spend more time in front of the television, our interest in the latest period drama - and the gorgeous historical homes that are featured - is showing no sign of waning.
Perfect for buyers inspired by the English countryside glamour of these fantasy period properties, Berkeley has launched Trent Park House, the stunning Grade II listed mansion at the centre of its landmark Trent Park development in Enfield, North London.
Comprising an impressive heritage and a green setting, yet with easy access into the capital, this collection of just 14 one, two and three-bedroom luxury apartments and duplexes represents an exceptional opportunity for buyers looking for something very different; an historical new home.
The Georgian style mansion - which is undergoing meticulous restoration - boasts an illustrious history. In 1777, it became a private residence for the first time when King George III leased the residence to Sir Richard Jebb. The house and grounds were subsequently expanded and landscaped by various aristocratic owners over the next century or so, before passing into the hands of socialite Sir Philip Sassoon in 1912. Sassoon created a fashionable countryside retreat, visited by prominent guests including Sir Winston Churchill, Charlie Chaplin and the young Princess Elizabeth. In World War II, the mansion was used by the War Office as part of its intelligence programme.
The subject of a major restoration and conversion by Berkeley's team of expert craftspeople, the building will retain its red-brick façade - originally created by Sassoon - and internally, many period details will be preserved. Every apartment will be elegantly designed to complement the majestic building in which it is situated. Original windows are being carefully refurbished while the building's high ceilings will be further enhanced by coffered detail and feature lighting.
Buyers will be able to choose from two specifications - one contemporary, and one more traditional - both are inspired by and complement the period features of the mansion.
A luxury home, a prestigious heritage and a countryside setting in Zone 5: Berkeley launches Trent Park House in Enfield /2
Brian Mckenzie, Operations Director of Berkeley North East London Ltd, comments: "We're incredibly excited and honoured to be restoring the stunning Trent Park House to its former glory; this wonderful building will provide the best of old and new. The mansion's exterior is being carefully repaired and rejuvenated to its elegant best, while the new homes within will feature classically inspired design combined with the highest specification to complement modern living. With just 14 homes available in this wonderful building, we're anticipating strong interest - buyers should move quickly."
Communal amenities within Trent House Park will include a residents' reading room and a museum which will celebrate the heritage of Trent Park through its exhibitions and a varied event programme; the latter two, open to the wider community too.
The elevated position of Trent Park House affords its residents stunning views over the park's lake to the north and across Sassoon's amazing daffodil lawn where 120,000 bulbs have been recently re-planted. The Lawn Club, which comprises a range of leisure facilities exclusive to residents, includes an open-air heated swimming pool and state-of-the art gym in a beautifully restored Grade II listed Orangery adjacent to the mansion. Outdoor tennis courts also form part of the development.
Trent Park is nestled at the centre of 413 acres of parkland. In addition, there is an 18-hole golf club and riding school within the wider grounds. Cockfosters High Street is within walking distance and offers plenty of independent boutiques, cafés and restaurants for leisurely meals out.
The hustle and bustle of central London is within easy reach; trains from Oakwood Underground station - which can be reached using a residents' exclusive shuttle bus service from the development - reaches King's Cross in just under half an hour. The M25 is also just a 15-minute drive away, offering easy access to the rest of the South East and beyond.
Prices at Trent Park House start from £725,000 for a one-bedroom apartment. To register your interest, call Berkeley on 020 3930 4912 or visit trent-park.co.uk.