Hertfordshire home with Capability Brown tree on sale for £7.5m

If you are looking for a country retreat close to London then this 1930s luxurious mansion with a fascinating history could be for you – but it will set you back £7.5 million.  

The Greenoaks is immersed in the calm English countryside inside the exclusive Moor Park Golf Club in leafy Hertfordshire.

Ancient and magnificent trees surround the house and the great grand oak tree is the centrepiece.

The tree was planted more than 350 years ago in 1754 by the Royal gardener for King George III, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown – known as England’s greatest gardener.

Greenoaks was built in the 1930s, is close to London but situated in the countryside and is currently on the market for £7.5million

Greenoaks was built in the 1930s, is close to London but situated in the countryside and is currently on the market for £7.5million

Greenoaks was built in the 1930s, is close to London but situated in the countryside and is currently on the market for £7.5million 

The Great Grand Oak Tree was planted more than 350 years ago in 1754 by the Royal gardener for King George III, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

The Great Grand Oak Tree was planted more than 350 years ago in 1754 by the Royal gardener for King George III, Lancelot 'Capability' Brown

The Great Grand Oak Tree was planted more than 350 years ago in 1754 by the Royal gardener for King George III, Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown changed the face of England in the 18th Century, designing country estates, mansions and hillsides. His nickname 'Capability' is thought to have come from his describing landscapes as having 'great capabilities'

Lancelot 'Capability' Brown changed the face of England in the 18th Century, designing country estates, mansions and hillsides. His nickname 'Capability' is thought to have come from his describing landscapes as having 'great capabilities'

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown changed the face of England in the 18th Century, designing country estates, mansions and hillsides. His nickname ‘Capability’ is thought to have come from his describing landscapes as having ‘great capabilities’

Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown changed the face of England in the 18th Century, designing country estates, mansions and hillsides.

His nickname ‘Capability’ is thought to have come from his describing landscapes as having ‘great capabilities’.

Brown’s style is derived from two practical principles of comfort and elegance.

Every landscape was designed to provide every need for the country manor house, but they had to look elegant to resemble nature.

He also practiced architecture and during the 1750s he contributed to several country houses such as Burghley House, although this was not his main vocation.

In 1764, he was appointed as Royal Gardener by King George III to carry out radical and controversial work to redesign Richmond Gardens at Kew, Surrey.

He was asked to make changes to the Richmond Lodge estate which was the summer home of King George and Queen Charlotte.

The radical scheme involved removing a number of features in Kew Garden that had been built for Queen Caroline in the 1730s. At the time people saw this as vandalism, rather than innovation. 

An elegant, swirling staircase with shiny wood and sleek design lets you access the three extensive floors

An elegant, swirling staircase with shiny wood and sleek design lets you access the three extensive floors

An elegant, swirling staircase with shiny wood and sleek design lets you access the three extensive floors

Natural light illuminates the kitchen via a lantern skylight, leaded glazed French doors and an angled roof light window

Natural light illuminates the kitchen via a lantern skylight, leaded glazed French doors and an angled roof light window

Natural light illuminates the kitchen via a lantern skylight, leaded glazed French doors and an angled roof light window

Brown suffered from asthma all his life and having to constantly travel for work affected his health. He worked and travelled until his sudden collapse and death on February 6, 1783.

The ancient tree is not the only appealing feature of this property – there is also a magnificent wooden spiral staircase inside the home.  

An elegant, swirling staircase – dubbed the ‘Stairway to Heaven’ – with shiny wood and sleek design rises between three floors.

The staircase initially only reached the first floor but it was extended by the current homeowners who moved in 30 years ago. 

Natural light is a prominent feature of this house, illuminating the reception room and living room. As a backdrop, you can see the private gardens of the house.

The natural light filters through spectacular windows into the bedrooms. Each room is unique and spacious with a modern feel without losing the sense of the grandeur of the past.

Each bedroom is unique and spacious with a modern feel without losing the sense of the grandeur of the past

Each bedroom is unique and spacious with a modern feel without losing the sense of the grandeur of the past

Each bedroom is unique and spacious with a modern feel without losing the sense of the grandeur of the past

Natural light permeates through each room of the house with spectacular windows revealing stunning scenary of private gardens

Natural light permeates through each room of the house with spectacular windows revealing stunning scenary of private gardens

Natural light permeates through each room of the house with spectacular windows revealing stunning scenary of private gardens

The house is immersed in the calm English countryside inside the exclusive Moor Park Golf Club (pictured)

The house is immersed in the calm English countryside inside the exclusive Moor Park Golf Club (pictured)

The house is immersed in the calm English countryside inside the exclusive Moor Park Golf Club (pictured)

The dining room with beautiful bay windows and scenary of ancient trees and gardens to match

The dining room with beautiful bay windows and scenary of ancient trees and gardens to match

The dining room with beautiful bay windows and scenary of ancient trees and gardens to match 

There is a variety of different bathroom styles to match each the style of each room, like this tiled bathroom with a bath and a shower

There is a variety of different bathroom styles to match each the style of each room, like this tiled bathroom with a bath and a shower

There is a variety of different bathroom styles to match each the style of each room, like this tiled bathroom with a bath and a shower

There are also five bathroom in this property, which is listed on property website Vyomm for £7.5million. The kitchen and breakfast room is fitted with white units and the surfaces are light stone. There is also a central island adorned in contrasting dark granite style tiles.

Natural light illuminates the room via a lantern skylight, leaded glazed French doors and an angled roof light window.

There is also a games room in the house complete with a pool table and a second set of stairs. All the utilities such as a laundry room and garage are included.

All of this is situated in Temple Gardens of Moor Park Golf Course with beautiful views of a lake towards Moor Park mansion iteslf.

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