Les Saint Germains is an utterly charming Georgian family home sitting in the middle of its own land in a peaceful lane in the parish of St Lawrence.
The main house was built in 1694 by Philippe le Hardy and has benefitted over time from the influences of the Victorian era through the raising of the ceilings and roof, to make all of the rooms large and light, unlike many properties of a similar nature. It has been owned by the current family for the last forty years and during this time a great deal of solid construction and development work has been done, all of it sympathetic and completed to such a high standard it is hard to distinguish the new from old.
Approached by a block paviour drive Les Saint Germains sits in the middle of 20 acres (45 vergees) of land, of which 8-10 acres are suitable for equine use. It is a significant understatement to refer to this property as simply a house as it has so much more to offer the new purchasers. Outside what would have traditionally been the front of the property, which has been rendered and painted, what would have been the carriageway is now a formal lawned garden, a beautiful spot to bask in the sunshine or the dappled light making its way through the large and mature trees. Further to this garden there is a fantastic ‘shrubbery’ which has a less formal appearance and reminded me of Enid Blyton novels, a place you can imagine all sorts of great games being played by residents young and old. Don’t be fooled by the name, this is also a huge space filled with mature planting and trees.
The gardens continue to the side and back of the property, but here they are home to a fantastic swimming pool, which comes complete with a standalone pool house. This 525 sq.ft granite building comes complete with a kitchen, lounge area and also a separate changing room and shower. Of course this provides an excellent function for the pool area, but could easily be converted in further guest accommodation, should you wish. The pool is an excellent size and very well maintained. It is overlooked by what is actually part of the western wing and the newly built part of the property. The door here leads into what is currently used as guest accommodation. Here again you’ll find a fantastic suite of rooms, a small kitchen and large lounge and dining room. This can either be entered through the main house or from the pool area.
Onwards from the pool you will find the all weather surfaced tennis court, perfect for even the most novice of players, or of course if you have the next Wimbledon champion in your midst this would be the perfect place to get in some practice. Continuing round the property there are the former stables, which could be converted back to return to their former function. A huge external storage area and what every traditional Jersey house should have, pig styes. They don’t currently house pigs, but I’m sure that could easily be remedied, should you wish.
There are multiple secondary accommodation options within the estate, These include a large well equipped two bedroom apartment, with a separate kitchen and lounge/dining room, situated above the large triple garages. The garaging and flat are just under 2,000sq ft in total, comparable to many new build properties. There is also a further separate large two bedroom apartment/suite. Here you will once again be spoilt for space and storage, whether you wish to house multiple generations of even consider letting the properties as a high end holiday let facility.
The main house has 10,397 sq.ft of accommodation set over three floors. This includes four bedrooms, three bathrooms (two en suite) and a magnificent master bedroom suite, complete with a large dressing room and two en-suites. Each of these bedrooms is very large and well proportioned, with views from the front bedrooms on to the beautiful gardens. On the top floor there is a large floored loft area which is crying out to be used as a man den or perhaps a cinema.
Downstairs the reception rooms are almost endless. Here you have three large functioning fireplaces. A large entrance hall, leading you upstairs and on to the drawing room, formal dining room and on to the lounge, which takes you through to a further family room, a large study and a up to that internal guest suite. There is also a billiards room which plays host to a handbuilt full sized table, which has plenty of room all around it and a huge fireplace at one end. This really is a games room that will be the envy of your friends. There is also a kitchen/breakfast room which leads onto a snug and further through to the conservatory, which leads you back to the lawned garden at the front of the house.
It would be remiss not to mention the further grounds which surround the house, these include a large mature orchard with a stream running through it and of course those fields which would make the perfect home to a whole host of horses. Le Saint Germains is a well built, well maintained and extremely well equipped property, it is just waiting for someone to come and make their own mark on the internal decoration, which will make this the absolutely perfect family home for the next generation of owners.
Maillard’s Estates T: 737293 Price on Application
• An historic Georgian Estate
• 9 Bedrooms
• 9 Bathrooms
• Guest Suite (private entrance)
• Swimming pool
• Former stables
• Delightful grounds and gardens
• 20 acres of land
• 10 Parking
• Mains water, drainage and electricity.
• Oil Central Heating.