Tag Archives: hertfordshire

The estate office: country houses as corporate headquarters – and Barrington Hall, for sale

In many ways, a country house was often the headquarters of a business relating to both the estate and the affairs of the family who lived there.  This role was to be mirrored in the latter half of the 20th-century … Continue reading

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PPS7 – the saviour of the new build country house

The nature of our country houses is one of evolution in design, form, and function.  As society has changed, so too have the requirements of the wealthy and, as their houses have been a direct expression of their wishes, these … Continue reading

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Ripples of Palladio: Forcett Hall, Yorkshire for sale

For those of us who love our country houses, the weekly delight of the new Country Life magazine are the many pages of houses for sale.  Although the space is usually dominated by the major players such as Knight Frank, … Continue reading

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Country House Rescue: school’s out – High Elms Manor, Herts

If there was a prize for commitment above and beyond financial sense then the owner of High Elms Manor/Garston Manor could probably win ‘Highly Commended’ for her determination to rescue this once-derelict country house on the edge of Watford, Hertfordshire, … Continue reading

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Country House Rescue returns for Series 3: Wyresdale Park, Lancashire

The history of the country house is sadly often a cycle of rise and fall with the main variable being the speed of each respectively.  The old phrase was ‘one generation made the wealth, the second enjoyed it, and the … Continue reading

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Looking for a saviour: St Osyth Priory, Essex

Of the phrases most likely to cause concern for those who love our country houses, up there with ‘dry rot’, ‘water leak’ and ‘death duties’ has to be ‘enabling development’.  Originally designed to protect heritage assets by permitting limited development … Continue reading

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Rent a doll’s house: Gunby Hall, Lincolnshire

Sitting on a small rise, just off the A158 on the road to Skegness in Lincolnshire sits one of the prettiest of the National Trust’s many country houses; Gunby Hall. However, unlike the others, where we can only ever dream … Continue reading

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