A hand­some home with a party barn busi­ness

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Homes and Property - - News -

£3 mil­lion: Grade II-listed Great Of­fley House near Hitchin in North Herts busts many a bud­get — but just look at what you get.

The hand­some, eightbed­room house in Great Of­fley vil­lage sits in al­most three acres with a va­ri­ety of out­build­ings, an or­chard, swim­ming pool, walled rose gar­den and ex­ten­sive lawns where the present owner keeps wal­la­bies as “or­ganic lawn­mow­ers”. There is also a two-bed­room cot­tage you could let to hol­i­day guests — but the real at­ten­tion grab­ber is a very fine beamed party barn, pic­tured above right, that would make an ex­quis­ite set­ting for wed­ding re­cep­tions and mu­si­cal and the­atri­cal events. Or go the whole hog and turn the barn and the house into a bou­tique ho­tel. The house has five re­cep­tion rooms, a farm­house kitchen with an Aga, plus a snooker room and a con­ser­va­tory. Lon­don is less than 30 min­utes away by train from nearby Lu­ton Air­port Park­way sta­tion. Through Sav­ills (01582 934084).

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