A handsome home with a party barn business
£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).