The house was built in 1745 for the Barclay Family of Barclays bank and was designed by renowned architect James Paine. It is a 10 bedroom Georgian, villa style house surrounded by Capability Brown parkand and river. The house previously had another floor and a pitched roof, which was removed in the 40s when it was fashionable to have a flat roof and large glass dome above the hall on such houses. In addition to the main house there is a beautiful stable block with coach houses and an archway complete with clock. There are pictures of the house and stables in the V&A. To the east of the house there are 2 walled gardens, one was the original kitchen garden and the other the orchard. Within the outer wall there is a small cottage as well as a large arched greenhouse. The house is accessed by a mile long driveway that passes the original gatehouse, through woodland and the park (grazed by sheep and horses) The house has recently been renovated using traditional Georgian colours and sympathetic furnishings. There are still a few rooms which have been left in their original state including 3 bedrooms, the drawing room and the old kitchen. There are also extensive cellars. Other exciting features include a victorian icehouse, overgrown Victorian swimming pond and the ruins of a Victorian bathing house next to the river. Located in Hertfordshire.
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