So you want to live... in a William and Mary house

By Adam Jacques
Monday 14 October 2013 02:40
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How period are we talking?

Brent Pelham Hall, Hertfordshire, was constructed around 1608 and inhabited by a string of wealthy landowners (the site had previously played host to Queen Elizabeth I). So what you're getting is the very embodiment of the British stately home.

Has it lain untouched by the human hand?

Not quite. Over the centuries there have been alterations, such as replacing the front brickwork in the late 17th century. In the early Victorian era, a fad for historical restoration saw the installation of panelling and fireplace settings around the property, to mimic an earlier age, all very tastefully done.

How many rooms are there?

More than you'll find on a Cluedo board, but substantially less than you'd find at Windsor Castle. Ten bedrooms line the first-floor landing, interspersed with three bathrooms and two dressing rooms (not to mention several Tardis-sized store cupboards).

And what about downstairs?

It's a costume drama's dream set. Off the portrait-lined hall lies a custom-made library, a study, a drawing room and a dining room, as well as a kitchen (fully fitted), sitting room and hunting room. So there's somewhere to put your wellies.

Any charming details?

The 17th-century owner Francis Floyer had his family crest set into the dining room fireplace, and the hall is lined with hunting trophies.

Is there anything for the kids?

A stately home wouldn't be complete without its games room, which is located next to the house, and incorporates two estate offices.

What's the going rate to live like nobility?

Brent Pelham Hall is for sale as several lots. Lot one comprises the home and its grounds; offers from £1.65m. Three further lots are available, totalling £350,000 (Knight Frank, 020-7861 1066; www.knightfrank.com).

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