A handsome former farmhouse with consent for secondary accommodation in beautiful, mature gardens.
• Reception hall
• Drawing room, dining room and family room
• Kitchen/breakfast room
• Pantry, utility room, boot room and two cloak rooms
• Master bedroom
• Seven further bedrooms (one en-suite)
• Two family bathrooms
• Two stables
• Workshop, office and stores
• Three garages
• In all about 2.94 acres
Knebworth Lodge - Historical Note.
The original Knebworth Lodge is believed to have been built in 1420 as a Hall House, with extensions in the 16th, 17th and 20th Centuries. The house is listed Grade II.
Notable occupants include CF Cobbold (later Lord Cobbold, who became Governor of the Bank of England) and his wife Lady Hermione Lytton between 1943 and 1949; and between 1949 and 1954, Pamela, Dowager Countess of Lytton who was formerly Pamela Chichele-Plowden and was allegedly Winston Churchill’s first love. They remained close friends and Churchill may have visited on several occasions.
Grade II Listed being of architectural and historic importance, Knebworth Lodge is constructed with a white rendered finish under a tiled roof. Internally, the house combines light and spacious reception rooms with seven comfortable bedrooms on the first and second floors. Of particular note is the drawing room, centred on an attractive open fireplace and French doors opening onto the paved loggia overlooking the gardens. The dining room is well proportioned with a magnificent inglenook fireplace. The kitchen is beautifully finished with farmhouse style old pine units under granite work surfaces and includes a four oven Aga. Double doors lead onto the conservatory.
Outside are a range of traditional brick built outbuildings including an extensive home-office with a separate kitchen and shower room and upper floor bedroom space. Adjoining is a large workshop with twin stables and three large garages.
Planning consent has been granted for change of use to convert the workshop, stables and garages to provide two bedroom secondary accommodation. A separate planning consent has been granted for replacement garages of a style in keeping with the existing outbuildings.
The gardens and grounds provide a tranquil setting for the house, laid mostly to lawn and surrounded by a selection of mature trees. A large ornamental pond with a fountain and waterfall provides an attractive feature and is a haven for wildlife.
Protected by a tall beach hedge is the all-weather tennis court, next to which is the paddock, ideal for a pony. A productive multi fruit tree orchard lies across the drive from the front door.
Lot Acres: 2.94