Barrington Hall sits within a delightful position on the Essex Hertfordshire borders, set within its own 41.25 acres with good communications to London, International airports and major road links for either the M25 or M11 motorway. The nearby village of Hatfield Broad Oak offers a local rural lifestyle with a post office, shop and 2 public houses. The larger centres of Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth are 7 and 4 miles respectively. Commuter mainline stations providing a regular service to London (Liverpool Street) are available at Bishop's Stortford, Sawbridgeworth and Stansted 2 Airport, which is a 6-mile country drive giving access to the Stansted Express, which leaves every 15 minutes and takes approximately 46 minutes to Liverpool Street. Central London is about 38 miles and Cambridge is 31 miles by road.
There are some very well regarded schools in the area including Felsted, Bishop's Stortford College and two outstanding Grammar Schools, KEGS and Chelmsford County High School for Girls.
Sporting opportunities are extensive including Polo at Silverleys Polo Club; hunting with the Puckeridge Hunt; racing at Newmarket; widespread shooting opportunities and several excellent golf courses nearby including Bishop's Stortford Golf Club, East Herts Golf Club and Hanbury Manor.
Barrington Hall is a magnificent Grade II* Georgian listed building. The parkland is set out with interesting species and an ornamental lake. The property is approached by an impressive oak lined driveway and is an architectural example of a large country house with fine fireplaces, high ceilings and exquisite detail to doors, joinery and plasterwork. The grand reception hall and main staircase are especially noteworthy.
The house is entered through an impressive portico hall with a stone staircase up to the exceptional double height grand reception hall. The reception hall with its huge window, oak herringbone floor and fine fireplace leads to the drawing room with a stunning period marble fireplace and mullioned windows overlooking the lake and beyond. Off to the east of the great hall is a beautifully proportioned library with extensive fitted shelving and period fireplace. This leads through to the mirrored dining room which could comfortably seat 24. The inner hall leads to the study overlooking the front of the house. There is a second less formal entrance leading through the boot room to the arches into the kitchen/breakfast room. This generous south facing room has been fitted with bespoke Le Cornue kitchen equipment. Oversized arched windows face the gardens with a door leading out onto the extensive terrace. There is also a separate pantry and vestibule.
An impressive oak staircase with its ornately plastered ceiling leads to the first floor with a gallery landing overlooking the great hall. At the head of the gallery landing doors lead into the principal bedroom suite. This stately sized bedroom has been provided with two separate luxurious dressing and bathrooms. The large guest bedroom overlooks the formal gardens and benefits from a fine ensuite bathroom. There are three further generous bedrooms and two bathrooms off the landing. A door at the far east side of the landing gives access to the visitor apartment rooms. Beautifully appointed and fitted with an independent kitchen, large living accommodation, two double bedrooms and contemporary bathroom.
There is a change of tone approaching the entertainment area of the house. An inspired combination of metal W20 style windows, stone stair treads and douglas fir timber form an area to relax and socialise. A contemporary style split level space provides a modern gas flamed fire, fully equipped bar, entertainment wall and vast open plan games area.
A bright staircase leads to the top floor of the house into a vaulted loft style space. With its oak joists, glazed roof lights and exposed brickwork this floor has been named the Prospect Rooms after the Edwardian term for high status rooms at the top of the house from where to survey your estate. There are two further double bedrooms with exceptional views of the estate and an opulent bathroom and cloakroom.
This area of the house has been devoted to leisure space. Formally the old kitchen with its high vaulted ceiling and columns, this space has now been transformed into a luxury heated swimming pool and jacuzzi. The old range has been converted to a bar complete with fridge and freezer. There is also a sauna, steam room and changing area. The gym is a voluminous space with timber floor and large windows. The laundry room, plant area and wine cellars are accessed from the inner hall. There is also access to the courtyard garden.
THE COACH HOUSE
The Coach House is an elegant building constructed at the same time as Barrington Hall. Its original purpose was to accommodate carriages, liverymen and horses. Converted in the mid 80's into a secondary residential accommodation to Barrington Hall the Coach House now offers a generous additional house comprising dining hall, living room, open plan kitchen/breakfast room and utility on the ground floor. The first floor provides a principal bedroom with dressing room and ensuite, guest bedroom with ensuite bathroom and four further bedrooms and family bathroom.
The cottage is a single storey house offering sitting/dining room, fitted kitchen, two bedrooms and family bathroom.
Garages are provided in two blocks; one triple garage with electric up and over doors and workshop and double garage to the rear of the coach house. In addition there is a boiler house, bin store and gardeners store.