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Property Flirt: Norcott Lodge, Northchurch


Ok, how often does a house come on the market that has a library? And a snooker room? And – get this – a minstrels’ gallery? I mean, I don’t know if it includes the actual minstrels, but still…


This one is a total beauty. And it’s the sort of house that you just don’t see very often, and not just because it’s tucked away on its own acre of land surrounded by rolling countryside. And there’s so much to look at that I don’t even know where to start.




Ok, let’s start on the ground floor. There’s a large hallway, with chequerboard tiled flooring and lots of lovely architectural detail. Then you go through the double doors into the large drawing room – let’s call it the family room shall we? – with a great big fireplace and a wood burner. It’s all French oak flooring and panelling in here, with plenty of space to lounge around. And it’s all overlooked by the minstrels’ gallery.




Then you head through into the dining room, which will be big enough to have almost everyone you know for dinner. Fireplace in here, too.


And the kitchen’s big, too. A large walk-in pantry, Shaker cabinets, a pair of double ovens, two separate sinks, and a huge swath of granite worktop.


Once you’ve brewed your coffee and warmed your croissants, you can sit in the sunny breakfast room or head out through the French doors into the cobbled courtyard.


There’s also a bedroom downstairs, with a large en-suite shower – and the room opens out onto a west-facing terrace, giving it independent access should you need that.


Ready to have a look upstairs? Ok, let’s go. There’s a spiral staircase going up from the drawing room up to the minstrels’ gallery (I can’t get enough of that, for real), which has – I’m in heaven – a bank of fitted book shelves *sigh*. On this level, there are two other rooms – a bedroom and a study, which could be used as another bedroom. A door leads out from there to the roof terrace – which you can also access from the master suite.


Off the main landing, there’s the great big master bedroom – with a bathroom that’s en suite, but also accessible from the landing so could be a family bathroom. There are two more bedroom suites on this floor, each with its own shower room. Then the top floor has a large eaves space, which would make a fabulous playroom.


The house is set in about an acre, but edges onto the Ashridge Estate – National Trust land. It’s in Dudswell, which is in Northchurch, just on the edge of Berkhamsted, so you’ve got all the convenience of easy connections into London and elsewhere, but still the feeling of being miles from anywhere on your very own country estate.


Ok, it’s gorgeous. But how much do you reckon it’s on the market for? Go on – have a guess in the comments and we’ll see who’s closest. Or you can check if you’re spot on right here.

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