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A fine classical country house

£8 million Morley Hall combines traditional style with a home fit for modern living

 

Morley Hall is a Georgian country house to the east of Ware in Hertfordshire. This fine residence is worthy of note as it was remodeled in the Palladian style by the renowned classical architect Raymond Erith RA FRIBA (1904 – 1973) in 1955 – 1956.

 

Morley Hall, Wareside, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 7QP
Morley Hall, Wareside, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 7QP

Grade II listed and dating back originally to the 17th century in parts, Erith’s work on the house is considered exceptional and was one of his first significant country house commissions. He would later work on the redesign of 10 Downing Street and in testament to that, as part of the restoration carried out by the current owners, a copper topped lantern identical to the one above the Prime Minister’s official residence has been installed above the Vitruvian front door.

 

Downton Abbey and Gosford Park writer Julian Fellowes once stated:

 

“The English country house is certainly an icon of British culture”.

 

Morley Hall provides the perfect modern interpretation: Here, you’ve got a classical country house just 25 miles from Central London that’s been adapted for contemporary living. Not only does the 10,442 square foot main residence have 4 principal reception rooms, 8 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms, it also features a cinema with backlit walls painted by the artist for Bladerunner and Star Wars, a 47-foot long function room and a linen oak paneled snooker room.

 

The drawing room
The drawing room is one of 4 principal reception rooms
The cinema room features a 10 foot acoustically transparent Stewart screen, 7 channel surround sound and bespoke seating with inbuilt Crestron controls
The cinema room features a 10 foot acoustically transparent Stewart screen, 7 channel surround
sound and bespoke seating with inbuilt Crestron controls
The snooker room is linen-fold oak panelled snooker room and features French oak floors, a bar area and air-conditioning
The snooker room is linen-fold oak panelled
snooker room and features French oak floors, a bar area and air-conditioning

In addition, there is a 5-bedroomed cottage, described as being suitable for staff or guests, an outdoor swimming pool, an all-weather tennis court and numerous outbuildings including barns, stabling and a 39-foot by 22-foot garage. Planning permission has also been granted for a 3,300 square foot leisure complex.

 

There is currently an outdoor swimming pool but there is also planning permission to build an indoor leisure complex
There is currently an outdoor swimming pool but there is also planning permission to build an indoor leisure complex
Within the grounds there is also an all-weather tennis court
Within the grounds there is also an all-weather tennis court
The professionally constructed treehouse on a moated island will please adults and children alike
The professionally constructed treehouse on a moated island will please adults and children alike

Though the only limitation we can see is that Morley Hall comes with just 29.8 acres of grounds in total, the setting is superb. Aside from 2 acres of formal gardens, there is parkland, several paddocks and a medieval moated island where a professionally designed tree house – resembling something out of the Lord of the Rings – has been built. It features electric lighting, a water supply and comes with a range of zip wires and rope swings. Harry Potter eat your heart out, selling agents Savills seek £7,950,000.

 

 

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