Property Ref: 59860
Just to the north of Node Park is Knebworth House, a beautiful Gothic mansion now famous worldwide for its rock concerts. Welwyns Brocket Hall, a stately home built in the mid 18th century, is home to championship-standard golf courses and the five-star Auberge du Lac restaurant.
There are a number of pretty villages and hamlets within a handful of miles; Codicote is the nearest, where you will find a generously stocked local shop, a restaurant, three pubs and a butcher, as well as two garden centres. Beyond Codicote its only a few miles to Welwyn Garden City.
Welwyn Garden City has extensive shopping on offer, including an array of national retailers and a large John Lewis. There are impressive recreational facilities too, including Stanborough Lakes and Gosling Sports Centre with its dry ski slope, indoor and outdoor tennis, velodrome and golf driving range.
Both Hitchin and Harpenden are just 6 miles away; traditional market towns with a cosmopolitan edge, characterised by bustling high streets of independent boutiques, cafés and restaurants, as well as theatres, pubs and other amenities.
All three towns, and St Albans just a few miles further afield, are on the main lines into London, which can be reached in under half an hour.
Hitchin and Welwyn Garden City have direct trains into London Kings Cross, while Harpenden station serves London St Pancras. Each has multiple trains each hour, all reaching the capital in 26 minutes.
Node Park lies just off the B656 country road from Hitchin to Codicote, around 6 miles from junctions 6 (Welwyn Garden City) and 8 (Hitchin) of the A1(M). Junction 10 (Luton) of the M1 is just under 12 miles away.
International business and leisure travel is readily available via Eurostar from St Pancras International (a 26-minute rail journey from Harpenden). In addition, Luton, Stanstead and Heathrow airports are all easily accessible by car.
With 15 acres of the private estate to enjoy, there's a different view and different experience for every day. The private park has been carefully restored and enhanced. To reach your new home within The Manor House, you will come through secure gates and along a half-mile driveway. The setting is special, all around is greenery: listed trees more than a century old, with grassland and lawns and areas given over to nature. There is a tennis court for the sole use of residents, you will find the original park walls and open fields, formal Italianate gardens with original fountain and statues, natural woodland walks, including a water rock garden and a sunken garden. The formal gardens were designed by James Pulham and Son, award-winning Victorian landscape designers which exhibited and won medals at Londons Great Exhibition of 1851 and the 1862 International Exhibition.
The Manor House at Node Park was built in circa 1815 as a private country residence for a wealthy Hertfordshire family. The property remained in private ownership from 1815 until 1947 and has had a number of distinguished owners including William Reid (1849-1867), a partner in the brewing firm of Watney, Combe & Reid and Charles Alexander Nall-Cain (1905-1926), the First Lord Brocket.
In 1947 it was operated as the headquarters for the Palestine Police for the Colonies. In 1949 until 1952 the house was converted to a hotel and restaurant. In 1952 Shell Mex and BP bought the property and operated it as a training centre until it was sold to Safeway in 1990 who in turn sold it to Chartridge Conference Company, who had used the property as a conference and wedding venue until 2011.
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