A Hall with history

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Grade II-listed Cadlington Hall, as it now is, forms a major part of what was a large mansion on the Cadlington House estate, believed to have been built in 1810 by William Knighton. Noted for great taste, Knighton gained greater recognition, and his baronetcy, for his services to the then Prince Regent and subsequent relieving of the Regent of a mountain of debt once he had become George IV.

It’s said that Knighton was so appreciated by the monarch that the King always addressed him as MDF (My Dear Friend) in correspondence, informality otherwise unheard of.

When you see Cadlington Hall, particularly if you are fortunate enough to become its next owner, then you may feel equally well disposed to Knighton.

The Hall became the more prominent part of the house when it was divided into three wings only seven years ago. It retains an impressive entrance hall and a colonnade that creates a veranda overlooking the park-like gardens.

‘This is an absolute period piece that impresses with its wonderful features that include the colonnade and the original orangery,’ explains Colin Shairp, of Fine and Country Southern Hampshire.

‘But the great thing is the Hall is not held in some sort of time warp.

‘It has endured its 200 years of history well but, more importantly, it has also been equipped to meet the demands of modern life.

‘The decoration recalls the bygone era and the magnificent staircase rising from the imposing entrance hall conveys you to a world of wonderful bedrooms of ample proportions.

‘But step into the bathrooms and the baths themselves recall the claw-foot, roll-top period pieces but with clean, modern design. There is also a modern double shower cubicle, a mirror to that on the ground floor.

‘The garden wraps around the house on three sides, measuring approximately half-an-acre.’