Harmer Green, Welwyn, Hertfordshire

Guide Price £4,000,000


Between 1904 and 1906 the property was the home of playwright and novelist George Bernard Shaw, who won the Nobel prize for literature. Several photographs exist of Shaw at Pennyfather's, one of which shows Shaw at a window, this photo is displayed at the house.

Pennyfathers has undergone considerable renovation in recent years particularly the interior, where high quality modern fittings combine with many retained period features to create an elegant interior with high ceilings, large mullioned windows, and exposed timber floors. Of particularly note is the wide, solid oak staircase with gallery above.

Approached from Harmer Green Lane via a neat carriage drive, Pennyfathers occupies a secluded spot set well back from the road, in garden and grounds approaching 2 acres, it overlooks a delightful natural pond which also protect its rear.

The accommodation is laid out over three floors. From the driveway a wide oak entrance door leads to a square reception hall with featured fireplace., an inner hall is dominated by the main staircase and from here all principle rooms lead off. There is a bespoke fitted kitchen with a full range of appliances and a 4 oven Aga and a walk-in larder and separate utility room.

In addition to the principle reception rooms, there is a study, home-cinema room, and playroom. On the first floor is a galleried landing giving access to the master bedroom suite and 4 further bedrooms, one of which has an en-suite shower; there is also a main bathroom with bath and separate shower stall.

A staircase from the landing leads up to the second floor where a suite of bedroom, kitchenette and a shower room provide self-contained quarters for staff. Bedroom seven and an attic room is also on this floor.


Pennyfathers is approached from harmer green lane via a tarmacadam carriage driveway leading to a large parking area with space for up to 10 cars and access to:

Detached Double Garage
With light and power, store to rear.

The front garden stands behind an attractive natural pond and is laid to lawn with flower and shrub beds and borders and a number of mature trees including willow, sycamore and elder. Secure gated pedestrian access leads to beautiful south-facing gardens and grounds. Immediately to the rear of the property is a large, brick and flagstone terrace incorporating an outside dining area, beyond which is an extensive lawn surrounded by mature trees and shrubs including pine, yew, laurel, lime and sycamore, one of which holds a child's tree house. Hexagonal garden store 10'6 x 10'6 (3.20 x 3.20m) with electric light and power, to the rear of which is a small productive vegetable area and a pergola leading to a:

Leisure Complex Incorporating:

A heated swimming pool 20' x 40' with remote control cover, large paved surround, 2 substantial poolside buildings: a Gymnasium/Games room 50' x 20' with shower room and 2 dressing rooms; and the second building houses a kitchen 30' x 7'6" and combined pool house with filtration plant and gas fired boiler. A pathway from the pool area leads to a Hard Tennis Court screened by a neat evergreen hedge.

In all, the gardens and grounds extend to 1.92 acres or thereabouts.


Harmer Green is a much sought-after hamlet lying approximately 1 mile to the east of Welwyn village and 2 miles to the north of Welwyn Garden City. The area is ideal for those wishing to commute as Welwyn North Station, which lies within a few minutes' walk of the property, offers a fast and frequent service into Kings Cross, taking from 20 minutes. Junction 6 of the A1(M) is within 2 miles.
Private schooling is well represented including Heath Mount at Watton at Stone, and Haileybury at Hertford Heath. Brocket hall golf club and the Michelin star Auberge du Lac restaurant is approx. 2 miles away.
Postcode: AL6 0EL
Services: Mains gas, electricity, water and drainage. Gas-fired central heating, modern security system, integrated TV/media system.
Viewing: Strictly by prior appointment through the vendor's sole agent, Bryan Bishop & Partners, telephone Welwyn (01438) 718877 or email martin.bishop@bryanbishop.co.uk
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