Is This the Largest Cottage in England?

A landmark house near Bishop’s Stortford, thought to be the largest cottage in England, is for sale with leading local estate agent, Mullucks Wells.


“The Cottage”, in Birchanger, has 18 bedrooms and 14 bathrooms plus dining rooms, drawing room, sitting room and conservatory. The property has been used for many years as a successful B&B guesthouse, but has planning permission for conversion back to a family home if required.

The current owners, John and Angela Hodge, have run The Cottage as a guesthouse for 16 years. John said: “The house was originally known as The Parsonage and the vicar lived here when the land was owned by New College, Oxford. The name was changed to The Cottage, probably when the new vicarage was built, but the owners before us began the guesthouse business and over the years they added a wing to either end to create more bedrooms.”

John and Angela Hodge were farming in Buntingford when they started looking for a new business and bought The Cottage in 1997. “Before that I’d been looking after 120 Friesians,” added John, “so looking after up to 32 human guests was a big change! But we’ve so enjoyed meeting people from all over the world that we’re still here after 16 years.”

The guesthouse mainly caters for business travellers during the week and family parties at the weekend.

William Wells, Director at Mullucks Wells estate agents, said: “We’ve certainly never come across an 18 bedroom cottage! It’s an elegant house with the gothic windows hinting at its history as a parsonage. The Cottage could continue as a guesthouse - but there’s also the possibility of sectioning off the wings to create self-contained accommodation for family, rental or holiday lets.”

The Cottage is on the market for £1,100,000. For more information please call Mullucks Wells on 01279 755400.