Gayhurst House


In the 1970’s the whole site was purchased by a property developer who ultimately marketed it as described below. Obviously the builders had to respect the fact that they were dealing with a Grade One listed Building which meant that the project had to be sympathetic in nature. This page is a transcription of the sales prospectus.

Gayhurst House & Mews

Exclusive Houses & Flats in a rural & historic setting

The architects who have re-designed (Gayhurst didn't need to draw up the basic plans. Those plans were drawn up nearly one thousand years ago when (Gayhurst was first built.

The Mews (12 Units)

What they have done is create beautiful modern homes within the original eleventh Century structure — so that a visitor might be forgiven for thinking that time has stood still at Gayhurst since then.

Once inside the solid oak or panelled glass front door, however, the grace and ease of 20th Century living is abundantly evident.

Fully fitted kitchens with Hygena 2000 units in Sapele mahogany and all including Creda tumble driers and Tricity hob and split level oven

Oil-fired central healing and stone or brick built feature fireplaces.

Two bathrooms to each home, one 'en suite' with the master bedroom, and most bedrooms with fitted cupboards.

Double glazing to many windows; Television, telephone and VHF radio point*.

Each home has its own individual charm. Where nooks, crannies or original beams could be preserved and highlighted they have been, so that no two units are alike.

Double garages and enclosed areas of gardens with all units.

The Flats

Some fourteen flats have been designed and have been created within the existing beautiful historic mansion, ranging from a compact one bedroomed flat to more spacious two and three bedroomed flats.

The flats will be finished to a similar high standard as the houses with fully fitted kitchens in Hygena 2000 or similar high quality units and all flats centrally heated.

Single and in some cases double garages will be included with the flats.

The Gardens And Amenities

Between 5 and 10 acres surrounding the homes including two grass tennis courts, carefully landscaped areas and tended walkways including the much chronicled Digby Walk, will be exclusively available for the private use of the residents.

Additional car parking for tenants and guests and a concealed caravan and boat park will be provided.

Through The Ages At Gayhurst

The Domesday Book named the great house as Gatehurst, and during many centuries the name changed slightly. Gahurst. Gothurt. Gatehurst. And now Gayhurst.

If you move into the modernised Gayhurst, you are joining a long and distinguished line of residents. In 1086, the tenant was Robert de Nowers, who owned the house on behalf of the Bishop of I.isieux, who in turn held it for the Bishop of Bayeux, the brother of William the Conqueror.

In 1581, (Queen Elizabeth I granted a patent to Sir Francis Drake conferring on him, the entire estate. The purpose of this move was to ensure legal possession of the estate for a distant relative of the de Nowers family, William Mulsho, to whom Sir Francis sold the estate on 14th January 1581.

Mulsho greatly improved Gayhurst, and much of the present main buildings and adjacent structure stemmed from this period. Mulsho's daughter Mary married Sir Everard Digby, who was executed in 1606 for his part in the Gunpowder Plot. Lady Mary Digby was buried at Gayhurst in 1653.

After the Digby family, the house was occupied in 1704 by the Wrightes, Sir Nathan Wrighte having been keeper of the Great Seal of Queen Anne. In 1860, the family let Gayhurst to Lord Carrington, who carried out further improvements.

In 1882 the house became the property of the Carlile family, who lived there until the 1950's. Subsequently, it became a school for boys. In 1976 the house was bought by Craigside Estates Ltd, of Northampton for conversion into 23 homes for families of the 1970's.


Gayhurst House and Mews stands amidst some 50 acres of verdant pasture and woodland close to the Northamptonshire/ Buckinghamshire border and all homes enjoy views over the estate and adjoining countryside.

The historic Parish Church lies adjacent to the Ouse.

Directions To Gayhurst

Gayhurst village straddles a leafy section of the A.50 road, only four miles from Newport Pagnell, six miles from the M.I Motorway Junction It and Milton Keynes and 12 miles from Northampton. Bedford is 13 miles away.

Once in the village, turn into the driveway alongside the Sir Francis Drake Public House and enjoy your first glimpse of the majestic house as you drive through peaceful meadows.

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