A Taste of Jane Austen’s Regency World at Balls Park

Balls Park 3Balls Park, the historic Grade I Listed Jacobean mansion in Hertford, is being transformed by City & Country Group into 40 breathtaking apartments, and provides the perfect location for housebuyers seeking their very own slice of Jane Austen’s Regency world.

Balls Park is believed to be the inspiration for Netherfield, a pivotal location in the plot of Pride and Prejudice.

Centred around a classic love story between Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, Pride and Prejudice sees the pair brought together by Darcy’s friend Charles Bingley at his rented country estate, Netherfield.

Bingley’s Ball at Netherfield is where Darcy and Elizabeth dance for the first time, thus sparking one of history’s greatest love stories.

Jane Austen is thought to have visited Balls Park whilst writing Pride and Prejudice and historical sources confirm that it is possible that Balls Park was in fact used as the inspiration for Netherfield; whilst the nearby market town of Hertford was where the idea for the ficticious town of Meryton came from.

Ian Dieffenthaller, Conservation Architect for City & Country Group comments; “Whilst Balls Park is obviously a very important architectural site, with undoubtedly some of the best plastered ceilings from the 17th and 18th century in the country and a wealth of period features, it is particularly interesting to note the connection with Jane Austen.

At the time, this part of Hertfordshire was an extremely wealthy area and a desirable location for those from London looking to build their country seats; Balls Park exemplifies the wealth at that time.

The cream of English society were to be found frequently gracing the opulent public rooms at Balls Court, and it is even possible that the famous Netherfield Ball in Pride and Prejudice was inspired by a similar ball at Balls Park that Jane Austen would have attended herself.”

Helen Moore, Managing Director at City & Country Residential comments: “Pride and Prejudice is the archetypal love story that has set the benchmark for many other period romantic dramas.

With the stunning architecture and beautiful surroundings at Balls Park, it isn’t hard to see how a visit by Jane Austen could have inspired her when writing Pride and Prejudice.

This famous literary connection just adds to the rich historic tapestry of Balls Park, and we hope that this will continue well into the future with new residents moving in.

We have taken great care to ensure that this magnificent house and estate is restored to its former glory, by carefully retaining intricate details, whilst bringing together old and new, which has allowed us to create stunning homes and a unique living experience for anyone who buys here.”

Balls Park is set in 63 acres of picturesque Grade II listed parkland, which features on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.

Each of the homes will have access to the private gardens and historic parkland, giving purchasers a rare opportunity to live within an historic country mansion without the typical responsibilities of maintaining an estate of its size.

The estate has also been used as a location for the films ‘The Young Victoria’, ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘The Golden Compass’, as well as several television series, including ‘Foyles War’, ‘The Inspector Linley Mysteries’ and ‘Bleak House’.

Properties in The Stables, the first phase of development at Balls Park, feature beautifully restored sash windows, as well as an abundance of other original features. Bespoke kitchens have been designed for each property and include a range of integrated stainless steel appliances, whilst the bathrooms incorporate white sanitaryware and chrome fittings. Throughout the properties, top quality flooring has been provided including 100% wool carpets, porcelain floor tiles and either engineered oak boards or restored original floorboards.

Balls Park is an exclusive community, and provides the perfect location with Hertford town centre just a short 10-minute walk away, where there are a variety of shops, restaurants and cafés. Whilst Kings Cross, Moorgate and London Liverpool Street are all accessed easily in under 50 minutes by train from Hertford with two separate train lines.

Prices at The Stables at Balls Park currently start from £237,500 for a one bedroom apartment and £365,000 for a two-bedroom apartment. For those keen to find out more about purchasing an exclusive new home in The Stables, the on-site sales suite is open daily between 10am and 5pm. For further information, contact City & Country Group on telephone: 01992 551777 or visit:

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