One of the greatest characteristics of luxury London property is its history. New to the market, luxury apartments at Trent Park in north London are the perfect example. This exquisite property offers the opportunity to dwell in a place where centuries of British history are etched into the walls.
From its 14th century beginnings, grade II-listed Trent House has been witness to the most astounding collection of British royalty, aristocracy and events.
Elizabeth I spent much of her early life at Trent House whilst Henry IV hunted there. Elizabeth II attended parties at Trent Park House whilst Winston Churchill was amongst its long list of frequent and famous guests.
During World War Two, Trent Park was home to a landmark covert operation to extract information from leading German personnel held captive there.
Once considered one of the finest country houses of its day, luxury apartments at Trent Park start at 1.24 million rising to 2.4 million+.
Its 14 grand apartments sit within a 56-acre private estate, part of the Trent Park’s 413-acre grounds of celebrated parkland. Accompanying amenities include: tennis courts, a gym, swimming pool, nearby golf club, equestrian centre and more.
Here’s all you need to know about this historic London property.
Trent Park – A Capsule History of Britain
Set apart from the very beginning, grade II-listed Trent Park started out as royal hunting grounds, in use from the 14th century onwards. Part of Henry IV’s favourite place to hunt, known as Enfield Chase, Trent Park was a resplendent woodland and a much-loved destination for British monarchs, right up to Elizabeth II.
Passing through many notable hands over the centuries, since 2017 the house and grounds have been lovingly restored. Respectful renovations over many years have finally transformed the estate into luxury north London homes surrounded by resplendent parkland.
Beyond the newly renovated private site, is Trent Country Park. Together, the entire 413-acres make up the ancient royal hunting grounds.
Trent Park House, North London
Careful restoration means buyers can choose to amplify the property’s distinguished heritage with traditional decor if they wish. Alternatively, buyers can add a modern update with contemporary styling finished with the beautiful period features that made Trent Park House one of the England’s most magnificent Georgian-style country houses.
Spacious rooms are flooded with light from newly restored, original windows and high ceilings edged with intricate, centuries-old detailing and feature lighting.
Outside, Trent House’s authentic red-brick exterior remains, reconditioned to its former glory accompanied by stunning views across Trent Park. The immediate parkland around the apartments was landscaped by one of the 18th century’s leading landscape gardeners – Humphry Repton.
Repton was responsible for the grounds of over 70 famed English country houses, including Kensington Gardens and Tatton Park. From ornamental lakes to an obelisk, water garden, avenue of lime trees, the columned Wisteria Walk and the 1 million-bulb Daffodil Lawn, Humphry Repton’s designs remain a huge draw for the public today.
Trent Park, Cockfosters
Repton’s landscaping extends into Trent Country Park beyond. The top north London park encompasses famed attractions such as: Camlet Moat, ancient woodland, lakes, wildlife including deer, rabbits and pheasants, peaceful brooks, fields, farmland and more.
The serene setting in Cockfosters, High Barnet, creates a tranquil backdrop for each luxury home. 25 minutes from central London by tube, Trent Park offers a unique opportunity to live within the opulence of the past, once enjoyed by a swathe of English aristocracy.
The site’s shuttle bus to and from the station is sure to prove useful. Scattered across the estate are other houses and apartments each located in different places, such as the newly-converted Stable Blocks. The 14 luxury apartments are the estate’s premier spaces.
Trent House – A Legendary London Home
The final owner of Trent House, responsible for its last flourish of legendary entertaining in the 1920s and 30s was Sir Philip Sassoon – an MP said be the greatest host in the land.
Trent Park House first passed into the hands of England’s landed gentry in 1777 when King George III invited Sir Richard Jebb, his favourite doctor, to live there after he saved his younger brother’s life.
It was Jebb who named Trent House because Trent was the place where he had rescued the king’s brother. Jebb soon bought the house and when he died it passed on to various aristocrats, eventually reaching Philip Sassoon when his father died in 1912.
Sassoon extended the home and updated its Victorian elements, famously adding the monumental wings on each side which made the house particularly striking.
A raging socialite with high connections, Trent House was a destination for everyone from Charlie Chaplin to King Edward III and Wallis Simpson, TE Lawrence (depicted in Lawrence of Arabia), Winston Churchill, Rex Whistler, George Bernard Shaw and a young Elizabeth II.
When Sir Philip Sassoon died in 1939, Trent House was repurposed by the British Government for the war. Serving as a gamechanging partner to Bletchley Park, the British Intelligence ran a top secret, covert listening operation within the walls of Trent.
Known as Britain’s Secret Listeners, British Intelligence extracted powerful information about German operations by listening in on the conversations of the German generals, Luftwaffe pilots and leading servicemen imprisoned there. (It was a rather luxurious prison with various freedoms including whiskey and walks across the grounds).
After the war, the site had various uses by Middlesex University and the University of London. Meanwhile, the wider parkland was opened to the public in 1973 as Trent Country Park.
Such a remarkable history means it’s no surprise the heritage site is a conservation area which will include a museum operating as part of Britain’s foremost war achives. Trent House’s museum will function alongside the Imperial War Museum, Bletchley Park and the Churchill War Rooms.
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