Ayot House

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Ayot House
Grid reference: TL19471700
Location: 51°50’20"N, 0°16’3"W
Country house

Ayot House is a country house a Ayot St Lawrence in Hertfordshire, standing at its heart of its estate, Ayot Park.

The house is Grade II* listed, [1] along with an earlier manor house and a walled kitchen garden which are also listed. The park and garden are Grade II listed.[2]

The estate was acquired in 1723 by Cornelius Lyde and after his death it passed to Sir Lionel Lyde who was both his nephew and son-in-law.[2] Sir Lionel built the grade I listed New St Lawrence Church, which faces the house across the park. It was consecrated in 1779.

Ayot House

The house is a red-brick building, described by Historic England as dating from the early-mid 18th century.[1] It appears to be an early 18th-century house extended in the mid-18th century.

In the 20th century the house was used by a silk business and was later divided into apartments.


The walled garden and other gardens associated with the manor house are sometimes opened to the public under the auspices of the National Gardens Scheme.[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 National Heritage List 1348107: Ayot House
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Heritage List 1000905: Ayot House (park and garden)
  3. "The Manor House". https://www.ngs.org.uk/find-a-garden/garden/22685/.