Locking up a constable

Midsomer Murders-esque cottage for sale – complete with something that would be most useful to Inspector Barnaby


Midsomer Murders was filmed primarily in the Home Counties. A cottage – which could easily have served as a location in the popular television detective series – next to Chorleywood Common in Hertfordshire that is for sale there currently comes with just what the programme’s main character, Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby, would need – a lockup previously used by the village constable.


Situated on an elevated plot with views over the village of Chorleywood itself, Grade II listed Constables Cottage – situated on a road with a name worthy of something out of Midsomer, Dog Kennel Lane – has been used as a public house and a policeman’s house. It includes a former cell that has been converted to what selling agents John Roberts & Co. call a “lockup or garden room” and in addition, the 2,643 square foot property also includes 4 reception rooms, a conservatory and 4 bedrooms.


Dating to the mid-to-late 17th century and presented in a traditional style, Constables Cottage is in need of updating and “offers scope for enlargement”. The longsuffering Mrs Barnaby, a woman with a desire to live in a picturesque Midsomer village, would definitely find it appealing.


Constables Cottage is on the market for £1.5 million ($2 million or €1.8 million).

Locking up a constable – An aerial view of Constables Cottage, Dog Kennel Lane, Chorleywood Common, Chorleywood, Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 5EL
Jane Wymark as Joyce Barnaby and John Nettles as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby
A reception room that would not look out of place as a set in the television series
The entrance hallway and staircase
The kitchen is in need of replacement
There is also a modern conservatory
One of four bedrooms
The rear of the house and the former police cell in the foreground
A true chocolate box cottage if ever there were one



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