Monthly Archives: July 2009

City confidence leads to increased interest

As the City starts to recover from the tumult of the last two years, workers are increasingly feeling that they can once again venture into the property market.  The City has always been a strong source of buyers and their … Continue reading

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Minor fire at Chastleton House, Oxfordshire

Visitors had to be evacuated from the beautiful Grade-I listed, Jacobean, Chastleton House on Saturday 11 July when a small fire broke out in an upstairs bedroom.  Luckily, damage was minor and the house was largely unharmed, but yet another … Continue reading

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Simon Halabi and Mentmore Towers

The Times (‘Halabi may have to sell-up to pay loan‘ – 16 July 2009) is reporting that Simon Halabi, the multi-millionare businessman, may have to sell part of his London property portfolio to satisfy bond holders after the value of … Continue reading

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2009 English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register

Another year, another sad list of important, interesting, beautiful and sadly at risk properties.  Each year the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register and that produced by SAVE Britain’s Heritage give another sad reminder that though the UK is rich … Continue reading

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Prince Charles and SPAB

It seems such a shame that Prince Charles and the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings have fallen out.   This seems to be a classic case of dogmatic positions leading to the removal of a nose to the … Continue reading

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Burglars in £200,000 raid on Upton-upon-Severn stately home

The former seat of the Earls of Coventry, the 16th century Earls Croome Court, near Upton-upon-Severn in Worcestershire, which was sold by the family following the death of the 11th Earl in 1992, was recently for sale. However, as a … Continue reading

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So why this blog?

My great love is country houses, particularly those which grace the counties of England.  Each is a fascinating example of the hopes, aspirations, aesthetics and wealth of someone.  One of the best aspects of what has been called the UK’s … Continue reading

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