Monthly Archives: October 2009

Oldway Mansion apparently ‘needs’ 160 homes built nearby?

Oldway Mansion has been called a miniature Versailles – which was the intention of the owner, Paris Singer, who rebuilt the house built by his father, Issac Merritt Singer, founder of the Singer sewing machine company. The house and grounds … Continue reading

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Pytchley Gates restored

In April 2007 a car veered off the road and severely damaged the historic Pytchley Gates, which were originally the entrance to Pytchley Hall (demolished 1824) before they were moved to become the entrance to Overstone School.  Parts of the … Continue reading

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Anyone looking for a very large country house?

Blaisdon Hall (Image from The Times) An example of just how cyclical the housing market – particularly for country houses – a house which 60 years ago might have been at risk of demolition is now a trophy purchase. Blaisdon … Continue reading

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So if I won the lottery…Dowdeswell Court

Although many of the stories in this blog are about houses at risk, it should also be noted that, should funds permit, many a fine country house comes up for sale every week via the big agencies such as Knight Frank, … Continue reading

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Nocton Hall ‘amongst 10 most endangered’

Nocton Hall suffered a devastating fire in 2004 and since then has remained a roof-less, though restorable, shell with no sign that the new owners have any inclination to rescue this interesting and attractive house. The original Nocton Hall burnt down in 1834 and the … Continue reading

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Please someone buy the beautiful Pell Well Hall

Sir John Soane was one of the most important Regency architects, responsible for some of the most interesting buildings in the country.  However, many of his commissions were urban or were additions to existing country houses.  This makes the country … Continue reading

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Could Viewhill House rise from the ashes?

Viewhill House, near Inverness, suffered a devasting fire two years ago which left it a ruined shell.  Since then it has been the subject of debate as to whether it can be saved or demolished and replaced a new development. … Continue reading

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