Monthly Archives: November 2009

Lib Dems attack national heritage

So the Liberal Democrats have decided to make it harder to maintain a key part of our national heritage, that of our country houses.  Whilst I’m sure that it must look attractive from a ‘get-a-few-headlines’ point of view to be … Continue reading

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Another house at risk from a developer: Brook House, Tiptree, Essex

It’s such a depressingly familiar pattern; a beautiful old house with grounds, falls into a state of neglect and is then bought by a developer.  With absolutely no incentive to maintain the house it slowly slips into a downward spiral … Continue reading

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Shock: English Heritage still hand out grants! Hagley Hall benefits

When the listed building restrictions were originally introduced the compensation for not being to do exactly as you wished with your house was that the government would provide grants towards maintainence.  Obviously successive governments have seen these funds as an … Continue reading

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Castle Howard benefits from ‘stay-cations’

Despite fears that country houses would suffer during these turbulent times it seems that at least one has bucked the trend and reported a 17 per cent year-on-year increase in vistor numbers.  Staff at the grade-I listed masterpiece by Vanbrugh … Continue reading

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Staley Hall to be restored – sort of

There appears to be an end in sight for the sorry saga of the neglect of Staley Hall in Staleybridge.  After being derelict for over 50-years, the grade-II listed, 400-year old house has been subject to indifference and some council … Continue reading

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If I won the lottery…Sheriff Hutton Park

Launched this week in Country Life magazine is the stunning Sheriff Hutton Park, in Yorkshire. This is a quintessential English country estate: grade-I listed house with 10 bedrooms, farm, 200 acres, lake, and parkland.  The house, which dates from 1730, … Continue reading

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Interesting houses for sale – Shurland Hall / Clifton Hall

There are always options for those who have the sensitivity to own an interesting house rather than a simply expensive one. Shurland Hall, Eastchurch – Kent Shurland  Hall was the gatehouse to a once impressive and important house built between … Continue reading

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