Monthly Archives: January 2010

Holnest Park House to be restored

Following the devastating fire which brought down the roof of the central section of the house, one of the other residents has said that although serious, the house would be restored – but he estimated that it would cost around … Continue reading

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Credit crunch hits prices of country estates in Scotland

Despite the ever hopeful claims of the estate agents that a good country estate will always sell, it appears that, at least in Scotland, the average selling price has fallen sharply. Research by the estate agents Strutt & Parker has … Continue reading

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Drop added to ocean – grant to Hafodunos Hall

When idiot arsonists set light to grade-I listed Hafodunos Hall in 2004 they largely destroyed one of not only North Wales’ best country houses but also one of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s finest works.  Built in 1861-6 at a cost … Continue reading

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Shaw House restoration shortlisted for award

The restoration of the grade-I listed Shaw House in Newbury, which had previously been on the English Heritage ‘Buildings at Risk’ register , has been shortlisted for 2010 Civic Trust Awards. Shaw House was built in 1581 for Thomas Dolman,  a … Continue reading

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Thorpe Hall to be sold off?

Perhaps it’s reading too much into a story but when a journalist says that “…despite its magnificence the former stately home, built in 1653, is impractical as a hospice – haemorrhaging money, which could, and should, be spent on patient … Continue reading

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Holnest Park House seriously damaged by fire – may collapse

Earlier today, the Grade-II listed Holnest Park House in Dorset suffered a serious fire which has gutted the central section of the house leaving the core at risk of collapse.  The fire started in one of the seven flats through … Continue reading

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Lease one of the best Charles II houses in England – but there’s a catch

If an almost perfect example of a Grade-I listed, Charles II house set in beautiful protected parkland but only an hour from London was available for £4.5m you might think there was a typo.  However, it’s true but there are … Continue reading

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