Monthly Archives: February 2010

New series of ‘Country House Rescue’ starts 4 March

The fascinating first series of ‘Country House Rescue’ showed all to clearly that ownership of a country house is no passport to an easy life of luxury.  In fact, it demonstrated that being the ‘lord of the manor’ brings with … Continue reading

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A house and it’s garden to be reunited? Leonardslee, Sussex

Often the course of the country estate over the last 100 years has been for the land to be gradually sold off, starting with the outlying areas, and moving closer until just the house and it’s immediate gardens remain intact. … Continue reading

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Confirmed: Gwrych Castle is for sale again

Following earlier concerns, sources have confirmed that the grade-I listed former ‘showplace of Wales’, Gwrych Castle, is once again for sale. After many years as a deteriorating ruin, it’s outlook improved when the castle was finally sold for £860,000 in … Continue reading

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Posh B&B – stately home owners diversify

A country house was traditionally the centrepiece of an estate usually absorbing huge amounts of money in running costs and improvements.  This model was sustainable when the estate or other source was sufficient to provide the necessary income but today … Continue reading

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‘Aristocracy is dead’ says Duke of Devonshire *Updated*

Although the country houses are often impressive in themselves there is always heightened interest when they are associated with a grand title.  Unfortunately the 12th Duke of Devonshire, in an article in today’s Sunday Times magazine, believes that the concept … Continue reading

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The greatest country house you’ve never heard of: Wentworth Woodhouse

Although Britain is a relatively small island it still has the capacity to hide some spectacular buildings which, unless opened to the public, can remain a secret.  One such house, featured this week in Country Life magazine (February 17) is … Continue reading

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Is Gwrych Castle for sale again?

When Gwrych Castle was finally sold in June 2006 after twenty years of neglect, dereliction, fires and theft, there was much praise and relief locally that the once-beautiful “showplace of Wales” was to be rescued.  Bought by Yorkshire-based Clayton Hotels … Continue reading

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