If I won the lottery…Fillongley Hall

Fillongley Hall, Warwickshire (Image: Weddington Castle website)

Considering the difficulties faced by country house owners with death duties and a changed society, it’s always remarkable when a house is passed down through the generations; particularly so when it’s the same family for nearly 200 years.  Fillongley Hall designed by George Woolcott and was built in 1824-25 for the uncle of the 1st Lord Norton, extended in 1840-1, and now for sale again by the 8th Lord Norton after an unsuccessful attempt to sell in 2005.

The grade-II listed house is considered to be one of the best examples of smaller scale Greek Revival architecture which demonstrated the good taste of the Grand tourist with it’s fine interiors and classical exterior with recessed Corinthian columns on the main entrance front.    Bearing some resemblance to the now-demolished Thirkleby Park in Yorkshire, the house is a compact essay in elegant classicism with a restraint all too often lacking in modern country house architecture.  The house was inherited by Lord Norton in 1993 since when he and his wife have lovingly maintained and updated the house.  More images of the interior and exterior can be seen either on this fascinating local history website or on the Savills website.

When Fillongley Hall was put up for sale in 2005 the guide price was £5m but this included 400-acres as opposed to the 114 plus the house which are available now for £4.5m.  [The house subsequently sold in 2006]

This is a beautiful house and deserves and owner who understands the house and is sympathetic to its status as one of the best houses of its type in the region.

Property details: ‘Fillongley Hall‘ [Savills]

4 thoughts on “If I won the lottery…Fillongley Hall

  1. Stephen March 17, 2010 / 15:45

    As well as half the land, a number of cottages are no longer included in the sales details. They include the Lodge(gatehouse). Does this mean that some of the access is shared with other properties – a big no-no for an upmarket country house I would have thought. Lovely house though.
    The old details are available through the local site you mention.

  2. countryhouses March 17, 2010 / 23:02

    Thanks Stephen. It does seem a shame to lose these smaller elements of a larger estate as usually they are re-integrated (at much greater cost) at some point in the future.

    This has been seen many times where a wealthier later owner has sought to restore the grandeur of the estate – see the beautiful Heveningham Hall in Suffolk where Jon Hunt (he of Foxtons estate agents fame) has not only been completing an exemplary restoration of the house but also buying up the land which made up the estate years ago.

  3. Stephen March 19, 2010 / 15:00

    Further to my comment about the Lodge, I went looking on the internets for further info and I came up with this – Fillongley Lodge(pdf). And I thought, wow, just imagine if you could afford to incorporate it as the gatehouse for Fillongley Hall like that couple for Cirencester could probably do. You would only need about 150 acres of farmland but diverting the the B4098 would cost a few bob.

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