Monthly Archives: May 2010

How to lose money on a country house: Compton Bassett, Wiltshire

The news that Robbie Williams is to sell his country house, Compton Bassett in Wiltshire, for a potential £1m loss shows that with the wrong property it is still possible to buck the generally rising trend in prices by overpaying … Continue reading

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A suburban survival at risk: Braunstone Hall, Leicestershire

Two of the most important aspects of campaigning to save country houses are vigilance and visibility – and yet sometimes even this doesn’t always seem to bring about restoration any quicker when faced with a slow-moving owner. Braunstone Hall, a … Continue reading

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The modern smaller country house: Home Farm, Yorkshire

Despite the rather understated name, Home Farm in Hartforth, Yorkshire is a classic example of the long tradition of grand downsizing which has been a hallmark of UK country house owners, particularly since 1900.  The pressures on the large country … Continue reading

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The start of the rush? Country houses for sale in the Sunday Times Home section

The usual spring rush of country houses coming to market has been later this year – a combination of the hangover from the uncertainty in the market of the last couple of years along with that of the General Election. … Continue reading

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A country seat of learning: Wispers, Sussex

There has been a long tradition of country houses being converted to schools.  Indeed, the practice has saved many hundreds from being demolished all together, denying us today the pleasure of houses such as Stowe and Bryanston.  In recent years … Continue reading

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Perfect for a family of five: Knole, Kent

The Sunday Times ‘Home’ section (9 May 2010) features an article which gives some insight into the concerns that might naturally arise when you inherit a huge house in this day and age.  When the 7th Baron Sackville inherited the … Continue reading

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Ferne Park, Wiltshire: the building of a modern Classical masterpiece

The English country house is considered our greatest contribution to the field of architecture – the unified vision of house and landscape combined with fine interiors, superb furnishings and exceptional art collections.  Yet in the 20th-century, it seemed that after … Continue reading

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