Monthly Archives: August 2010

The ‘artocracy’ expands: West Acre High House, Norfolk

In any age, once someone is successful they often seek the traditional status symbols – with a country house being high on the list.  For footballers it seems that the modern, bling-laden mansions are the favoured style but for an … Continue reading

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A salute to determination: Goldsborough Hall, Yorkshire

Love is a strange emotion which by chance can leave a person very attached to something.  For Clare and Mark Oglesby the object of their affections is the elegant Goldsborough Hall in Yorkshire, which, after five years hard work and … Continue reading

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Views of seats; the mixed relationship between houses and motorways

Our best motorways draw us through beautiful landscapes, by turns revealing hills, valleys, broad vistas and narrow glimpses, sometimes punctuated with a country house.  Yet, country house owners have long fought many battles to keep the roads from carving up … Continue reading

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Conran collects another Georgian gem: Wardour Castle, Wiltshire

The recent financial crisis has forced many properties onto the market and easily one of the grandest was the main apartment of Wardour Castle in Wiltshire which has now been bought by the fashion designer Jasper Conran. The Apartment (as … Continue reading

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After the fire, the difficult choices: Raasay House, Scotland

When Raasay House on the Isle of Skye Raasay was largely destroyed by a huge fire in January 2009 just days before it was due to reopen following a £4m refurbishment, the locals and owners vowed to quickly rebuild the … Continue reading

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History repeating: the National Trust for Scotland

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is one of the largest landowners north of the border with 130 properties, including 26 castles, palaces and country houses, and over 78,000-acres. Yet like a feckless son who has inherited plenty but isn’t … Continue reading

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Aristocratic tenants of the National Trust; Shugborough House, Staffordshire

The news that the area of Shugborough House open to the public is to ‘double in size’ with the inclusion of the Lichfield family apartment, is a reminder of just how advantageous some of the deals were for the owners … Continue reading

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