Monthly Archives: September 2010

A restoration or a recreation: Knightshayes Court, Devon

For all the wonderful work the National Trust has done over the last hundred years saving numerous country houses from demolition, one criticism that has been levelled at it is the almost artificial atmosphere it has created inside.  A recent … Continue reading

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Rent a doll’s house: Gunby Hall, Lincolnshire

Sitting on a small rise, just off the A158 on the road to Skegness in Lincolnshire sits one of the prettiest of the National Trust’s many country houses; Gunby Hall. However, unlike the others, where we can only ever dream … Continue reading

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Houses as hospitals: the country houses in medical service

Our country houses have always been adaptable as changing fashions or functions required they accommodate new ways of living or roles.  One role which quite a few houses have taken on is that of hospital – either privately or as … Continue reading

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As predicted; Cherkley Court, Surrey now for sale

When the doors to Cherkley Court in Surrey closed to visitors in December 2009, it was thought that low visitor numbers had proved it uneconomic to keep the house and gardens open.  However, as predicted by a commenter to my … Continue reading

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Developer shows sense; Ruperra Castle for sale

Run-down or derelict country houses are often an enticing prospect for a developer, especially where the house still retains some land, on which they can propose ‘enabling development’.  In theory this is the correct use of this exemption but frequently … Continue reading

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For the polo enthusiast; for sale – Cowdray Park House, Sussex

Despite a house having been in the family for over a hundred years, sometimes it can seem the most rational choice to sell.  For the current Lord Cowdray, the idea that he might saddle his heir with what he considers … Continue reading

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Restoration continues inside and out; Wilton House and others

Any time of economic difficulties can often lead to any expenditure being put on hold, including vital restoration projects.  So it’s encouraging to see projects still being completed – but as some of these were approved and started back in … Continue reading

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