Monthly Archives: March 2011

Country House Rescue: efforts misapplied – Trereife House, Cornwall

Inheritance is a double-edged sword – for all the perceived luck of being given a large country house, the reality is that, in many cases, the house requires significant investment.  For some, this is a chance to shine; to put … Continue reading

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If a moat floats your boat: for sale; Playford Hall and Giffords Hall, Suffolk

Moated houses are an architectural short cut to a more functional time when where a family lived had to be defensible and not simply a place of relaxation.  Today, of course, we admire them for their ancient charm, the weathered … Continue reading

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Country House Rescue: a matter of taste – Monreith House, Galloway

Country House Rescue heads from Tapeley Park in Devon to the other end of the country to Monreith House in Galloway, Scotland.  A dignified house, it has suffered from a classic problem for those that inherit, as the current owner … Continue reading

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Country House Rescue: Tapeley Park, Devon

The subject of the 13 March episode of Country House Rescue, Tapeley Park in Devon, carries on the wonderful tradition for country house eccentricities – and eccentrics.  From how the site was chosen to the manner of the inheritance, this … Continue reading

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The front line: the campaigners for country houses

Despite the image of wealth and power a country house might create, in reality their existence is far more precarious – as can be seen with nearly 1,800 houses lost over the last two centuries.  A house facing the threats … Continue reading

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Country House Rescue returns for Series 3: Wyresdale Park, Lancashire

The history of the country house is sadly often a cycle of rise and fall with the main variable being the speed of each respectively.  The old phrase was ‘one generation made the wealth, the second enjoyed it, and the … Continue reading

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A bad omen: the spring country house relaunch

One rather unscientific barometer of the health of the country house market is the thickness of Country Life magazine as it comes through the letterbox each week.  After the thinning of the issue in the run-up to Christmas it’s always … Continue reading

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