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Shrubland Hall finally sold

When the Grade-II* listed Shrubland Hall near Ipswich in Suffolk was put on the market for £23m in 2006 it included over 40 cottages, several farms, over 1,400 acres and one of the finest Italianate houses in the country. The … Continue reading

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Eshott Hall, Northumberland, finally sold

One event which can always creates a certain risk for country houses is the bankruptcy of the owner.  Once the contents have been sold, apart from the lack of maintenence, an empty house can be a magnet for the thieves who … Continue reading

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Bewsey Old Hall becomes developer’s excuse

It’s a familiar story; an old house with a bit of ground has become a bit dilapidated but rather than it being carefully restored as a single family home a developer snaps it up as an ‘opportunity’.  Despite the obvious … Continue reading

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Viewhill House to be demolished

Local Inverness councillors have managed to cut off their nose to spite their architectural face  – and claim it’s a triumph of cosmetic surgery.  Viewhill House (mentioned in this blog on 13 Oct) has been approved for demolition and will … Continue reading

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Please someone buy the beautiful Pell Well Hall

Sir John Soane was one of the most important Regency architects, responsible for some of the most interesting buildings in the country.  However, many of his commissions were urban or were additions to existing country houses.  This makes the country … Continue reading

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Could Viewhill House rise from the ashes?

Viewhill House, near Inverness, suffered a devasting fire two years ago which left it a ruined shell.  Since then it has been the subject of debate as to whether it can be saved or demolished and replaced a new development. … Continue reading

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Drug farm in rented country house

Showing that there are always new threats to country houses, the police recently raided a cannabis factory which had been created in Cheshire. Field House in Hoole had been rented but no sooner had the tenants moved in than they … Continue reading

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