Tag Archives: wiltshire

Monumental follies: current large country houses in the UK

In previous centuries the country house was primarily a home, but also included other functions such as storehouse, dormitory, dairy, bakery, laundry.  This inevitably led to their size increasing to the point where they could be regarded as small villages … 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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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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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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Bargains from difficult circumstances: country house reposessions

An article in the Sunday Times Home section (11 June 2010) includes two houses featured on this blog; one recently and one back in November 2009.  The story this week exposes that both are for sale as some of the … Continue reading

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How to get depressed quickly: the English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register 2010

This blog has highlighted several country houses which are at risk but the true scale of the issue is unfortunately much larger, as the publication of the 2010 English Heritage Buildings at Risk Register shows. Country houses all too easily … Continue reading

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Phoenix for sale: Beaurepaire House, Hampshire

Launched this week ( 23 June 2010) in Country Life magazine is a fine, grade-II* listed, moated manor house set in nearly 250 acres of Hampshire.  Open the first set of impressive wrought iron gates and follow the drive down … Continue reading

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