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A Downton Abbey style property with its very own curse
3rd of October 2011
Jacobean mansion house for sale
Howsham Hall, Howsham, York, YO60 7PJ
Offers over £5,000,000

Howsham Hall For Sale
Built by Sir William Bamburgh in c.1610, Grade I listed Howsham Hall is largely late Jacobean with early classical renaissance influences. The house has only been on the open market three times and offers the rare combination of exceptional formal rooms, together with practical family accommodation designed for modern living.

The current owner has comprehensively upgraded the house from its recent institutional incarnation (it was a boarding school until 2007) into an exceptional historic home, with 21st Century advancements ensuring a comfortable environment for a modern day stately home. It has 5-8 main reception rooms and 8-10 bedrooms and is situated around a traditional central courtyard.

The house is approached through two hexagonal stone lodges with round arched gateways and rounded battlements via a private driveway leading to the impressive south facade.

The grounds (83.50 acres / 33.8 hectares) include formal lawns, parkland with mature trees and pastureland. There is frontage to the River Derwent and the sale includes fishing rights and sporting rights.

It's the perfect "Downton Abbey-esque" property for those seeking bygone grandeur . . . or is it! Howsham Hall was built on the site of a previous manor house using stone from the nearby Kirkham Priory following its dissolution under Henry VIII an act that was considered sacrilege at the time. It is said that a curse was placed on Howsham Hall and the people that owned it - the Curse of Kirkham - which states that "All male heirs of the estate would perish [and] that true happiness would never come to that family or its successors".

The new owners may buck the trend, but it has been worryingly accurate up until now with the lack of male heirs over the centuries resulting in families dying out.

Selling Agents: Knight Frank
Tel: 0207 629 8171
www.knightfrank.com



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