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A B-listed Baronial mansion surrounded by world renowned Achamore Gardens
9th of December 2013
mansion for sale
Achamore House, Isle of Gigha, PA41 7AD
Offers over £900,000
Gigha Mansion House For Sale
The island of Gigha has a milder drier climate the rest of the West of Scotland and is famed for being owned by the resident community who bought it in 2002. The island was bought in 1865 by James Williams Scarlett, whose son built the present day Category B listed mansion. Achamore House has a Scots Baronial exterior, but following a fire in 1900 and an almost complete rebuild, the interior is a fine example of the Arts and Crafts movement. It is probable that Rennie Mackintosh himself worked on the house, and he's not the only famous visitor as both the Queen and Queen Mother have visited too. This 14 bedroom property has been extensively refurbished and the current owners have established a B&B business with 12 letting rooms. Set on an elevated site, it has private gardens of around two acres and has breathtaking views over the Sound of Gigha and the world famous Achamore Gardens, developed by another former owner, Sir James Horlick. more

A sea view mansion in an area with a great micro-climate
27th of May 2013
mansion for sale
Chapel Rossan, Ardwell, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 9NA
Offers over £575,000
Stranraer Sea View House
Category B-listed Chapel Rossan dates to circa 1848 and is so called as in the period 600-1100 AD it is believed a small chapel once stood on the site. Its position, set adjacent to the beach and Luce Bay, is possibly the finest in the Rhins peninsula of Galloway and the 3.9 acres of mature, well stocked gardens benefit from the favourable micro-climate created by the Gulf Stream. The six bedroomed house boasts a number of unusual features including cylindrical chimneys, pointed-arched Y-traceried windows and studded door to the front elevation. It has been well maintained and has flexible accommodation with the possibility of creating a self contained three bedroom apartment. This rural and unspoilt area, is keeping up with the times though - anyone looking to work from home will be interested to know that it benefits from high speed BT broadband connection, with download speeds often averaging 6 to 7.5 Mbps! more

A manor house with a royal pedigree and film shoot connections
15th of October 2012
manor house for sale
The Manor House, Park Road, Stoke Poges, Slough, Buckinghamshire SL2
Guide price £13,500,000

Manor House Used In Film Shoots
As claim to fame houses go, this one is a corker. Mentioned in the Domesday Book, it's welcomed royalty - Charles I (on the way to his execution) and Queen Elizabeth have both stayed here. It was owned by Thomas Penn, whose father helped establish the US state of Pennsylvania and painter Edward Landseer at one point rented an apartment within the estate. In more recent years it has become a regular location for film shoots including a couple of Bond films (most famously the 1964 Bond movie Goldfinger), Bridget Jones's Diary and Layer Cake. Recently refurbished to an extraordinarily high standard, the estate includes the seven bedroom mansion house, three bedroom West Lodge, two-bedroom East Lodge, pool house, stable block, one-bedroom cottage and garaging plus ten acres of grounds set within a Capability Brown landscaped park. more

Live an Upstairs Downstairs life in the former servants quarters of Kingston Hall
21st of May 2012
converted servants quarters in stately hall
Kingston Hall, Gotham Rd, Kingston on Soar, Nottingham NG11 0DJ
Guide price £895,000
Upstairs Downstairs House
Anyone who watched Upstairs Downstairs will know that more fun was had in the servants quarters so this property, formerly the servants' quarters of Kingston Hall, is certain to appeal. Obviously the servants didn't get to enjoy the communal fully refurbished indoor heated swimming pool or the 16 acres of parkland but they did have the stunning views over rolling countryside. This substantial four storey property with over 4000 sqft of accommodation boasts high vaulted ceilings and the split level accommodation creates considerable architectural flexibility. There are several reception rooms, a large breakfast kitchen, four double bedrooms and three bathrooms. There's even a wine cellar! Outside there are private gardens, a tandem garage and parking for numerous vehicles. Live in a beautiful and privileged setting without having to rattle around an oversize money pit. more

A house with a Dickens of a tale to tell
31st of October 2011
mansion house with Charles Dickens connection for sale
Bowes, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9HU
Guide price £895,000
Mansion With Charles Dickens Connections For Sale
Bowes Hall is a fine Grade II listed mansion house built during the reign of Elizabeth I and extended in the 17th Century in the late Renaissance style. It's hard to believe looking at Bowes Hall today that it once was a notorious boys' boarding school - there was even a murder at the school. Charles Dickens visited Bowes shortly after the incident and is believed to have used it as inspiration for the abusive boarding school, Dotheboys Hall School featured in one of his most famous novels - Nicholas Nickleby. The house is now far from Dickensian. It has undergone a meticulous programme of restoration, and has five elegant reception rooms, nine bedrooms, beautiful landscaped grounds, a walled garden and a fenced paddock. more

A house with a Dickens of a tale to tell
31st of October 2011
mansion house with Charles Dickens connection for sale
Bowes, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 9HU
Guide price £895,000
Mansion With Charles Dickens Connections For Sale
Bowes Hall is a fine Grade II listed mansion house built during the reign of Elizabeth I and extended in the 17th Century in the late Renaissance style. It's hard to believe looking at Bowes Hall today that it once was a notorious boys' boarding school - there was even a murder at the school. Charles Dickens visited Bowes shortly after the incident and is believed to have used it as inspiration for the abusive boarding school, Dotheboys Hall School featured in one of his most famous novels - Nicholas Nickleby. The house is now far from Dickensian. It has undergone a meticulous programme of restoration, and has five elegant reception rooms, nine bedrooms, beautiful landscaped grounds, a walled garden and a fenced paddock. more

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
Grade I listed Howsham Hall is largely late Jacobean with early classical renaissance influences and has only been on the market three times since 1573. The current owner has comprehensively upgraded the house into an exceptional historic 8-10 bedroom home, with 21st Century advancements ensuring a comfortable environment for a modern day stately home. The 83.50 acres of grounds include formal lawns, parkland and pastureland 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, an act that was considered sacrilege at the time and it is said that a curse was placed on Howsham Hall and the people that owned it. more

Britain's most expensive home
29th of August 2011
mansion for sale
Uptown Court, Chertsey Rd, Windlesham, Surrey, GU20 6HY
Price £70,000,000
Most Expensive House In Britain
It has been more than two centuries since a private house has been constructed on this majestic scale of Uptown Court which boasts the grand and imposing presence of yester year with the benefit of state-of-the-art 21st Century technology. With over 100 rooms, five swimming pools, a heated marble driveway, underground garaging for eight limousines, a helipad for private landings, a cinema and an underground bowling alley this 50,000ft2 slice of real estate is actually bigger than Buckingham Palace! It is set in 58 sprawling acres of landscaped grounds and is only a short drive from London. Unsurprisingly, given it's £70 million price tag, Uptown Court has been on the market since 2005. So if you have won a lottery recently and fancy living in the lap of luxury, give them a call . . . they make take an offer! more

A house for an idyllic childhood in a magical setting
27th June 2011
mansion with chapel for sale
Penally Abbey, Penally, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, SA70 7PY
Guide Price £1,500,000
Mansion House With Chapel In Wales
Built on the site of an ancient monastery, believed to date to the 5th century, Penally Abbey is a beautiful limestone mansion boasting 12 bedrooms, an indoor swimming pool and plenty of reception rooms. It is set in five acres of gardens and woodlands and has its own Holy Well and medieval ruined chapel (St Deiniol's) in the garden. Once owned by the Irish whiskey family, Jameson's, it became a country club in the 1950's until the present owners bought it in 1985 which allowed their children to enjoy a magical, idyllic Enid Blyton childhood. When the kids flew the nest, it became a small country house hotel, and has been running as such ever since. more

The Red Towers, doon the watter!
14th February 2011
Victorian mansion house for sale
Red Towers, 4 Douglas Drive West, Helensburgh, G84 9AL
Offers over £750,000
Red Towers Mansion House For Sale In Helensburgh
Red Towers was built in 1898 by famous Glasgow architect, William Leiper (creator of the Templeton carpet factory) and is one of the landmark properties within the pretty town of Helensburgh, surrounded by some of Scotland’s most spectacular scenery. The imposing Red Towers is an A listed building and has been built in a French chateau style. Previously in use as a care home, it would require change of use from the Planning Department to be returned to it’s original function as a private residence. But what a fabulous family home it would be as it retains a wealth of distinguishing period features and is set in a 1.5 acre walled garden. more

A fortified seat in the Highlands
29th November 2010
Victorian mansion house for sale
Lemlair House, Dingwall, Ross-shire
Offers over £1,000,000

Lemlair House Dingwall
The original Lemlair House was built as a fortified seat for the chief of the Clan Munro in 1643, with the name "Lemlair" thought to have come from the Gaelic for "a bare place suitable for grazing horses". In 1876 it was rebuilt into the present mansion and it has had only three owners since then. This nine bedroom mansion is now a delightful family home, modernised and comfortable, yet retaining many of the original features such as the pitch pine doors and skirtings, high ceilings with detailed cornice work, Munro clan features such as a fireplace depicting the famous eagle emblem, stained glass windows and a Rennie Mackintosh tiled fireplace and mantelpiece. more



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