Tag Archives: Estates

Scottish Country Houses: Ardhuncart In Alford

Ardhuncart Estate has been owned since 1952 by Col Harold Phillips, who bought the estate that straddles the River Don in the foothills of the Grampians as a summer retreat for his wife, Georgina (later Lady Kennard), and their five children.

For the Phillips family, Ardhuncart was a much-loved holiday home, where they fished for salmon and sea trout, shot grouse on the Ardhuncart moor, played tennis and hosted parties at Ardhuncart Lodge, a manageable, 5,400sq ft, nine-bedroom country house built in the Arts-and-Crafts style in 1901.

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Tower Houses: Killberry Castle, Western Scotland

Kilberry Castle is the epitome of historic Scottish Baronial Tower Houses —  built in the 15th century, it has undergone everything from a pirate attack, being besieged during the 1643-1645 civil war, to almost being destroyed by a fire.

Lydia Stangroom, July 18, 2021

In 1550, the Campbell family acquired the Kilberry lands and the castle has, quite amazingly, stayed in the same family ever since.

Today, the property is a gateway for stepping back in time. Yes, there are original open fireplaces, decorative cornicing and galleried landings, but in one of the 10 bedrooms is a museum-like shrine to the era.

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Irish Estates: A History Of Stormont Castle, Belfast

The Stormont estate was attractive because of its proximity to Belfast and the prominent building site that it offered overlooking the city. Entirely incidental to the purchase, but part and parcel of it, was a substantial 19th- century house called Stormont Castle. There was local opposition to demolition so it was spontaneously absorbed into this developing governmental landscape.

John GoodallJuly 11, 2021

In 1922, the castle became the official residence of Sir James Craig, the first Prime Minister of Northern Ireland. That function ceased in 1940, when it became simply the Prime Minister’s office and was additionally occupied by the Cabinet Secretariat and the head of the Northern Ireland Civil Service. From 1972, following the establishment of direct rule from Westminster, the castle became the headquarters of the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland and, since 1998 and the Good Friday Agreement, it has accommodated the offices of the First and Deputy Ministers of Northern Ireland.

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English Country Estates: Yarner House – Dartmoor

Yarner House and the adjoining Yarner Wood, a 365-acre block of ancient woodland managed by Natural England as part of the East Dartmoor National Nature Reserve, were both once part of the manor of Bovey Tracey granted by William the Conqueror to Geoffrey de Mowbray, Bishop of Coutances.

Penny Churchill June 22, 2021

On de Mowbray’s death in 1093, his nephew, Robert Mowbray, Earl of Northumberland, inherited, but later defied the king, which led to the seizure of his estates in 1095.

Over time, ownership of the Bovey Tracey estates reverted to the Crown as favourites came and went, until, in the 16th century, a succession of costly wars left Tudor monarchs strapped for cash.

Elizabeth I began to sell off Crown properties and, in 1578, the Yarner estate was bought by Gregory Sprint, a canny lawyer with good Court connections, who swiftly resold it at a profit.

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Country Estates: Albury Park Mansion In Surrey Hills, Southeast England

Towering amongst the stunning  parkland setting in the Surrey Hills Area of Natural Beauty is Albury Park Mansion, a magnificent estate that dates back a century — it’s mentioned in the Domesday Book — and which has had a great house at its heart since the early 17th century.

Lydia Stangroom June 18, 2021

The house has evolved over the years, and as it stands now bears the fingerprints of one of the great 19th century architects, Augustus Pugin, who remodelled it for Henry Drummond in the 19th century.

St Paul’s Church, located within the estate grounds, was used as the setting for Four Weddings and a Funeral, during the famous wedding scene between Carrie, played by Andie MacDowell, and Hamish, Corin Redgrave. Episodes of the television series Midsomer Murders have also filmed in the house and grounds on the estate.

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English Country Homes: 17th-Century Urchfont Manor In Wiltshire, UK

Within a few years of buying Urchfont Manor in 2013, Chris Legg and Eleanor Jones, with the help of a friend, landscape architect Paul Gazerwitz, had given their home a new vista that unites house and garden, as well as evoking the formal Baroque of the house’s late-17th-century past.

George Plumptre June 12, 2021

Their aim was to balance historical integrity with the development of a new garden. Continuity would be kept by preserving the garden’s bones, such as the walled garden and the fine trees beyond open lawn to the south and east. Work began on the rectangular walled kitchen garden.

The architecture on this side of the house is engagingly uneven and this is picked up in the new garden, which is neat and formal, but appropriately domestic in scale. The kitchen garden has been laid out afresh, with 16 rectangular patches divided by narrow gravel paths and with a square of four greengages in the centre. Crops are rotated and, every year, one bed celebrates an unusual plant, such as borlotti beans or root ginger. Elsewhere are nurtured asparagus and strawberry beds and a fruit cage with raspberries and gooseberries.

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English Country Estates: ‘Tormarton Court’ In Badminton, Cotswolds

There is no better address in the Cotswolds than that of the Duke of Beaufort’s Badminton estate in south-west Gloucestershire.

The property originally dates from the 16th century, with alterations from the 17th and 18th centuries, but the present house is largely based on the remodelling that took place in 1812 for the Duke of Beaufort’s son, Lord William Somerset, who was rector of St Mary Magdalene Church that stands opposite the former rectory.

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English Estates: ‘Heath House’ – Staffordshire

Leave your wellies at the door. This 19th Century farm in rural Staffordshire looks less farm, more Downton Abbey. Sitting in a cool 404 acres of land, The Heath House Estate is palatial in all aspects (with not a stray chicken in sight).

It’s hard to know where to begin with a property of this magnitude. The main house (could we try the world ‘palace’?) is a spectacular Grade II-listed, Tudor Gothic mansion, designed and built by Thomas Johnson of Litchfield. With five reception rooms, 14 bedrooms, two flats and a service wing, you’re certainly not short on space.

The main house boasts tall, ornate ceilings, beautiful fireplaces and large, grand rooms, and is not hard to see why this property is listed due to its historical and architectural importance.

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Ocean Views: ‘Laguna Beach – California’ (Video)

Located in exclusive Three Arch Bay, this stunning coastal-contemporary oceanfront estate showcases magnificent views from an unparalleled bluff-top setting. The spacious residence encompasses nearly 5,000 square feet of luxury living including separate guest quarters. Beauty surrounds with turquoise water, crashing waves, a pristine private beach and the coastline beyond. The gated courtyard entry meanders past a koi water garden toward jaw-dropping views from the moment you enter the home. Soaring ceilings and walls of glass perfectly frame the picturesque views. Sunsets cast a warm glow backdrop as you entertain or relax in this comfortably chic waterfront retreat. The wide lot takes full advantage of the panoramic vistas and an enviable vantage point directly across the 3 arches of Three Arch Bay and scenic tide pools below.

Italian Villa Tours: ‘Gubbio – Umbrian Hills’ (Video)

This prestigious villa measures 1,300 sqm, has four floors, a basement and a panoramic roof terrace from which we can appreciate a 360-degree panoramic view of the Umbrian hills. The materials and finishes used in the building are of the highest quality, and include marble floors and bathrooms, large windows and the designer furnishings that contrast with the classic beauty of the facade; the colors that dominate in the rooms are white and black, giving them elegance and sobriety, while the use of wood recalls the surrounding nature.

Video timeline: 00:00​ Introduction 00:18​ Umbria 01:10​ Inside the Villa 02:41​ Bedrooms 04:50​ Private Bathroom 05:20​ Living Room 06:28​ Tennis Court 07:02​ Olive Grove 08:18​ The Pool 08:53​ Sunset 09:00​ Epilogue

This property for sale is surrounded by twenty hectares of land consisting of a private garden where the external loggias, terraces and the panoramic swimming pool are connected to a relaxation area where you can enjoy lovely moments good company during the summer; there is also a part with a forest. The basement of this splendid estate houses a heated indoor pool of 79 square meters, partly external but sealable during the colder months.

A well-lit tennis court surrounded by nature is ideal for sports lovers and completes this majestic property for sale near Gubbio. This luxury villa offers every comfort and is perfect for those seeking absolute relaxation and tranquility surrounded by nature.