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Downton Abbey is one of the most successful British television dramas of the year. Fans now have the chance to live out their dreams of the high life in a historic property coming up for sale.
Apethorpe Hall, a British manor with no less than 48 rooms, has gone onto the market for a “bargain” price of 2.5 million pounds . There’s only one problem – it doesn’t have a bathroom.
The Daily Mail reports that the house was originally built between 1470 and 1480 by Sir Guy Wolston, then sold to Sir Walter Mildmay. It reportedly stayed in his family for 350 years. In more recent years, the house has been owned by the Catholic Church and Libyan millionaire Wanis Mohammed Burweila. The new owner of the house , located in Northamptonshire, England, should probably be able to afford to install a few modern amenities. However in common with any historic building, there are bound to be certain restrictions on developing a piece of property first constructed several hundred years ago.
As well as not having a bathroom, the house comes with a few other catches: an annual £100,000 maintenance bill and a requirement that the hall be open to the public for at least 28 days a year.
The government reportedly spent more than £4 million renovating the house, which had fallen into disarray over the years and was at one time “on the brink of ruin.”
Glencoe 16 limited edition giclee print
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Taransay island, which featured in the BBC’s Castaway, has been sold .It had an asking price of £2m or above. Selling agents CKD Galbraith have not named the new owners but said they already owned property on Harris. Ben Fogle, one of a group of people who lived on the island for Castaway in 2000, had been leading a bid to buy Taransay. CKD Galbraith said the island’s owners knew the purchasers and the island was passing into “safe hands”. The firm’s John Bound added: “There will no doubt be a number of disappointed parties who would have liked to bid but it is fitting that Taransay is now in the new ownership of somebody closely acquainted to the area who will preserve the current management of the island.” Taransay offers trout and sea fishing and deer stalking. The island also has a sheep farm. The island is said to be home of Celtic pagans in 300AD and was the site of several fierce battles, such as the Massacre
Last month’s Royal wedding dominated the world’s media in way that only a Royal romance can . Now newly marrieds the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are honeymooning in the Seychelles. Despite attempts by the Palace to keep it secret , news has come out that Princess Diana’s son Prince William and Kate are in the Seychelles . They spent a week in the Indian Ocean archipelago, on the island of Desroches, in August 2007. William is reported to have told islanders that the trip was the best holiday he had had. Desroches is the main island of the Amirantes group, an exclusive setting well beyond the reach of most honeymoon couples. The archipelago boasts 115 islands. This might show William and Kate’s relationship is on a more equal footing than his parents’. Charles and Diana’s post-wedding travels in 1981 – Broadlands in Hampshire, family home of the Mountbattens, followed by a Mediterranean cruise on the royal yacht, then on to Balmoral with his family – smacked of a husband calling the shots. Whether the Amirantes will be such an aphrodisiac is another question. William was born in 1982, eight months after the couple returned.
Sir Peter Blake has published a new set of prints, Homage to Damien Hirst – Butterfly Man.
According to the Blake : ‘Damien Hirst has used butterflies in a lot in his work, and it was pointed out that ‘the butterfly man’ owes more than a little to his work, so I was happy to dedicate him in homage to Damien. I am an enormous admirer of Damien’s work.’
The new works use vintage postcard images as backdrops to his collage of the butterfly man, dozens of butterflies and an assortment of eclectic characters from the miscellaneous print paraphernalia that Blake has hoarded over the years.
The Butterfly Man, Hollywood captures the golden age of Hollywood glamour with the Hollywood hills and mini-mansions. In the foreground along with the butterfly man are numerous Hollywood legends including Charlie Chaplin, James Dean, Laurel & Hardy, Errol Flynn, Elvis, Marilyn and Judy Garland.
Blake returns to home ground for Butterfly Man, Eastbourne, celebrating the glory of the British seaside holiday. The butterfly man orchestrates his pets in front of the statue of Saigo Takamori (famous samurai) in The Butterfly Man, Tokyo, along with Japanese ladies in kimonos and visitors such as African tribesmen and a European lady in formal costume. The butterfly man also travels to North Africa, where he releases his butterflies in the souk at Tunis and finally, he goes to Venice and the piazza San Marco.
Each print is a silkscreen in 24 colours and 2 glazes on paper measuring 32.5 x 29.5 inches, from a signed edition of 100. 75 from the edition are being released as a boxed set priced at £7,500, and the remaining 25 prints are available individually at £1,800 each. The Hollywood and Venice images might sell out pretty quickly, so interested buyers should move fairly quickly.
Sandpiper cottage,Mannin, Ballyconneely,Clifden,
Co Galway, Ireland
Sandpiper Cottage is a truly unique property with breathtaking views
over Mannin Bay
and a minutes walk from the white sands of Mannin Beach.
Offering complete privacy this is the ultimate holiday retreat.
Approached by a long winding driveway the stone clad residence stands
majestically on elevated grounds which extend to 5 acres.
The house has been designed to optimize the views with a
large picture window in the Kitchen-Dining area.
Sliding doors lead onto a large decked patio from the Master Bedroom .
Accommodation includes four bedrooms, Livingroom,
Kitchen-Dining area and Bathroom.
Adjacent to the residence is a stone clad garage.
Whether looking for a year-round residence or a part-time retreat,
Sandpiper Cottage is an exceptional and altogether unique property
one more often seen in dreams than in reality.
It provides total privacy and unspoiled, peaceful
Sandpiper Cottage is but a short drive from Clifden or
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The Parsonage is set in fully 15 acres of its own land, sheltered by mature woodland and surrounded by open countryside. There are spectacular views to the north over the Firth of Forth to the hills beyond.
The house has a highly accessible situation mid way between Edinburgh and Glasgow. It is near the pivot of the motorway network of central Scotland, being only 4 miles from the junction of the M876 and the M9. Edinburgh and Glasgow (and their airports) are both within daily commuting distance.
Stirling is only 8 miles away and Perth and Dundee are both within 60 miles. The new bridge over the Forth at Kincardine is only 3 miles away and gives greatly improved access to Fife. There are also good rail connections from Falkirk which has commuter services to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Perth.
Airth (1 mile) is the local village which has a local shop, post office and primary school. Airth Castle Hotel on the far side of the village has its own leisure club with a swimming pool, gym, sauna, fitness classes, bar and dining facilities. There is a golf driving range off the main road close to the gates of the hotel.
Stirling, is the major town of central Scotland. In the middle ages Stirling was the seat of the Kings of Scotland and the town is famous for William Wallace who fought the English at Stirling in the 13th century. The modern day town provides a full range of shops, schools and services including a Tesco and also has a golf club, cinema and swimming pool. Bridge of Allan 3 miles beyond is home of Stirling University and also has a leisure centre and the MacRobert Arts Centre with a theatre and cinema and a prep school (Beaconhurst).
Private schools in the area include Dollar Academy (10 miles), which takes both girls and boys as boarders or day pupils, and Beaconhurst at Bridge of Allan. Strathallan, Morrison’s Academy, Glenalmond, Craigclowan (preparatory) and Kilgraston (girls only) are all within 40 miles. All the private schools, universities and colleges of Edinburgh and Glasgow are also within easy reach.
As well as being conveniently placed for the amenities and towns of central Scotland, The Parsonage is also well placed for access to the highlands to the north. The A84 from Stirling is a main route into the Highlands leading to Callander and onto Loch Earn, Crianlarich, Fort William and Oban. The Trossachs and Loch Lomond to the west are also within easy reach. There are therefore opportunities for many outdoor activities including climbing, hill walking, water sports, fishing, shooting and stalking. Gleneagles Hotel with its leisure club and golf courses is only 25 miles away.
The Parsonage is a magnificent period mansion house which dates from 1863 and was originally built as the parsonage for the neighbouring Dunmore Estate.
The house has a traditionally Scottish appearance with impressive faÃ§ades to both the north and south. It is built of stone under steep pitched slate roofs, with large bay windows on the ground floor and pitched dormer windows on the first floor. There is an enclosed courtyard to the rear of the house with a substantial garage / outhouse adjoining.
The main accommodation of the house is reached off a large central hallway with matching stairways at either end. The reception rooms off this hall are well proportioned and of a manageable size. They include a drawing room, a dining room, two sitting rooms and an informal dining room. An inner corridor leads to a flower room and a study and continues to the large kitchen / breakfast room beyond. This room is in the heart of the house and is one of the most impressive modern features with its Aga, central work unit, period style dressers and large breakfast area with French doors to both the garden and the courtyard. Further storage and utility rooms adjoin the kitchen. A corridor from the kitchen leads to an integral staff flat which comprises a sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. Adjoining the kitchen stores is has been converted into a playroom with a galleried first floor above.
The first floor accommodation is served by two stairways from the reception hall and by two landings. The master bedroom suite is off the south landing and comprises a master bedroom with a dressing room and bathroom. There are seven further bedrooms in all and three further bathrooms or shower rooms, two of which are en suite.
Gardens And Grounds
To the west of the house is a paved courtyard enclosed by high wrought iron gates set in stone pillars.
In front of the house, to the north and east, is a large area which is laid down to lawns interspersed with rhododendrons and mature trees. The main garden is to the south of the house where there is a large paved patio with the formal garden beyond. This garden continues around to the west of the house, with flower beds and a central urn.
On the east side of the garden, behind banks of rhododendrons, is a five acre enclosed paddock.
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