Own a piece of the Downton Abbey lifestyle with these grand apartments.
Downton Abbey has returned to our screens for the final time, making the British public lust after a life in a stately home with a host of servants on hand. Very few people are lucky enough to have that lifestyle in the 21st century, but there is a modern alternative.
As extensive mansions become increasingly expensive to run, owners are taking drastic action. Some stately homes, like the Downton Abbey house Highclere Castle, are opening their gates to the public in order to balance the books. Other homes, though, are being broken up into a selection of regal flats that allow people to live modern lives in a historical setting.
Take a look at this selection of Fine & Country apartments that bring stately home living right into the present day.
Westwood House, Worchstershire, £900,000
Westwood House is steeped in history. It was originally the seat of the Pakington family, who came to Worcestershire in around 1377, and then purchased other nearby estates in 1436. Even now, over 600 years later, their coats of arms are still housed in the Great Hall. The current owners say they often sit back and imagine what it must have been like to live on the estate all those centuries ago.
This apartment is on the ground floor of the regal home, and each resident has a section of the grounds that they are required to maintain.
Fine & Country Leamington Spa (01926 455 950)
Cheshire, Vale Royal Abbey, £360,000
This imposing home was originally founded as a medieval Abbey for Monks in 1270. King Edward wanted it to be the grandest Abbey in the country, but it ran into financial difficulties before it could be finished.
Since then, the shape of the Abbey has been altered considerably and it now houses a handful of apartments, while part of it hosts weddings and functions. For modern-day golf lovers, this property could be perfect as it is set within the grounds of a championship golf course.
Fine & Country Tarporley (01829 731 300)
Bedwell Hall, Hertfordshire, £1,200,000
For those wanting the utmost security, Bedwell Hall is a good choice as it sits within the extensive grounds of around 150 acres of Essendon Country Club. This stunning Grade II listed former country house has been beautifully and sympathetically restored and converted into ten luxury apartments, all of which are different.
The apartment is an elegant duplex which was purchased by the current owners 4 years ago shortly after the conversion was completed. The current owners love that their property looks so historical from the outside, but has a great modern interior allowing them to have the best of both worlds.
Fine & Country Brookmans Park (01707 662 222)
Stocken Hall, Oakham, £325,000
This historic Hall was built in the seventeenth century and its imposing façade has been well maintained since the hall was renovated and converted just over ten years ago. There are now eleven properties within the Hall and its grounds, each is unique and ‘The Arches’ is the second largest of the apartments created.
Unusually, the location was used as the Stocken prison farm from the 1950s until the 1980s.
Fine & Country Stamford (01780 750 200)
St Aubyns Mansion, East Sussex, £950,000
The rich yellow facade of this period building catches the eye while walking along Hove promenade. It’s a little different from the traditional look of other apartments in former mansions, but the striking yellow St Aubyns Mansion has seen more than its fair share of history. Built in 1899, it attracted leading musicians and performers of the day, as can be seen from its two proudly displayed blue plaques.
As well as its enviable seafront location, this ground floor apartment has beautiful period features of high ceilings, plaster cornicing, large panelled doors and well-proportioned rooms.
Fine & Country Brighton (01273 739 911)
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