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Tag: Downton Abbey

January 23, 2019

Falling Down Flass

by Matthew Steeples

Grade II* listed Cumbrian mansion built by opium dealer and once marketed for £1.5 million for sale for just £460,000; it was also the scene of the UK’s biggest ever cannabis raid in 2012   A 23,000 square foot, 52 room, mid-19th century Palladian mansion in the Westmorland Dales National Park is to be sold … Continue reading “Falling Down Flass”

December 18, 2018

A Fire Sale

by Matthew Steeples

Repossessed Grade I listed Dorset mansion once worth circa £15 million for sale for £3 million; the catch? It’s burnt to the ground   An “exceptionally important,” Grade I listed, 38,000 square foot, 16th century country house in Dorset with 131.6 acres for just £3 million is certainly something that sounds like a bargain. Sadly, … Continue reading “A Fire Sale”

August 7, 2018

A Magnificent Mammoth Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Jacobean prodigy house in Hampshire for sale for £10 million; it allegedly is haunted by 14 ghosts and comes with planning permission to create a mammoth 57,000 square foot single residential home   In April 2017, The Steeple Times featured the sale of a vast New Jersey mansion named Darlington. Offered for … Continue reading “A Magnificent Mammoth Mansion”

November 11, 2017

A Modern Beauty

by Matthew Steeples

“One of Britain’s finest 20th-century country houses” has been placed for sale for £20 million; it comes with 530 acres and was built by the late businessman Sebastian de Ferranti in the 1980s   One could imagine being in the early 18th century or in Italy even on first taking a look at the Palladian … Continue reading “A Modern Beauty”

October 24, 2017

A Messed-Up Mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Dilapidated Grade II* listed South Yorkshire Georgian mansion for sale for a sum 25% lower than it was marketed for in 2014 but 185% more than it was valued at in 2016   Empty country houses become liabilities and in the case of Hickleton Hall in South Yorkshire, the result of years of neglect will … Continue reading “A Messed-Up Mansion”

October 17, 2017

A Derelict Doer-Upper

by Matthew Steeples

Derelict 18th century Oxfordshire mansion with 125 acres of land for sale for £10 million   A 125-acre Oxfordshire estate with Humphrey Repton landscaped grounds has gone on sale for £10 million ($13.2 million, €11.3 million or درهم48.7 million) in spite of being described as being “in poor order.”   The Coombe Park Estate at … Continue reading “A Derelict Doer-Upper”

May 29, 2017

Best in Britain

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE – “Nationally important” Grade II* listed Berkshire mansion in 130 acres for sale for £26 million; its interior is yet to be renovated   A Grade II* listed building capable of being reinstated as one of Britain’s finest country houses has just been placed on the market for £26 million.   Benham Park – … Continue reading “Best in Britain”

May 6, 2017

A Georgian Gem

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Georgian mansion in Worcestershire for sale for the first time since the 1720s   Few houses remain in the ownership of the same family for three hundred years, but an example of such, Ombersley Court at Ombersley in Worcestershire, has just been placed on the market for £3.5 million ($4.5 million, €4.1 … Continue reading “A Georgian Gem”

January 11, 2017

A Village Ideal

by Matthew Steeples

Unlisted 18th century Georgian residence near Badminton for sale; ideal for those looking to quit the rat race   City dwellers and commuters regularly dream of quitting the rat race for a life in the country and when they watch programmes like Escape to the Country and Downton Abbey, they see an idealised vision of … Continue reading “A Village Ideal”

December 3, 2016

A £10m Doer-Upper

by Matthew Steeples

Oxfordshire country house that has appeared in many films for sale for £10 million in spite of needing some renovation   Launched to the market in June for £10 million ($12.7 million or €11.9 million or درهم46.7‎‎ million) in June 2016 as a while or £7.75 million ($9.9 million or €9.2 million or درهم‎‎36.2 million) … Continue reading “A £10m Doer-Upper”

May 15, 2016

Reducing a stately

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed Sir John Soane designed country house Tyringham Hall reduced in price by 30%

May 12, 2016

Pricking Bonneville

by Matthew Steeples

Hugh Bonneville shares his views on the self-satisfied classes

May 6, 2016

A catch at Cornbury

by Matthew Steeples

Grade I listed 40,000 square foot Oxfordshire stately home on the market for just £3.6 million – but inevitably there’s a catch

May 5, 2016

Furnishing Downton

by Matthew Steeples

“World famous actor” with a superinjunction set to be named in America

December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas 2015

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times wishes readers a very Merry Christmas 2015

May 21, 2015

Five of the Best: Rambling ruins

by Matthew Steeples

Five British mansions that require new owners with bottomless pockets for sale at prices from £950,000 to over £10 million

February 16, 2015

Charlie Anson

by General

When Charlie Anson appeared on BBC Two’s Dragons’ Den in February 2015 to raise funds for his cartoon business, Charlie’s Cartoons, he was unsuccessful but praised by Deborah Meaden for his “passionate pitch”.

January 15, 2015

Cairness House – A Masonic mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Cairness House, “Scotland’s most important Greek Revival house”, heads into its fourth year on the market

August 11, 2014

America’s Downton

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity to buy an American equivalent of Downton Abbey   Downton Abbey returns to our screens this autumn and one has to ask whether its writer Julian Fellowes was at all influenced by the story of the story of Peter Widener of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose son and grandson both died in the sinking of … Continue reading “America’s Downton”

July 30, 2014

Perfectly British

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity to create your own version of Downton Abbey in the Cotswolds   For a mere £27 million you can currently purchase a 6-bedroomed mews house in Reeves Mews in Mayfair. Alternatively, a buyer with the same sum to hand could splash out on something a little grander, a 774.32 acre Cotswold estate complete … Continue reading “Perfectly British”

July 11, 2014

Drugs and Dents

by Matthew Steeples

A Cumbrian mansion built by opium traders and more recently used by cannabis growers comes to the market for just £1.5 million   Built by the well-known Dent family, who made their fortune trading both tea and opium, Flass is a vast 23,000 square foot Palladian mansion on the outskirts of the village of Maulds … Continue reading “Drugs and Dents”

June 19, 2014

Mansions for £1

by Matthew Steeples

An English country house that sold for a £1 and a Scottish mansion with an asking price of just £1   Downton Abbey addicts take note: For the same price as a double cheeseburger on McDonald’s saver menu you could live like the Earl and Countess Grantham if you bought a Georgian mansion in Chirnside … Continue reading “Mansions for £1”

May 8, 2014

A fine classical country house

by Matthew Steeples

£8 million Morley Hall combines traditional style with a home fit for modern living   Morley Hall is a Georgian country house to the east of Ware in Hertfordshire. This fine residence is worthy of note as it was remodeled in the Palladian style by the renowned classical architect Raymond Erith

April 13, 2014

From the ashes

by Matthew Steeples

One of England’s finest estates comes to the market for £25 to £30 million   The scene of the tragic deaths of the Conservative MP Michael Colvin and his wife Nicola in 2000 in a fire, Tangley House, near Andover in Hampshire subsequently had to be demolished. A new house was constructed on the site … Continue reading “From the ashes”

October 26, 2013

The Perfect English Country House

by Matthew Steeples

17th century Oswaldkirk Hall for sale for £4 million   Described by Candida Lycett Green as “a fine and architecturally distinguished house, built in the reign of William and Mary” in her 1994 book The Perfect English Country House, Oswaldkirk Hall in the North Riding of Yorkshire is at the heart of the setting of … Continue reading “The Perfect English Country House”

October 17, 2013

Bonneville’s super ride

by Matthew Steeples

Hugh Bonneville can celebrate after Gothic wins at Leicester   This morning, The Telegraph’s ‘Mandrake’ reported on the latest success of the Highclere Thoroughbred Racing Petrushka Syndicate and one of its investors, Downton Abbey star Hugh Bonneville, at Leicester.

October 12, 2013

Five of the Best: Gifts for a barfly

by Matthew Steeples

Items that will delight those who like to drink at home   Many readers of The Steeple Times are well known drinking aficionados. As a result, we thought it time to share five of the best items that will further improve your tippling pleasures

October 7, 2013

Homing on Downton

by Matthew Steeples

Sunday night’s viewing was a mixed bag   Last night Homeland went head to head with Downton Abbey. The winner, in our view, was clearly Homeland but though both had their moments, both had clear weaknesses.

October 4, 2013

Scotland’s Downton

by Matthew Steeples

Scotland’s most expensive estate comes to the market   In Downton Abbey last week, the Grantham family talked about selling off parts of their estate to cover the costs of death duties. In Scotland, the death of Sir James Cayzer has led to his family selling off one of their estates.

September 30, 2013

Downturning

by Matthew Steeples

A home worthy of any ‘Downton’ devotee is marketed for £6,500,000 less than it was previously promoted for in 2008   With Downton Abbey back on our screens, Brits are waxing lyrical about life in country houses whilst our American cousins are already bemoaning that they won’t get to see the latest series until January. … Continue reading “Downturning”

September 21, 2013

Downton the Hatch!

by Matthew Steeples

As ‘Downton Abbey’ returns tonight, we raise a glass to its official unofficial drinking game   Downton Abbey, a show that many have mixed views about, returns tonight. The nation will no doubt be gripped and though we hope Julian Fellowes has ironed out the historical inaccuracies and corrected the strangely informal relations between the … Continue reading “Downton the Hatch!”

August 21, 2013

Matthew Winthrop Barzun

by Matthew Steeples

The United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom was appointed in August 2013 and is a descendant of John Winthrop, an early 17th century governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Married to the heiress to the Jack Daniels whiskey empire, Barzun was a fundraiser for Obama’s 2008 campaign and head of strategic planning for Halsey … Continue reading “Matthew Winthrop Barzun”

August 6, 2013

Berkoff berates the Beeb

by Matthew Steeples

Steven Berkoff speaks for millions in comments about the dumbing down of the BBC   Actor and director Steven Berkoff has never been known for mincing his words. That’s why we like him. In his latest comments describing much of what the BBC broadcast as “garbage” and ITV1’s Downton Abbey as featuring “a lot of … Continue reading “Berkoff berates the Beeb”

July 27, 2013

Flora Ogilvy

by Matthew Steeples

A royal extra. 46th in line to the throne and the granddaughter of Princess Alexandra of Kent, Ogilvy scored a small part in the 2013 series of Downton Abbey. More regal than the Grantham family, the daughter of the founder of Luxury Briefing and educated at Rugby, a career on the stage and screen allegedly … Continue reading “Flora Ogilvy”

May 17, 2013

A Northern Downton

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of one of the North of England’s finest Georgian homes   Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey has undoubtedly led to a revival in interest in English country houses both in Britain and America and now with the sale of Burrow Hall in the Lune Valley in Lancashire, there is an opportunity to acquire one … Continue reading “A Northern Downton”

April 23, 2013

Penelope Wilton OBE

by Matthew Steeples

Yorkshire born and twice divorced, Wilton is the niece of actor Bill Travers. She’s performed widely but truly came to fame when she appeared alongside Richard Briers in the BBC’s Ever Decreasing Circles in 1984. As Rosemary in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads 2 and as Mrs Bibby in his The History Boys, she was brilliant … Continue reading “Penelope Wilton OBE”

March 11, 2013

Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks journalist and author Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? To learn from history – in all senses of the word – but listen to the needs of the present.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, … Continue reading “Jessica Fellowes: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

December 26, 2012

A Robin Reliant of a drama

by Matthew Steeples

Our view on the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey   Christmas Day is meant to be a time for celebration and joy. After feasting likes kings, many of us sat down to a cheery cartoon or drama. With that in mind, watching Downton Abbey seemed like a good option.     8.1 million Brits viewed … Continue reading “A Robin Reliant of a drama”

November 5, 2012

Laura Carmichael

by Matthew Steeples

A Southampton born graduate of the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Laura Carmichael came to public prominence in ITV1’s Downton Abbey. Her October 2012 West End debut, opposite Anna Friel in Uncle Vanya, was briefly interrupted by Sir Peter Hall heckling. He’s since apologised and all’s well once again. With some 20,000 followers on Twitter, this … Continue reading “Laura Carmichael”

October 27, 2012

A manageable mansion

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £20 million Bletchingdon Park, Oxfordshire   Bletchingdon Park House in Oxfordshire is one of those classic Palladian villas that would make the perfect setting for a period drama. Unlike vast Jacobean mansions like Highclere Castle, better known as Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey, however, Bletchingdon is of a far more manageable size. … Continue reading “A manageable mansion”

April 28, 2012

Julian Fellowes (The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL, also known as Julian Kitchener-Fellowes)

by Matthew Steeples

English actor, novelist, film director and screenwriter. His career pottered along until he won an Oscar for Gosford Park in 2002. Subsequent success came with Downton Abbey in 2011 but his personal obsession with the Titanic disaster resulted in an iceberg of a flop with a 2012 ITV mini-series on the subject. Parties at Stafford … Continue reading “Julian Fellowes (The Lord Fellowes of West Stafford DL, also known as Julian Kitchener-Fellowes)”

April 16, 2012

Sinking television

by Matthew Steeples

Sinking television A review of Julian Fellowes’s “Titanic”   Against better advice, I watched all four episodes of Julian Fellowes’s Titanic television drama. Nothing much happened in the first three episodes but unlike many others, I preserved and watched the final episode on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the White Star passenger liner. … Continue reading “Sinking television”

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