Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Now You Can Buy Your Own Damned Downton Abbey!

The August issue of Architectural Digest proudly submits Tyringham Hall, built in 1797,  in Buckinghamshire, England, for your inspection.  It was  the work of noted architect Sir John  Soane for a financier named William Praed, banker and MP.

In the 1920s, famed landscape architect Sir Edwin Lutyens added a swimming pool, formal gardens and a pair of follies to the 29-acre grounds.  Additionally there is a stable house.  Tennis courts weren't mentioned, but surely...

The house style is described as a neoclassical with a semicircular portico to greet you, and an enormous copper dome to look down its nose at you.  There are  many formal rooms inside to stun you with ornate woodwork,  carved marble fireplaces and intricate frescoes. 

The house is certainly spacious enough for the entire cast of Downton Abbey as it has 32 bedrooms, 30 baths and four half-baths in its 36,700 sq. ft.  

Tyringham Hall has led a versatile and rather lively life since the 18th century having served as a private house and then as a maternity ward  which then became a private club for a group of New Zealand bankers and then a naturopathic clinic (God knows what went on in something named that) and finally back into a private home.  Ah, if those walls could talk...

$28 million makes it yours.  But you should have bought in 2001.  Property developer Anton Bilton bought it then -- for 2.5 million pounds. 

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