Houses Sold in 2012

The top British and Irish stately homes sold during 2012:

Cliveden House, Berkshire, England  (Feb)
£30m (asking £35m), set in 376-acre National Trust estate, 78-year lease sold by von Essen Hotels (in administration Apr) to London & Regional (Ian & Richard Livingstone), Grade I, gardens Grade I, rebuilt 1850 for 2nd Duke of Sutherland by Sir Charles Barry, last sold 2002, Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.

Humewood Castle, County Wicklow, Ireland  (Nov)
€7.2m, 427 acres, sold to John Malone, built 1870 for William Hume-Dick by William White, Grade I, gardens listed, Christie’s, Sherry FitzGerald, brochure, rental, last sold 2006 for €25m to John Lally’s Lalco Holdings by Renata Coleman (since 1992 from Catherine Hume-Weygand), launched 12 Apr 2012 for €8m, Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.

Auckland Castle, County Durham, England  (July)
£1.7m£4m, 4 acres (Bishop’s Deer Park has 800 acres), built from c1183 as Bishops of Durham‘s home, sold on 20 July 2012 by Church Commissioners to The Auckland Castle Trust (website), £11m Zurbaran 13 paintings sold 1 Feb to The Zurbaran Trust (£15m given by Jonathan Ruffer of Ugley Hall Grade II, shooting & business author, and business partner of Viscount Tamworth of Ditchingham Hall & Hedenham Hall), Grade I, gardens Grade II*, Zurbaran book (2010), Country Seat, Wiki.

Dunecht House, Aberdeenshire, Scotland  (July)
£1.2m (maybe £1.9m), 13 acres, sold to Jamie Oag, built 1820 for William Forbes by John Smith, additions for Earl of Crawford and Balcarres 1855-80, Category A, gardens listed, Savills, brochure, CKD KM, website, CL photos, SGS, last sold 1910 to 1st Viscount Cowdray (of Cowdray Park), launched 4 May 2012 £1m, under offer early July, sold 25 July, C SeatDiCamillo, Wiki.

Ston Easton Park, Somerset, England  (Aug)
£3m, 36 acres, sold to James Caan‘s Hamilton Bradshaw, sold by von Essen Hotels (in administration in Apr 2011), rebuilt 1769 for John Hippisley-Coxe, Grade I, Repton gardens Grade II, Christie + Co, website, last sold 2000 for £5m by Peter Smedley (since
1978, hotel opened 1982), launched Jun 2011 for £5m, under offer
Sep 2011 but delayed by ransom strip, sold 31 Aug 2012,
Country SeatDiCamillo, Wiki.

Mamhead House, Devon, England  (Nov/Jan)
£8m (asking), 164 acres, built 1827-33 for Sir Robert Newman by Anthony Salvin, Grade I, gardens Grade II*, Strutt & Parker, satellite, aerial, Devon Life, Dawlish College 1964-88, last sold 2003, launched 17 Sep 2011, under offer Nov 2012, sold Jan
2013, re-launched Feb 2013, Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.
+ The Orangery£3m, 60 aces, GII*, built 1740, 1 Jun 2012.

Bedgebury Park, Kent, England  (Aug)
£5.9m (asking price with 91 acres of original 200), sold and being converted back into a private home with 70 acres (Gabriella Atkinson in 2009), core 1688 by Lady E Wilbraham for Sir James Hayes, altered 1838 & 1855 for 1st Viscount Beresford, Grade II*, gardens unlisted (PinetumGrade II), Knight Frank, brochuresatelliteBell Bedgebury,
Home Farm, Foundation, book (1996), School 1919-2011, photos, last sold 2007 to Bell Bedgebury International Language School by Bedgebury School (closed 2006), launched 9 Dec 2010 £7.5m, bids by 29 June 2011, under offer Apr 2012, sold 29 Aug 2012, Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.

Blairquhan Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland  (Oct/Nov)
£2m (estimated) with 217 acres, under offer by Oct & sold in Nov to Chinese-owned mineral water company Ganten Scotland, built 1842 for Sir David Hunter-Blair, Category A, Savills, brochure, website, satellite, last sold 1798, launched May 2010 for £4.85m
with 670 acres, Country Seat, Wiki.

Oswald Hall, South Ayrshire, Scotland  (Dec)
£1.5m sold to Neogen Europe for offices, asking over £1m,
38 acres (or 31 & 7 acre lots), optional 144 acres, 36k sq ft, formerly Auchincruive House, built 1767 by Robert Adam for Richard Oswald, Category A, gardens listed, CKD Galbraith,
brochureplan, Knight Frank, last sold 1925 by Oswald family to
John Hannah 1927 bequethed to Scottish Agricultural College,
launched 24 Oct 2011, bids by 6 Mar 2012, under offer 15 Mar
2012, missives concluded by Jan 2013, Country Seat, Wiki.

Kilkea Castle, County Kildare, Ireland – sold to Jay Cashman (Boston USA developer), launched 2010 €16m 145 acres (Examinership 2009), Wiki.

Kings Weston House, Somerset, England  (Dec)
several hundred thousand £s, asking £2m (2000-2125 lease from Bristol City Council), sold to Norman Routledge (Twitter), 3 acres, Grade I, Gardens Grade II, built 1720 by Sir John Vanbrugh for Sir Edward Southwell, Knight Frank, Action Group, lease last
sold 2000 to John Hardy (spent £2.8m), launched Apr 2011,
DiCamillo, Country Seat, Wiki.

Kitley House, Devon, England  (Dec)
£195,000 (asking) for 55 year lease & £55,500 annual rent, in 300 acres, sold to Yealmpton Hospitality Ltd, built 1710 & 1825 for Bastard family, Grade I, gardens listed, Christie+Co, Hotel in Administration, Old Mother Hubbard rhyme written at Kitley,
hotel from mid-1990s, last leased in 1999 by Andrew Huckerby,
launched 3 Aug 2012, under offer Oct 2012, Country Seat,
DiCamillo, Wiki.

Pusey House, Oxfordshire, England  (Apr)
£30m approx, 643 acres, built 1748 for J Pusey by J Sanderson, Grade II*, gardens Grade II, Knight Frank, Savills, brochure, satellite, book, last sold 1997, launched Jun 2010 for £27m with 643 acres, withdrawn 16 Mar 2011 and relaunched 27 Sep
2011 for £21m with 75 acres), Country SeatDiCamillo, Wiki.

Llangoed Hall, Powys, Wales  (July)
POA, 14 acres, sold by 20 July to Roger Hancox by administrators PwC, built 1632 & 1912 by Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, Grade II*, gardens Grade II, Savills, brochure, website, last sold Nov 2010 by Sir Bernard Ashley family to Andrew Davis of von Essen
Hotels, launched 1 Nov 2011 & by Savills 15 Feb 2012, Wiki.

Tawstock Court, Devon, England  (July)
over £1m, 32 acres, sold by 17 July to developer Rik Peryer to become a private home (2014: coach house/theatre into 13 holiday units, school buildings into conference facilities), built 1787 for Sir Bourchier Wrey, Grade II (1574 gatehouse Grade II*), gardens unlisted, GVA, brochure, photos, St Michael’s School 1940-2012, launched 22 Feb 2012 by school administrator appointed Dec 2011, bids due 23 Mar, under offer 30 Mar, Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.

Torosay Castle, Argyll & Bute, Scotland  (Sep)
£1.65m (asking price), 469 acres, sold to a Swiss lady in Sep 2012, built 1858 for John Campbell by David Bryce, Category A, gardens listed, Knight Frank, Savills, brochure, aerial, website, last sold 1870 to Arbuthnot Guthrie (now Chris James), launched
Apr 2010 for £2.8m with 880 acres, relaunched May 2012 + KF,
Country Seat, DiCamilloWiki. Contents auctioned by Christie’s in
London on 22 Jan 2012, in 93 lots, proceeds of £228,325.

StargrovesStargroves, Berkshire/Hampshire, England  (June)
£15m+, 129 acres, sold to Sackler family, built 1877, Grade II, gardens unlisted, Knight Frank, last sold 1999 (owned by Mick Jagger 1970-6 & Frank Williams 1995-8), launched & sold in Jun 2012, Country Seat, Wiki.

Huntsham Court, Devon, England  (Jan)
£1.83m, 4 acres, sold to Christopher Badham & Damian Llambias, built 1870 by Benjamin Ferrey for Charles TroyteGrade II*, gardens unlisted, Knight Frank, brochure, website, Twitter, launched 3 Oct 2011 for £2m, under offer by Nov 2011, sold in
Jan 2012DiCamillo, Wiki.

Evenley Hall, Northamptonshire, England  (Sep)
£6.5m (asking), 275 acres, built 1740, Grade II, gardens unlisted, Knight Frank, brochure, last sold 2001 to Emma & Christopher Wightman by National Children’s Home (since 1941), launched 10 Oct 2011 for £8m, under offer 12 Jul 2012, sold 26 Sep 2012.

Donnington Hall, Gloucestershire, England  (Apr)
(Note: not Donington Hall in Castle Donington, Leicestershire)
£6m, 187 acres, sold to Elizabeth Hurley & Shane Warne, near Herefordshire border, built C18th & 1909 for Admiral Fanshawe by Gilbert Ogilvy, Grade II, gardens unlisted, Hayes, brochure,
last sold 1992, launched 25 May 2011, sold 13 Apr, Country Seat.

Horseheath Lodge, Cambridgeshire, England  (Nov)
£6.5m, 189 acres (or £3.75m with 80 acres), sold to £148m EuroMillions winners Gillian and Adrian Bayford, built 1825 for racehorse trainer Stanlake Batson, Grade II, gardens unlisted, Savills, brochure (2007), owned by Sir Arthur Marshall 1948-
2007, launched 18 Jan 2012.

Reydon Hall, Suffolk, England  (July)
£1.2m, 17 acres, sold to James and Emmeline Winterbotham,
built 1683, Grade II*, gardens unlisted, Jackson-Stops, Clarke & Simpson, brochure, satellite, Bonhams contents sold Dec 2011, P&F article, last sold 1960 to Le Grys family, launched Apr 2011
for £2.25m, by Nov 2011 £2m, in May 2012 £1.75m, Wiki.

Walreddon Manor, Devon, England  (Dec)
£6.5m (asking), 543 acres, built from 1400, Grade I, unlisted gardens, Knight Frank, brochure, Savills, brochure, Country Life, Telegraph second photos, last sold 2001 to Zac Goldsmith MP by Hugh Hudson (early 1980s), launched 12 Oct 2011 £7m, £6.5m
by 3 Jun 2012, under offer 10 Oct 2012, Country Seat, Wiki.

Gissing Hall,
Norfolk, England  (Oct)
(see Country House Rescue TV episode 2.8, aired Aug 2011)
asking £1.075m, 4 acres (+modern house £475,000), built 1840, Grade II, gardens unlisted, Chesterton Humberts, brochure, Preferred Commercial, satellite, Hotel since 1989, last sold 1986
£150,000 to Ann & William Brennan, launched 18 Aug 2011
£1.5m 5 acres (plans to convert back into single home) split into
2 lots Feb 2012, sold autumn 2012, Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.

Beldorney Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland  (July)
£3m, 861 acres (or 1.4m, 119 acres), built from 1550, Category A, gardens unlisted, Strutt & Parker, brochure, last sold 1960 to Jolyon Robinson’s father, launched Jun 2012, sold July.

Finnebrogue House, County Down, Northern Ireland – £1.55m, 3.5 acres, launched 2010.

Saltmarshe Hall, Yorkshire, England  (Apr)
asking £1.95m, 16 acres, sold to Kate and Roland Whyte, built 1825 for Philip Saltmarshe by James Pigott Pritchett and Charles Watson, Grade II*, gardens unlisted, Carter Jonas, brochure, last sold 1974 to Philip & Sally Bean by Saltmarshe family (owned since 1067), launched Jun 2009, Wiki.

Hardingham Grove, Norfolk, England  (by Mar)
£1.8m (asking price), 25 acres, built early 17th century & 1868, Grade II, gardens unlisted, Strutt & Parker, brochure, last sold c1991, launched Apr 2011 for £2m, under offer by early Jan.

Ruins and derelict houses:

Great Barr Hall, West Midlands, England  (Ruin)  (May)
c£1.2m, 150 acres, sold prior to 17 Apr auction by Barnard Marcus (brochure) to consortium of 10 residents, remodelled 1777 for Sir Joseph Scott (aka Nether Hall), Grade II*, gardens Grade IIsatellite, photos, At Risk, Manor Building Preservation Trust,
Great Barr Hall Action Committee, Bovis (Park), last sold Sep
2003 (£886,000), launched May 2011 £2.2m with 50 acres by
Van Weenen, then £3m with 150 acres from 6 Aug with optional
extra 100 acres, unsold at 6 Feb 2012 auction (last bid £1.14m
asking £1.25m), Country Seat (Twitter), DiCamillo, Wiki.

Kirklinton Hall, Cumbria, England  (Ruin)  (May)
£311,000 (asking £0.3m-£0.5m) sold to Christopher Boyle of Mallsgate Hall at London auction 29 May (mortgagees in possession), 14 acres, built 1660 for Edmund Appleby & extended 1875 for Kirklinton-Saul family, Grade II, gardens unlisted,
Allsopbrochure, photos old, press 2009 & 2011, last sold c2002
to ERB Properties asking £0.35m, launched May 2012,
Country Seat, DiCamillo.

Coton House, Warwickshire, England  (derelict) sold to property developer based in Solihull by Post Office management training centre (last sold 1970), 11 acres, Student and Apprentice Hostel 1948-68, Wiki.

Contents Auctions  (sale of house contents in situ or at auction houses):

Dunecht House, Aberdeenshire, Scotland  (Sep)
Remaining contents of Dunecht House (house sold in July) by Taylors in Montrose on 15 September in 3,270 lots during
4 separate concurrent auctions. The main contents were auctioned at Cowdray Park on 13-15 Sep 2011 by Christie’s.

Haining House, Selkirkshire, Scotland  (July)
£0.1m contents auction of Haining House, Selkirkshire, Scotland, in 255 lots at McTear’s in Glasgow on Thur 19 July. Viewings on 15-19 July. The house and 150 acres were bequeathed in 2009 to the Haining Charitable Trust by Andrew Nimmo-Smith (whose estate is selling the contents, with half the proceeds to the HCT).

Mount Congreve House, Co. Waterford, Ireland  (July)
[ Results – in the press – IndependIrish TimesDay 1Day 2 ]
€2.2m contents auction at Mount Congreve House, Co. Waterford, Ireland, in about 1,100 lots by Mealy’s on Tue/Wed 10-11 July. Viewings on 7-9 July. The estate was vested in 1979 in the Mount
Congreve Trust by Ambrose Congreve, with the 66-acre gardens
soon to be transferred to the Irish State, & the house in 50 years.
And a £3.4m auction was held by Christie’s in London on 23 May.

Mount Congreve House, County Waterford, Ireland  (May)
£3.4m contents auction from Mount Congreve House, in 120 lots at Christie’s in St. James’s, London (with Mealy’s) on Wed 23 May. Viewings on 19-22 May. The house and estate were bequeathed by Ambrose Congreve in May 2011 to the Irish State. Also in situ contents auction to be held on 10-11 July.

Blair Castle, Ayrshire, Scotland  (Mar)
£1.2m contents auction by Lyon & Turnbull on 14-15 March 2012 from Blair Castle for Luke and Caroline Borwick, in about 932 lots, Sale no 345, video, viewing ‘in situ’ at Blair Castle on 24-26 Feb, then at Lyon & Turnbull’s Edinburgh saleroom on 10-13 Mar.

Bridgewater House, London, England  (Mar)
£45m sale of Titian’s Diana and Callisto painting to the National Galleries by 7th Duke of Sutherland of Mertoun House, following 2008 £50m sale of Diana and Actaeon, both hung in the Grade I
Bridgewater House Gallery 1854-1939, satellite, DiCamillo, Wiki.

Torosay Castle, Argyll & Bute, Scotland  (Jan)
£228,325 contents auction of 80 lots (93 offered) sold on 22 Jan by Christie’s in South Kensington in London (the Sunday Sale 4078), viewings 20 & 21 Jan, catalogue & history (pages 4 to 21).

Other houses of interest in London sold –

Old Friars & Beaver Lodge, Richmond – £11.5m, sold by Lord Richard Attenborough, GII*.

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