The top British and Irish stately homes sold during 2013:
Fawsley Hall, Northamptonshire, England (Aug)
(see Ruth Watson Means Business! TV eps 1.5 aired 6 Dec 2013)
asking £15m, 9 acres, sold to Hand Picked Hotels, built C16 & 1732, Grade I, gardens Grade II*, in 2,000 acres owned by Gages of Firle Place, Christie, website, photos, last sold to Simon Lowe & Poonawalla in 2001, launched 7 May 2013, TV filmed May/Jun, offers by 14 Jun, sold 30 Aug, Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.
Donington Hall, Leicestershire, England (Mar)
POA, 25 acres, sold to Norton Motorcycles, built 1793 for 1st Marquess of Hastings by William Wilkins, Grade II*, gardens unlisted, photos, photos, track, book, PoW, Research, last sold April 2012 when British Airways took over British Midland (sold by Shields family in 1976/80), Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.
Hadspen House, Somerset, England (Apr)
about £12, asking £13m, 852 acres, built from 1687 for William Player, Grade II*, gardens unlisted, Knight Frank, brochure, Symonds & Sampson, satellite, website, gardens (books 1976 & 1998), contents auctions 1996 & 2008, CL 1996, last sold 1785 to Henry Hobhouse (now Niall Hobhouse, son of Penelope), launched 27 May 2012, DiCamillo, Wiki.
Holywell Hall, Lincolnshire, England (July)
asking £11m, 940 acres (or £4.75m, 74 acres; farm £6.25m, 863 acres), built C17th & 1732-60, Grade II*, gardens unlisted, Savills, brochure, Bidwells, brochure, CL photos, aerial, last sold 2003 £7m to Robert & Sally Gillespie by Prince & Princess Yuri Galitzine heirs (1994, £4m, 830 acres), launched 31 Aug 2011 for £14.75m, £12m in 2012, under offer May 2013, DiCamillo, Wiki.
Crawfordton House, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (Jun)
asking £495,000, 23 acres, sold to architect/designer Kenneth Ko to convert back into a private home, built 1865 for Sir George Walker by Peddie & Kinnear, Category B, RCAHMS, At Risk, gardens unlisted, Savills, brochure, satellite, school 1940-95 &
1995-2006, last sold 1995, launched 2007 £1.3m (private 2006) £595,000 in 2011, £495,000 in 2012, under offer late 2012 w/d
early 2013, offers closed 9 Apr, under offer 12 Apr 2013, Wiki.
Arthington Hall, West Yorkshire, England (late)
asking £2.95m (incl £0.2m gate lodge, but excl stables & walled garden), 22 acres, sold to Mr & Mrs Jon Wright, rebuilt 18th century by John Carr & extended in 1875 by Alfred Waterhouse, Grade II, gardens unlisted, Knight Frank, brochure, satellite, last sold 1842 to Sheepshanks family (excl 1993), launched 18 Apr 2012, DiCamillo, Wiki.
Embleton Hall, Northumberland, England (late)
£875,000, 3 acres, sold to Mr & Mrs Ronald Joyce with Thornes to live in Stables, built 1730 for Thomas Embleton (Fenwick family from 1780), Grade II, gardens unlisted, Strutt & Parker, brochure, Christie & Co, hotel, last sold 1986 to Trevor Thorne, launched 4 Jan 2012 for £1.3m for 5 acres until Nov, plans to divide into 2 residences, under offer by Dec 2012, approved hotel to single home use Oct 2013, Wiki.
Skeldon House, East Ayrshire, Scotland (Sep) – asking £2.475m, 192 acres, sold to Tony Fernandes, Cat B, built 1760 by General Fullarton to an Adam design, CKD Galbraith, brochure, Knight Frank, website, last sold 1986 to Stanley Brodie QC by Weir family (since 1926, from Duke of Portland since 1867), launched £6m Jul 2008, £3m by 2013.
London houses of interest:
Ruins and derelict houses:
Larbert House, Falkirk, Scotland (ruin) (late) – sold to Grant Keenan of Strathyre Properties by NHS Forth Valley, Cat B, At Risk (tower collapsed 2008), satellite, launched 2010, redevelopment in 2014.
Holme Hall, Lancashire, England (derelict) (Apr)
£151,000, 1.5 acres, sold at auction on 25 Apr after estimate of £100,000 to £150,000, built C15-1854 for Whitaker family, Grade II*, gardens unlisted, Pugh & Co, Landwood, broch, photos
photos, Friends, survey, HaR, retirement home 1985-2003, fire
in 2003/4, planned conversion to 10 flats, last sold 2007 £600k by Hurstwood Group (2005 £495k), launched Dec 2012 by LPA Receivers, Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.
Bessingham Manor, Norfolk, England (derelict) (Mar)
asking £575,000 (or £1.45m with a new house) sold to William and Dawn Hickey, 4.5 acres, built 1870, unlisted house and gardens, Cockertons, brochure, satellite, photos, photos, last sold Apr 2010, launched Oct 2010 £895,000, from May 2011 £765,000 or £2m, from Oct 2011 to Oct 2012 £590,000 or £1.7m (also Savills), Country Seat, Wiki.
Contents Auctions (sale of house contents in situ or at auction houses):
Leeds Castle & Sir Gawaine & Lady Baillie’s West Sussex home, Sotheby’s £2m (1 May).