The top British and Irish stately homes sold during 2015:
Markree Castle, County Sligo, Ireland (Jun) – asking €3.1m, 225 acres, sold to Corscadden family by Charles Cooper, last sold mid-17th century, Wiki.
Bletchingdon Park, Oxfordshire, England (Apr)
asking £15m, 126 acres (excludes stables), rebuilt 1782 for 1st Earl of Mountnorris by James Lewis, Grade II*, gardens unlisted, Knight Frank, brochure, last sold 1993 to Dr Michael Peagram by 2nd Baron Rotherwick, launched 2 May 2012 for £20m to May 2013, Country Seat, DiCamillo, Wiki.
Bellamont Forest, County Cavan, Ireland (Aug) – sold for over €2m to an American couple for private use (owner John Coote died in 2012), 434 acres, National, 3 final offers over €1.5m in May 2015, asking €1.35m since Mar 2015, launched Mar 2010 €7.5m 1,060 acres.
Eilean Aigas House, Highlands, Scotland (Sep) – c£7m, 546 acres, sold by Brendan Clouston to Qatari royal family, built 2007, Savills, Knight Frank, launch May 2012 £15m 547 acres (then £10m), Wiki.
Cilwendeg House, Pembrokeshire, Wales (Feb)
asking £650,000, 6 acres, sold by Pembrokeshire County Council to Ian and Sandu Baker-Hellings to be used as the registered office and conferencing facility of RiskHive Technical Services Ltd, excludes stables & out-houses & Shell House (received Georgian Award 2007), built 1789, Grade II, gardens Grade II*, Knight Frank, brochure, Town Coast & Country Estate, Council care home 1952-2010, launched 24 Feb 2012 for £1.1m to Mar 2013, Country Seat.
Haremere Hall, Sussex, England (May) – just over £2m by Lady Killearn, 84 acres (+optnl 40 acres nearby £0.25m), launched Nov 2014 by Baron Killearn family but first raised 2011, Wiki.
Norris Castle, Isle of Wight, England (Nov) – £4.7m, 225 acres, sold to Uavend Norris Castle Ltd, launched Aug 2015 £1m, under offer Nov 2015, sold Jan 2016.
Fordham Abbey, Cambridgeshire, England (Mar) – c£3.5m, 75 acres, sold to Dojima Sake Brewery by Lewyn-Smith family, Grade II, Gardens unlisted, launched 2011 £6m 237 acres.
Courtlands House, Devon, England (Sep) – sold to chef Michael Caines to become hotel, 28 acres, Grade II, last sold 2005 by Simon Robshaw (inherited the 500 acre estate in 2001).
Contents Auctions (sale of house contents in situ or at auction houses):
2-8a Rutland Gate, London, England (14-15 July) – est £0.5m, 1,252 lots, house launched Jun 2012 £300m, rumour of £280m bid Jul 2015, unsold & owner to convert into flats, unlisted, Wiki.