Over the last few weeks we have seen a number of mansions and stately homes with TV connections coming to the market. The latest to hit the market is the property used in the BBC’s 1995 adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice” known as Longbourn Estate in the TV programme but Luckington Court is the property’s real name. As the TV programme was very popular around the world it is likely to receive significant attention from US buyers with a dollar sale price of $11.6 million.
If you look at the main house it has a living space of 9600 ft.², six reception rooms, seven main bedrooms, six bathrooms together with an additional flat and annex. This is the first time that the property has been on the market in 70 years although there is much more to the property than just the house!
The site covers a total of 156 acres of prime Cotswold countryside with an array of rivers, streams and perfectly manicured gardens. It is not difficult to see why the BBC believed that Luckington Court would suit the TV programme “Pride and Prejudice” which went on to be a worldwide hit. As you would expect the decor and the design of Luckington Court is certainly old world with a touch of modern furniture. It has undergone a number of renovations over the last hundred years while the outer character has always been maintained.
The history of Luckington Court
When you bear in mind that back in 1066 the manner house was said to have been occupied by King Harold it is not difficult to understand why it has received so much attention. Indeed back in the 1940s it was rented by a member of the so-called Z Unit, Guy Vansittart, which operated behind enemy lines in World War II. Over the years it has played a prominent role in the local community and it will be interesting to see the eventual buyer.
Grade 2 listed building
The sales brochure is very detailed about Luckington Court and the fact that it is a grade two listed building which in itself comes with a variety of obligations. Historically local authorities have been against major “modern” restoration work to grade 2 listed buildings and we can safely assume that the new buyer should not expect any major changes on this front. These are not only properties held within high esteem by the local community but they are in effect part of the history of the UK.
As we touched on above, this is the first time that Luckington Court has been listed for sale for over 70 years, having stayed in the same family. This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an investor looking at a prime UK property located in the heart of the British countryside. Privacy, natural beauty, exquisite gardens and a beautiful main house together with adjoining flat and annex certainly make this an interesting purchase for somebody with £9 million to hand.
Luckington Court gives you the chance to look into a life of years gone by, the land of gentry, when those with money were held in the highest esteem.