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Queen Elizabeth’s cousin puts Grade II–listed manor house on the market at £4.75 million – News Opener

Barnwell Manor, a Grade II–listed English manor house that belongs to the duke of Gloucester, the late Queen Elizabeth II’s first cousin, has come to the market for £4.75 million ($5.28 million).

The manor house, dating to the late 16th century, sits on roughly 27 acres in Northamptonshire in the East Midlands of England with extensive gardens and parkland, as well as the ruins of Barnwell Castle, which dates to 1266 and is Grade I–listed, according to the listing brokerage Savills.

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The original estate, of which Barnwell Manor and Barnwell Castle were a part, was granted by King Henry VIII in 1540 to then–chief justice Edward Montagu, whose family owned it until 1913, according to Savills.

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In 1938, Prince Henry, duke of Gloucester, the third son of King George V and brother of King George VI, the late Queen Elizabeth’s father, bought the estate. He then restored the manor house with the help of architect Edward Richardson, a president of the Royal Academy and founder of the Georgian Group, Savills said.

Prince Richard, the current duke of Gloucester, spent his childhood on the estate. He and his family moved to Kensington Palace and have rented out Barnwell Manor since 1995, Savills said.

“Barnwell Manor effortlessly brings together stunning architecture and an illustrious history of ownership, which includes some of the most important families in British history, past and present,” Crispin Holborow, country director of the private office, said in a statement.

The current duke of Gloucester spent his childhood on the estate. He and his family later moved to Kensington Palace and have rented out Barnwell Manor since 1995, according to Savills.


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The main manor house has four reception rooms, a drawing room, a sitting room, eight bedrooms and five bathrooms. The retained period features include molded paneling, ornately plastered ceiling, solid wood floors and fireplaces, according to the listing.

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Additionally, there are two staff apartments bringing the total accommodation to just under 30,000 square feet.

“Elsewhere, the outbuildings are extensive and lend themselves to other potential uses should the new owners need additional space for extended family or business opportunities,” Holborow said. “What’s more, with Northamptonshire now being touted by many as a quieter, yet as-fashionable alternative to the Cotswolds, Barnwell Manor is ideally situated for anyone looking for a country home with access to all of the amenities available today.”

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