Monthly Archive: July 2011

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Lease a large country house!

A rather splendid lease has come up on Kings Weston House in Somerset. The house was designed by Sir John Vanbrugh and built in the 1700s for the Southwell family. Over the years it...

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To cater or not to cater?

Eating arrangements for events in large houses can become complicated. Most (nearly all) Landed Houses properties are let as ‘self-catering’ but will happily put the organiser in touch with local caterers. For most guests...

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Bradley House: The end of an era?

  It has come to our attention that the much-loved Bradley House is closing its doors and returning to the Duke of Somerset in Autumn 2011. The house has hosted many a happy event...

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Would you rent your house out?

There is an article in this week’s Telegraph titled “How to make money from a manor house“. It discusses hosting weddings, festivals, running a B&B but nothing of rent out the whole house. Barring...

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A weekend in the Peak District

I spent last weekend in the Peak District with two friends and our bicycles. It was a truly super way to escape London; the sun was shining and nature was at its best. We...

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The History of Northmoor House

Northmoor House was built for John Locke in 1856 on a site reputedly chosen by his bride. His family was from Newcastle upon Tyne, where they were partners in a firm called Locke and...

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The History of Cadhay

The tale of Mary Reibey: Christened Molly Haydock she was born in 1777 in Bury, Lancashire. Her father died in1779 and it appears that her mother died shortly afterwards. She was brought up by...

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The History of Ash Barton

In AD 973 King Edgar repossessed Braunton for the Crown through an exchange with Glastonbury Abbey, thus retrieving a strategically important manor at the head of a major estuary. The King then placed a number...