A rather dizzying mix of old and new come together in unforgettable style at Stowe Castle, which sits next to the grounds of the famous Buckinghamshire School.
Stowe Castle – 18 years old.thA farmhouse of the century, cleverly disguised as a medieval-style castle, built to draw attention to the Temple of Friendship in the gardens of Stowe House in Buckinghamshire. The striking building features a tall stone curtain wall topped with 60-foot locks that hide the farmhouse and associated outbuildings. It is attributed to James Gibbs and was built in 1740 along with many other temples and statues scattered around the grounds of Stowe.
The five-bedroom home of just over 4,000 square feet, which is on sale for £4.5 million through Savills and Knight Frank, is horseshoe-shaped and spreads over 1.7 acres.
It has been refurbished by interior designer Katherine Pooley and features many details, including arched doorways, solid oak doors, an ornate marble fireplace and ornate cornice.
There is also a heliport, a wine cellar, a guest house and a treehouse. Those looking for more space can renovate the large attic space on the second floor (subject to the usual consent).
Outside mature gardens surrounded by open countryside. A colonnaded stone gazebo leads from the back of the house to a one-bedroom extension, and at the front of the house is a barn that has been converted into a 2,727-square-foot party barn with the bedroom upstairs.
Stowe Castle represents a one-time opportunity to own a home-county castle, says Savills’ sales agent Hugh Maconochie. “This is a beautiful historic house with the most exquisite interiors.” Co-sales agent Edward Welton of Knight Frank adds that the castle is “a fine example of the combination of tradition and modernity.” agree.
It was country life the first issue, published on 8 January 1897 (priced at sixpence), contained an advertisement for Stowe House in Buckinghamshire. “The stately ancestral home of the Dukes of Buckingham and Chandos” was vacated after the death of its tenant, the Comte de Paris, and the agents, Messrs. Walton and Lee, hoped to find a new tenant for the “noble place.” ; the 1,100-acre deer park was recently drained “to modern standards.” The house fell into disrepair and was eventually sold through Jackson-Stops in 1921; Stowe School opened two years later.
It is unclear when Stowe Castle became inhabited, but since it has two front doors and two staircases, it is assumed that it was once occupied as two houses. It is believed that the castle itself was sold from the Stow House grounds in the 1840s when the then owner, 2th The Duke of Buckingham struggled to pay off his debts. To raise some money, the contents of Stowe House were auctioned off and a significant amount of land was also sold.
Sometime after Stowe House was saved from possible demolition and converted into a school, Stowe Castle and the surrounding farmland were purchased by the Russell family. John Russell sold the castle from its farmland in the late 1980s, and the property changed hands several times until it was bought by the current seller in 2015.
Stowe Castle is being sold through Savills and Knight Frank for an asking price of £4.5m – see more photos and details.
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