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Monday, November 9

Georgian Era Houses in England are Haute

Recently, Steventon House in Basingstoke, Hampshire was put on the market for sale. It has quite a pedigree. It was built as a rectory for the parish church in 1820 by Jane Austen’s brother Edward to replace her birthplace, Steventon Rectory, which was not considered well situated, required extensive repairs, and was not quite swank enough for his son William Knight who was taking over the parish duties from his cousin Henry Austen, Jane’s brother. Sadly, Jane Austen’s birthplace was demolished and all that remains today is the water pump. So, if you have £4.5 million sitting around collecting dust in your library, Steventon House with 51 acres, a cottage, a carriage house, tennis courts, swimming pool and extensive gardens could be yours – but don’t procrastinate. According to the London Times, buyers have been queuing up for the opportunity. It appears that Georgian properties in England are haute and a great investment if you can afford it. If I had my druthers, I would buy one too.

Cheers, Laurel Ann, Austenprose

7 comments:

Laura's Reviews said...

If only I were independently wealthy . . .

nigel said...

Perhaps we could lobby public housing planner's to incorporate Jane Austen design in their architectural projects!

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said...

Let me get my checkbook and the instant I have set the house to right I'll have you over for tea.
Thanks for sharing.

Nonna Beach said...

Love this but country estates are a bottomless money pit and the locals bleed you dry too !

Perhaps a public trust project funded by the government wouldn't be a bad idea...the government really knows how to get hosed big time anyway !

ChaChaneen said...

Hmmmmm!!! Makes me smile looking at the landscape, so open and no close neighbors. Ahhhh

CAM Creations said...

This is a gorgeous house, i just love the Georgian architecture. I would definately buy it if i wond the euro millions.

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