Bodsworth HouseAugust 10 in the United Kingdom
The was a bit of luck.
Slow drive with quite a few delays thanks to Friday afternoon traffic and we just made it to see the house.
Build by the terrifically named Charles Sabine Augustus Thellusson who demolished a Georgian house 4 times the size it was a Macmansion of its day with over 30 rooms, 16 bedrooms and 17 servants. It had all the mod cons with Hugh windows and outside blind shutters that look amazingly modern. All for the quite reasonable cost of 2 million in today’s money
It was eventually given to English Heritage after the National Trust knocked it back as it didn’t include the estate.
Given that is after they agreed to pay 3 million pound for the furniture. That’s what makes it so unique as it’s almost a complete Victorian county house.
For the last 18 years before the gift the last lady lived it it alone with her dogs, deteriorating surrounds and occupied only 3 rooms. It cost them another 5 million to restore it.
Fantastic place looking like someone just steps out.Read more