Wentworth Woodhouse, the home of the man who inspired Jane Austen’s Mr. Darcy, has been listed for sale. The mansion, located in Rotherham, South Yorkshire, is twice the size of Buckingham Palace and the largest private residence in Europe, reports The Daily Mail.
The current owner is an “elderly North London architect”, Clifford Newbold, who has spent the past 15 years repairing the decay that has crept into the building – a far cry from its days of literary fame, King George V and gold plates. The home has lost none of its glamour, though, attracting both director Mike Leigh for his recent Cannes prize-winning film Mr. Turner and Antiques Roadshow to the estate for filming.
Why sell such an magnificent Georgian specimen?
“Our father is now nearly 90 and does not have the energy he once had,” said the Newbold family in a statement. “It is his and our greatest wish to find someone to carry on our work and see the house truly secure for the long term. Next spring, the house will be offered for sale.”
Indeed, the home has already been offered to the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust, but the group has struggled to raise the funds needed to take possession. Now, the family have hired Savills to manage a sale to the public, with 90 acres of parkland, countless bedrooms and a whole host of historical statues all available for just £7 million. The only catch? The estimated repair bill of £42 million.
Source: The Movechannel