The House That Inspired Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice Is For Sale. Come, Look Inside...

Suzannah Ramsdale

The house that inspired Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice is up for sale. The price tag? A cool 7 million euros. But the bill doesn't stop there. It's reported that repairs needed on the sprawling country pile will mount to £42million.

Wentworth Woodhouse in South Yorkshire is the largest privately owned home in Europe. The listed building was once home to the Fourth Earl Fitzwilliam who is thought to have inspired Jane Austen's much-lusted after character Mr Darcy.


Sitting in 250 acres of land, the impressive pad has five miles of corridoors and 365 rooms. One part of the house is apparently even called 'the village' because it takes so long to get to.


Steeped in history, it was built by the First Marquess of Rockingham in 1725 and later home to the First Earl of Stafford and the Second Marquess of Rockingham, who later served as Prime Minister.


Currently owned by Clifford Newbold, who bought the mansion for just £1.5million in 1999, it's now on the market once again.

The family said in a statement: 'We fell in love with Wentworth Woodhouse 15 years ago, buying it to save it from neglect and to try and find a sustainable future for this wonderful piece of history.

'Our father is nearly 90 and he does not have the energy he once had; it is his and our greatest wish to find someone to carry on our work.

'The most important thing is to see the house in safe hands and secure the preservation of the finest Georgian interiors in the country for future generations to enjoy.'

If it comes with its own Mr Darcy we'll start saving immediately.

Image credit: Dine

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