The Surry mansion in which the fictional Dowager Countess lives could be yours. In theory.
You know the gorgeous country pile that Downton Abbey’s Lady Violet Crawley lives in? Well it could be yours. In theory. The sprawling mansion has just gone on the market… for a cool £3.95 million.
Byfleet Manor, a gorgeous 17th century house in Surrey, which is referred to as a ‘little cottage’ in Downton Abbey (pah), actually comes with eight bedrooms, four reception rooms and is set in 18 acres of glorious English countryside.
Bought a decade ago by businesswoman Julie Hutton for about £1 million, the property, which has also featured in the likes of Poirot and Cranford, has had major renovations and is being sold now that the hit ITV show is coming to an end.
Due to the global success of Downton Abbey, and in particular the popularity of Maggie Smith’s character, Savills are expecting a lot of international interest.
Paul Finnegan, from Savills estate agents, said: ‘This is certainly an iconic home and its appeal will be far reaching. Just over 20 miles from the The new owner of the hut will have to move it themselves centre of London and 15 miles from Heathrow, we’re expecting interest in the sale of the estate to come from all quarters, including international interest too.
‘In the past 12 months we’ve seen an increase in the flow of London-based buyers looking to move out to the country for larger homes with land, and this would make the perfect forever home for a growing family.’