The Wiltshire house that starred in the BBC’s Pride and Prejudice television series has been listed for sale, for a massive £5,250,000 (AU$9.1million).
Famous as the house where Elizabeth Bennet lived with sisters Jane, Mary, Kitty and Lydia in Jane Austen’s novel, Luckington Court is a beautiful Grade II-listed 11th-century dwelling in Chippenham, with original Tudor features.
But the estate, which fronts the picturesque River Avon, is not just the single house – there are five additional houses, including a converted coach house, and farm buildings. There is even a 17th-century dovecote.
The house where Darcy came courting has eight bedrooms (plenty of room for all the Bennets and beaus), seven bathrooms, an integral flat and separate self-contained annexe accommodation.
Listing company Woolley & Wallis says while many of us know it as the Pride and Prejudice house, there is a lot of real history associated with the house.
“Luckington Court is on the site of a manor owned by King Harold II before 1066. He was killed that year in the Battle of Hastings, so there is a known potential royal connection. Placed in the Domesday Book its name has been given as Lochintone.
“Built in local creamy Cotswold stone, Luckington Court was first extended and remodelled in a 16th Century or earlier core by the Fitzherbert family, who had purchased in 1632 and continued to own until the early 1800s.
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“There were further additions including the service wing to the north by the Johnson-Ferguson family in 1921.
“Lt-Col Trevor Horn and his family purchased Luckington Court in 1947; he was renowned in the area for being the first director of the world’s most prestigious three-day event, Badminton Horse Trials and remained at the helm until 1956.”
“In 1995, Luckington Court had exteriors and interiors used to showcase Longbourn, the Bennet family home, in the BBC’s TV series Pride and Prejudice, which starred Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle.”
The agency says Lt-Col Horn’s daughter returned to Luckington Court in 2003 and since then, has conducted a compassionate programme of improvement and modernisation across the whole estate.
– This story originally appeared on stuff.co.nz