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Flirt alert! It's time to get nosy on someone else's home. Our idea of heaven. And this time you're in for a treat: we're talking baronets, baby, and a literary heritage to make you drool.
Pick your jaw up off the floor and back off ya property pervs, we bagsy this one just as soon as we’ve finished scrounging for change down the back of the sofa. Follow us through the rather large keyhole of this Grade II listed 17th century manor house, in the tiny village of Weston in Northamptonshire, which boasts a very impressive literary heritage.
Now, I do hope you’re sporting a jolly nice pair of red trousers darling, time to hang your hard hat in the hall and poke our noses in. See that long, sweeping driveway and the leaded portico? That’s where we’ll start the tour. The warm, buttery stones that compose the charming frontage of this stunning and rather stately home have been in the same family since 1714. “Quarter past five?” I hear you cry, “They’ve not been in long.” No dear, as in the year 1714, 306 years ago. Now, I don’t know about you, but my family aren’t even posh enough to trace back that far, let alone to have owned property, let alone a property you could literally get lost in. Oh, by the way, Weston Hall is really just the family’s country cottage, they also own the magnificent Renishaw Hall in Derbyshire among several others, so I don’t think they’ll miss this one too much.
So what’s the dealio? Well, there are a rather meagre 10 bedrooms to dust and hoover, 5 bathrooms (bulk orders Flash spray), seven reception rooms, a swimming pool and tennis court plus almost 50 acres of grounds. Now we’re talking.
In the 1920s, the renowned socialite and iconic poet, Edith Sitwell, was famed for entertaining the cream of London society here, including Cecil Beaton, Noel Coward and Evelyn Waugh. Edith is buried in the village churchyard where her headstone, designed by Henry Moore, proudly stands. Not to be sniffed at, unless you tend to get emotional about these things.
More recently, the house has been lived in by Edith’s great nephew, the food writer and BBC MasterChef judge, William Sitwell (who recently told us his favourite places in Northamptonshire) and it has certainly seen some magnificent evenings playing host to his famed supper clubs, where celebrated chefs are invited to create mouth-watering menus for the lucky guests.
In spite of it’s grandeur, there’s a cosy feeling, there are personal objects filling the house (not included), comfy sofas and a library that I would probably stay in forever. Can we keep the books or…?
There’s a bright Victorian orangery, where I plan on taking tea, a topiary garden, a kitchen garden boasting pears, quince, peaches and pomegranate trees (what, no apples? Pffft) and a coach house perfect for staff, guests or keeping the grandparents at arm’s length.
If you’re a petrolhead (hello, Lewis Hamilton, looking for a crashpad?) Silverstone circuit is less than 10 miles away, and if the gee-gees are more your thing you can be at Towcester Racecourse in 20 minutes, with Banbury and the M40 a fifteen minute amble along country roads in the vintage Merc.
So how much do we think? Fancy taking a guess? Let us know how much you’d be willing to part with for a slice of literary history in the comments below and click here to find out what it’s really worth. No cheating though.