Lady Violet’s home, anyone?

KUALA LUMPUR (May 23): Fancy living in a historic manor featured in one of the most popular TV series to come out of the UK? Savills has listed Byfleet Manor in Surrey — Lady Violet’s home in hit TV series Downton Abbey — for £3.95 million (RM22.18 million).

The Grade II-listed manor has 8-bedrooms and four reception rooms. It sits on 19 acres of land. In addition to the main house, there are four other lots available for purchase: three additional residential dwellings and a development plot.

“For all its fame, Byfleet Manor is actually located in an idyllic location at the end of a winding country lane on the fringe of a nearby village, discreetly positioned for privacy and security,” says head of Savills Weybridge Simon Ashwell, in a press statement.

“Initially, we’ll be looking for a buyer for the main house, to give him or her the option to include the four additional lots, allowing a buyer to purchase everything currently for sale in its entirety.”

The history of Byfleet Manor stretches back to the seventh century and was first recorded in 1086 in the Domesday Book. It was owned by the Crown for over 300 years during which it was destroyed and rebuilt.

King Edward I and II stayed frequently at Byfleet. Edward III gifted it to his mother Isabella and his son Edward of Woodstock, known as the Black Prince, who bred horses. Henry VIII is said to have stayed there during his childhood; he granted it to Katherine of Aragon after he divorced her. Queen Elizabeth I was known to have visited in 1576. Byfleet Manor’s last royal owner was Queen Consort Anne of Denmark, wife of King James 1.

The present Byfleet Manor was built around 1686. It is located just over 20 miles from the centre of London and 15 miles from Heathrow Airport. Savill’s expects interest in the sale of the Byfleet Manor estate “to come from all quarters, including international interest too”.

This article first appeared in The Edge Property pullout, on May 22, 2015. View the full pullout here.



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