You know you love Downton Abbey. You know you want to do a Sarah Beeny and renovate your own Rise Hall.
Delusions Illusions of grandeur follow you everywhere. You can already feel the ever-watchful gaze of your attentive butler who will be discreet and daring and do everything you ever dreamed of a butler doing. Or maybe that’s just me.
Mansions, manors and mammoth places to live are but a dream for so many without a gazillion spondoolies. Which is what makes the price tags on these palatial pads so attractive. Of course, you’re still going to have to budget for the likely equally mammoth renovation budget and running costs. But, you can’t have it all ways!
These stately properties are going under the hammer on 30th January. Contact the auctioneer for more details.
Greenlaw Mansion, Castle Douglas, Dumfries And Galloway, DG7 2NX
Six bedroom/ four reception mansion. Guide Price: £649,995
The prominent Greenlaw Mansion stands at the end of a private half mile gated driveway 3 miles from castle Douglas in an approximate 6 acres of grounds with landscaped gardens surrounding the property. The grade A-listed has historical fire damage and has undergone extensive refurbishment from the current owners with some rooms still to be completed. The property currently comprises three reception rooms, kitchen/diner, dining room, seven double bedrooms, dressing room, home office, three bathrooms, utility room, WC and store room with a further two potential bedrooms plumbed for en-suites, and an additional four small rooms which could be used for storage or potentially further bathrooms. The property benefits from first fix electrics and plumbing, sash windows, parking for multiple cars and a wooden outbuilding/garage with double barn doors.
Manar House, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, AB51 5JQ
8 bedroom manor house. Guide price: £475,000
This unique and substantial B listed detached mansion house extends over two and a half storeys and enjoys peaceful rural Aberdeenshire location approximately 4 miles from Inverurie and 15 miles from Aberdeen City. The property dates back to the early 1800s and is set in grounds extending to approximately 65 acres. The property is in need of an extensive programme of upgrading and modernisation throughout as reflected in the highly competitive Guide Price which offers a massive 37% discount against current Home Report valuation. The current accommodation includes eight public rooms, kitchen, eight bedrooms (four en-suite), two bathrooms, three toilets, utility rooms, pantry and cellar. Many of the original features have been retained over the years including high decorative ceilings, panelled walls, fireplaces and an impressive sweeping staircase from the main hall. The peaceful location allied with proximity to Aberdeen would make this property ideal as a stunning country home or, perhaps, could be considered suitable for conversion and change of use to hotel or other commercial enterprise. Any alterations and changes of use would, of course, be subject to the required permissions and consents.