Are you a fan of the British drama, Downton Abbey? Though I don’t watch it as much as I did in the early days, I was sad to hear the 6th season will be its last. I guess they want to go out while they are still on top.
One of the characters we’ll all miss is the sassy Dowager Countess, Lady Violet Crawley, played by Maggie Smith. Just as the show is approaching its last season, the Byfleet Manor, the grand house that Lady Violet calls home on the show, has gone on the market for sale.
You too can live like the Dowager Countess if you have 6 million to spare! Byfleet Manor really does look every bit the grand manor, doesn’t it?
The home is located in Surry, just outside of London. I love how they describe its location in the listing as being an “idyllic location at the end of a winding country lane.”
The history of the property dates back to the 7th century but the first records for the home indicate it was built around 1686. The manor home sits on 19 acres, has 8 bedrooms, five baths and four reception rooms.
Here’s a floor plan of Byfleet Manor.
If you saw the 2014 musical, Into the Woods, Byfleet manor was also featured in that production.
After seeing all the gigantic rooms and extraordinarily high ceilings in Downton Abbey, I was surprised by how much more normal size the rooms are in Byfleet Manor.
Notice how the ceiling is wallpaper here in the breakfast/morning room. I guess they wanted to make it feel more homey and cozy and there was no way to wallpaper the walls.
The formal dining room is wallpapered with a pretty damask paper. Beautiful chandelier! I love how this room opens up to the gardens.
This bedroom, one of eight, is modestly furnished. I wonder where that little hidden door goes…maybe a closet?
I wonder if copper tubs hold the heat well when filled with hot water?
You’ll find additional pictures of Byfleet manor at the listing here: Savills. Thanks so much to Linda for telling me about this fascinating listing!
Take a tour of Highclere Castle (Home of Downton Abbey) and meet the owners in this previous post: Tour Highclere Castle, Home of the British Drama Downton Abbey
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