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What it is to be rich

Oof! I’ve had a beast of a day. I know – I haven’t done a real estate post for a while.

Behold, Plumpton Place, a charming Elizabethan estate on 60 acrres. It’s on the market for the first time in thirty years.

Edward Hudson, founder of Country Life magazine, bought it in 1927 and spent his remaining years working with architect Edwin Lutyens and garden designer Gertrude Jekyll to do it up (those names might not be familiar, but I guarantee you Uncle B read those words and started to drool).

It went through several hands before it was briefly owned by Michael Caine, who sold it to Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. Several more hands later and George Harrison tried to buy it but, according to his ex, the owner said “she didn’t want rock’n’roll musicians buying her lovely house and sold it to the local doctor instead.”

Here’s how it works: Hudson bought it for £3,300. Ten years later, 1937, it sold for £9,000. Paige bought it in 1972 for £200,000. Ten years later, it went for £650,000 to a property developer who quickly flipped it for £800,000.

They will now entertain offers in the region of £8,000,000.


Comment from BJM
Time: October 6, 2022, 11:10 pm

Early one summer not too long ago a group of ladies did a Jekyll garden crawl…stayed a weekend at Gravetye. The men did manly things and we blissed out on garden after garden in the home counties.

A girlfriend and I are planning a trip next spring…May-June…First to Limoges & LaLande, then on to Spain, near Barcelona for a lecture tour of Modernista art & architecture, she’s a painter, and back to the UK for a week.

We’re approaching an age where this may be our last hurrah…so I’m cashing in some of my million United miles. We invited a younger bilingual friend, to come along and be our concierge/driver/minder.

Comment from Veeshir
Time: October 7, 2022, 1:51 am

So, are houses built last year also Elizabethan?

Comment from Anonymous
Time: October 7, 2022, 4:45 pm

They do refer to some things that way, Veeshir, but architecture isn’t one of them.

Comment from Drew458
Time: October 8, 2022, 3:52 pm

Meanwhile, a different kind of interesting home over in Kent.


His style reminds me of the late Keith Haring.

Comment from Oceania
Time: October 12, 2022, 1:54 am

Now that is bloody curious. There is a house EXACTLY like this in NZ. I wonder …

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