This 300-Year-Old English Country House With a Noble Past Is Updated for a Comfortable, Modern Life

From the outside, the U.K.’s Adderbury House may look like something straight out of the 18th century. And it is…on the outside. The changes this abode has seen on the inside in the years since, however, are truly astonishing.

On the market for £14 million (roughly $17 million), the Grade II-listed English manor sits on a sprawling 45 acres in Oxfordshire. Dating back to 1722, the palatial country home has sheltered its fair share of noble residents during its lengthy existence. Most notably, it was owned by the 2nd Earl of Rochester, John Wilmot, a British poet and courtier of King Charles II’s Restoration court. It was also the former dwelling of the Countess of Rochester, the 3rd Duke of Buccleuch, and the 2nd Duke of Argyll.

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Adderbury House
Adderbury House in Oxfordshire just listed for £14 million (roughly $17 million).

According to the listing, which is held by Savills, the original baroque structure was altered and expanded upon during the Georgian era. Today, the 14,712-square-foot spread still maintains a ton of period features, including a wood-paneled reception hall, stately fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, and an old stone wine cellar. There’s also a study, a formal drawing room, and a sitting room.

“This magnificent home retains the very best features of both classic architectural styles,” says Ed Sugden, director of Savills Country Department, in a press statement. “Adderbury House is a great opportunity for someone to buy an impressive historic Oxfordshire country house, refurbished to the highest of standards.”

Adderbury House
The Grade II-listed English country house has been extensively renovated throughout its 300-year lifetime.

In addition to the pad’s old-world feel, there are quite a few modern comforts, too. For example, the kitchen has been totally redone and includes top-of-the-line appliances from Sub Zero, Wolf, and Gaggenau. Plus, each of the eight bedroom suites features underfloor heating. Aside from the main residence, the property has two guest cottages that can be reached through a separate gated entrance.

Another feature that really makes Adderbury House standout are the grounds. More specifically, the abutting park and gardens were designed by Lancelot Capability Brown, a renowned landscape architect whose work includes Highclere Castle, better known as the real-life Downtown Abbey.

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Adderbury House
Adderbury House

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