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For sale: the Downton Touch

The era draws to a close, but the dream lives on. We find great homes with a Downton twist.

As the well-loved drama series comes to an end this Christmas, glimpses of glittering house parties, quintessentially English villages and the world of upstairs downstairs will linger in our memories. Here are great properties for sale in places that reflect the life of the grand mansion, the London town house and their moment in time.

Tetsworth, Oxfordshire £700,000

This charming village sits in the middle of the area used for the various locations of Downton Abbey. Traditional stone properties cluster around the village green, along with the pub and the ancient church. This four-bedroom, Grade-II listed Georgian town house is exactly the sort of house you might find Isobel in, taking tea. The elegant reception rooms and pretty garden entice you to step back in time and enjoy the gentle pursuits of the leisured classes.

Call Winkworth Oxford on 01865 511333

Seaton, Devon £625,000

Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, as he is correctly titled, bought Stafford House, near Dorchester where he lives a slice of Downton life. The house has a long history of literary connections, from Thomas Hardy (the waterfall features in The Waiting Supper) to Jane Austin (the gardens were used for filming in 1996). Just west along the Jurassic Coast, this Georgian country house could be cast in the same roles. It was used as a military hospital during the First World War, just like Downton Abbey. Now split into two, this portion has four bedrooms and sea views.

Call Winkworth Exeter on 01392 271177

Wimpole Street, Marylebone, London W1G Offers over £12.5m

Lady Edith loves the Criterion Restaurant in London’s Piccadilly. Here she dined with Michael Gregson and it was in these opulent surroundings they shared their first kiss. Their love was doomed and, sadly, the restaurant closed down this summer after 140 years. Nearby, this superb stucco-fronted town house is currently arranged as six residential apartments, all let. Grand throughout, with an old-fashioned ornate cage lift, it could make a magnificent home, certainly worthy of the Crawley family’s London abode.

Call Winkworth Marylebone on 020 7467 5770

Lincoln, Lincolnshire £499,950

When Mr Bates was sent to prison in York, the scenes were actually filmed at Lincoln Castle. The red-brick Victorian prison was designed to keep criminals in isolation. This cottage dates from the 19th century, too, but it has a light and airy feel, with a large, bright kitchen/breakfast room perfect for all the family. 

Call Winkworth Lincoln on 01522 531321

Spanish Place, London W1U £6.5m

While staying in London, Rose, Mary, Tom, Rosamund and Tony Gillingham go out to the Lotus Jazz Club with Sir John Bullock. Sir John drinks too much and abandons Rose on the dance floor. She is rescued by Jack Ross, the singer from the band. The scenes are filmed at the Savile Club, an exclusive, gentlemen’s club in Mayfair. Members have included HG Wells and Rudyard Kipling. This four-storey-over-basement house on the other side of Manchester Square has three bedrooms and a stylish drawing room. A gentleman couldn’t find a better London bolthole.

Call Winkworth Marylebone on 020 7467 5770

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire £2.25m

Hall Place in Beaconsfield is the house used for the interior scenes of Crawley House, where Isobel lives. On the edge of the Chiltern Hills and within easy travelling distance of London, Beaconsfield is a very sought-after market town. This six-bedroom house was built in 1999. It sits in half an acre and offers comfortable and easy family living.

Call Winkworth Beaconsfield on 01494 677978

Eccleston Square, London SW1V £7.35m

Lady Rosamund Painswick, Lord Grantham’s sister, lives in an archetypal Belgravia town house and her brother’s family often visits her there. This six-bedroom property faces south over Eccleston Square, with views to the award-winning gardens from all the main rooms. The first-floor reception room opens on to a wide terrace at the front, too. There’s also a lower ground floor flat that is currently rented out.

Call Winkworth Pimlico 020 7828 1786

Lammas Park Road, London W5 £1.55m

Ealing Studios is the focus of the action for the downstairs Downton cast. The servants’ quarters can be found here, in this relic of the golden years of British film making. A bit like the Downton world, it carries the ghosts of good times past. Nevertheless, it’s still used regularly and regarded with fondness. Just down the road, this four-bedroom Victorian terrace retains many period features, but also has a large, modern kitchen/breakfast room and a luxury bathroom.

Call Winkworth Ealing 020 8896 0123

Woolsthorpe, Grantham, Lincolnshire £595,000

Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham, is a fictional peer, but the title was created in 1698 and died out with its holder in 1754. The Lincolnshire town of Grantham lent only its name to the popular drama series. A few miles out of town, in the beautiful Vale of Belvoir with views to the castle, this Georgian four-bedroom property is packed full of period features and sits in pretty gardens.

Call Winkworth Grantham on 01476 578888

Weybridge, Surrey £3.25m

Brooklands, which opened in 1907, was a purpose-built racing circuit and one of Britain’s first aerodromes. The Crawleys descend here en masse to watch Mary’s beau race – and deal with the tragic conclusion. In nearby Weybridge, this property forms the main part of a mansion built by GW Tarrant in 1914. South facing, with terraced gardens leading down to a swimming pool, it would suit Agatha Christie’s characters, too.

Call Winkworth Weybridge on 01932 854400

Bourne End, Buckinghamshire £1.175m

West Wycombe Park’s Palladian interiors stand in for Lady Rosamund’s London pad. Elegance and gilding are the watchwords here. On the other side of High Wycombe, this 1920s house in Brantridge Lane would have been a new-build for the Downton characters. It has four bedrooms and the period features encompass several eras. The dining room, for example, feels Georgian in style, while the first floor drawing room is more like a barn conversion with its vaulted ceiling and beams. 

Call Winkworth Beaconsfield on 01494 677978

Shernfold Park Farm, Frant, East Sussex £975,000

The railway station at Horsted Keynes has featured several times in Downton Abbey. It’s about as far from Downton’s Yorkshire roots as you can get, being a stop on the private Bluebell Railway in mid-Sussex. The station was built in 1882 and it has been restored to its 1920s glory. Steam trains run from East Grinstead to Sheffield Park, passing through the stunning Wealden countryside. Further east, on a private estate in the ancient village of Frant, this Grade II listed lodge house has similar surroundings and easy access to a mainline station. 

Call Winkworth Tunbridge Wells on 01892 519600

Tunbridge Wells, Kent £650,000

Isobel Crawley, a former nurse, and Violet, the Dowager Countess, have almost come to blows over the running of the cottage hospital and its future direction. The small Pembury Hospital on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells has been transformed into a huge new hospital. Close by, this four-bedroom house dates from 1867 and sits in utter seclusion in its large gardens. It’s just two miles to the town centre and the mainline station.

Call Winkworth Tunbridge Wells on 01892 519600

Soles Hill, Chilham, Kent £1.3m

The marquees are erected, cucumber sandwiches served and the Earl’s Eleven play to win. Cricket on the green is so quintessentially English. In the National Library of Australia, a painting depicts a game in Chilham against Mr Wilsher’s Gentlemen in 1878. Chilham lends itself to fantasies. This five-bed farmhouse is a dream come true. It’s both cosy and spacious with not one but two utility rooms. At least that deals with the more mundane problem of what to do with the dogs and wellies – or indeed cricket boots.

Call Winkworth Canterbury on 01337 456645

Burwood Park, Hersham, Surrey £1.15m

Byfleet Manor is used as the home of the venerable Violet, Lord Grantham’s mother, the doughty dowager. It was sold earlier this year for nearly £6m. Mentioned in the Domesday Book and having played host to kings Edward I and II as well as Queen Elizabeth I, the sale attracted interest from all over the world. Burwood Park was a nearby Norman manor split up in the 1930s into large garden plots and private roads. This two-bedroom lodge has been redecorated throughout and has three good-sized reception rooms as well as a spacious kitchen/diner.

Call Winkworth Cobham on 01392 271177

Pangbourne, Berkshire £2.6m

Basildon Park in Berkshire is a National Trust property used for the interior scenes at Grantham House, the family’s London home. Here, Lady Rose marries Atticus Aldridge and the American relatives are entertained. The Octagon Room, with its red felt walls and gilded ceiling, was dressed as the main drawing room. Pangbourne station is just over two miles distant, and a short walk away is this five-bedroom house that’s just five years old. High spec, with period features, it’s convenient for the village and just 35 minutes by train to Town.

Call Winkworth Reading on 0118 402 2300

Burghclere, Hampshire £615,000

Downton Abbey is really Highclere Castle in Berkshire, home to the Earls of Carnarvon. Before the Norman Conquest, the three villages of Highclere, Burghclere and Kingsclere made up an Anglo Saxon estate called Cleran. Sunnyside Cottage in Burghclere has two reception rooms and two bedrooms downstairs, plus a large double upstairs. This accommodation could be reassigned to increase the living space further, while there has been planning permission to create an extra bedroom upstairs.

Call Winkworth Newbury on 01635 552552

Oxford, Oxfordshire £830,000

Oxfordshire is the location for many of the scenes around Downton village. Bampton, just outside Oxford, has Mrs Crawley’s house and the village church, and the hospital entrance. In nearby Whitney you will find Cogges Manor Farm, which is Yew Tree Farm in the series, where Lady Edith’s daughter, Marigold, is looked after by the Drewes. On the outskirts of Oxford itself, you’ll find this five-bedroom, semi-detached family house with a spacious, contemporary interior.

Call Winkworth Oxford on 01865 511333

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