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The Crown: 9 impressive homes fit for royalty

The design of Tormarton Court in Gloucestershire is based on neaby Badminton House, seat of the Dukes of Beaufort. Credit: Knight Frank
The design of Tormarton Court in Gloucestershire is based on nearby Badminton House, seat of the Dukes of Beaufort. Credit: Knight Frank

As the final series of The Crown drops on Netflix, it’s the perfect moment to acknowledge the role that the lavish locations have played in this multi award-winning drama. These include Wilton House in Wiltshire, which doubled as Buckingham Palace, Burghley House near Stamford, a stand-in for Windsor Castle, and Sandringham lookalike, Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk. If you fancy living like royalty, how about one of these suitably stately but more manageably-sized residences, all on the market now?

1. Keith Hall House, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, offers over £260,000

Keith Hall House, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire
Keith Hall House, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. Photo: Niall Hastie/Galbraith (Niall Hastie)

A palatial pad without a princely price tag, this ground floor apartment is in a Grade A-listed former mansion house, built as Caskieben Castle in the 16th Century for the Earl of Kintore and converted to residential use in 1984. Comprises a sitting room, kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms, plus a wealth of period features such as plasterwork, panelled doors, shutters and cast iron radiators. There’s also a garage, a private garden and 26 acres of communal grounds. Through Galbraith.

2. Beach House, Worthing, West Sussex, £695,000

Beach House, Worthing, West Sussex
Beach House, Worthing, West Sussex. Photo: Winkworth

Three blue plaques mark the fascinating history of one of Worthing's finest Grade II* Regency seafront villas, now luxury apartments. One denotes that it’s former home of American playwright Edward Knoblock, another that it was a refuge for children evacuated from the Bay of Biscay during the Spanish Civil War, and the third is a reminder that it hosted King Edward VII on several occasions, when owned by aristocrat Sir Edmund Loder. A roomy, beautifully restored ground and lower ground floor two-bedroom home that's appeared on George Clarke’s Old House, New Home on Channel 4 is available. Via Winkworth.


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3. Hedley Hall, Marley Hill, Newcastle, £750,000

Hedley Hall, Marley Hill, Newcastle
Hedley Hall, Marley Hill, Newcastle. Photo: Steve Coulthard/Finest Properties (Steve Coulthard)

This spacious stone-built country house was previously part of an estate belonging to the Queen Mother. Each of the four bedrooms has an ensuite shower room, and the south-facing sitting room and family room both open into a huge conservatory. If you’re after original features you won’t be disappointed as it has high ceilings, decorative plasterwork and fireplaces. Via Finest Properties.

4. Nash Court, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, £1.75m

Nash Court, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, Dorset. : Pritchard & Company
Nash Court, Marnhull, Sturminster Newton, Dorset. Photo: Pritchard & Company

Henry VIII reputedly gifted Nash Court, a 16th century manor house, to Catherine Parr and it was later transferred to Edward VI and then to Elizabeth I. Over the subsequent centuries it passed through a succession of owners before being divided into three parts in the 1970s. The substantial east wing, currently for sale, has been painstakingly restored and incorporates six bedrooms, three bathrooms and architectural features like mullion windows, decorative chimney stacks and a stone roofed bell tower. Find out more from Pritchard & Company.

5. The Gatehouse, Hartfield, Kent, £2m

The Gatehouse, Hartfield, Kent: Hamptons
The Gatehouse, Hartfield, Kent. Photo: Hamptons

Believed to have been used as a hunting lodge by Henry VIII, this former castle gatehouse is now a unique home with two octagonal brick turrets. Most of the accommodation is on the ground floor, consisting of a huge, open plan living space with a beamed, vaulted ceiling, a kitchen/breakfast room, a study, playroom, two bathrooms and two bedrooms. Two more bedrooms are in one of the octagonal turrets, accessed via a staircase in the other. Through Hamptons.

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6. Penton Park, Penton Mewsey, Hampshire, £2.65m

Penton Park, Penton Mewsey, Hampshire.  Myddleton & Major
Penton Park, Penton Mewsey, Hampshire. Photo: Myddleton & Major

The former country seat of master builder Thomas Cubitt, Queen Camilla’s great, great, great grandfather who created much of Pimlico, parts of Buckingham Palace and Osborne House, Queen Victoria’s beloved retreat on the Isle of White. In recent years the house has been adapted to provide an events venue and business base for the owners as well as a comfortable home, but parts require full restoration. Find out more from Myddleton & Major.

7. Sintra, Portugal, €3.8m (approx. £3.31m)

Sintra, Portugal. Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
Sintra, Portugal. Photo: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices

Set within Sintra’s UNESCO World Heritage site, this 18th century palace has been fully restored, featuring contemporary interiors and 21st century comforts and luxuries such as underfloor heating, a sauna and gym. Includes nine bedroom suites, an outdoor swimming pool, and a wow-factor lounge, dining room and bar in the cavernous converted chapel. Find out more from Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.

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8. Tormarton Court, Tormarton, Badminton, Gloucestershire, £3.75m

Tormarton Court, Tormarton, Badminton, Gloucestershire: Knight Frank
Tormarton Court, Tormarton, Badminton, Gloucestershire. Photo: Knight Frank

Although built in the 16th century, this external structure of this beautifully proportioned house is largely based on the remodelling that took place in 1812 at nearby Badminton House for Lord William Somerset, a son of the Duke of Beaufort. In 1929 it was bought by Edward Grigg, the first Lord Altrincham, whose son, John Grigg, a critic of the royal family, was portrayed in series two of the Crown. A well as the eight-bedroom restored main house, there's a coach house, a barn conversion and about 10 acres of land with a walled garden and outdoor swimming pool. Contact Knight Frank.

9. Rothenhoff Manor, Porta Westfalica, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany €6.5m (approx. £5.663m)

Rothenhoff Manor, Porta Westfalica, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany Constantin Meyer, KÃln

Princess Margaret and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh were guests at this seven-bedroom mansion when it was occupied by the Commander-in-Chief of the British Army on the Rhine after WW2. Dating from the 13th century, it's been in its present form since 1863 and is being sold partially renovated. It comes with 245 acres, a garden laid out in the style of an English park, stables, a riding arena, a granary and other buildings. Contact Cologne Sotheby's International Realty.

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