With the long-awaited return of Bridgerton finally here, viewers will be dreaming of court gossip, lavish balls, and promenades in the park. But imagine if you could make part of your Bridgerton dreams a reality.
The beautiful houses and halls where the courtly drama takes place are Georgian masterpieces. Much of the filming for the hit Netflix show took place at various stately homes around the UK.
Some incredible houses like those are still under private ownership, with hefty price tag to match. Here are eight dream homes that could have come straight out of Bridgerton.
Glen Usk, Monmouthshire – £6,500,000
This Grade II Listed building features typical Georgian design over 16,000 square feet. It was built in the 1820s for Sir Digby Mackworth. Against a backdrop of mature trees it stands elevated on the west bank of the Usk. The house itself, several other buildings, and part of the garden are Listed. It is situated roughly mid way between Usk and Newport, about 3 miles from the Roman town of Caerleon.
The main house has eight bedrooms, two dressing rooms, and six main reception rooms. It also has a basement leisure suite and snooker table.
The gardens and grounds compliment the house beautifully and run down to the River Usk. The mature trees offer a high degree of privacy and protection, but open out with lawns down to the river to take in the views over open country and the far riverside holes of The Celtic Manor 2010 Ryder Cup golf course.
Closer to the house, the principal gardens comprise a series of formal lawns, stone walled terraces and pathways with mature shrubs and plants. There is a rose garden, Italian garden, a walled cottage garden and a tennis court. The gardens are home to an infamous group of peacocks! There is ample space to land a helicopter. Also included with the property are two two-bedroom cottages, a double garage, and a car port.
Stanstead Hall, Essex – £6,500,000
Stanstead Hall dates back to the early 16th Century, although first evidence of a structure on the land goes back to the 11th Century. The estate has passed through time from many notable historical figures such Sir William Parr and Sir William Waldegrave. The estate maintains many of its original features and design, with added modern touches for the ultimate dream home.
The Hall is set in about 45 acres of beautiful gardens and paddocks. Entered via brick pier electric gates, the long driveway meanders to the front of the house through an avenue of trees. There is ample parking at the front and rear of the house, plus a three-car garage.
The house itself has 13 bedrooms and six bathrooms. Outside there are various outbuildings, workshops, a gym, a large agricultural barn and a stunning listed tithe barn. There are beautiful gardens, including a walled garden with heated swimming pool and pool house with bar, pizza oven and terrace.
Oakfield, Wye Valley – £3,750,000
Oakfield enjoys a slightly elevated secluded position surrounded by farmland with views across the Wye Valley less than a mile south of the famous town of Hay on Wye. Oakfield is a fine Grade II Listed house dating back to 1820. The house was described in 1842 as “the substantial modern mansion” of Henry Allen Junior, with 2-storey Regency elevations. There are a number interesting internal features including a curved and cantilevered staircase, Regency fireplaces and an Adamesque ceiling in the dining room.
The building has a large reception room with period staircase, a drawing room with a fine fireplace, and a well-proportioned dining room. There are a total of seven bedrooms, mature gardens, and grounds of 3.5 acres. There is also a music room and a study.
Hurst Lodge, Berkshire – £8,500,000
Hurst Lodge is understood to date back to 1580 with later Georgian additions. The house was built by John Barker, who at the time was a gentleman usher to Queen Elizabeth I. The property has been enlarged over the years, retaining many period features including 17th-Century oak panelling and original flooring and fireplaces.
The Grade II* Listed 17th-Century house is set in land extending to about 45 acres. The property includes a converted coach house, farm buildings and a cottage. Also included is a period cottage, a former squash court converted into a studio office, a coach house, and a partly refurbished annex. The house has 12 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, with eight reception rooms for entertaining.
Penylan Mansion, Cardigan – £4,000,000
Designed by the renowned architect Edward Haycock, the mansion was constructed around 1854 on the site of an older 18th-Century residence. The mansion was extended and redecorated around 1905 with intricate stencilling, painting, and cornice work which contributed to the building being classified as a Grade II* listed property.
You’d have no neighbours in the huge 20-acre estate, which includes three cottages surrounding the main house. Once owned by the Queen’s cousin, this stunning mansion and its surrounding buildings have been restored to a condition that is truly fit for royalty.
The estate is on the northern bank of the River Teifi which joins the sea at the nearby town of Cardigan. The town provides a huge range of amenities and services just ten minutes’ drive from the estate.
Hunton Court, Kent – £10,000,000
The most expensive house on this list, Hunton Court is an immaculately presented Grade II Listed country house with eight bedrooms and five reception rooms. The house is situated at the end of two long driveways, one of which has a lodge where it meets the public highway, before meandering through 132 acres of beautiful and established 18th-Century parkland.
The estate dates back to the 13th Century and was once a traditional timber framed 14th-Century farmhouse. It was in the early Victorian period that the house was adapted to the existing Georgian style.
The house was once the country residence of the Bannerman family, starting with Henry Bannerman in 1850. The estate was left to his nephew, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, who served as Prime Minister from 1905 to 1908. Hunton Court was successively occupied by descendants of the Bannerman family before moving into the ownership of the current seller in 2008.
As well as an enormous property, the estate includes walled park lands, lakes, and a swimming pool. It also includes large woodlands and pasture.
Ston Easton Park, Somerset – £6,000,000
Ston Easton Park is a wonderful Georgian country house hotel with Grade II Listed Repton gardens, with views across the neighbouring parkland. It’s located within the county of Somerset with good access to Bath, Bristol and Wells. Subject to the necessary planning consents, this property, could make a wonderful family home.
As well as the main building, there is an attractive Grade II Listed 3-bedroom cottage and an old coach house. There are 20 bedrooms and 20 bathrooms in the property, which is set within 28 acres of land. Outside, there is a tennis court, outbuildings, stables, and accommodation for staff.
Cell Park, St Albans – £6,500,000
The house was originally built in 1539. Cell Park is known for being the former home of Lady Katherine Ferrers, the ‘Wicked Lady’, a 17th-century highway woman who operated in Hertfordshire.
The main house has ten bedrooms, five bathrooms, and five reception rooms. Grade II Listed, the gardens and park are significant features of the estate with the gardens featuring formal lawns, a box parterre and a tiered walled historic kitchen garden. The manor is set within 70 acres.