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The enduring allure of the UK's historic homes

The UK is filled with popular historic locations. Naturally, Surrey is a popular choice for buyers looking for homes with historic value as the area is filled with ancient towns such as Kingston upon Thames and Guilford which highlight some of the UK’s most interesting histories. 

We are currently instructed on Albury Park, a striking Grade II* listed stately home in the Surrey Hills. The apartments in this architecturally stunning property really offer buyers a chance to own a slice of British history. 

The building, which sits proudly within five acres of formal gardens in 150 acre parkland, predates the Domesday Book and played host to the Coronation Banquet of King George III in 1761. 

What’s more, much of the building was designed by Augustus Pugin, designer of the House of Parliament, and was later improved by Sir John Soane, the architect for the Bank of England.

We are finding large stately homes of this calibre are proving increasingly popular thanks to what we call the ‘Downton Abbey effect’. 

We have seen a steady increase in requests from buyers looking to own a part of an establishment by purchasing grand estates. 

It is important to note that while buyers are keen to embrace old architecture, they also want the creature comforts of modern conveniences within the interiors. 

We find that for many buyers the ideal property would be a historically significant home which has benefitted from underfloor heating, modernised kitchens and bathrooms, landscaped gardens and enhanced technology. 

We find these clients fall into two categories: international buyers who want a property with character and historical significance and British buyers with a penchant and appreciation for the history the country offers. 

It really is hard to deny the allure of the great British historic home. These properties not only offer buyers a chance to purchase a priceless moment in time but also a great investment which will only get better with age. 

*John Fisher is Head of Country Office at United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty. 

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