A 773-Acre English Countryside Estate with a Marvelous Manor Lists for £15M

At the turn of the 20th century, wealthy American families were seeking marriages with English aristocrats to gain titles and prestige. Mutually beneficial on paper, these willing aristocrats across the pond would in turn secure the funds to keep their long-held family estates afloat and thriving. While much has changed since these high stakes, Gilded Age games were played, Americans who desire regal English countryside living can still achieve it for a price. To call all 773 acres of Hexton Manor Estate in Hertfordshire home, for example, it will cost £15 million.

A point of interest for buyers enthralled with English history, Hexton Manor Estate has had several prominent owners. Built in 1767, the Grade II manor replaced an old farmhouse from the early 1600s. Later in the 19th century, the estate went to the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire Andrew Lautour and his wife Caroline. Caroline was the daughter of Captain William Young of the Royal Navy, known for service in the American Revolutionary War and the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.

Next, well-to-do textile merchant George Hodgson acquired the property in 1901. A pivotal player in the estate’s progression, Hodgson restored and revitalized the manor to its current glorious stature.

A Magical Manor On 733 Acres Of English Countryside Lists For 15m Hextonext Hr 015

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Today, the storied home and its wondrous acreage can still host classically aristocratic affairs like summer garden parties or hunting weekends. It’s a magical setting with spring-fed lakes for fishing, routes and tracks for exploring, and 11 bedrooms at Hexton Manor to spread out across. The reception hall with a hand-painted domed ceiling, an Italianate style parquet floor from the Exhibition of Brussels, and hand-blocked wallpaper believed to date from the late 1800s, is another standout feature that simply can’t be replicated.

Providing options for buyers, the entire property can be purchased together or split in two. Someone can buy 586 acres for £5 million while someone else can nab the manor with 186 acres for £10 million. Louise Harrison and Oliver Carr of Savills represent the property, which is just north of London.