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The first floor offers five bedroom suites, each having large sash windows for maximum light and magical views over the surrounding countryside.

His zeal for the Royalist cause during the Civil War earned him a baronetcy in the early years of the conflict, but incurred the wrath of the Puritans, who eventually captured him at Hereford and sent him to the Tower. By the early 18th century, Blount family fortunes were once again on the rise and, in the late 1720s, Sir Edward Blount, the 4th Baronet, decided to replace the existing hall with the present grand mansion, helped, no doubt, by the generous Throckmorton dowry brought by his wife, Apollonia.

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More options Less options. Art fairs, book festivals and the beginning of spring with crocuses at Forde Abbey. A year or so later, a saviour appeared in the shape of Anthony Galliers-Pratt, who bought the estate and immediately instructed Knight, Frank and Rutley to have the renovations put in hand.

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The gardens in particular were a labour of love on the part of Mrs Galliers-Pratt. Price descending Price ascending Most recent first. Also notable is the formal dining room, conceived some 40 years after the house itself and attributed to Robert Adam, which has moulded cornicing, Corinthian columns and a large curved alcove with moulded friezes. St Lambrecht, Styria: Skiing, race car driving and thermal springs, all in the green heart of Austria.

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In revenge for his refusal to make arms for the Model Army at the family forge, his Sodington estate was confiscated and his mansion burnt down, although both appear to have been restored to his son. Budgetary considerations aside, one of the reasons for the exquisite craftsmanship to be found throughout Mawley Hall is the fact that Smith of Warwick was the master builder to the influential architect James Gibbs, whose work spanned the transition between the English Baroque and the Georgian architecture inspired by Palladio.

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In the 17th century, one of the more prominent family members was Sir Walter Blount, a successful lawyer, MP and Sheriff of Worcestershire. Forde Abbey, Dorset, in early spring with daffodils and crocuses peeking through the earth. Search country houses for sale.

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Almost miraculously, the imposing Palladian mansion designed by Francis Smith of Warwick for Sir Edward Blount the 4th Baronet in about 1730 has remained almost entirely unaltered since it was built.

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