If These Walls Could Talk
Homes with long histories and celebrated connections make for fascinating abodes, but beware the bureaucratic minefields, writes Nadine Nicolson
very home has a story to tell, but what if you hanker after an authentic piece of history—a residence with an intriguing past of captivating tales and prominent personalities? One of the biggest thrills about living in an older property is discovering its history. For many buyers, the desire to restore such an abode to its former glory is equally compelling.
There are many positive aspects to vintage houses. One is that they were often built with attractive natural materials at a time when craftsmanship was of a high quality. In addition, properties in historic areas will always increase in value because they tend to be aesthetically pleasing, and because the neighbourhoods have been well maintained by residents or their staff. The drawbacks are likely to be that the plumbing, electricity and heating systems are ancient and will need replacing. Also, there could be damp and mould, which could mean stripping the place back to its bare bones, a process that is costly and time-consuming.
Before succumbing to the allure of that ancient abode where royalty was once entertained, or the charming chateau with its own working vineyard, it’s essential to research the laws of the land in which it’s located, because they are as different as the properties themselves.
In the UK, Historic England maintains a record of buildings that have been assessed